Metro Women's Leadership Summit


Keynote Speaker

Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author

"When you educate a young man, you educate a community. When you educate a young woman, you raise a nation," says Ilyasah Shabazz. She is an inspirational role model and advocate for youth and women and girl empowerment. Her lifework is devoted to helping others find inner strength and purpose. While she is frequently asked to speak about the legacy of Malcolm X, she shares that it is her mother Dr. Betty Shabazz's wisdom, courage and compassion that guide her.

Breakout Session Speakers

Dana Vento
Dana Vento is an award-winning travel and culinary writer, social influencer, and consultant. She entered the 'online influencer' industry in 2009 with a Master's Degree in HR Management, but no formal training for the brand she was about to own. Driven to succeed at a business that was still undefined, she managed to turn her name into her brand.
Carli Bybel
Carli Bybel is an iconic beauty and fashion star. As a pioneer of the makeup tutorial genre on YouTube dating back to 2011, she is a pillar of the online beauty community, amassing over 5.8M subscribers on YouTube, 7.2M followers on her two Instagram handles, and 2.9M Facebook Likes.
Lena Piccininni
Lena Piccininni is a Master Barber, Educator and Hair Stylist based out of New Jersey. She is a powerful force in the fight against gender barriers in the male-dominated art of barbering.
Dallitza Perez
The greatest gift in life for me has been the love we give to others and the love that we receive. Love lights my path in this journey of life and inspires me each and everyday.
Nancy Mezey
Dr. Mezey is the Dean of The Honors School and a Professor of Sociology at Monmouth University. Her areas of specialization are family sociology, gender studies, the sociology of sexualities, and race-class- gender studies.
Priti Pandya Patel
I have been in the healthcare industry for almost 30 years as clinician, administrator, provider and business women. I am drawn to this career by my passion for people and commitment to helping those lead quality lives.
Elayne McClaine
Ms. Elayne P. McClaine has been with the New Jersey Small Business Development Center since 2005. She delivers workshops and seminars such as Business Planning & Strategic Planning; Global Expansion; Franchising; Marketing and Business Valuation.
Carol Ash
Carol Ash, DO, MHCDS is a board-certified general internist, fellowship-trained pulmonary, and critical care and sleep medicine specialist with more than 20 years' experience in clinical medicine.
Cory Cart
As a tourism and hospitality marketing professional, Cory Cart works with travel media, produces influencer campaigns, and crusades for tourism advocacy.
Sylvia Perrilloux Clayton
Sylvia Perrilloux Clayton experienced both segregation and integration first hand. She was hired as the first black bank teller for the local town bank in Reserve, LA. Present day, she is a hostess and songstress at Historic Riverlands Church and Tours.
Nancy Graham
Nancy B. Graham, LCSW, is the Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She has many years of experience as a mental health professional and clinician both in New York City and New Jersey.
Lisa Ellen Niver
Lisa Ellen Niver is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, six continents, and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia.
Rose Lynn Perrilloux
Rose Lynn Perrilloux works as a branch compliance examiner. She is also the administrative assistant for Historic Riverlands Church and Tours.