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image of a compass Trailblazing Women of 2008

At the second Annual Trailblazer Luncheon, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, the Women's Fund of the Capital Region honored three outstanding Trailblazing Women of 2008: Sr. Constance Casey, snjm, President and CEO, Academy of the Holy Names; Jane Golub, Director of Vendor Marketing Programs, Price Chopper Supermarkets; and Candace King Weir, President, C.L. King & Associates, Inc.

These women were selected for this award because they provide leadership in philanthropy that challenges and inspires others to support efforts focused on women and girls; contribute substantial time, money and vision to issues affecting women and girls; demonstrate a long standing commitment and involvement in community initiatives; and act as a role model for women and girls.

Sr. Constance Casey, snjm
President and CEO, Academy of the Holy Names

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Sister Connie has devoted her professional life to providing quality education for young women and to seeking ways to extend this educational opportunity to the poor and economically disadvantaged. She is a member of the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Connie began her teaching career in elementary schools in Winchester, Virginia and Liverpool, New York. Since 1969, Sister Connie has been an administrator, first as principal of the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa, Florida then as principal of the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany and currently serves as President there.

In her twenty seven years at the Academy for the Holy Names in Albany, Sister Connie has provided charismatic leadership in the mission of educating young women for leadership, academic excellence, character and faith development and service to others.

In her remarks, Sr. Connie described a trailblazer as a person who marks a trail through the wilderness. She said she believed she had been doing just the ordinary callings of life and responding to the needs she saw. She added that she tries to serve as a role model for young people and in particular for young women.

We were sad to learn that Sister Constance Casey, snjm passed away on March 14, 2012.

Jane Golub
Director of Vendor Marketing Programs, Price Chopper Supermarkets

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Jane is an accomplished woman on many fronts: as a business woman, community leader, teacher, and mother. She currently serves as Director of Vendor Marketing Programs for Price Chopper Supermarkets and has served in several other management positions within the company.

Born in New York City, Jane Golub received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a M.S. degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She taught in the Niskayuna Central School District from 1963 until 1986.

When Price Chopper Supermarkets decided to work with the Anti-Defamation League to bring the “A World of Difference” prejudice awareness and reduction program to the Capital District area, Jane took a year’s leave from teaching to coordinate the development of a Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade “A World of Difference” Curriculum for New York State schools. As Educational Coordinator for the “A World of Difference” project, Jane trained hundreds of teachers in the Greater Capital District area.

Jane has been recognized in the supermarket industry for her work at Price Chopper, where she has developed and managed innovative new programs.

Her commitment to and leadership of community organizations is known throughout the Capital Region. She is a Board Member of the Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium, where she is Vice President and serves on the Development and Collections Committee. She has been Tree Chairperson at Congregation Gates of Heaven for more than 25 years. She is actively involved with Soroptimist International of Schenectady, chairing their Women’s Opportunity Award committee. She also has special interest in the Schenectady Day Nursery, Literacy Volunteers, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

At the luncheon, she emphasized that her strong belief in teaching children about prejudice and how to counteract it has been an important part of her life.

Candace King Weir
President, C.L. King & Associates, Inc.

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Candace King Weir has succeeded where few women had gone before her. She is the President and CEO of one of the first woman-owned broker/dealer NASD registered firms in the United States and has directed the growth and development of CL King & Associates since its founding in 1972 into a well-respected institutional research boutique. Her firm enjoys a regional, state, and national reputation for excellence in research, analysis, and evaluation of investments.

Candace is a lifelong resident of Loudonville and a graduate of Vassar. Continuing her professional trailblazing accomplishments, she became a registered investment advisor in 1984, earning a reputation as a smart and accomplished money manager for high net-worth individuals. She later founded Paradigm Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in the small-cap asset class.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Candace is widely respected for her service on local not-for-profit boards, including the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany Medical Center, the Greater Loudonville Association, Ordway Research Institute, and The Corporation of the Yaddo. She also quietly contributes her time, experience, and resources to help many local, regional, and national organizations.

Candace’s accomplishments make her a true role model for the girls and young women of our region. In the face of significant challenges, Candace has successfully journeyed through trails few other women had traveled.

Candace spoke about how few women leaders there have been in the financial sector until very recently. Her accomplishments are proof of the power of women’s determination to make their way in a male-dominated field.