Member Spotlight – Melissa Blanton

Melissa BlantonMelissa Blanton is a Partner at the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the firm’s Corporate and Finance practice group and an active member of the Real Estate practice group.

Melissa was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2013 and was noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star” for real estate from 2010-2013.

Melissa is a member of the Risk Management Association and was recently selected as a member of the Forum of Executive Women, which is comprised of women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Melissa was a graduate of the 2007 class of the Philadelphia Art’s and Business Counsel’s Business on Board program and has been a Trustee for Perkins Center for the Arts since 2008 where she is currently in her third term as President of the Board of Trustees.

In 2013, Melissa was recognized by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia as the “Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year” for her work at Perkins.

Melissa is excited to bring her business and non-profit experience to NAWBO and to further connecting with and learning from its impressive group of members.

Melissa currently serves as the co-chair of Professional Development for NAWBO South Jersey.

Nominations Open for the 2016 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards

The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, (NAWBO SJ) is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for their 13th Annual Beyond The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony. These awards recognize and honor outstanding individuals in the community who have demonstrated leadership roles in their professions, have been active in their communities and have served as mentors and role models for women business owners and women in business. The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2015 and attracts approximately 300 business owners and professionals from the South Jersey region.

Nominations are due by December 1, 2015 and may be submitted to info@nawbosouthjersey.org.

TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR
First to explore, develop or research a new product, service, trade, medicine, technique, venture, etc. Someone who is the first to lead.

HEROINE OF THE YEAR
Someone who is responsible for a heroic act in business, medicine, philanthropy, etc.

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
A policy-maker who is creating inspiring laws or policies that benefit women business owners.

MEDIA ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
A news outlet who has advocated on behalf of women business owners in the SJ community.

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR
A successful, business owner or entrepreneur who has had an impact on the SJ community.

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Someone who is an advocate of the SJ community.

COMPANY OF THE YEAR
A company (small, mid-size or large) that has exhibited significant growth or has made significant impact on the SJ community.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
A company or individual who has made significant strides toward improving the environment, or

UNDER 40 BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR
An individual who is a rising star in her community, under the age of 40.

WOMEN’S ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Someone who has successfully advocated on behalf of women and/or women in business.

SJ NOVA
A NAWBO member who is a “rising star” in her field.

NAWBO SJ CHAPTER CHAMPION
A NAWBO member who has “championed” our chapter and supported our growth and mission.

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination & Guidelines: 

 Nominees must be a resident or work within the South Jersey region and must be able to accept the award in-person on the evening of the gala.

 Nominees must be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their field.

 Nominees must have career and work effectiveness that can be documented.

 Nominees must have had positive influence on others in their field and beyond.

To nominate an individual or company, please submit the names of individuals or companies, the reason for the nomination, the company the nominee is connected to if an individual, and contact information (name, email, phone number) of nominee. Submit all to info@nawbosouthjersey.org by December 1, 2015.

In addition to these awards, the Beyond The Glass Ceiling Gala features a keynote address from a prominent individual who has made significant contributions to women and women business owners. Last year’s keynote speaker was Pamela Slim, award-winning author, speaker and business consultant, who spoke about the tools necessary to have a meaningful career in today’s less stable and more diverse work world. This year’s keynote speaker will be announced soon. The event also includes a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dessert.

Stay up to date with all the details of the event with hashtag #NAWBOSJBGC

Virtual Connect and Learn

Find it difficult to get out to our NAWBO events? Connect and learn with other NAWBO members across the country in our monthly Virtual Connect and Learn webinars. This month’s Connect and Learn is “Leadership Inside and Out”.

In this webinar, you will learn:

– The difference between leading and managing
– How to build teamwork
– Ways to overcome your inner critic that can impact your success

Presented by Rosemary Bova, past President of NAWBO-NYC and owner of Bova Enterprises, Inc., Building Engaged Organizations. Rosemary works with Fortune 1,000 companies, non-profits and individuals in harnessing their potential.

To register click here

 

Virtual Connect and Learn

Find it difficult to get out to our NAWBO events? Connect and learn with other NAWBO members across the country in our monthly Virtual Connect and Learn webinars. This month’s Connect and Learn is “Leadership Inside and Out”.

In this webinar, you will learn:

– The difference between leading and managing
– How to build teamwork
– Ways to overcome your inner critic that can impact your success

Presented by Rosemary Bova, past President of NAWBO-NYC and owner of Bova Enterprises, Inc., Building Engaged Organizations. Rosemary works with Fortune 1,000 companies, non-profits and individuals in harnessing their potential.

To register click here

This event is sponsored by NAWBO National and an EventBrite registration page does not need to be created. I just want to be sure it is also on our local chapter calendar so we can help to promote this new virtual training.

NAWBO December Mixer Hosted by Networks Plus

Network with an empowered, fun group of women helping women, including NAWBO SJ members, guests, and sponsors. You’ll make new connections and learn more about the benefits of joining the National Association of Women Business Owners. This month’s mixer is hosted by Networks Plus with special guest Senator Diane Allen.

Celebrate the holidays with guest sommelier Kerri Caruso.

Lite bites and drinks will be served!NetworksPlusFlyer

Networks Plus invites you to help them #giveback by bringing canned food items for donation.

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To register click here

NAWBO December Mixer Hosted by Networks Plus

Network with an empowered, fun group of women helping women, including NAWBO SJ members, guests, and sponsors. You’ll make new connections and learn more about the benefits of joining the National Association of Women Business Owners. This month’s mixer is hosted by Networks Plus with special guest Senator Diane Allen.

Celebrate the holidays with guest sommelier Kerri Caruso.

Lite bites and drinks will be served!NetworksPlusFlyer

Networks Plus invites you to help them #giveback by bringing canned food items for donation.

NetworksPlusFlyer

To register click here