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Women’s Leadership Summit: Strategies For Success


October 23, 2012 @ The College of New Jersey

Conference Overview

Attendees from last year attest – The Women’s Leadership Summit is the premier NJ event for professional women. Our 2012 program continued this tradition with distinguished speakers from business, science, technology, entrepreneurship and nonprofits. The conference theme – Strategies for Success – presented a gold medal lineup of key thought leaders who shared their experiences about how they understood and took advantage of opportunities to alter the business environment. Participants gained inspiration and practical knowledge from these distinguished speakers. View the press release here.

Fireside Chat for TCNJ Students

Additionally, Katie Orenstein conducted a closed session for TCNJ students interested in learning more about The OpEd Project & a limited number of fully-funded scholarships available for TCNJ students to attend their NYC workshops. The OpEd Project works with top universities across the nation, Stanford, Yale, and NYU among others. Interested students should e-mail Patty Karlowitsch, in the School of Business at


8:30 Registration and breakfast in the Brower Student Center Room 202
9:00 Introduction: William W. Keep, Dean, School of Business @ The College of New Jersey
Welcome: Vicky Triponey, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs @ The College of New Jersey
9:15-10:00 Session I – Financial Literacy 101
Noel Capuano ’88, Senior Manager @ WithumSmith+Brown
MaryEllen Meara ’90, Tax Manager @ WithumSmith+Brown
10:15-11:00 Session II – Finding and Using Your Voice
Anntarie Sims, Associate Professor of Communications Studies @ The College of New Jersey
11:15 -12:15 Session III – A View from the Top: A Guide to Alliances and Sponsorship
Moderator: Carla Fallone, CEO of Fallone Business Resources, LLC and Fallone Global Resources; Adjunct Professor of Management @ The College of New Jersey 
Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, Director, Credo Survey @ Johnson & Johnson Corporate World Headquarters
Debbie Hart ’81, President @ BioNJ and Founder and CEO @ Association Associates, Inc.
Naysa Mishler, Relationship Manager @ LinkedIn and Global Community Co-Chair for the group Women at LinkedIn
12:30 Luncheon
12:30-2:00 Keynote - Changing the World’s Conversation
Keynote Introduction: Cassandra Jackson, Professor of English @ The College of New Jersey
Keynote Address: Katie Orenstein, Founder & Director @ The OpEd Project
2:00 Concluding remarks: Lorraine Allen, Regional Director, NJ Small Business Development Center
2:10-3:00 Fireside Chat
Closed session for TCNJ students with Katie Orenstein, The OpEd Project


See Speaker Bios here.



Sponsored by the School of Business and the NJ Small Business Development Center.

Co-sponsored by the School of Humanities & Social Sciences; the Women in Learning & Leadership Program; the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies; Jennifer Graf, Renaissance Technologies, TCNJ Class of 1996; Northwestern Mutual/The Savino Financial Group; and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.

Additional support provided by Kellie Miller, L’Oréal Paris, TCNJ Class of 2001 and the TCNJ Barnes & Noble Bookstore.





See last year’s program here.
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