This statewide women’s forum will feature top-level industry leaders, who will share their personal stories about setting goals, overcoming adversity, and achieving leadership positions in their respective fields
Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and learn what it takes to be a leader
Proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs and scholarships for women attending Raritan Valley Community College
Vince Cirianni, Chair, Event Committee; Member, RVCC Foundation Board; Partner, Preferred Client Group
Moderator: Linda Wellbrock, President, Leading Women Entrepreneurs, LLC
Moderator: Lissa Jean Ferrell, Esq., President, LJF Consulting, LLC
Moderator: Mimi Feliciano, Founder and CEO, FEM Real Estate
Keynote Speaker: Betsy Meyers, Leadership Expert, Author and Founding Director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University
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Betsy Myers is a leadership expert with deep experience in the corporate, political and higher education arena, committed to personal and interpersonal leadership development.
She is the founding director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. The Center focuses on educating students about their leadership potential while conducting research about how and why companies should promote and retain women. Betsy speaks and leads corporate workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership and women’s leadership, career development, teamwork, women’s issues, and diversity. Her book, Take the Lead, was released September 2011.
Previously, Betsy was a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, as COO and as chair of Women for Obama. Prior to the campaign, Myers served as executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and worked closely with the Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board.
During the Clinton Administration, Betsy was the President’s senior advisor on women’s issues. As deputy assistant to the president, she launched and was the first director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.
Betsy also served as the associate deputy administrator for Entrepreneurial Development in the U.S. Small Business Administration. In a previous post, she was the director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the SBA. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, she spent six years building Myers Insurance and Financial Services, based in Los Angeles. Betsy received her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School, where she was a Public Service Fellow.
Leading Women Entrepreneurs, LLC
Linda Wellbrock is the President of Leading Women Entrepreneurs, LLC which is an initiative to commend women entrepreneurs for their service, leadership, contribution to their communities and the state’s economic recovery. Women who qualify for this honor are recognized through various media efforts and events, carrying their message to the women in their state who dream of their own success.
Linda has an extensive marketing background from the financial industry working for leading financial institutions including UBS and Merrill Lynch. After earning her MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies, she entered the publishing industry where she served as Vice President of Business Development and Associate Publisher for a professional women’s publication. In addition to writing feature articles on some of the most influential women in the state, her responsibilities focused on managing sales efforts, launching events and developing and implementing effective marketing campaigns. Linda began her entrepreneurial path as a Co-founder of Own It Ventures, LLC (formerly known as ‘Entrepreneur Expose’).
Linda has been recognized by The Boy Scouts of America, Tribute to Women, on the New Jersey Monthly Magazine “List” and as one of Steve Adubato’s “New Jersey People.” Linda has been featured on various news programs and media articles including: Fox 5 News, One on One, NJ.Com, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and more. She was recently invited to be a judge for the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Family Business of the Year Award.
Linda earned her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.
About Leading Women Entrepreneurs
The Leading Women Entrepreneurs Initiative was developed in 2011 for the purpose of acknowledging female, business owners who exhibit outstanding performance in four areas: market potential, innovation, community involvement and advocacy for women.
The rationale for this program is based on the following premises:
The women chosen are leaders among the women in business in our state. Intelligent, creative, ambitious and socially conscious, these women are part of the wave of entrepreneurs rising in New Jersey and across the country.
Virginia S. Bauer serves as the Chief Executive Officer at GTBM, Inc., a high-tech, networking firm that develops and markets proprietary software solutions for real-time security information. As an advocate for families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack, Ginny worked closely with Congressional leaders and the White House toward the enactment of 9/11 victim legislation in 2002, and participated in the development plan creation for the World Trade Center. She serves as a Director of National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc.
Since 2003, Ginny has held numerous government positions, including Director of the New Jersey Lottery; Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission; and Commissioner for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a position she continues to hold today. She also serves on the board of several community-based and professional organizations. She graduated from Rosemont College, Pennsylvania.
