Keynote Speakers

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver
In 2010, the Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, became Speaker of New Jersey's General Assembly, and served as Speaker until 2014. She became only the second woman in New Jersey's 300 year history to serve as Speaker, and the second African-American woman in the United States to lead a legislative house. During her tenure as Speaker, she was active in the National Speakers Association, the State Legislative Leaders Conference, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Women In Government. In 2018, she was elected as the second Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. [ Read Full Bio ]
Sandra Yancey
When it comes to business, I'm an unlikely success story. I hated networking environments - you know, a bunch of small talk when I was focused on BIG dreams. And so, in a room above my garage, I bootstrapped my way to create one the largest and most decorated business network organizations in North America, eWomenNetwork, a one-stop complete success system for entrepreneurs. It's a multimillion-dollar enterprise with over 500,000 women connected through 118 chapters spread across North America. [ Read Full Bio ]

Breakout Session Speakers

First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy
Tammy Snyder Murphy's upbringing, career, and worldview have been consistently shaped and defined by family, education, service, and leadership. Whether running for student office during college, thriving in a competitive and male-dominated industry, starting and working with nonprofits, or joining the Women's March in Trenton, Tammy has always believed in problem-solving through coalition-building and participation.
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman
Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
Bonnie Watson Coleman, a long-time and influential advocate for the people of New Jersey, is currently serving her sophomore term in the United States Congress. Prior to her election as Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, Watson Coleman served eight consecutive terms in the New Jersey General Assembly.
Sen. Teresa Ruiz
Senator M. Teresa Ruiz was elected as a Democrat to the New Jersey Senate in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, 2013 and 2017. She was elected by her colleagues in January to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, becoming the first Latina to serve in a leadership position in the New Jersey Senate.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg
Loretta Weinberg, is the Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate. A mainstay in New Jersey's Democratic Party, Senator Weinberg has served as a member of the New Jersey Senate since 2005, where she represents the 37th Legislative District.
Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight
Angela V. McKnight was elected as the first African-American Assemblywoman for the 31st District for the State of New Jersey in 2015. Angela works with many community organizations and individual helping the community with community feedings, youth empowerment, community give back and educational events.
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi
Holly Schepisi, a Member of the New Jersey Assembly, is also a lawyer, businesswoman, and Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 39th Legislative District since January 10, 2012. The Assistant Republican leader serves as a member of the Education, Health and Senior Service, Housing and Community Development, and Joint Committee on Housing Affordability.
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter
Majority Conference Leader Sumter entered the Legislature in 2012 and by her second term in office she was appointed to Deputy Speaker. When Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was elevated to Congress, Shavonda was tapped to serve as the Majority Conference Leader and continues to do so under the leadership of Speaker Craig Couglin.
Freeholder Christine Myers
Christine Myers began her first term on the Morris County Board of Freeholders on Jan. 3, 2016. Myers launched a specialty food business in 2013 after a 25-year career as a technology and telecommunications executive and consultant. She was appointed in late 2017 as the Regional Advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, Region Two, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Shade Adu
Shade Adu is a Personal Brand Strategist, Life Coach and Founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC. Savvy Solutions Consulting is a professional development firm that provides personal branding, coaching and diversity training for individuals, businesses, organizations and corporations. Ms. Adu specializes in personal branding, target audience attraction, coaching and brand diversity.
Karin Ajmani
Karin uses her health and managed care experience to lead Progyny's employer benefits products. She aims to expand employer coverage of infertility services by providing a solution that is a beneficial for employers, patients, and clinicians.
Mary Anne Alino
Mary Anne Alino is a partner in the Real Estate Group and has over 18 years of experience in accounting and auditing real estate companies. Ms. Alino has provided a wide array of services, such as agreed-upon procedures, due diligence, internal controls review, and financial reporting in accordance with GAAP, tax and fair value.
Anne Marie B. Almasi
Anne Marie B. Almasi is the Owner of Almasi Companies, LLC, a WBE construction company specializing in site restoration, underground utility installation, excavation, wetlands construction, electrical and mechanical trenching and soil remediation. With more than 30 years of civil contracting experience, Almasi helped a family business grow from a material hauling company into a full service underground utility contractor.
