Nominations Open for the 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards

Sep. 29, 2014VOORHEES, N.J.The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, (NAWBO SJ) is excited to announce that they are now accepting nominations for their 12th Annual Beyond The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony.  The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The National Association of Women Business Owners.  NAWBO SJ is proud to be part of a national organization with its rich history of dedication, commitment and advocacy for women business owners across America.

The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala is an annual dinner program hosted by NAWBO SJ that attracts approximately 300 business owners and professionals from the South Jersey region. The ceremony recognizes and honors outstanding individuals in the local 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 gala also includes a keynote address from a prominent individual who has made significant contributions to women and women business owners.  Last year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.

Dr. Robin Smith, 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards

Dr. Robin Smith, 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards

The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony will be held Thursday, February 19th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  Nominations are due by October 30th, 2014 and may be submitted toinfo@nawbosouthjersey.org.

The nomination categories are:

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 Award
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 environmental policy.

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.

NAWBO 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.

The 2014 Glass Ceiling Award Honorees Were:

Trailblazer of the Year – CJ DiRoma, The Asterism Group

Legislator of the Year—Congressman Jon Runyan, NJ 3rd Congressional District

Company of the Year – Eileen Unger, Emergency Preparedness Partnerships

Women’s Advocate of the Year – Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute

Heroine of the Year – Betty Long, RN, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates

Media Advocate of the Year – Marilyn Russell, WBEN-FM

Community Advocate of the Year – Lori Godorov, The Work Group

Environmental Advocate of the Year – Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill

NAWBO SJ NOVA – Roseann Vanella, Advanced Mediation Solutions, FamilyAffaires.com

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion– Judy Sailer, Habitat for Humanity & Tracy Shields, ResQ

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination : 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.

Nomination Guidelines:

Nominees should:

-be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their field

-have career and work effectiveness that can be documented.

-have had positive influence on others in their field and beyond.

Please submit the names of individuals or companies you might feel are deserving of one of our award categories, reason for the nomination, company the nominee is connected to, and contact information (name, email, phone number) of nominee. Submit all to info@nawbosouthjersey.org by October 30th, 2014.

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NAWBO SJ Announces Speaker for their August Professional Development Event

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is pleased to announce that the guest speaker for their next Professional Development Quarterly (PDQ) event on August 12, 2014 will be Carmen Sognonvi of Urban Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY.  Sognonvi has been featured in numerous media outlets including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, and Crain’s New York Business.  Her company, Urban Martial Arts, increased its revenues by 70%, doubled its membership base, and tripled the size of its list utilizing the techniques Sognonvi will be teaching at the PDQ.  Titled “Old School Marketing in the Digital Age”, Sognonvi’s presentation will demonstrate why old-school marketing tactics like flyers, signage and booths are still great ways to reach customers and how to connect them with online tools to create powerful results.

Held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ, the PDQ will also include a luncheon and networking, as well as an opportunity for a Q&A with Sognonvi.   To access the registration page, please click on the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-school-marketing-in-the-d….  Early bird pricing is valid until July 25th, 2014.

This PDQ is hosted in partnership with the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is owner and general manager of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts school in Brooklyn, New York. She blogs at CarmenSognonvi.com, where she shares tips on running a successful local, bricks-and-mortar business. Carmen’s views on local business, local marketing, and entrepreneurship have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, and Crain’s New York Business. Carmen was born and mostly raised in Hong Kong, but also spent much of her childhood living in Shanghai and Belgium. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.  Carmen Sognonvi’s website & blog: http://www.carmensognonvi.com/

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the Next President, Fran Davis

NAWBO of South Jersey is pleased to announce their next President, Fran Davis of The Flavorful Fork.  Davis has been a member of the organization since March of 2011 and has served on the Board for the past two years, first as Director of Membership and, most recently, as Director of Marketing.  Having demonstrated her commitment, passion and dedication to NAWBO SJ, Davis is a natural fit to step into the role of President.

