Learning From ‘Ladies Who Lead’

By Senator Patty Ritchie
Today, more and more women are stepping up to the plate and taking on leadership roles in their personal and professional lives.

At the same time, they are also inspiring and empowering those around them.

Last month, nearly 200 women came together to hear motivating personal stories from leaders on their roads to success at  “Ladies Who Lead,” an event I hosted that was sponsored by the Upstate Women’s Leadership Council.

Formed last year, the organization aims to create more opportunities for women in our region.

This special event featured a discussion on seizing opportunities by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, and a panel discussion on leadership that included Chancellor Zimpher, SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley, State Supreme Court Justice Mary Farley and CNY Central meteorologist Molly Matott.

If you missed our recent event you can view a video of it on my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

One of the goals of the Upstate Women’s Leadership Council is recognizing the accomplishments of leaders throughout our communities.

At our recent event, dozens of local leaders, including a number of high school students who were nominated by their principals for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, were honored for their leadership.

When we created the council more than a year ago, we set out to improve and increase opportunities by sharing our ideas, experiences and advice to help local women reach new heights.

If you’re looking to check out a video of our recent event, or learn more about the Upstate Women’s Leadership Council, I encourage you to visit my website.