Alexandra Amato
Alexandra Amato has been in the Nursing field since she can remember. She started volunteering as a candy striper at the age of 11. She always knew she was meant to take care of people. She has a Bachelor's in Science and a nursing degree. She spent seven years in critical care at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and then moved on into the field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in 2001.
Gail Arkin
Gail is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions, a W. R. Berkley company. She has over 22 years of insurance company claims, general counsel and management experience. In her current role, Gail develops cyber insurance products and devotes her time to actively participating in insurance industry associations and educational events. She is also responsible for all regulatory compliance and legal matters for Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions.
Monika Athwal
Monika Athwal has over 20 years experience in retail banking and sales. For the past 10 years, Monika has worked in regional banking positions through Northern New Jersey. Prior to that, for 12 years Monika worked at the Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she held several different positions in retail banking at the senior management level and in business manager corporate banking.
Alexis S. Axelrad
Born in New York City, Alexis S. Axelrad has almost two decades of experience in immigration and nationality law. Ms. Axelrad received her B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. After earning her J.D. from New York Law School, Ms. Axelrad was admitted to practice in New York in 1998.
Lynette Barbieri
Lynette Barbieri has been a money, sales and business expert for over 20 years. Her passion is to empower women to take control of their finances and to equip them with the necessary sales and business skills to succeed. She is also the co-founder of ETTWomen and The ETTWomen Foundation. Lynette has built her business through connecting with like-minded powerful women and building relationships. Through ETTWomen she teaches women entrepreneurs to do the same.
Dr. Monica Bennett
Dr. Bennett has earned her Doctorate degree in Naturopathy, as well as becoming a certified Life Success Consultant, Reflexologist, Certified Nia dancer, Biodynamic Gardener, Napoleon Hill Science of Success trainer, Brian Tracy's Coaching methods trainer, as well as many other modalities including NLP.
Christine Buteas
Chrissy Buteas is Chief Government Affairs Officer of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the nation's largest state-level business association whose member companies collectively employ more than one million people. Prior to joining NJBIA, Chrissy served as the president and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey.
Ruthi Zinn Byrne

Ruthi Zinn Byrne is a founder and sole owner of Zinn Graves & Field Inc., Public Relations and Marketing. Over the past 40 years, as clients have become more diverse and demanding, she has led her firm beyond the mindset of traditional public relations and marketing into new areas of communications such as board governance consulting, public acceptance and public affairs strategizing, community relations, and crisis management.

Peg Cafferty
Peg Cafferty is an actress, writer, producer, director, activist, and speaker. She is a passionate storyteller who brings projects from concept through fruition. She is a networker who brings life to any project, from running an Academy Award campaign for INDIA'S DAUGHTER, to planning a concert to save elephants, TUSKFEST for the TUSK Foundation, Peg is a connector who gets the job done.
Patricia Campos-Medina, MPA
Patricia is a nationally recognized labor and political leader with more than 20 years experience on grassroots & labor organizing, electoral campaigns with a senior government relations and senior organizational management record. Currently, Patricia is the Co-Director of the Union Leadership Institute at Cornell University, where she develops curriculum and delivers training in four core areas of academic programing; workers rights & workforce development, leadership development and organizational change, globalization and trade, and immigrant rights policy.
Myrna Capabianco
Myrna Capabianco, MSN, RN, NEA-BC began her nursing career at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey where she worked as a staff nurse in medical-surgical, intermediate care and critical care. Her current role is as Hackensack Meridian Health's Network Director for High Reliability - the study of organizations that operate under hazardous conditions while maintaining high levels of safety over extended periods of time.
Toya Casper-Cornelious, RN MBA LNHA
Toya is currently the Chief Clinical Officer for CareOne, the leading post acute care provider in NJ. She started her career as a nursing assistant at Newark Beth Israel Hospital where she developed her passion for the art of caring. After attending Rutgers College of Nursing and earning her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Toya went on to become a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Flora M. Castillo, C.H.I.E.
A Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE), Ms. Castillo is a dynamic nationally recognized health care executive and transportation thought leader dedicated to improving individual's quality of life and building leaders at all levels through her public and private sector service that spans more than 25 years.