Fran Davis is the owner and creator of The Flavorful Fork, a personal chef business with a focus on healthy gourmet food.  She credits NAWBO with helping her grow her business and making valuable connections with other women in business.

“As business owners we all face challenges,” said Davis. “However, as women business owners we often face challenges that our male counterparts may not such as gender discrimination, the pressures of managing work and family, appropriately valuing our worth in the marketplace, and learning how to be effective leaders while walking the line between being perceived as too aggressive or too nice. The National Association of Women Business Owners is an organization that provides a supportive environment just for women to share the challenges we face and receive the advice and wisdom of those who have gone before us.”

Davis has a multi-varied background that she brings to her new position which includes receiving a MS in Social Psychology, 15+ years in Information Technology designing portal based solutions for corporations to improve their communication and collaboration, and, of course, her experience as a female entrepreneur with The Flavorful Fork.  She is also a columnist for Virtua Woman, has been published in a variety of academic journals, and regularly shares her knowledge and love of food within corporations, at farmers markets, and through other venues.

“I believe Fran Davis is the perfect woman to be the President of NAWBO SJ,” said Angela Venti, current President of NAWBO SJ and Business Development Manager at Investor’s Bank.  “She is very passionate about women business owners and giving them the tools necessary to be successful.  She has a wonderful agenda planned for the upcoming year and is committed to not only maintaining the level of excellence NAWBO SJ is known for, but also taking it up a notch.  With Fran at the helm, I know that NAWBO of South Jersey will continue to offer quality content, educational resources, great networking and wonderful support to both the small business and larger corporations in our area.”

The installation dinner of NAWBO SJ’s new President and Board will be June 12, 2014, details to follow.

“Birth That Book” Professional Development Event

On Thursday, April 17th, NAWBO of South Jersey will be hosting a professional development event at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ, “Hungry to Birth That Book” with Kelly Epperson.  Kelly Epperson is the author of When Life Stinks, It’s Time to Wash the Gym Clothes; 365 Days of Joy – How to be Happy Every Single Day; and JOY Droppings, Evidence That Joy Is Everywhere, Every Day, For All of Us, plus she has ghostwritten many books for others, including a New York Times best-seller that has sold over 3 million copies.  With her company, Birth That Book, Epperson coaches budding authors through the process of writing a book and helps them get published.

Lynn Bardowski, Director of Membership for NAWBO SJ and author of the #1 Amazon best-seller,Success Secrets of a Million Dollar Party Girl, understands the power of being a published author.  “If you want to be great and stand out in today’s market, you have to be able to tell a compelling story,” says Lynn.  “Whether your goal is to write a book, or connect with your customers on a higher level, it’s imperative that you get your story out there. Since writing my book my business has expanded beyond my imagination. I’m a sought-after expert, speaker and radio host – most recently interviewing Barbara Corcoran. We’re fortunate that NAWBO is able to connect SJ entrepreneurs with a world renowned expert like Kelly. I recommend you grab your ticket to Birth that Book today, and bring a friend along for the ride!”

NAWBO member, Danielle Kane, also knows the value of writing a book and is very excited to learn from Epperson.  “I recently co-authored a book called Get With The Program with my business partners and several other fitness professionals that went to the top of more than one Amazon best-sellers list,” Danielle explained. ”Before my partners and I were approached by the publishers for this opportunity, I had never even entertained the thought of writing a book.  I always thought that only ‘real’ authors and celebrities got published.  I thought it was out of my reach.  As it turns out, it’s not!  I can definitely attest to the value of being published.  It has given my partners and me a leg-up on our competition and has gone a long way to beginning to establish us as the go-to experts in our area.”

The “Hungry to Birth That Book” seminar will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees on April 17, 2014 from 11:30am – 3:00pm.  You can register and reserve your spot by clicking on the following link:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hungry-to-birth-that-book-tic…

Women Business Owners Report by NAWBO & Web.com

Nearly nine out of 10 women business owners (87 percent) are optimistic about their business’ economic outlook this year, a 12 percent increase over 2013, finds the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which boasts a local chapter in South Jersey, and Web.com Group, Inc.