Deborah M. Capko is a surgical oncologist and a member of the Breast Surgical Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and New Jersey. She specializes in breast cancer surgery and provides the full range of procedures including breast conservation surgery (lumpectomy), sentinel node biopsy, and mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction. Her special interest is in nipple-sparing mastectomy, a procedure in which the breast tissue is removed through a small incision and which results in an excellent appearance.
Dr. Capko sees patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s regional care facility in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. There, she is part of a multidisciplinary breast cancer team that provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art breast imaging services, as well as medical and radiation oncology. The staff also includes a team of nurses and clinical researchers, who are also focused on breast care.
Dr. Capko earned her MD at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School; did her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School; and had fellowships at the European Institute of Oncology (Milan, Italy) and Hackensack University Medical Center. She is Board certified in surgery and has authored a number of articles and clinical studies including A Phase III Study of Accelerated Whole Breast Radiation Therapy with a Boost versus Standard Whole Breast Radiation with a Boost in Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer (RTOG 1005). She has appeared on the TODAY Show to discuss breast cancer screening and early detection.
Caren Franzini is President of Franzini Consulting, LLC. The firm provides assistance with real estate development projects; identifies local, state and federal incentives to fill funding gaps; and assists economic development organizations with their review of programs and developments. Previously she served as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) from January 1994 until October 2012. The NJEDA is a State agency that serves as New Jersey’s “bank for business” by financing small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs.
During her tenure at NJEDA, Caren oversaw an organization with over $500 million in assets, a $28 million operating budget and over 150 employees. Annually NJEDA provided between $600-$800 million in financial assistance to businesses, not for profits and public organizations throughout New Jersey to leverage additional private sector investment and the retention and growth of jobs.
Caren served as Chair of the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone Authority, Vice Chair of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, and President of the Corporation for Business Assistance in New Jersey. She also was a member of the Board of Directors and is the past President of the National Council of Development Finance Agencies and was a member of the Boards of the New Jersey Technology Council, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and the Aviation Research Technology Park.
Caren has been recognized for her contributions to business growth and economic development in the state. She is a past recipient of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP’s Industry Service Award; the New Jersey Technology Council’s John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award; the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s Paul L. Troast Award for her commitment to improving the state’s economy; and the Wharton Club of New York’s Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact. She has also been honored with the Pinnacle Business Advocate Award from the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey; the EDANJ’s Franklin-Maddocks Award for Excellence in Economic Development; the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Southern New Jersey Development Council; and Plan Smart NJ’s Outstanding Leadership & Economic Development Achievement Awards.
Prior to joining the NJEDA, she was an Assistant State Treasurer with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Before that, she was employed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and with Public Financial Management.
Caren currently serves on the Board of Directors of NJM Insurance Group, Horizon Blue Cross NJ Foundation Board, LeadNJ, New Jersey Community Development Corporation and the NJ Alliance for Action.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Public Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Eileen Holmes is a take-control financial leader who has over 30 years of experience in the industry. She has held several positions including branch manager, team leader of a business banking team, and currently is the Retail Senior Vice President for the Central Market of TD Bank.
She has great leadership savvy, the ability to connect with colleagues and customers, and is well respected throughout the industry. Eileen is a Brooklyn native, who began her career as a bank teller, and eventually worked her way up to Senior Management through hard work, and seeking out challenges and continuous involvement in the community. "I love the challenge of working in the Central Market," says Eileen. "Working my way up the chain of command in banking has given me perspective from the bottom to the top in different ways to challenge management and bring change and agility to Retail Banking Practices."
Her customer-focused style caught Commerce Bank's (now TD Bank) attention, and she was charged with leading Commerce's inaugural Brooklyn location, the Sheepshead Bay store. Moving to the Central Market in New Jersey is one more successful step in her challenging career and shaping practices learned in Brooklyn to meet demands of a vital new market has only added to her success story.
Eileen skillfully managed the first Brooklyn store's personnel and day-to-day operations, and handled new business development, and consumer lending. In the first year, deposits for the store grew to $75 million. As a result of her tremendous success, Eileen was asked to manage the highly visible Brooklyn Heights location at Montague and Court Streets, in the heart of Brooklyn's business and financial district.
