Elaine Houston presents a new Today's Women segment every Thursday on NewsChannel 13 Live at 5:30. You can contact Elaine at ehouston@wnyt.com.

Capital Region DJ keeping celebrations fun and safe

Capital Region DJ keeping celebrations fun and safe

Traveling nurse with Albany ties spreading love during pandemic

Traveling nurse with Albany ties spreading love during pandemic

Clifton Park women work to turn tiny house store into big business

Author's book encourages women to follow their dreams as she did

Organization empowering women with tools to succeed in new employment

Boarding school teaching experience provides inspiration for Saratoga writer

Writer Emily Layden's memories of growing up in Saratoga are fond ones. A cousin and an uncle were also writers. However, she would have to spend some time in the classroom as a teacher before she could tell her story.

Woman with Waterford ties turning discarded books into art

What do you think happens to unsold books that stores want to send back to publishers, but publishers don't want to pay the shipping costs? Well, not all can be donated to charity and many will be destroyed. However, Judy Houbre has decided to recycle them, giving them a new life.

Capital Region artist known for comforting quilts adapts to survive pandemic

Susan Rivers has always had her feet in the environment and her hands on a sewing machine. She's worked for FEMA by profession, but she's never been able to give up life as an artist.

Woman celebrates three separate careers of serving others

Jacqueline Goralczyk is a renaissance woman. She's had three careers, all with the goal of serving others.

State Sen. Hinchey happy to serve rural voters in NY-46

Newly-elected State Senator Michelle Hinchey was born into a political family, and spent time watching her dad connect with people and help them with their problems.

Leader of Food Pantries for the Capital District driven by big heart

Food is the common denominator that all of us need. For nearly the past 10 years, Natasha Pernicka has been at the helm of a coalition that makes sure people don't go hungry.

First female fire chief in Brunswick hopes to inspire others

Lisa Symington, the new chief of the Mountain View Fire Company in Brunswick, says Wednesday's inauguration is a profound example that women can do anything.

Group of women helping Capital Region non-profits help others

The group 100 Women Who Care is changing the lives of thousands of people in the Capital Region.

School food service directors reflect on huge task to keep kids fed in trying year

They are not first responders or those working on the frontlines, but during this pandemic, they've provided a vital service and helped maintain a sense of normalcy for thousands of school kids.

Latham business adapts to changing times by switching from brick-and-mortar to online

Karen Macielak owns Bumble B's Ladies' Boutique. They were in Latham's Newton Plaza. However, when the pandemic hit, she had to shut down. She always knew in order for business to survive, she had to grow it online.

Woman's outdoor gear line a hit during pandemic

Tracy Slocum loves the great outdoors. About three years ago, she set out to combine luxury and fun in a blanket. NewsChannel 13 first brought you her story on the waterproof blankets she designed called Pretty Rugged.

Women find success with new hair accessory business sparked by kids

Our world hasn't gotten back to normal yet. However, that hasn't stopped women from moving forward and trying their hands at things they might not have done if this year hadn't been so challenging.

Albany, Schenectady lawyers join forces to help communities of color

Income inequality can do more than just determine where you live and what you're able to afford. It can also impact the decisions you make, and the consequences of bad decisions can last a lifetime.

Grandma achieves dream of college degree

NewsChannel 13 first introduced you to Bridget Singh-Liebson in 2017. A native of Guyana, she dreamt of coming to the United States, and her dream came true.

RPI architectural student hopes to change lives with her building designs

If you've never heard of a social architect, meet Aida Ayuk. The third-year architecture student from RPI, who lives in the DC area, believes in building and repurposing buildings to change people's lives.

Domestic violence victims share their stories to help others

October is "National Domestic Violence Awareness Month." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute on average are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

Catholic Charities hard at work helping others during pandemic

As the Director of Disaster and Community Services for Catholic Charities, Wilhelmina Murray-Davis has witnessed what happens to people following a major disaster.

Albany business combines hula-hoop and fitness fun

Tyresha Moncrieffe has fond memories of being a kid and enjoying hula-hooping. However, it was something she thought was just child's play. Fast-forward to today, and she's back to hula-hooping. Now her hoops have weights in them, and she's loving it even more.

Woman lends a helping hand to people in tough times

When CDTA recognized people in the community who have worked hard on behalf of others, Sirena Cordova was one of the recipients of the award, and it's easy to see why.

Albany-native, 21, makes a name for herself in spa care

Nzinga Braswell was a teenager when she left Albany to move to Atlanta. Now at 21, she's an entrepreneur and teaching us all a lesson on how to live your dreams.

Two local attorneys weigh in on Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Two local attorneys weigh in on Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death

George Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd wipes his eyes during a news conference, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Minneapolis, after the verdict was read in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Protesters in Albany celebrate Chauvin verdict

Protesters in Albany celebrate Chauvin verdict

Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the White House in Washington, after former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Police: 1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at NY grocery store

This aerial photo provided by WABC shows police responding to the scene of a shooting at a Stop & Shop supermarket in West Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.   Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a tweet Tuesday there had been shooting at the Long Island supermarket and that the suspect has not been apprehended. (WABC via AP)

Schumer calls on Congress to legalize marijuana

Schumer calls on Congress to legalize marijuana

Albany County Jail marks one year housing homeless

Albany County Jail marks one year housing homeless

Donated blood saves marathon runner's life after aortic dissection

Donated blood saves marathon runner's life after aortic dissection

'Donate Life' flag raised in Menands to show importance of organ donations

'Donate Life' flag raised in Menands to show importance of organ donations

EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

FILE - In this April 13, 2021, file photo, a box of Johnson & Johnson vaccines are shown by pharmacist Zsolt Szenasi at a warehouse of Hungaropharma, a Hungarian pharmaceutical wholesale company, in Budapest, Hungary. Experts at the European Medicines Agency are preparing to present the conclusions of their investigation later on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, into possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and very rare cases of unusual clotting disorders detected in the U.S. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File)