The report, developed from an annual survey* of more than 600 women business owners (WBOs) from around the nation, also shows that while the state of the economy is the top concern for most (90 percent) WBOs, the majority (89 percent) are also optimistic about their overall business performance in 2014.

“Our report reveals that women business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the opportunities that exist for other women to start up new businesses as well,” said Angela Venti, President of NAWBO South Jersey.  “At NAWBO, we work hard to ensure that the women business owners and professionals in our community have the skills, tools and support they need to achieve their goals.”

When asked about their biggest near-term concerns over the next six months, the top issue – cited by 90 percent of WBOs – was gaining new customers, and 81 percent are concerned about keeping their existing customers. To address these challenges, WBOs are emphasizing investments in customer service (69 percent) and marketing (62 percent) over enhancing their products (48 percent) or hiring (26 percent).

WBOs also place a higher priority on online marketing in 2014, with a larger focus on investing in their mobile presence (+13 percentage points from 2013), social media presence (+ eight percentage points), ecommerce (+ six percentage points) and website (+ three percentage points). Eighty-five percent of WBOs believe social media is important for creating and maintaining customer relationships, and 79 percent plan to invest in their social media presence in 2014.

The 2014 report also shows:

Taxes, access to health insurance and energy costs are top WBO worries.

In addition to their economic concerns, 80 percent of WBOs are worried about business tax issues, up 12 percent from 2013. As for other issues keeping WBOs up at night this year more than last, 71 percent say the cost and accessibility of health insurance is a significant issue (+ two percentage points); 61 percent cite having access to capital (+ six percentage points); and 51 percent say fuel and energy costs are a concern (+10 percentage points from 2013).

While social media marketing is a priority, WBOs lack confidence in their abilities and vastly underutilize these channels.

While 85 percent of respondents say social media is important for building customer relationships, only 67 percent of respondents currently use social media to connect with customers. That means a significant 18 percentage point gap between recognized importance and actual use of social, which leads to a tremendous missed opportunity. Just more than half (54 percent) of respondents are confident in their ability to build a social media presence for their business, and only a quarter of them are posting on social media at least once a day. Most WBOs (54 percent) are posting one to six times per week, and 23 percent rarely post at all. When they do use social media, WBOs’ preferred platforms are LinkedIn (25 percent), Facebook (21 percent) and YouTube (20 percent).

“Women small business owners recognize the importance of the web, mobile and social media to engage, capture and nurture customer relationships, and they are increasing investments in these resources to drive growth,” said David L. Brown, chairman, CEO and president of Web.com. “However, WBOs face unique challenges in social media, where they lack either the expertise or time to realize the full potential of this channel. Small business owners who prioritize the web and social media in their marketing mix – or find a partner to help them gain this expertise – will reap the benefits of increased customer engagement and satisfaction.”

To join your local South Jersey NAWBO chapter and receive the support you need to achieve success, visit http://nawbosouthjersey.org/.

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the Winner of the Feed Your Hunger Contest

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is excited to announce the winner for their Feed Your Hunger video contest: Helena Duzenski, co-owner of Evolution Fitness in Cherry Hill, NJ and member of NAWBO South Jersey.   In second place is her business partner and fellow NAWBO member, Danielle Kane.  The third place winner is Marilyn Eppolite, member of NAWBO SJ and owner of The Wisdom Within.

The theme of the Feed Your Hunger contest was inspired by the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, Dr. Robin Smith, national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.  It challenged the women of South Jersey to answer this question, “What are you hungry for?”  Dr. Robin Smith has courageously chronicled her own experiences with being emotionally and spiritually hungry in her groundbreaking book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, released last February, 2013.