Elisa A. Charters
Elisa has advocated for Diversity and Inclusion, and the empowerment of the Latino/a/x community for 20+ years. As former Vice Chair of NJHCFFA Board, she approved over $2.6 billion in financing for healthcare initiatives, and achieved 21% MWBE participation among co-leads in NJ. In 2014, Elisa co-founded Latina Surge, a national non-profit advocating for Latina inclusion and gender parity.
Karen Cleeve
Karen Cleeve is Vice President Corporate Communications, PSEG Services Corporation, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG). In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications for PSEG and its major businesses, PSE&G, PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island.
Elizabeth Clifford
Elizabeth Clifford has nearly 40 years working in the credit and collection industry, although her experience with collections actually began at age 10 when she had a paper route and occasionally faced nonpayment for delivery. It was then she learned about catching more flies with honey than vinegar, a philosophy that rests at the core of Heritage Financial Recovery Services' success today.
Blaize Connelly-Duggan
Blaize is a visionary healthcare executive with a proven track record and unparalleled experience in integrative medicine and substance abuse treatment. His decade long quest to provide natural solutions to curb the opioid epidemic led him into the medical cannabis industry. In 2014, he co-founded Maryland Wellness Access (now Remedy) one of the first licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Maryland.
Vanessa Coppes
Author, lifestyle blogger, and entrepreneur. Founder of V+Co. Consulting, Co-Founder of ETTWomen, The ETTWomen Foundation, and HR+Co. Online Marketing Manager for BELLA New York + Los Angeles magazines. Lover of fashion, coffee, dogs, social + digital media and making connections.
Edward P. Cox
Edward "Ned" Cox began his career in the field of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation working as a Counselor at Patrick House, a multi modality drug and alcohol treatment facility with sites throughout Hudson County. He was later employed by the NJ Dept. of Health, Division of Addiction Services as a Clinical Director in Jersey City.
Michellene Davis, Esq.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, Michellene Davis leads Social Impact and Community Investment across the System. She oversees the areas of Policy Development and Governmental and External Affairs, Healthy Living and Community and Employee Wellness and Engagement, and Global Health. She is the creator of the RWJBarnabas Health Women's Leadership Alliance and Institute for Corporate Internship.
Clarelle DeGraffe
Clarelle DeGraffe is an executive manager with nearly 30 years of experience in transportation, project management and construction management. Over the years, Clarelle has accumulated broad technical knowledge in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure that when combined with her outstanding leadership ability and creative problem solving skills has proven to be a valuable asset in all assignments.
Marie Deveaux
Marie is the Founder and Principal of High Tides Consulting, a learning agency that helps clients focus on self improvement in a fun and dynamic environment, so they can show up as their best for their families, communities, and the world.
Willa Edgerton-Chisler
Willa Edgerton-Chisler, is the founder of Symphony Strategies, Makali P2 Institute, and CEO of Symphony Coaching, LLC. Celebrating her 14th year as a certified professional coach, Willa is an author, inspirational speaker, thought leader and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion, a personal development strategist partnering with a diverse suite of leaders, helping them understand their behaviors, strengths their impact, supporting them to orchestrate their full potential.
Diannae Ehler
Diannae Ehler is a 34-year veteran of the PANYNJ and currently oversees a department responsible for the operation and maintenance of one of the nation's busiest transportation networks, including the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne Bridge, Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
Suellen Erwin
Founder & President of Infusion Funding LLC, an invoice factoring company located in Allendale, NJ. Ms. Erwin founded Infusion Funding 12 years ago with her spouse Michael who currently serves as VP of sales & marketing. Infusion Funding is a woman-owned business enterprise and is a member of the International Factoring Association.
Dawn Ferrantino
Dawn is a health and transformation specialist who has assisted thousands of people on reaching their health goals. She inspires, motivates, and empowers others to be the best they can be. She is also passionate about creating and designing life on your own terms. As a successful entrepreneur, Dawn assists others on how to create financial, time, and physical freedom. She has coached, inspired, and motivated thousands of people and helped transform their lives. She is a motivational speaker, coach, entrepreneur, professional network marketer, mentor, trainer and author.
