March 2016 20 Questions: Colleen O’Neill, Jefferson County Sheriff

An agent of change

Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill reflects on her first year in office at the Sheriff’s Office last month. She is the first woman ever elected to a sheriff’s office in New York State history. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill reflects on her first year in office at the Sheriff’s Office last month. She is the first woman ever elected to a sheriff’s office in New York State history. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

For state’s first woman elected sheriff, spotlight is best shone on staff, deputies

After only two years of retirement from the New York State Police, an agency where she spent 32 years, Colleen M. O’Neill returned to law enforcement as Jefferson County’s and New York State’s first woman elected as sheriff. She sat down with us to share the experience of her first year in office, the challenges the Jefferson County sheriff’s office faces and what it means to lead as a woman in a historically male-dominated field. [Read more…]

February 2016: Nonprofits Today

Nonprofits on front lines of heroin war

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

In her office at Pivot, Anita Seefried-Brown has created a collage with the faces of bright and promising young adults, all now dead from heroin and other opiate overdoses. One of the photos is of her late son, Herbie. [Read more…]

April 2015 Leadership Feature Story: “Got Leadership?” Luncheon

‘The sky’s the limit’

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women’s Council of Realtors “Got Leadership?” panelists, from left, Jefferson County Sheriff Colleen M. O’Neill, Doreen Garrett, founder of Otis Technology and owner of the Tilted Kilt, Erika F. Flint, executive director, Watertown Urban Mission and Sarah V. Compo, deputy chief of staff for state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R- Heuvelton. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Women leaders stress goal-setting, networking

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Leadership is a lot like parenting: you have to make the best decisions for your team, know when to sit back and listen, absolutely love what you do and know your end game. [Read more…]