In her current position as the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking, she is responsible for five regions in Central New Jersey, including 78 stores with over 1,000 employees, serving various ethnic and diverse communities. Additionally, her scope of responsibilities includes representing the Central Market for TD Bank as an institution.
Eileen is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient from Rotary International, serves on the Board of Camp Brooklyn, the Advisory Board of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults, and the winner of the outstanding community service award from Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow.
Edie Lutnick is a Co-Founder and the President of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a 501(c)3 not- for-profit charity established in the wake of September 11th, 2001 to address the short and long term needs of victims of terrorism. In 2005, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund expanded its mission to include aid to victims of natural disasters and emergencies as well as direct service charities. Under Edie’s leadership, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $280 million and implemented numerous programs to assist victims and their families.
The Relief Fund’s expanded scope has included direct financial aid to victims in natural disasters including the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as assistance to the wounded members of our military.
Edie facilitates the annual Charity Day events at Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, where 100% of the firms’ revenues on September 11th are donated to The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which in turn assists hundreds of deserving not-for-profits around the world. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $101 million.
A sought-after and inspiring public speaker, Edie addresses corporate, philanthropic, hospital, religious, and university audiences on topics including leadership, corporate and social responsibility, 9/11, resilience, living with tragedy, non-violence, and disaster relief and planning. She is the author of the 5-Star Amazon rated book, “An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How The 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy Of 9/11 And Beyond” and founder of the charitable giving initiative, IHAVENEVERHEARDOFYOU.com.
Edie holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island (1980) and a JD and MBA from Syracuse University (1982). She is a respected voice on several 9/11 advisory committees including the September 11th National Memorial and Museum, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, My Good Deed and Evolve, and an Honorary Board member of A Caring Hand: The Billy Esposito Foundation.
Lissa Jean Ferrell is an accomplished professional and attorney, who assists businesses and non-profits in the areas of strategy, partnership, business development and relationship building. Lissa seeks to empower institutions and organizations with the partners and relations to secure long-term financial vitality and sustainability, while developing and equipping them to evolve beyond traditional business development practices. Lissa also brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of fund raising program development.
Her business focus is directed towards helping clients accomplish their goals, providing financial protection and wealth management services to individuals, professionals and business owners.
She maps out their financial goals and guides her clients in the selection of the appropriate products to help them work toward their objectives.
A strong advocate of community service, Lissa currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, as a Trustee of The Garden State Bar Association, and as a member of the Leadership Council of UNCF. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Minority Athletes Network and the Caribbean American Business Association (Vice President 2009-2012), and served as Secretary and Counsel for the Aurora Enhancement Development Organization. She has been active involved with support organizations such as The Newark School of the Arts, The National Alliance of African American Athletes, and the Big O Booster Club.
A graduate of New York Law School, Lissa is a member of the Bar of the States of New York and New Jersey.
Maxine Ballen currently serves as President and CEO of the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), an organization she founded in 1996. The NJTC is the state’s premier organization for technology companies offering their membership of over 1,000 companies access to the resources, financing, information and an organized technology community. Prior to founding the NJTC, Maxine was one of the early pioneers in Pennsylvania who first recognized the need for special programs for the technology community and then initiated them. She founded both the Business Development & Training Center (BDTC) and the Pennsylvania Innovation Network (PIN) –two ongoing successful programs even today. She is also credited with founding the NJTC Venture Fund and Jumpstart NJ Angel Network.
Maxine has received numerous honors and awards for her work in developing cutting edge programs and unique services for technology companies over the past 17 years. Most recently she was the recipient of Early Stage East's Robert A. Spar Memorial Founders' Award (12/09). She was named to "Top 10 Women to Watch" (9/06) by the Star Ledger, "Movers & Shakers" by NJBIZ (7/06) and honored by the Borough of Haddonfield during Women's History Month 2006.
Other awards include Executive Women of NJ's "Salute to the Policy Makers" in 2004; Fairleigh Dickinson University's Fifth Annual Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecturer in 2003 and re- honored at the Rothman Institute’s Ten Year Anniversary celebration in 2010 ; and Women’s Fund of New Jersey’s Women Advancing Technology award in 2002. She was also named to “Superstars of the Past 15 Years” and to “Women of Influence” in 2002, both in NJBIZ; and received Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2001 Women of Distinction award.
