• WBC WOW interview with Cheryl Stanko

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    June 11, 2020
    June 11, 2020
    WBC WOW interview with Cheryl Stanko
    Email address: cstanko@adirondackchamber.org

    One of the advantages of belonging to and participating in the Women’s Business Council is the benefit of meeting new people. The WBC is full of successful women and the businesses they represent.
    We are pleased this month, to present our spotlight persona in the series called Women Who Wow us (WWW). We highlight the Chamber’s very own Cheryl Stanko. Cheryl is the Director of Finance and Chamber Liaison for the Women’s Business Council.
    Tell us about the services you provide?
    The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to help local companies succeed, grow, and thrive, and expand economic opportunity throughout the region. We also educate, collaborate, and connect with businesses in Warren, Washington, southern Essex, and northern Saratoga counties.
    Who is an ideal client for the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce?
    Any business, large or small, new, or established that is looking to grow their business and help the community as a whole succeed.

    Tell us one thing you are the proudest of, perhaps a winning moment in your business.
    My proudest moment would be watching the graduates of the ARCC Leadership Adirondack Class walk across the stage to receive their diplomas for successful completion of the program. The LADK Program is something I have truly enjoyed helping to plan, put together, and facilitate. I am also immensely proud of the individuals who have put in the hard work to complete the program and how they continue to grow even after graduation.

    Would you share a piece of advice that you used to help you achieve your success?
    Always surround yourself with people who are a step above you but who are willing to help you grow.

    What is your favorite quote?
    “Never give up. Never surrender.” – Jason Nesmith playing Cmdr. Peter Quincy Taggart, Galaxy Quest
    If you could trade places with a leader, who would it be and why would you rock it?
    Angela Merkel. She became the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005, a position she still holds today as she begins the end of her fourth and final term. While I would never be able to come close to accomplishing what she has done in Europe, she is one symbol among many that shows anyone can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.

    Why are you a member of the WBC?
    As an ARCC employee I was given the privilege of being the liaison to a group of such wonderful, motivated, and inspiring women in our business community.

    Any “fail forward” experiences that you feel helped with your success. 
    Always learn from your mistakes or failures and use that as stepping blocks to better yourself. Never stop learning. “The person who can learn from everything will beat out the person who judges harshly who and what to learn from.” – James Altucher

    During COVID-19 what have you learned that you think is worth sharing?
    I learned during COVID-19 just how willing this community was to come together to work cohesively toward keeping our business community alive. The amount of compassion shown was touching. I also learned several different songs you should sing while washing your hands.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for your time and please see below to learn more about Cheryl!
    On August 7th I will have been at the Chamber for 3 years. My professional background has been in Office Management and Administration. I am not a New York native, and due to my family have had the wonderful opportunity to live and travel extensively both all over the US and abroad.
    To Contact Cheryl:
    Cheryl Stanko
    Director of Finance & Admin
    Ph: 518.798.1761 X 220
    Chamber Liaison for: ARCC Women's Business Council