In 2013, the Women's Fund launched its Mentorship Program and facilitated workshops at SCCC and HVCC, helping women recognize the power of their own dreams. Below is a list of all the mentoring programs offered so far.

Communicating Effectively, Building Confidence, and Handling Criticism

The Women's Fund in partnership with HVCC recently held two workshops for students and faculty.

Topics were "Communicating Effectively", "Building Confidence", and "Handling Criticism". Each workshop had 25-30 participants.

Panelists from the Women's Fund: Ellie Alexander, Amy Clinton, Vera Dordick

HVCC panelists: Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Jessica Gilbert, Geoff Miller

Additional panelist: Victoria Baecker, Director of Communications, Bouchey Financial Group

Moderators: Doris Chow, Madeline Connolly, Paula Marshman

The workshops incorporated skits, discussion with panelists and group activities Participants enjoyed the activities, humor and insight from our panelists.

Inspiring Change: Women Helping Women

Over 50 women joined the Women's Fund of the Capital Region to celebrate Inspiring Change: Women Helping Women.

This free event was co-sponsored by


The event was open to women of all ages and professions.

Our distinguished panel:

  • Dr. Sara Brenner, Assistant Vice President, NanoHealth Initiatives; Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Ashley Jeffrey, Executive Director, Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region
  • Carolyn Jones, Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Karen Mahar, PhD, Professor of History, Siena College
  • Elizabeth Miller, Executive Director, Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC)

Elizabeth Miller was the moderator of the panel discussion. This was followed by a question and answer session, a guided facility tour, and networking opportunities among attendees and Capital Region organizations.


Speed Mentoring Workshops

October 18, 2013 – Hudson Valley Community College
November 1, 2013 – Schenectady County Community College

Are you getting ready to start your new career? Here are some mini-workshops to help you.

Choose up to four of these 30 minute mini-workshops:

  • Confidence-Boosting/Image Consulting/Motivation
  • Interviewing Skills (Preparing for interviews, Do's & Don't's, Following up)
  • Resume Writing
  • Resources for Starting Your Own Business
  • Strategizing Your Plan for Success (Manageable steps for balancing school, career, family, social life & more)
  • Ways to Effectively Use and Manage Social Media
  • Networking Tips

This is a FREE event!

Workshops open to female students aged 25 years and older.

Event Flyer

Visualize Your Plan for Success!

March 1, 2013 – Schenectady County Community College
April 19, 2013 – Hudson Valley Community College

The Women's Fund of the Capital Region hosted its first mentoring workshop at SCCC on Friday, March 1. The eleven women who participated made it an unforgettable afternoon. Many were first generation students and have already made post-graduation plans to continue their education, start their own business, and give back to the community. We had a bee keeper, a great grandmother, a paralegal, a nurse, a chef, a restauranteur, and a social worker, just to name a few. This workshop was open to female students aged 25 years and older.

"Visualize Your Plan for Success", presented by Deb Best, from Deb Best Practices provided a hands-on and creative approach to identifying vision, mission, purpose, and core values. This was a FREE event where attendees:

  • Received great tips on how to live a balanced and successful life
  • Connected with potential professional mentors
  • Enjoyed a free lunch and have a great time

For many of the women, this was the first time they were able (or allowed) to actually contemplate their professional and personal goals and aspirations. The stories were humbling and sometimes heart-wrenching.

As table facilitators, members of the WF weren't expecting to be transported on such a deep level by these articulate, intelligent, and caring women. It was almost a role-reversal, yet so rewarding. As one WF volunteer said:

"So many women have these riches just waiting to pour out. It was an awesome event!"

Thank yous to:

  • CDTA (donated goodie bag)
  • SCCC Foundation Office
  • Prestige Catering (SCCC food service)
  • Judith Barnes (in-kind donation)
  • WF volunteers: Doris Chow, Vera Dordick, Paula Marshman, Nancy Szakats