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At the seventh Trailblazers Awards Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the Women's Fund of the Capital Region will honor three outstanding Trailblazing Women of 2014: Gloria DeSole, retired Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Affirmative Action, University at Albany; Alissa M. Quinn, First Vice President, The Quinn Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc.; and, Milinda Reed, Esq., Service Director, Unity House Domestic Violence Services Program.

These women will be honored for their generosity, spirit and leadership in blazing trails to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community.

Gloria DeSole
Retired Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Affirmative Action, University at Albany

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Gloria DeSole retired in 2000 after a long and distinguished career as an academic and tireless social activist. Her academic experience and dedication to social justice led her to develop a nurturing vision of Affirmative Action. At the University at Albany, she worked to create an environment that encouraged success. She also took on issues of sexual violence and harassment. DeSole authored several books, including “Rocking the Boat: Women and the Academic Process.” Her many awards include the UAlbany Distinguished Alumni Award and the Albany National Organization for Women Making Waves Award.

Alissa M. Quinn
First Vice President, The Quinn Wealth Management Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc.

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Alissa M. Quinn is founder and head of The Quinn Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services in Albany. From her early career days as the only woman in her predecessor firm, Quinn has become a leader in financial services, participating in the Barron's Winners Circle Summit for Top Women Advisors since 2007. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and founded the Professional Women’s Network. Quinn, an accomplished ballroom dancer, also founded Zoller Ballroom Kids, an inner city children's ballroom dance program.

Milinda Reed, Esq.
Service Director, Unity House Domestic Violence Services Program

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At Unity House, Milinda Reed developed and implemented the Law Project, which provides free legal representation for victims of domestic violence. She has grown it to a staff of 40, working for clients in civil legal matters, including divorce, custody, visitation and child support. Federal regulators have hailed the program as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Reed has also forged collaborative partnerships with the courts, police, public assistance and child protective service personnel. Her community linkages led her to team with the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society to support the fostering of pets when a victim seeks refuge.