Madeline Ferraro
Madeline has been VP Government & Public Affairs and Chief Government Affairs Officer at Atlantic Health System since 2002. Reporting directly to the CEO, Ms. Ferraro successfully creates and implements the system's government relations strategy. She is solely responsible for enhancing the system's presence and position with state and federal leaders and has received wide support and accolades in the healthcare industry.
Renee Fiorelli
Fiorelli is a second-generation owner of Peterson Service Company (PSC), a commercial HVAC and smart building controls company with more than 50 employees (including 25 service technicians) with an 8,000 square foot facility operating out of Medford, New Jersey.
Robin Fisher
Robin Fisher is a Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank (NKF). She helps high growth companies & retailers execute creative and cost effective office + retail leasing strategies in NYC and major markets across the US. She is also a co-founder of Space in the Raw (SITR) a new marketplace that helps Fortune 500 companies secure high end commercial + residential space for large conferences, product launches and intimate gatherings.
Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq.
Rebecca is a partner at Genova Burns LLC and advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trade associations, charitable organizations, social welfare organizations, political action committees and corporate officers on the legal aspects of their political activity.
Amy Frieman M.D.
Dr. Amy Frieman is the Corporate Medical Director of Palliative Care Services for the legacy Meridian Health System, part of Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) in New Jersey. Dr. Frieman attended medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City where she graduated in 2000 with highest honors.
Sally Glick
Sally Glick is a Principal of the Firm and the Chief Growth Strategist at Sobel & Co. In that role she is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm's branding, marketing communications and functions as an ambassador to the community, driving their business development strategies. To kick off 2018, Sally was elected as the Vice-Chair of the NJ District Export Council.
Aisha Glover
Aisha Glover has over 15 years of experience as a convener, champion and agent for economic empowerment and social responsibility. Currently, Aisha serves as the President & CEO for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation.
Dr. Shanti Gopalakrishnan
Shanthi Gopalakrishnan earned her PhD. in Organization Management from Rutgers University and is currently a Professor at the Martin Tuchman School of Management at NJIT, New Jersey.
Kim C. Hanemann
Kim C. Hanemann is Senior Vice President, Delivery Projects and Construction (DP&C), at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). Ms. Hanemann is responsible for ensuring the on time, on scope and on budget execution of the company's large transmission construction projects, which includes overseeing project management, project controls, licensing and permitting, and commissioning.
Col. Lisa Hou
Lisa J. Hou, was appointed in February 2018 as the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, Hou administers two Divisions that serve New Jersey Veterans. In addition, Dr. Hou holds the rank of Colonel serving in the New Jersey Army National Guard in the dual roles of commander of the Medical Command and the State Surgeon.
Keisha Hutchinson
Keisha Hutchinson is an audit partner in KPMG's Financial Services practice. She has more than 15 years of experience providing financial statement audit, audit of internal control and due diligence services.
Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel
Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel, ND has over 10 years of clinical and corporate experience in the wellness industry. She is a doctoral-level graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Named the 2008 'Clinical Excellency' scholar for her class, she complete the four-year program with honors.
Barbara E. Kauffman
Barbara E. Kauffman sees solid lines of connection between people and organizations where others see dots or no lines at all. Barbara has a unique skill of connecting people and businesses, opening doors for companies and the individuals who serve them, to create business opportunities and establish strong bonds that lead to new relationships.
Bhavana Khanna
Prior to co-founding KBK Capital Management in 2016, Bhavana Khanna, PhD was the lead Portfolio Manager for Blue Shores' India Opportunity Fund. She focused on macro, fundamental and technical research on Indian markets. Bhavana is dedicated to fostering the vast bilateral investment opportunities between India and the USA.
Celia M. King, MPS
Celia M. King has over 20 years experience as a trainer and facilitator specializing in the fields of leadership, leadership development, management and team building. Coupled with her background as a professional career & executive coach, she recognizes the growth and development of others is the highest calling of leadership.
Kawanzaa King
Kawanzaa King is the principal of Harvest Partners, LLC; a certified minority and women-owned enterprise. Her firm creates solutions for the private and public sector through executive coaching, business development consulting and professional development training.