“I am so proud of all the Feed Your Hunger contestants,” exclaimed Angela Venti, president of NAWBO South Jersey.   “It took a lot of courage to put themselves out there like that.  I am also proud of the wonderful responses the women received, the way they were embraced by the community. “

As the winner, Helena Duzenski received a free VIP ticket to the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, a signed copy of Dr. Robin Smith’s book, a free ticket to an upcoming event with Aldonna Ambler in March, and one-on-one time with an expert to help her feed her hunger.  “I am so thankful to everyone who viewed the video submissions and voted,” said Helena when she found out she won the contest.  “The response that I received was really heart-warming.  Everyone was so compassionate and generous, many confiding to me that they, too, have felt similarly.  I want to thank NAWBO for holding this contest and challenging me to speak my truth to the community.  It has been a truly rewarding and freeing experience.”

To view the winning submissions, click on the links below:

1st Place: https://www.facebook.com/NAWBOSJ/posts/780049902009895?st…

2nd Place: https://www.facebook.com/NAWBOSJ/posts/780052942009591?st…

3rd Place: https://www.facebook.com/NAWBOSJ/posts/780051078676444?st…

About the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala

The 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners. It will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  In recent years, the event has drawn around 300 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.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year, all-expenses paid membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.  The rest of the proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jersey’s educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members alike.  NAWBO of South Jersey is a not-for-profit organization.

About Dr. Robin Smith

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, bestselling author, ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Smith’s latest book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Fullwas released in February, 2013.  Her relationship book, Lies at the Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages, has been translated into 14 languages.  It has been a #1 National Bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications.  Dr. Smith’s first book, Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide to Personal Empowerment – Foreword written by Stevie Wonder has been received with great enthusiasm and acclaim.

Dr. Robin has worked as a national and local television correspondent and appeared numerous times on news and entertainment television and radio programs.  Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Larry King Live, NBC/The Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/The Early Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Michael Baisden Show.  Dr. Smith also hosted a five-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio for 3 years where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment.  Further credits include an award-winning documentary on Women and AIDS, and several instructional videos on Stress Management and other health related issues.  Billboard Magazine featured Dr. Robin when she appeared as the motivational speaker for the music industryat the Impact Convention.   Dr. Robin is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the Country.  You often find Dr. Robin’s words of wisdom as an expert in national and international publications.  She was featured in the April 2006 edition of O Magazine.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University.  In May of 2007 Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.  In addition, Dr. Smith trained in a 2 year clinical program earning a certificate in Contextual Family Therapy. She was affiliated with Psychological Services at Swarthmore College, a former member of the Board of Directors of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Belmont Hospital, and Eagleville Hospital, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She also served on the Advisory Board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

Deadline Extension for their Feed Your Hunger Video Contest

In response to several requests for more time, The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is extending the submission deadline for their video contest, titled Feed Your Hunger, to January 25th, 11:59 pm.  The original deadline was January 15th, 11:59 pm.

The Feed Your Hunger contest was created by NAWBO of South Jersey in tribute to the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala keynote speaker, Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.  In Dr. Robin Smith’s most recent book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, she candidly chronicles her own experiences with being emotionally and spiritually hungry in order to provide insight into the reader’s own hunger.  To honor the courage Dr. Robin Smith displays in her willingness to stand in her own truth and lay it all on the line for the sake of her readers, NAWBO of South Jersey hopes to empower the women in their region to do the same with the Feed Your Hunger contest.

To enter the contest, simply submit a two-minute video via email to cheffran@flavorfulfork.com in which you answer the question, “What are you hungry for?”   The contest is open to all women who live in the South Jersey region.  The submission video can be recorded with a phone or built-in computer camera.  It does not need to look fancy or professionally done.  The submissions will be evaluated solely on the entrants’ answer to the question, “What are you hungry for?”   The NAWBO SJ board will determine the top three submissions and post them to their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nawbosj, on February 1, 2014, at which time voting will begin.  Voting will end at 11:59 PM on February 15th, 2014.  There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded to the winners of the Feed Your Hungercontest.  The first place prize is a VIP ticket to the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, a signed book by Dr. Robin Smith, a ticket to NAWBO of South Jersey’s March event with Aldonna Ambler, plus a 1:1 session with an expert to help you Feed Your Hunger!  To learn more, visithttp://nawbosouthjersey.org/programs-and-events/glass_cei….