Maxine serves on several boards and is a frequent speaker on both regional and national technology issues.
Debra DiLorenzo is currently the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ and is responsible to the Board of Directors for the full range of activities including program of work, organizational structure and procedures, motivation of volunteers, income and expenditures, maintenance of membership, supervision of staff, setting policy and long range planning.
Debra was previously a Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for New Jersey Business and Industry Association. She was responsible for planning and directing the activities of the Association's professional lobbying staff and overseeing the overall departmental operations including budget preparation. Prior to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, Debra was the Vice President, External Relations for the South Jersey Gas Company where she planned and directed the company's corporate communications with targeted publics which included employees, customers, government officials, media, shareholders and the financial community.
Debra is or has been a member of the following organizations:
Debra graduated from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ in 1976 with a B.A. in Communications and achieved an M.A. in Corporate Communications, Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University in 1987. She was a member of the Class of 1991 for Leadership New Jersey, The Partnership for New Jersey.
Debbie Hart, President and CEO of BioNJ, worked alongside New Jersey’s biotechnology industry leaders to establish BioNJ in 1994. BioNJ seeks to promote a business and public policy environment in New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and beyond that advances the growth and prosperity of New Jersey’s biotechnology companies. For this mission, Debbie has been active with the boards and committees of numerous government and academic institutions.
Debbie served on the transitions teams of two former New Jersey governors. She is a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Technology Advisory Board, serves as Chair of EDA’s Technology Centre Advisory Committee and is a member of the New Jersey Israel Commission.
Past government involvement includes the Prosperity New Jersey Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Cluster Study that was conducted by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School, the Jobs Growth and Economic Development Commission and the Task Force on Higher Education Quality and Competitiveness of the State. She also served on the Business Task Force established in 2011 by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver
She is a board member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, the Science Advisory Board at Rider University and the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair University.
Debbie has served on advisory boards for the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Biomedical Engineering Program, the Monmouth County Biotechnology High School, Monmouth University’s School of Science, Technology and Engineering and is a Director of Liberty Science Center’s Women’s Leadership Council.
As an advocate for the industry, Debbie has spoken before State and federal legislative committees. She is also a frequent speaker at industry events, including serving as the Keynote speaker at the 2011 Russian Pharmaceutical Forum in St. Petersburg and the 2011 Knowledge for Growth Conference in Ghent, Belgium and the Woman’s Clinical Trail Leadership Dinner at Partnerships in Clinical Trials.
Debbie has been honored by the Women’s Fund of New Jersey as a Woman Advancing Science, and Debbie and BioNJ have been recognized by NJIT with a New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Award. She is a 2009 NJBIZ New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business honoree and in 2011 was named in 2011 and 2012 to the NJBIZ Power 100, a listing of the 100 most influential people in New Jersey Business.
Debbie holds an M.S. from the S. I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a B.A. from Trenton State College.
Tracye McDaniel is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey – including a focus on making New Jersey's most distressed cities engines for growth and opportunity.
Supported and funded by a Board of Directors and Partners that represents more than 40 of the state’s top Fortune 500 companies, privately-held ventures, and associations and non-profits, Choose New Jersey represents the “Next Generation Economic Development Model.” New Jersey is one of only a handful of states that have charged a non-governmental agency with state-wide marketing efforts for economic development purposes. The organization was honored by the Site Selectors Guild with its 2014 Excellence in Economic Development Award for State EDO, citing recognition for “setting new job creation and retention records since its founding.”
Tracye is a leader who brings more than 29 years of state and regional level experience in all facets of economic development, including public relations, tourism and international business development. In 2007, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), Houston, TX, regarded as a top global location for business.
Tracye holds leadership positions in numerous professional and industry organizations and sits on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s top organization for economic development professionals. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Most recently, NJBIZ named her among New Jersey’s 2014 Best 50 Women in Business, as well as the 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business.
