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.
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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.
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:
Last month three of our South Jersey chapter members joined approximately 70 other NAWBO members from chapters across the country for NAWBO Advocacy Day in Washington DC.
In attendance were:
- Fran Davis, Executive Director for NAWBO SJ and Owner of The Flavorful Fork
- Jennifer Starkey, Co-Chair of Membership and Relationship Manager for TD Bank
- Mariel Giletto, Director of Public Policy and Corporate Attorney for Parker McCay
This annual NAWBO National event orchestrated by Joy Lutes allows women business owners and corporate partners to connect with their peers as well as elected officials and public policy experts in the nation’s capital.
Following our day on the Hill, Fran Davis and Jennifer Starkey stayed on for the first annual NAWBO Academy for Public Service which allows NAWBO members access to the information and experts they need to pursue their paths into public service.
To learn more about Advocacy Day and the NAWBO Academy for Public Service, click here.
To learn more about NAWBO’s 2017 Public Policy agenda, click here.
For July’s Member Spotlight, we are featuring Mariel Giletto, a corporate attorney of Parker McCay P.A. and chair of the corporate and business law department.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your business:
I am a corporate attorney currently serving as the chair of Parker McCay P.A.’s corporate and business law department. I was raised by a multi-generational family of women entrepreneurs. Growing up in a small business household and being raised by working mothers and grandmothers influenced my decision to become a corporate attorney. It also gives me a more holistic understanding of my clients’ challenges. My practice includes the representation of a variety of business models, including small start-up companies, non-profits, small business, family organizations, as well as large, multinational, publicly traded corporations.
Do you have a business tip or tool that has helped you in your business to share?
Never say “No” or “I can’t.” Clients want someone that can get the job done. Working hard pays off in the end and your client will appreciate the effort.
Do you have a quote to share and inspire other members?
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” Ariana Huffington
What is your go to business, mindset or productivity book that has helped you in your life and business that you’d like to share?
I see failure as part of learning therefore I am not afraid to fail. Regardless of the outcome, each decision you make moves you forward. You are making the best decision you can at the time given the information available to you. So, you should feel confident in that decision. Even if it turns out to be the wrong decision, you took action, you can learn from it, and you can move on. Too often, people freeze when making decisions, which limits their ability to move forward. Failing to move forward stifles your personal and professional growth.