“As Director of Marketing for NAWBO of South Jersey, I have gathered countless quotes from Dr. Robin Smith’s book, Hungry, in order to help promote the awards gala and her keynote address,” said Fran Davis, owner of Flavorful Fork and board member of NAWBO SJ.  “I posted one recently to the NAWBO SJ Facebook page that reminded me about why we decided to hold this contest.   It reads: ‘Hunger comes with being human.  When we are ashamed of our hunger to get our needs met, it is comparable to being ashamed of our humanity.’  There is a stigma associated with the idea of being emotionally, spiritually, or mentally hungry that doesn’t serve us as women in general or in business.  These types of hungers are as natural as physical hunger and should be able to be talked about with the same openness and candor.  I encourage the women of South Jersey to speak out and help put an end to this defeating stigma.”

About Dr. Robin Smith

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, bestselling author, ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Smith’s latest book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Fullwas released in February, 2013.  Her relationship book, Lies at the Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages, has been translated into 14 languages.  It has been a #1 National Bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications.  Dr. Smith’s first book, Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide to Personal Empowerment – Foreword written by Stevie Wonder has been received with great enthusiasm and acclaim.

Dr. Robin has worked as a national and local television correspondent and appeared numerous times on news and entertainment television and radio programs.  Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Larry King Live, NBC/The Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/The Early Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Michael Baisden Show.  Dr. Smith also hosted a five-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio for 3 years where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment.  Further credits include an award-winning documentary on Women and AIDS, and several instructional videos on Stress Management and other health related issues.  Billboard Magazine featured Dr. Robin when she appeared as the motivational speaker for the music industry at the Impact Convention.   Dr. Robin is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the Country.  She was featured in the April 2006 edition of O Magazine.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University.  In May of 2007 Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.  In addition, Dr. Smith trained in a 2 year clinical program earning a certificate in Contextual Family Therapy. She was affiliated with Psychological Services at Swarthmore College, a former member of the Board of Directors of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Belmont Hospital, and Eagleville Hospital, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She also served on the Advisory Board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

About the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala

The 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners. It will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  In recent years, the event has drawn around 300 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.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year, all-expenses paid membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.  The rest of the proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jersey’s educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members alike.  NAWBO of South Jersey is a not-for-profit organization.  To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.nawbosouthjersey.org.

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards Honorees

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is proud to announce the honorees for the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala.  The annual awards gala, hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, 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 27th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.

The 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awardees are:

Trailblazer of the Year:  CJ DiRoma, The Asterism Group
Company of the Year:  Eileen Unger, Emergency Preparedness Partnerships
Women’s Advocate of the Year:  Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute
Legislator of the Year:  Congressman Jon Runyan, NJ 3rd Congressional District
Heroine of the Year:  Betty Long, RN, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates
Media Advocate of the Year:  Marilyn Russell, WBEN-FM
Community Advocate of the Year:  Lori Godorov, The Work Group
Environmental Advocate of the Year:  Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill
NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion:  Judy Sailer, Habitat for Humanity and Tracy Shields, ResQ
NOVA Award:  Roseann Vanella, Advanced Mediation Solutions, FamilyAffaires.com

The Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala this year will also feature an incredible keynote speaker, Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Robin Smith’s keynote address will be centered around her most recent book,Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, released in February of 2013, in which she candidly chronicles her own experiences with being emotionally and spiritually hungry in order to provide insight into the reader’s own hunger.  The book helps readers to recognize, survive, embrace, and conquer their emotional hungers so they can live a truly full life.  Dr. Robin Smith will be signing copies of the book at the VIP Cocktail Reception, which is open to all who purchase a VIP ticket.