Tracye has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to both the Council on Innovation and the New Jersey Military installation Growth and Development Task Force.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Tracye is also a Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow, a program of American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
Sharon Seitzman joined QualCare in March 1999. As QualCare’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sharon has overall responsibility for several QualCare operational areas, including Medical & Disease Management, Human Resources and Client Services. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of employer-sponsored wellness programs.
Sharon is an administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the health care and managed care industry. She has operational experience in all aspects of managed care including medical management, quality improvement, claims, customer service, provider services and administration. Immediately prior to joining QualCare, Sharon was the Chief Operating Officer at United HealthCare of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut managing the daily operations of the tri-state health plan through multiple products. She also held administrative positions at First Option Health Plan and CIGNA Healthplan.
In 2010, Sharon was appointed to the CentraState Healthcare System Parent Board of Trustees and participates in various CentraState Board Committees. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University.
Angela Snyder is the CEO and Vice Chairman of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, a Fulton Financial subsidiary headquartered in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Fulton Bank of New Jersey has assets of $3.4 billion and operates 72 branches throughout the state of New Jersey. Angela is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Angela has earned numerous awards and honor. She was named the 2013 Women of Distinction honoree by the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ. She was also recognized by SJ Magazine as the 2013 Top Women to Watch. Angela was named the 2012 Women of Distinction recipient by the Philadelphia Business Journal, named New Jersey’s 2011 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, and received the 2011 Alice Paul Equality Award. In 2010, Angela was recognized by the Greater Gloucester County American Association of University Women, Gloucester County Commission for Women and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders to receive the “2010 Gloucester County Women of Achievement” award. Angela also received the 2009 “Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award” sponsored by The South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, “Pioneer of the Year” award. She was named as one of the top “business people to watch” under the age of 40 by both NJ Biz and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Angela serves on several area non-profit boards including, Board Member and Trustee for Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation. Angela also serves on the Board of Directors for the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Angela was appointed to the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In 2013 she was appointed as a Director to the New Jersey Bankers Association and recently named second vice chair. In 2008, Angela founded the Women’s Leadership Council of Gloucester and Salem counties; she is the past chair and current Steering Committee member of the Council.
Mimi Feliciano is Founder and CEO of FEM Real Estate, a Real Estate Investment Company, based in Montville, New Jersey, that develops, owns and manages commercial real estate in the Northeast and is locally focused on redevelopment projects in northern New Jersey.
From 2001 thru 2012, she was Owner and CEO of Lincoln Park Healthcare, the largest nursing home complex in New Jersey, located in Lincoln Park and situated on 37 acres with 706 beds, 800 employees and revenue in excess of $70 million. Starting in 2001 and through point of sale in 2012, Mimi took over and expanded this second-generation family business by implementing a three- phase, new-building construction program totaling 200,000 square feet. She built a visionary state- of-the-art, 64,000-square-foot building for sub-acute, short-term care within a luxury hotel-like environment; built a 56,000-square-foot, “Greenhouse Villa” facility also for sub-acute, short-term care; and has approved plans for a future unique 80,000-square-foot, skilled-nursing facility. All the buildings are designed to promote healing and relaxation through use of gardens, greenhouses and other elements integrated into the medical care recovery environment.
Entrepreneurship has been a continuing trend in Mimi’s career. At age 19, she became a partner of a 60,000-square-foot health club and 550-seat banquet facility, for which she supervised the construction of and subsequently managed for 14 years. It achieved significant success with 5000 members and affiliation with IRSA Vanguard, an elite group of health club owners who set industry standards. Subsequently, in conjunction with raising two children, Mimi and her husband invested in residential real estate, acquiring and managing more than 100 apartment units, a business subsequently sold in 2001.
A dedicated philanthropist, Mimi and her husband donate to many local charities and civic organizations. In 2009 they invested seed money to fund a coffee plantation operation in Rwanda that was designed to create a self-sustaining economy. In 2012, Mimi and her husband donated a large gift to Montclair State University to open the Mimi and Edwin Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship within the School of Business. In 2012, the Felicianos provided Chilton Memorial Hospital with the funds for construction of a new rooftop Healing Garden to open in 2014.