Katie Kyros
Katie Kyros is a political reporter at News 12 New Jersey. Her reporting has taken her from the presidential campaign trail - covering Chris Christie's run - to the White House. Prior to joining News 12, Kyros was a reporter at FOX43 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Originally from the D.C. area, she's a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and University of Southern California.
Jeannine LaRue
Jeannine LaRue, founder of the well-known blog LaRuelist Report and Senior Vice President of the Kaufman Zita Group, has spent almost 40 years serving the public on policy, governmental, and political issues in the public and private sectors. She has been listed as one of PolitickerNJ's 100 Most Influential Persons in New Jersey and their Top 30 Most Powerful Women in NJ Politics several times over the last decade.
Diahann W. Lassus
Diahann is the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Lassus Wherley, a wealth management firm in New Providence and Bonita Springs, Florida. She previously held positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Xerox and AT&T, and served as field operations manager for the 1984 Summer Olympics. Named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisors, 2017 and 2018, she is frequently seen on American Public Media's "Marketplace," and CNBC.
Indu Lew, PharmD
Dr. Indu Lew is the Corporate Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey. In her current role, she is responsible for the management of clinical pharmacy services as well as implementation of cost containment programs.
Lisa Lieberman Wang
Lisa is the author of the #1 internationally bestselling book FINE to FAB. ((F'd up, Insecure, Neurotic & Emotional...fine) to FAB. Her 7 Secrets to overcoming self-sabotage makes it simple and attainable to live a more peaceful and empowered life now. Lisa is co-creator of the neuroscience, Neuro Associative Programming and Licensed Master NLP Practitioner and Trainer.
Ann Limberg
Ann Limberg is Head of Philanthropic and Family Office Solutions at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In her role, Limberg oversees strategy, advisory and consulting services for non-profit institutions, corporate and private foundations, and ultra-high net worth families.
Scharron Little
Scharron is the Director of Development for The Citizens Campaign, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering everyday Americans to become informed local government leaders.
Deana Lykins
Deana Lykins, Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Government Affairs Director, Selective Insurance. Prior to that, she served as Regional Director and Legislative Counsel at CSAA Insurance Group and was President of the Insurance Council of New Jersey.
Elizabeth Manzo
Ms. Manzo is a shareholder in the law firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. in Westfield, New Jersey. She practices in the firm's trusts and estates and employee benefits groups and has significant experience advising employers, trade associations, apprenticeship programs and employees regarding the impact of medical and recreational marijuana laws on business and employment.
Lucia Cristina Manzo
Lucia Cristina Manzo is a business leader & strategic client specialist with a unique ability to build key relationships for client & business development with 10+ years working at entities such as Black Rock and Bloglovin'.
Julie Mascari
Julie Mascari HBCBS is a widely accomplished, innovative, and self-directed business strategy and operations change leader, author, public speaker, and adjunct professor, with extensive and diverse experience with leading healthcare companies.
Courtney McCormick
Courtney McCormick is Vice President - Renewables and Energy Solutions for PSE&G. She is responsible for the operations and strategic growth of both PSE&G's and PSEG Long Island's solar energy, energy efficiency, demand response and alternative fuel vehicle programs as well as efforts to develop and implement additional beyond the meter products and services.
Ellen McHenry
Ellen has helped transform UCEDC from a one-county agency to the statewide financing resource it is today during her 20-year tenure. She directs the development and administration of several loan and business support programs, financing $9.6 million in 2017 to 61 small businesses.
Lee Miller
Lee Miller is an executive coach and corporate trainer in the field of leadership, influencing and innovation. He also offers workshops on influencing and negotiating for leaders including workshops on influencing and negotiating designed specifically for women leaders.
Chantel Morrow-Adams
Chantel Adams is an ordained Interfaith Minister, as well as a certified life coach. She conducts meditation classes, workshops and sees private clients in the North NJ area. Chantel helps moms overcome fear, anxiety, and overwhelm, in order identify their personal dreams and accomplish their goals.