In recent years, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala has drawn around 300 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.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year, all-expenses paid membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.  The rest of the proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jersey’s educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members alike.  NAWBO of South Jersey is a not-for-profit organization.

To learn more about the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visitwww.nawbosouthjersey.org.

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces Contest: “Feed Your Hunger”

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is excited to announce a contest they are launching today titled Feed Your Hunger.  Recently, NAWBO of South Jersey revealed their keynote speaker for the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, Dr. Robin Smith, national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Robin Smith will center her keynote address at the gala around her most recent book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, in which she candidly chronicles her own experiences with being emotionally and spiritually hungry in order to provide insight into the reader’s own hunger.  To honor the courage Dr. Robin Smith displays in her willingness to stand in her own truth and lay it all on the line in order to help empower her readers, NAWBO of South Jersey is challenging the women in their region to do the same.

To kick-off the Feed Your Hunger contest, NAWBO of South Jersey released a short video today to help people better understand what it’s all about.  If you wish to enter, simply submit a two-minute video in which you answer the question, “What are you hungry for?” via email tocheffran@flavorfulfork.com.  The submission video can be recorded with a phone or built-in computer camera, it need not be fancy or look professionally done.  The submissions will be evaluated solely on the entrants’ answer to the question, “What are you hungry for?”   The deadline to enter the Feed Your Hunger contest is 1/15/2014.  The contest is open to all women who live in the South Jersey region.  The NAWBO SJ board will determine the top three submissions and post them to their Facebook page,www.facebook.com/nawbosj, on February 1, 2014, at which time voting will begin.  Voting will end at 11:59 PM on February 15th, 2014.  There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded to the winners of the Feed Your Hunger contest.  Visit www.nawbosouthjersey.org to view the kick-off video and to learn what you can win!

“Part of the mission of NAWBO of South Jersey is to empower our region’s women in business,” said Lynn Bardowski, Director of Membership for NAWBO of South Jersey and best-selling author, national speaker, and radio host.  “The intention behind the Feed Your Hunger contest is that it not only empowers women in our region, but that it also fosters deeper connections.  I think what we will find with this contest is that we share many of the same hungers.  Our hope with Feed Your Hunger is that it will foster more open and honest discussion in our community of women.”

About Dr. Robin Smith

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, bestselling author, ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Smith’s latest book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Fullwas released in February, 2013.  Her relationship book, Lies at the Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages, has been translated into 14 languages.  It has been a #1 National Bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications.  Dr. Smith’s first book, Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide to Personal Empowerment – Foreword written by Stevie Wonder has been received with great enthusiasm and acclaim.

Dr. Robin has worked as a national and local television correspondent and appeared numerous times on news and entertainment television and radio programs.  Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Larry King Live, NBC/The Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/The Early Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Michael Baisden Show.  Dr. Smith also hosted a five-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio for 3 years where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment.  Further credits include an award-winning documentary on Women and AIDS, and several instructional videos on Stress Management and other health related issues.  Billboard Magazine featured Dr. Robin when she appeared as the motivational speaker for the music industryat the Impact Convention.   Dr. Robin is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the Country.  You often find Dr. Robin’s words of wisdom as an expert in national and international publications.  She was featured in the April 2006 edition of O Magazine.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University.  In May of 2007 Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.  In addition, Dr. Smith trained in a 2 year clinical program earning a certificate in Contextual Family Therapy. She was affiliated with Psychological Services at Swarthmore College, a former member of the Board of Directors of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Belmont Hospital, and Eagleville Hospital, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She also served on the Advisory Board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

About the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala

The 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners. It will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  In recent years, the event has drawn around 300 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.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year, all-expenses paid membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.  The rest of the proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jersey’s educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members alike.  NAWBO of South Jersey is a not-for-profit organization.  To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.nawbosouthjersey.org.

