09 May Kate E. Austin named Woman of Distinction
Kate E. Austin of Glens Falls, New York, was named a 2023 Woman of Distinction by New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. A brunch honoring this year’s 15 Women of Distinction, also including Donnah Digan-Lewis of Glens Falls among other inspiring women from the region, was held on Sunday, May 7, at the Inn at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs.
“She represents the best of the creative community,” said Assemblywoman Woerner in her remarks, after reading Ms. Austin’s accomplishments, including being named one of the Post-Star’s 20 under 40 in 2019, her business Advokate being named Independent Business of the Year in 2013, and listing involvements such as co-founding the Arts District of Glens Falls, serving as interim director of the World Awareness Children’s Museum, and holding seats on numerous boards over the years. “A helping hand whose dedication to the craft and the community inspires all who are lucky enough to work with her,” concluded Assemblywoman Woerner.
Ms. Austin’s business Advokate was featured in the most recent issue of SUNY Adirondack’s Community Roots quarterly magazine, in an interview highlighting Advokate’s beginning at SUNY Adirondack’s Startup ADK class. Ms. Austin is now a regular guest speaker for the class, presenting on Marketing for the 21st Century.
Ms. Austin is part of a panel this Thursday, May 11, with Assemblywoman Woerner at an event called FAIL! Conversations about Lessons Learned on the Road to Success. The panel is hosted by FoundBridge Center for Connection, a new venture by Diana Palmer, who nominated Ms. Austin as a Woman of Distinction.
The FAIL! event begins at 7 p.m. at 333 Glen Street, Second Floor, in Glens Falls, New York, and is free to attend, though tickets are required. Additional panelists include Mark Frost of The Chronicle newspaper, basketball star Tay Fisher, EDC Warren County CEO Jim Siplon, and Common Roots founder Christian Weber. Find tickets at www.foundbridge.org/events.