Diane L. Murray-Clements
Diane L. Murray-Clements is a New Jersey native born and raised in the Township of Hillside, where she served as the At-Large Councilwoman from 2013-2017 in a diverse community of more than 21,000 residents. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in the Insurance and Real Estate business in a wide variety of professional capacities for prominent Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Smita Ohri
Smita Ohri, MD is the Owner and Medical Director of BodylogicMD of Edison and Forever Young Complete Healthcare. She uses bioidentical hormones therapy and customized nutrition and fitness programs to treat the symptoms of hormonal imbalance and also practices Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ohri believes in a true partnership with her patients and spends considerable time to understand them in depth and treat their troubling symptoms.
Meme Omogbai
Named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Ms. Omogbai is a trailblazing leader with over 25 years of diversified and intercontinental experience in corporate, government and museum sectors. She blends a passion for innovation and respect for history with the ultimate goal of promoting social initiatives and solving operating problems in the workplace.
Chaya Pamula
Chaya is President and CEO of PamTen. She is a technologist, philanthropist, visionary, mentor, entrepreneur and, above all, a passionate human being. She holds a MBA and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University. PamTen Inc., founded in 2007 provides technology information services to a diverse set of clients, from small businesses to large corporations and has been ranked as an Inc. 5000 company, placing them among the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. PamTen is a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE).
Kimberly Peeler-Allen
Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office. A highly skilled political fundraiser and event planner, Kimberly was the principal of Peeler-Allen Consulting, LLC from 2003 to 2014, the only African American full-time fundraising consulting firm in New York State.
Bettina Peets
Bettina Peets is the founder of Adventures For The Soul Retreats & Events. Her mission is to design amazing outdoor experiences that encourage women to live boldly and outside the box, while connecting with her best self. Her retreats are a combination of wellness workshops and adventurous experiences including, hiking, camping, whitewater rafting and more, leaving every participant with a smile on her face as well as her soul.
Chelsey Pendock
Chelsey is an award-winning media planner and the co-founder of Innovision Advertising, a certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise. With a background in local and national advertising sales, she has an insider's perspective of the media industry and uses her expertise to maximize her client's advertising exposure. She is a member of the Women Presidents' Organization.
Ida Perich
Ida Perich has over 20 years of experience in minority, women and small business development. Ida has been successful in ensuring meaningful participation of MWSBE's in all Port Authority and tenant business activities.
Dr. Chavonne Perotte
Dr. Chavonne Perotte is a successful author, dynamic speaker and transformational life coach who helps women live and love without fear. She believes the quickest path to improving any area of life starts with a good look in the mirror and assessing the ways we as individuals can grow and evolve from any challenges.
Marjorie Perry
Marjorie Perry, a life long resident of New Jersey, is the President and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc. As importantly, she is widely recognized as an innovator, public speaker, writer and role model for women and minorities in business. Using her extraordinary path to success and 26 years of experience as fodder for inspiration, Perry finds her mission to be one who motivates nascent entrepreneurs to develop and pursue their dreams.
Frederica A. Peterson, MA, CPC
Frederica is a professionally Certified Leadership Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Professional Facilitator, Best Selling Author, Adjunct Professor and Podcast Show Host. She is also CEO and Founder of her own coaching and consulting practice, dedicated to helping leaders live up to their potential by challenging their thinking and shifting their perspective.
Tyesha Pichardo
Tyesha Pichardo is the Senior Manager of Marketing and Retention for Government Programs at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. In this role, Tyesha is responsible for member engagement, retention and membership growth. She develops and executes robust, cross-channel retention and marketing campaigns, and identifies strategic initiatives for overall member relationship management.
Victoria Pratt
Driven. Innovative. Inspiring. These are a few of the words used to describe Judge Victoria Pratt who has gained national and international acclaim for her commitment to reforming the criminal justice system. As the Chief Judge in Newark Municipal Court in Newark, New Jersey, she spent years gaining a deep understanding of how justice could be delivered to court participants in a manner that increased their trust in the legal system and change their behavior.
Karen Painter Randall
Karen Painter Randall, a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, is Chair of Connell Foley's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group. Karen serves as incident response coach across various vertical industries involving breach notification, remediation, regulatory response and litigation. She is founder and Co-Chair of the NJSBA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and was appointed to serve on the ABA's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.
