Member Spotlight – Stephanie Sanderson-Braem

Stephanie Sanderson-Braem, based in the Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLC’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office, specializes in estate and tax planning, trust and estate administration, and estate and trust litigation.

She represents single individuals, families with young children, families preparing for retirement, families having a child with special needs, closely held business owners, doctors, CEOs, same-sex couples and fiduciaries managing all aspects of trust and estate administration.

She advises her clients on premarital agreements, business succession planning, lifetime giving and charitable giving in addition to the preparation and implementation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance directives.

Stephanie provides clients with assistance in more complex planning involving life insurance trusts, family limited partnerships, intentional defective grantor trusts and grantor retained annuity trusts. She received her J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, and her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.

Stephanie just recently made partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLC! She is the first female partner in the Trusts and Estates Department in the 90 year history of the firm.

Stephanie has been a NAWBO member since March 2014.

NAWBO SJ Announces 2016 Gala Honorees

The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter (NAWBO SJ) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2016 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala. The annual awards gala is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as their commitment to excellence and community. This year’s gala will be held on February 18, 2016 at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ.

The 2016 Beyond the Glass Ceiling honorees are:

Legislator of the Year:  Senator Diane Allen, NJ 7th Legislative District

Trailblazer of the Year:  Chancellor Phoebe Haddon, Rutgers University – Camden

Company of the Year:  Laura Hart, Atrium Executive Centers

Heroine of the Year:  Susan Rose, Mothers Matter, Lauren Rose Albert Foundation

Community Advocate of the Year:  June Sernak, Red Cross

Environmental Advocate of the Year:  Mary Grasso Shiles, Grasso Girls Farm Market

Woman Business Owner of the Year: Aldonna Ambler, The Growth Strategist

Woman Entrepreneur Under 40:  Devon Perry, Kings Hall

Women’s Advocate of the Year: Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills, Small Business Administration

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion:  Allyson Christoffersen, Rethink Innovations

NOVA Award: Ruth Scott, Cupcakes by Ruth

The 2016 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will also feature an inspirational keynote address from Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Alex’s Lemonade Stand began from a grassroots effort when four-year-old Alex informed her mother, Scott, following a stem cell transplant, “when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to “help other kids, like they helped me.” Scott and her husband, Jay, were happy to serve as Alex’s helpers. Alex’s first lemonade stand earned $2000. While battling her own cancer, Alex continued to set up yearly lemonade stands in her front yard. Currently, Scott works alongside her husband, the staff and board of directors, as well as the dedicated sponsors and supporters as they continue to fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time. While at work, she is the Co-Executive Director of the Foundation, but she is proudest of her title of “Mom” to her three sons, (Patrick, Eddie, and Joey) and her daughter Alex.

In recent years, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala has drawn roughly 250 attendees, mostly business women and men from the South Jersey region who come to honor the nominees, network, enjoy a great night out, and be inspired by the keynote’s address.  All proceeds of this annual fundraiser, NAWBO SJ’s largest, are used to help the chapter continue to provide education, networking & leadership opportunities to women business owners in South Jersey.  NAWBO SJ is a not-for-profit organization.

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Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala

The Beyond Glass Ceiling Awards Gala and Fundraiser is a dinner program of 300 or so attendees honoring extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women & women business owners, as well as our community at large.  All proceeds of this annual fundraiser, NAWBO SJ’s largest, are used to help our organization continue to provide education, networking & leadership opportunities to women business owners in South Jersey.

Tentative Schedule

5:00-5:30 – VIP Cocktail Reception with Liz Scott and honorees
5:30-6:30 – General Admission Networking/Cocktail Hour
6:30-8:30 – Keynote and Awards Program
8:30-9:00 – Closing Remarks/ Silent Auction Check-Out

Our Keynote Speaker

Liz Scott is the Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but she is most proud of her title of “Mom” to her three sons, (Patrick, Eddie, and Joey) and her daughter Alex (the founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand).

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Alexandra Scott, Founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

Along with helping Alex host her yearly lemonade stands, Liz and her family soon found themselves answering emails and phone calls, planning fundraising events, and helping to organize the early grassroots efforts of Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

Today, Liz is honored to work alongside her husband Jay, the staff and board of directors, as well as the dedicated sponsors and supporters as they continue to fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time!

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Final Workshop in SBA Certification Series

In partnership with the Small Business Administration, NAWBO is hosting a series of events on the certification process for women business owners.

This month’s session is an exciting one as we move towards the end of the certification process. We will discuss the next steps in utilizing your new woman-owned business certification to bid on and secure contracts with the federal government, create a compelling one sheet, and investigate other WBO certifications.

This session is applicable to those individuals that have gone through or have nearly completed all the steps necessary for certification through the Small Business Administration. Introductory information covered in prior sessions will not be repeated.

To register, click here.