Rome businesswoman, leader receives Yellow Rose award

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The Professional and Business Women of Rome have honored Michele Salisbury, CFO and director of finance, contracts and diversity as well as board secretary of NYSTEC, with its Yellow Rose of Challenge Award for 2020.

The Professional and Business Women of Rome have presented the award since the late 1980s, said PBW President Beth Jones, who presented the award to Salisbury in a ceremony on Friday.

Recipients of the award believe in the tenant of Women Helping Women, Jones said, adding that Salisbury has a long history of civic involvement and leadership.

“Michele exemplifies leadership and empowerment to working women as demonstrated in her years of service to her profession and her community,” Jones said. 

Salisbury is active in a host of local organizations, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Rome Chamber of Commerce and member of the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corporation (MV EDGE).

She is a member of the SUNY Poly Institute College of Business Management Professional Advisory Board and the Finance Committee of the New York State Forum. She recently served as treasurer for the Cyber Research Institute and the Rome Area Red Cross and as vice chair for the Project Fibonacci STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) Youth Conference.

Salisbury has been member of the Rome Rotary, and was the first student to complete the accelerated MBA program at Syracuse University, Jones added. Salisbury also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed certified public accountant.

NYSTEC, located at Griffiss Business and Technology Park, is a nonprofit technology consulting company, advising organizations, agencies, institutions, and businesses since 1996, employing more than 225 data scientists, network engineers, cybersecurity experts, business transformation consultants, and internal service specialists across New York.

Along with being NYSTEC’s CFO, Salisbury’s responsibilities include overseeing NYSTEC Contracts and Risk Management functions as well as leading NYSTEC’s diversity initiative and outreach to community partners such as the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome.

The Professional and Business Women of Rome is a local chapter of New York State Women Inc., whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically. Its vision is to empower women to use their voice to create positive change, the organization said.

“Michele is a role model for others to follow.With this being National Business Women’s Week, it is appropriate for our chapter of the PBW to make the presentation to Michele this week,” Jones said.

Since 2003, the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and the PBW of Rome have partnered on various events that recognize the important accomplishments of local women during National Business Women’s Week.

John Calabrese, first vice chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, said: “Michele is an outstanding recipient who is a dedicated and loyal member of the Chamber, having served as board chair during 2016-17.” 

The idea for National Business Women’s Week originated with the National Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs from 1924 – 1927. BPW/USA President Lena Madesin Phillips opened NBWW with a nationally broadcast speech, saying: “The purpose of NBWW is to focus public attention upon a ‘better business woman for a better business world”.

For PBW membership
information, contact Jones at 315-335-0551.

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