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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.

Trailblazing Women 2017

Ann DiSarro
  Maggie Fronk
  Elizabeth Miller
Photo of Ann DiSarro   Photo of Maggie Fronk   Photo of Beth Miller


Trailblazing Women 2015

Mona Golub
  Frances O’Rourke
  Shirley Readdean
Photo of Mona Golub   Photo of Frances O’Rourke   Photo of Shirley Readdean


Trailblazing Women 2014

Gloria DeSole
  Alissa M. Quinn
  Milinda Reed, Esq.
Photo of Gloria DeSole   Photo of Alissa M. Quinn   Photo of Milinda Reed, Esq.


Trailblazing Women 2013

Elizabeth Coco
  Christine Standish
Photo of Elizabeth Coco   Photo of Christine Standish


Trailblazing Women 2012

Marri Aviza
  Cindy Phillippe
  Pamela Sawchuk Brown
Photo of Marri Aviza   Photo of Cindy Phillippe   Photo of Pamela Sawchuk Brown
Rumors Salon & Spa Ltd.
Community Volunteer Vice President for Community Development
Albany Medical Center


Trailblazing Women 2011

Ruth H. Mahoney
  Julie Massry Knox
  A.C. Riley
Photo of Ruth L. Mahoney   Photo of Julie Massry Knox   Photo of A.C. Riley
KeyBank Hudson Valley /
Metro New York
Sales and Marketing Manager,
Tri City Rentals
Community and Civic Leader


Trailblazing Women 2009
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
  Jan Smith
  Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq.
Photo of Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.   Photo of Jan Smith   Photo of Lorraine Power Tharp
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Manager of Public Affairs,
GE Energy
Posthumous Award


Trailblazing Women 2008

Sr. Constance Casey, snjm
  Jane Golub
  Candace King Weir
Photo of Sr. Constance Casey, snjm   Photo of Jane Golub   Photo of Candace King Weir
President and CEO,
Academy of the Holy Names
Director of
Vendor Marketing Programs,
Price Chopper Supermarkets
C.L. King & Associates, Inc.


Trailblazing Women 2007

Teri Bordenave
  Charlotte Buchanan
  Jeanne Neff, Ph.D.
Photo of Teri Bordenave   Photo of Charlotte Buchanan   Photo of Jeanne Neff, Ph.D.
President and CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region Retired, McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams President of The Sage Colleges