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Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

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Trailblazing and Emerging Leaders Honored at The Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

(Eastern Bergen County, NJ; June 3, 2019) 

Women leaders from a range of disciplines were honored and recognized at The Community Chest's second annual Women's Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation, “Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating Women Leaders in Bergen County".  The leadership ceremony was held at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey on May 16 and honored women leaders of the past and present and emerging ones.

The luncheon remembered three trailblazing women leaders in history from eastern Bergen County:  Elizabeth Cutter Morrow, the founding board chair of The Community Chest during the Great Depression, who lived in Englewood; Elisabeth Morrow Morgan, the founder of The Elisabeth Morrow School, who grew up in Englewood; and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leader in the suffragette movement and a Tenafly, New Jersey resident. 

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, executive director of The Community Chest, and Hanita Walia, president of The Elisabeth Morrow School board of trustees, welcomed everyone to the luncheon.  Margaret Silver, the great granddaughter of Elisabeth Cutter Morrow, provided a special greeting and discussed her family's involvement in the field of education as teachers.  Musicians from The Elisabeth Morrow School performed a special violin concert.

100+ Girls Attend STEM Summit at NJIT

Liza Negron Sutowski, Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation, presented the keynote address to the 1st Annual STEM Summit for high school girls held April 9, 2016 at NJIT, Newark. Opening remarks by co-sponsors Jacqueline L. Cusack, Ed.D, Executive Director, Center for Pre-College Programs at NJIT and Judy Chapman, Founder of Garden State Woman Education Foundation welcomed the girls to the event. Charlotte Gillis handled registration and on-site planning for the college.

A panel of executive women in STEM careers was moderated by JoAnn Dixon, Secretary of the Garden State Woman Education Foundation. Panelists were Gloria A. Bachmann, M.D., Director of Women’s Health Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Marcia Firenze, CEO of Case Medical; Amy Eskilson, President/CEO of Inrad Optics.

The Interactive Activity and Networking was organized by Levelle Burr-Alexander, Ph.D, Senior Director for Curriculum and Program Development, Center for Pre College Programs.

After lunch a panel of women in STEM careers shared their career paths. Participating were Adasayo Sansui, Insight Analyst/Varick Media Management; Faith and Hope Zimmerman, Founders/Owners ZIMARCH; Candace Lynch/Inrad Optics; Loraine Hutcher, President/MarTech Systems

Jack Killion, trustee of the Garden State Woman Foundation, was moderator of a panel of current NJIT students who shared their personal stories with the attendees. Participating were Joshua Abraham, Suah Yekeh, Nikeita Tomlinson, Crystal Gould, Tiaja Harley.

The one day learning opportunities for high school girls is in its fourth year coordinated by the Garden State Woman Education Foundation. Additional information about future events can be learned by contacting Judy Chapman

Teenager Challenges the Status Quo

While visiting relatives in India, Ibanca Anand had a life altering experience. As Ibanca worked on her laptop one day, a young woman her age asked her what she was doing. As she tried to explain, she realized that this young woman who worked as a domestic had never received an education.

Ibanca decided to make a difference; she came home and created a non-profit organization 501(c) 3 which she named Suhanee. The mission of Suhanee is to provide young girls in rural parts of India with the opportunity to acquire an education. Its motive is to break the social barrier between men and women and assist females in their community. Suhanee helps young girls to build the power, mindset and determination needed to live up to their potential and show the world that when it comes to gender and one's abilities, there really is no difference.

Coordinating through IIMPACT – a non-governmental agency –Ibanca is sponsoring a learning center in a village one hour from New Deli. Here, at the Suhanee Learning Center, girls K-5 have the opportunity to obtain an education.

At a recent fundraising event at the Barnes & Noble in North Brunswick, young dance students (ages 5 – 7) performed traditional Indian dances in full costume. Mahmuda Choudhury, a recent Rutgers graduate born in Bangladesh, shared her story with the audience. The theme of the event "Give Her a Voice" was to raise awareness about the lack of opportunity for many women throughout the world. Letters of gratitude from students at theSuhanee Learning Center were read.

To learn more about Suhanee's mission and how you can help, visit suhanee.org.

Restaurant Valenca

Valenca_RestaurantFinding ourselves with no afternoon commitments last Sunday, my husband and I decided to stray from the tried and true local eateries for something different. From a starting point in Millburn, we whipped out our smartphones and began searching for the best-reviewed restaurants in the area. Relying on several excellent reviews on google and tripadvisor, we ended up at Restaurant Valenca in Elizabeth for what promised to be an authentic taste of Portugal – and it did not disappoint!

We took advantage of the 30 minute wait for a table to sit at the small bar, order a pitcher of sangria (the best I've had, including travels to Spain), and peruse the menu. With a four-page menu, plus a full page of Specials, we found it very difficult to narrow the selection, but eventually decided to split three entrees so that we could get a broader experience. When we go back, however, I will definitely try the stuffed scallops appetizer which looked wonderful.

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