Tamarra Causley Robinson
Tamarra Causley Robinson, Founder and CEO of Causley Robinson & Associates. A veteran of Price Waterhouse Cooper, Ms. Robinson transitioned internally from the world of IT to the role of Senior Manager of Diversity. Taking a leap of faith and following her passion, Tamarra left PWC to become a life coach, executive coach, motivational speaker, mentor, and facilitator.
Kaity Rodriguez
Kaity Rodriguez is a psychotherapist, confidence educator, and empowerment speaker with a passion for educating and inspiring girls and women to live amazing lives. Her counseling practice, Serenity Wellness and Therapy Services, is located in Montclair, NJ and specializes in treating individuals with anxiety and stress disorders, as well as self-esteem and self-confidence issues.
Dr. Laura Rokosz
Dr. Laura Rokosz is a Pharmacologist and Food Scientist with 28 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Food Science from Rutgers University and is the current Chair of the Rutgers Food Science Advisory Board.
Norma V. Rosenberg
Norma V. Rosenberg's career spans 50 years as a successful business advisor and coach to CEOs and key executives of public, private, not-for-profit organizations and family businesses. As a Vistage Master Chair in New York City, she leads groups of CEOs and key executives. She also has a private coaching practice and leads strategy retreats and implementation projects in middle market companies.
Jennifer Rothstein
Jennifer Rothstein is a Senior Director with Kroll's Cyber Security practice. She develops and broadens the strategic partnerships established with insurance companies, brokers and law firms that specialize in cyber liability insurance. She leads cross-functional activity to facilitate new business opportunities and targeted innovative product development as it relates to cyber liability and cyber resiliency both in the private and public sector.
Theodora Sergiou
Theodora Sergiou, president of Nicholas Pools, Inc. one of Ocean and Monmouth Counties largest pool builders has been leading the way for women in the construction industry since the age of 16. Theodora has been awarded as a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur by NJ Monthly Magazine and honored by the Professional Women In Construction. As an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University, published author, and speaker she is a mentor and role model for women state wide.
Inna Shapovalov
Inna Shapovalov came to the United States as a child when her family fled the totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in European Studies and received her JD from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 1994.
Shefali Mavani Shastri, MD
Shefali Mavani Shastri, MD was initially inspired to pursue a career in women's health and reproductive medicine by her mother, who practiced as an OBGYN for over 30 years. Ultimately it was the cutting edge science and technology coupled with the powerful physician-patient relationship that compelled her to pursue a career in Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility.
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq.
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, leads the nation's largest, most influential employers' organization, advocating on behalf of New Jersey's large and small businesses for policies that will make New Jersey more affordable and regionally competitive.
Karon L. Simmonds
Ms. Simmonds joined the SDA in March 2004 and currently serves as Director of the Risk Management and Vendor Services Division within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Simmonds' primary role is the management of the NJSDA's Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) and other SDA insurance programs insuring the construction of School Facilities as well as the Authority's ongoing business operations.
Diane Simovich
Diane Simovich is an Author and Founder of BW NICE (Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education), a unique women's networking organization that provides women at all stages of business and personal life with support, education, and resources.
Monica C. Smith

Marketsmith, Inc. is only woman-owned and operated advertising and martech agency of its kind. Monica created an agency model born out of and built on the belief that technology and humanity are inextricably linked when it comes to creating successful consumer-centric marketing campaigns. This unique mindset led her to develop a breakthrough, proprietary prediction platform, i.Predictus, the revolutionary analytics-based platform that can predict sales with over 90 percent accuracy and is the definitive leader in marketing and media automation.

Joi M. Stanley
CEO of LOC SOC, a NJ-based International hair accessories product company. Joi is an internationally recognized speaker, author, Certified Life Strategist, and nonprofit founder of Progressive Achievers, Inc. The organization provides leadership and executive training, coaching and development for women and young girls. Joi's organization also provides workshops and events with emphasis on the process of recognizing the importance of being your best through the process of self-discovery.
