09.28.17 – Annual Meeting and Board Installation

You are invited to join NAWBO South Jersey at our Annual Meeting on September 28, 2017. Learn more about the local chapter, our partners, activities and accomplishments from the past year. We are excited to have Camden Mayor Dana Redd as this year’s keynote speaker, who will be introduced by another special guest, SJ Magazine Editor, Marianne Aleardi. We will also induct our new board and award our extraordinary chapter members at this Annual Meeting.

Mayor Dana Redd is a proven and experienced leader with over 20 years’ service in the public sector. She is known as a forward-thinking professional with a demonstrated ability to lead organizational change. In fact, SJ Magazine recognized Ms. Redd as “The woman warrior who just might change Camden.”

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 New Jersey 38 #1180, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Cost: $39 NAWBO Members; $49 Non-Members. Price includes a three-course lunch.

Questions? Contact info@nawbosouthjersey.org.

TO REGISTER: https://nawbosjannual2017.eventbrite.com

About our keynote speaker, Dana Redd, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey

Dana Redd has worked in various positions from local government to the New Jersey State Senate. As former City Council representative, and Chair of the Housing Authority, Ms. Redd worked to secure the city’s third HOPE VI designation. The investment of $122 million helped transform an entire community with new public housing, with expanded access to healthcare, and, provided community supportive services for residents to reach self-sufficiency. As former State Senator, Ms. Redd was a member of Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, and Urban Affairs Committee. She sponsored and negotiated the passage of legislation creating the Homeless Trust Fund, and $3.9 billion in new school construction funding for New Jersey Abbott Districts.

As Mayor, she successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. Ms. Redd immediately launched a capacity building retreat for her executive staff and department heads focused on the “change model.” The initiative, not only, allowed her to set the vision, mission and goals for transforming the city, but also, fostered team building to increase service delivery and improve consumer satisfaction. While 2012 began the transition to a Camden County Police Department for public safety, in 2013, Ms. Redd lead a full state intervention for the public-school system to improve academic outcomes for urban youth. The state and local partnership is focused on creating the “cradle to college to career” pipeline in education offered through traditional, charter, and Renaissance schools. Most notably, in 2014, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) published an issuer credit rating of BBB+. S & P recognized the fiscal controls the Redd Administration instituted to improve and stabilize the finances of the city. This was a great achievement since the city had not received an investment grade rating in more than 15 years.

Dana Redd is a graduate of Rutgers: The State University – Camden Campus with a B.S. degree in Business Studies. She earned CEUs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning/Public Policy, as well as, at the CSC/ERC Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy. She also has received her M.A. degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University.

Ms. Redd is an active member of the Rutgers-Camden Board of Directors, the Joint Board of Governors for Rowan-Rutgers University, and the Co-Chairman of Cooper’s Ferry Board of Directors. In addition to her business acumen and volunteerism, Ms. Redd fosters and values the importance of civic engagement, grassroots organizing and responsible redevelopment. She is a motivational speaker for interfaith organizations, professional women’s groups and chambers of commerce.

To date, Dana Redd continues to tackle the tough issues in Camden by making difficult choices and pursuing sustainable solutions. She strongly believes that a holistic approach must be undertaken to rebuild a city and to create a more vibrant, thriving urban core. A results-driven leader, Ms. Redd has a unique ability to inspire hope, to effect change, and to transform organizations. Dana Redd clearly understands the enormous responsibility that comes with leadership.

About our guest presenter, Marianne Aleardi, SJ Magazine

Marianne Aleardi is publisher and editor-in-chief of SJ Magazine, a lifestyle publication focusing on the people and places of Southern New Jersey. Ms. Aleardi purchased the magazine in 2005. At that time, SJ Magazine published 88 pages and distributed 30,000 issues. Its full time staff was two people. Today, the publication averages 112 pages, mails to 54,000 households and has 10 employees. Most recent findings from The Media Audit name SJ Magazine the most read magazine in South Jersey. Marianne Aleardi is also a NAWBO South Jersey member.

Meet the 2017-2018 NAWBO South Jersey Board of Directors

Anne Caruso, President

Katie Walsh, Immediate Past President

Fran Davis, Executive Director

Chelsea Carter, Treasurer

Kate Dohn, Co-Director of Corporate Partnership

Sharon Dunkel, Co-Director of Corporate Partnership

Lynda Furnari, Co-Director of Professional Development

Mariel Giletto, Director of Public Policy

Lanette Keeton, Director of Public Relations

Meagan Mackerer, Director of Marketing

Dana Romano, Co-Director of Membership

Jennifer Starkey, Co-Director of Membership

Tracy Wolak, Co-Director of Professional Development

Thank you to our corporate partners and event sponsors:

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NAWBO Circle

The 2018 Circle Program is Launching… Step into the Circle


An Exclusive Program for Members with Million Dollar and up Businesses

The NAWBO Circle is a specialized program exclusively for women who own businesses with more than $1 million in annual revenue — offering connections, access and learning opportunities above and beyond premier NAWBO membership. 

The Circle participants represent a critical voice of multi-million-dollar women-owned businesses. In the U.S. only three-percent of women owned businesses reach annual revenues over $1 million.

NAWBO has made it a top priority to ensure these women are supported in their accelerated business growth across all industries, as well as benefit from peer-to-peer personal connections.

Besides exclusivity, some of the other benefits of belonging include: 

·         Meet-and-greets with keynote speakers at the National Women’s Business Conference October 15-17 in Minneapolis

  • Private tours of woman-owned businesses and discussions with founders

·         Mastermind groups share ideas, offer support during challenges and move each other forward

·         Private receptions with National Sponsors

·         Two one-day retreats each year include workshops, premier speakers and excursions

·         Invitation to NAWBO Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2018

·         Virtual Business Book Club

·         And more…

For more information or to apply contact Lynda Bishop at lbishop@nawboinstitute.org

The annual Circle fee of $2,500 includes registration to the WBC, two retreats, and covers all Circle activities and benefits. Participants are responsible for their transportation and lodging.

The NAWBO Circle program is brought to you by the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, a 501(c)(3) that has provided expert professional training for established women entrepreneurs resulting in positive growth outcomes for NAWBO members.