On the horizon: A new normal

Last spring when the world went on lockdown, we never imagined that one year later we would be approaching a new normal. And yet, here we are.

Now that many more of us are vaccinated, we may have a chance to be in the presence of colleagues and friends in a way that we haven’t been able to be in more than a year. It’s fitting that one of the first business-world events that some of us will attend in person is the Capital Region Chamber Business Women’s Council Women of Excellence awards.

This year’s six honorees remind us how much good can be accomplished in our communities and in this world by thoughtful, courageous people. Read about these inspiring leaders inside (beginning on Page 30).

In this issue, we’re also highlighting the topic of families. Read about two multi-generational family businesses and the mother-daughter teams that keep them running (Page 48). Also, we look at what the pandemic taught us about the needs of working parents and what policies could be on the horizon to help them — and, really, all workers who seek a better work-life balance (Page 44).

As you venture maskless outside (but socially distanced, please), head back to an office, or keep working at the essential job you never stepped away from, try to remember at least some of the lessons you’ve learned since last spring. For myself, this past year has been a reminder that it’s the people who matter in my work and personal life, and that working together we can accomplish so much more than we ever could alone.

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Three things you’ll learn in this issue:

1. The snake plant is a good bet if watering isn’t top of mind. (Page 24)

2. A rental car will cost more – thank you, pandemic. (Page 51)

3. There’s something new for [email protected] members. (Page 58)



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