Mini’s affiliations include Board Member, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship; Advisory Board Member, Montclair State University School of Business; Member, Women President’s Organization (WPO); Member WPO Platinum III, 2007-2011, an elite group of WPO members with high volume businesses.
Leslie Barbi is currently a Fixed Income Investment Executive and was previously a member of the investment team of RS Funds. Leslie is a managing director and head of public fixed income at Guardian Life. Her previous investment management experience includes serving as managing director of fixed income at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2001 through 2003, where she served as a member of the investment strategy group and head of U.S. investment grade corporates.
Previously, from 1993-2001, Leslie was at Pacific Investment Management Co., where she served in multiple capacities in its fixed income group, including most recently as executive vice president of fixed income.
Leslie holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business.
Linda Bowden is the New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank. She is responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives across the firm’s lines of business in the region, including corporate and institutional banking, commercial banking, and wealth management, as well as supporting the firm’s community-based activities.
Linda adds extensive industry experience to PNC that spans every aspect of wealth management, having served as portfolio manager, trust and investment officer and as a manager overseeing private banking officers. In 2005, she was named one of the “25 Women to Watch” by U.S. Banker magazine.
Prior to joining PNC in 2009, Linda was the managing director of Wachovia Wealth Management. She began her career as a teacher for seven years in Wyckoff, N.J. and authored two children's math books.
Linda is active in a range of community programs and currently volunteers her social work expertise to The Family Service League in Montclair, N.J. She also serves on the board of directors of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, N.J., the Liberty Science Center board of trustees, the board of directors of Youth Consultation Services, the board of directors of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors of Choose New Jersey, the board of trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the board of trustees of the William Paterson University Foundation.
Linda also is a past member of the alumni advisory board for Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2011, she was named as a PINNACLE recipient, achieving the highest honor awarded to alumni.
Linda earned an M.S.W. from Columbia University, an M.A in institutional counseling from William Paterson University, an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A in education from Rowan University. Additionally, she completed the National Trust School at Northwestern University, earned her Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation and has completed numerous sales management and leadership programs.
Since 1989, Marisa Manley has handled over $1.5 billion in transactions nationwide, more than $3 billion in consulting assignments, and has helped her clients reduce costs by over $120 million.*
Marisa has advised many health-related organizations, including LabCorp, CBLPath, IntegraMed, Dianon, Settlement Health, AmeriPath, DermPath, Aurora Diagnostics, The New York County Medical Society and First District Dental Society, as well companies such as AT&T, IBM, Turner Broadcasting, Reuters, United Parcel Service, and others.
A graduate of Cornell University’s college of architecture and Harvard Law School, Marisa is an experienced and respected public speaker. She has also spoken at the prestigious annual Council of Physicians and Scientists meeting sponsored by IntegraMed, offering strategic advice on real estate. She has spoken nationwide before the American Corporate Counsel Association, the New York State Bar Association, and other legal and professional organizations. A recent talk delivered before the Cornell Entrepreneur Network at the Cornell Club in New York was titled “Lease Renewals: How to Gain the Upper Hand,” and was attended by executives in real estate, finance, consulting and law.
Marisa has written extensively on how space users can structure and negotiate more cost-effective real estate transactions. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Barrons, Inc. Magazine, and other publications. The New York State Bar Association invited her to write two chapters for its upcoming revised handbook on commercial leasing.
* Through HCREA’s affiliate, Commercial Tenant Real Estate Representation ams.
A former Vice President at Deutsche Bank Operations, Dr. C. Michele Scott has integrated her career in finance and corporate management with her personal values, her life experiences, and her George Washington University doctorate to leverage resources and make a difference in diverse contexts through education and entrepreneurship.
She founded WeEmpower Partnership LLC and Making A Difference through Entrepreneurship to leverage business, community, and academia, facilitating, partnering and advocating for empowerment, job and workforce readiness education; professional development; entrepreneurship education and business support; and business and job development. She directs many of her efforts and energies toward the underserved communities, youth and women.
