Annmarie Lanesey Wins Harriet Rifkin Award

The Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) has named Annmarie Lanesey, President of Greane Tree Technology, the winner of the 2015 Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award. Annmarie was chosen forher leadership, volunteerism, professionalism, and her work in creating opportunities for women to achieve personal and financial independence.”

The award is named in honor of Harriet Rifkin, a key volunteer with WERC since 1989, and its inaugural Board Chair. Annmarie will receive the award at WERC’s 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy. KeyBank is the title sponsor for the event. Other sponsorships are still available; please contact Elizabeth Miller at (518) 225-3131 or visit

At the luncheon, WERC will also honor:

  • Lisa Wilson-Good, Founder/Director, Urban Grief, who will receive the WERCing Woman of Achievement Award. This award is presented to a woman whose career path has been filled with unique transitions, unexpected challenges, opportunities to take risks, and who serves as an excellent role model for women served by WERC.
  • Ellis Medicine, which will be recognized with the Advancement of Women in the WERCplace Award for its longstanding efforts to remove barriers that keep women from achieving financial independence and success.
  • Lois Smith-Law, who will be awarded the WERC Lifetime Achievement Award to distinguish her as a woman who lived her life with passion and truly embraced WERC’s mission to help others through her entire career.

Annmarie is deeply honored to receive the prestigious Harriet Rifkin Award from WERC, which shares her passion for helping women keep themselves and their families out of poverty through fulfilling and purposeful work.