Carol Suchit-Hudson
In her current role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Carol is responsible for championing and executing a leading class Information Security program across all divisions at NICE Systems. NICE provides software solutions to more than 85 of the Fortune 100 focusing on solutions to improve business performance, increase operational efficiency, prevent financial crime, ensure compliance and enhance safety and security.
Vallori Thomas
Vallori Thomas, WOW's Founder and Principal Coach, is an ICF certified coach known for delivering potent results. She has expertise in professional development, leadership and corporate training, team dynamics, communication, as well as executive and one-on-one coaching. A practitioner of Context Mastery, Vallori is adept at vision building and breakthrough learning.
Maureen Tinen
Maureen Tinen is president of UCEDC, a statewide, non-profit economic development corporation, a position she has held for over 29 years. During her tenure, she led the company's transformation from a single county EDC to the statewide resource that is now, one of the oldest and largest economic development organizations in the state.
Dorinda Walker
Dorinda Walker is an accomplished Corporate Executive for a leading Fortune 50 Company, having earned numerous honors and awards for leadership, marketing, community service and empowering women and diverse communities. In sharing her personal journey to success, she has also earned the reputation of being a Motivating Empowerment Speaker, Inspirational Warrior, Change Agent and Walking Miracle.
Meg Columbia Walsh
Meg Columbia-Walsh is recognized as one of the most successful women tech entrepreneurs and CEOs. Meg is currently the CEO of Wylei, an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning company where the cloud based machine uses advanced predictive algorithms to take the guesswork out of digital web, email, mobile, and video campaigns.
Yardley Wang
International Speaker, Strategist, Entrepreneur, COO of F.I.N.E. to FAB. Yardley speaks at events all over the world! His passion is contagious as he helps people understand what it takes to create massive change through education and motivation. A big proponent of self-improvement in every area of his life, he continues to share his message everywhere.
Sharon L. Weiner, Esq.
Sharon L. Weiner followed a career in government relations and service as an elected official, with a second career in the field of law. In her role as an attorney, Ms. Weiner has been able to draw upon her experience and representation of her varied private and governmental clients in areas that include municipal, land use, redevelopment, environmental, governmental relations and lobbying.
Connie Whitman
Connie Whitman has more than 33 years experience as a sales, service, coaching, training and development expert, author, radio show host, international speaker, and CEO of Whitman & Associates. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Wisdom De-Coded.
Lilisa J. Williams
The confident, charismatic, and professional demeanor gives no indication that Lilisa Williams was a high school dropout, homeless and living on the streets, but she was. A definitive and powerful vision is responsible for Lilisa's life becoming an awe-inspiring, epic account of tragedy to triumph.
Alisha Willis
Alisha Willis serves NASA in Human Resource Development and Coaching. A former staff sergeant in the US Air Force, Alisha brings life experience and "been there, done that" passion to her role as a coach for YourNexStage, Inc.
Kym Yancey
Kym Yancey is Co-Founder, President and Chief Marketing Officer of eWomenNetwork, of one of the most successful membership business networking communities for women entrepreneurs in North America with over 500,000 women connected to 118 chapters spread across the U.S. and Canada. Kym is also the Co-Founder of Live Happy LLC, a company that is leading a global movement to make our planet a happier place and for his efforts has been inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame.
Christina M. Youngblood
Christina M. Youngblood is a Relationship Manager providing comprehensive financial services to companies with revenue from $5-$50 million. Christina delivers customized solutions to her clients and prospects from Traditional Lending to Specialty Credit Products, Treasury Management, Capital Markets, Advisory, and Investment Management primarily in the Central and Northern New Jersey markets.
Anita Zinsmeister
Anita Zinsmeister is the President of Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern NJ. Anita is responsible for overseeing the Dale Carnegie operation in 13 counties of New Jersey and ensuring the highest quality standards have been met. For select clients she delivers quality training, provides client solutions and produces tangible business results.
Dr. Shreni Zinzuwadia
Dr. Zinzuwadia, M.D. is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician with 15+ years of experience in the Emergency Department, addressing patients with critical life & death circumstances of the highest stakes. She has held leadership positions at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center within the Barnabas Health System, New Jersey Medical School/University Hospital, and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NYC.