Doc, to which she is affectionately referred, has served as an adjunct professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Fairleigh Dickinson University and Colorado Technical University, and provides Youth and Adult Entrepreneurship programs for middle and high schools and the community. She serves on the boards of Project U.S.E., Greater Newark Enterprise Corporation (GNEC) and New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Management.
She received the Women’s History Month Teacher Recognition - Fairleigh Dickinson University; The George Washington University Ralph Stone Servant Leadership Award; and Promises Delivered: Women of Distinction Award.
Doc earned an Ed.D. Human Resource Management, The George Washington University; Certification in Advanced Project Management, Stanford University; M.S. Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology; and a B.S. Business Administration, Delaware State University.
Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron is the seventh president of William Paterson University, one of the largest public universities in New Jersey with more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 250 academic programs. Located in Wayne, New Jersey, and affiliated with universities in China, Scotland, Japan and the Netherlands, William Paterson University is a leader in science, business, nursing, and teacher education and music programs; has a vibrant sustainability program marked by the largest solar panel installation in the Northeast; and boasts a record number of Fulbright Fellows among its distinguished faculty. As President, Kathleen has increased the number of full-time faculty, led the completion of a Strategic Plan 2012-2022, and started a building and capital campaign to ensure the future of the University.
She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and 17 years in international banking. Prior to joining William Paterson University in 2010, Kathleen served as President of Baruch College CUNY from 2004 through 2009 and worked at Citibank for 14 years where she directed strategic planning for the Global Private Bank. She also served as Dean of the College of Business at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus from 1998 to 2004.
Kathleen holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Latin American History from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Social Science Research Council Fellowship and recently was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in New Jersey by NJBIZ.
Kathleen serves on the boards of the Tinker Foundation, the Hamilton Partnership, NJEDge.Net, and the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. She is also one of the founding members of the New Jersey Campus Compact. She has written about Venezuela and speaks extensively about leadership and higher education.
Joyce Brocaglia is the President and CEO of Alta Associates, Inc. www.altaassociates.com Founded in 1986 Alta Associates is widely acknowledged as the leading search firm in IT Risk Management, Information Security and Privacy. Having successfully partnered with global enterprises for over 27 years, Alta has built world class IT Risk and Information Security organizations.
As an expert advisor and career coach to her clients in the areas of market conditions, business intelligence, strategic hiring, leadership development and diversity, Joyce has gained the trust and respect of the industry’s most influential executives.
In September of 2003, Information Security Magazine honored Joyce with a “Women of Vision” award naming her one of the 25 most influential women in the information security industry. In 2002, she founded the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Privacy and Risk Management; a ground breaking conference and community for women executives to exchange ideas and best practices. www.ewf-usa.com. Today the EWF is the largest member organization serving emerging leaders as well as the most prominent and influential female executives within the Information Security, Risk Management, Assurance and Privacy industries. The EWF provides master degree scholarships each year to Carnegie Mellon, recognizes leaders through Women of Influence awards and gives back to the community through its Cyber Security School Challenge. The EWF Leadership Journey is a virtual leadership program that has enhanced and developed women leaders throughout the US.
In 2005, Joyce authored “The Information Security Officer: A New Role for New Threats” in Larstans’ “The Black Book on Corporate Security.” In 2006 she and the Executive Women’s Forum partnered with Carnegie Mellon’s Cylab to create scholarships for outstanding women to enroll in CMU’s Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management program. There are eight EWF Fellows to date.
In 2008 Joyce authored the chapter “Who Companies Really Want to Hire: How to Advance Your Career and Have Great Success” in the book “CISO Leadership: Essential Principals For Success” Along with (ISC2) authored the “Hiring Guide to the Information Security Profession”
Joyce has been the career advisor of CSO Magazine, author of a monthly "Career Corner" column for the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Journal and “Skills in Demand” SC Magazine.
She has participated on the board of advisors for the ISSA and (ISC)² and Shared Assessments. Joyce has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Network World, Network Computing, Information Security Magazine, and CSO Magazine. Joyce is a speaker at industry events regarding career matters, gender diversity and emerging roles within the information technology risk and security community. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Montclair State University and is Certified Public Accountant.