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robin Smith

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, Dr. Robin Smith, national television personality, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  The annual awards gala, hosted by NAWBO of South Jersey, is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners.

Dr. Robin Smith’s keynote address will be centered around her most recent book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, which was released in February of 2013.  In it, Dr. Robin Smith candidly chronicles her own experiences with being emotionally and spiritually hungry in order to provide insight into the reader’s own hunger.  The book helps readers to recognize, survive, embrace, and conquer their emotional hungers so they can live a truly full life.  Angela Venti, president of NAWBO South Jersey and Business Development Manager for Roma Bank who was recently named one of 2013’s Executives of the Year by South Jersey Biz Magazine, is thrilled that Dr. Robin Smith will be this year’s Glass Ceiling Keynote.  “NAWBO of South Jersey strives to educate and empower our region’s women in business.  I believe the powerful message of Dr. Robin Smith’s book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full, is one that resonates with women (and men) across America.  The courage Dr. Robin displays through her candor and willingness to stand in her own truth is truly inspiring.”  Dr. Robin Smith will be signing copies of the book at the VIP Cocktail Reception, which is open to all who purchase a VIP ticket.

The 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  In recent years, the event has drawn around 300 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.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to One Year of NAWBO, a grant that offers a one-year, all-expenses paid membership to NAWBO to a woman who has recently lost significant financial support due to the death, disability, divorce, or separation of a spouse.  The rest of the proceeds will be set aside for NAWBO of South Jersey’s educational events, lectures, grants, and seminars, which are open to members and non-members alike.  NAWBO of South Jersey is a not-for-profit organization.

To learn more about the 2014 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visitwww.nawbosouthjersey.org.

About Dr. Robin Smith

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, bestselling author, ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist.  Dr. Smith’s latest book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Fullwas released in February, 2013.  Her relationship book, Lies at the Altar – The Truth About Great Marriages, has been translated into 14 languages.  It has been a #1 National Bestseller on the lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications.  Dr. Smith’s first book, Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide to Personal Empowerment – Foreword written by Stevie Wonder has been received with great enthusiasm and acclaim.

She is also a contributing author for the book The Audacity of Faith.  In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Smith was commissioned to be one of six celebrities to share in Pepsi’s “We Inspire” campaign, designed to honor and empower women, where she addressed the important gift and use of wisdom.  Whether on television, addressing one of her convention or seminar audiences or preaching a sermon, Dr. Robin, as she is affectionately called, is best known for delivering a powerful and practical message. Audiences love her because she is down-to-earth and shares information using humor and compassion. She is always in the moment!

Dr. Robin has worked as a national and local television correspondent and appeared numerous times on news and entertainment television and radio programs.  Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Larry King Live, NBC/The Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/The Early Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Michael Baisden Show.  Dr. Smith also hosted a five-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio for 3 years where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment.  Further credits include an award-winning documentary on Women and AIDS, and several instructional videos on Stress Management and other health related issues.  Billboard Magazine featured Dr. Robin when she appeared as the motivational speaker for the music industryat the Impact Convention.   Dr. Robin is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the Country.  You often find Dr. Robin’s words of wisdom as an expert in national and international publications.  She was featured in the April 2006 edition of O Magazine.

In addition to Dr. Robin’s busy media and speaking schedule, she develops seminars and workshops for corporations and organizations nationwide.  You can find Dr. Robin delivering a commencement address at a university, speaking to a group of youth at school, or a juvenile detention center, or working with the senior leadership in a corporation – she is equally at home in these diverse worlds.  Dr. Robin also enjoys teaching; she served as an adjunct professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, formerly, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, for many years.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University.  In May of 2007 Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.  In addition, Dr. Smith trained in a 2 year clinical program earning a certificate in Contextual Family Therapy. She was affiliated with Psychological Services at Swarthmore College, a former member of the Board of Directors of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Belmont Hospital, and Eagleville Hospital, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She also served on the Advisory Board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.