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Sarah Krom Becomes President of New Jersey Society of CPAs for 2018/19; Youngest to Hold Office

Sarah Krom Becomes President of New Jersey Society of CPAs for 2018/19; Youngest to Hold Office

ROSELAND, N.J. — Sarah Krom, CPA, managing partner, SKC and Co., CPAs, LLC of Boonton Township, New Jersey, has become the president of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) for the 2018/19 term. She is the youngest to hold the office at age 35 and is the third female president.

Krom joined the NJCPA in 2003. She is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and previously chaired the Young CPAs Council, which is now called the Emerging Leaders Council.

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My Book of the Month

My Book of the Month

When Michelle Dickinson-Moravek started writing her book Breaking Into My Life, she assumed that Part 3 would be about coming to terms with growing up as the daughter of a bipolar mother. After years of playing the role of child caregiver, writing her memoir launched Michelle on a journey of self-discovery that would prove surprisingly healing. Coming to terms, she realized, was no longer enough. She had to break into her own life, a quest that literally played out as she was writing the final pages.

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5th Annual Business Education & Career Summit for High School Girls

5th Annual Business Education & Career Summit for High School Girls

Save the Date - Saturday February 24th at 8.30am

We have finished the planning for the 5th Annual Business Education & Career Summit for High School Girls a joint event between our foundation and the Rutgers Business School.

Pre-register Now

 

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Worthy Focus for 2018

Worthy Focus for 2018

Of the many items that come across my desk, this article got my attention. Published by "The Conversation" and sent out as a e-mail for sharing, the article looks at how well prepared our high school students are for their careers  To quote their e-mail:

In 2018, we've resolved to dispel the myth of the career-ready high school graduate. In a new piece at The Conversation, we argue that the American education system must evolve to meet the economic demands of the 21st century and lift up the forgotten half of young people who are failing to successfully launch their careers. The reality is that there is not enough room left in the high school curriculum, which is dominated by college prep coursework, to successfully prepare students for careers. It is past time to stop pretending otherwise. 

Take a moment to read the full article and share with your friends.

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Judy at the 3rd Annual Teen Summit

Judy at the 3rd Annual Teen Summit

Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver Keynotes 3rd Annual Teen Summit

On October 21, Oasis hosted its 3rd Annual Teen Girls Leadership and Success Summit, with over 60 teen girls in attendance. The day began with a college and career fair, with tables from William Paterson University, Berkeley College, Passaic County Community College, and Sisters in the Brotherhood. Students also participated in zumba and taekwondo throughout the day.  Joanna Gagis, Oasis Board Member and host of NJTV's "Life and Living with Joanna Gagis," moderated the event.

Assembly Speaker Emeritus and Lieutenant Governor candidate Sheila Oliver kicked-off the conversation, encouraging teens to surround themselves with the right people in order to make good decisions for the future, saying "Don't let anyone interfere with your vision of success for yourself."  Other speakers contributed on three panels throughout the day - Women in Politics, Women in Military and Law Enforcement, and Culture and Careers. Check out their Twitter feed to read words of advice from the speakers, and their Facebook page to see more photos from the event.

We wre happy to participated, sponsored, and help organized this event,

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Judy Interviewed

Judy Interviewed

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce internet radio station devoted a one-hour segment to interviewing Judy about her work with the GSW Education Foundation. The segment was part of their “The Human Side” series.

You can hear the whole interview which last about one hour (with adverts) by clicking the following button.

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Judy Interviewed

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce internet radio station devoted a one-hour segment to interviewing Judy about her work with the GSW Education Foundation. The segment was part of their “The Human Side” series.

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Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular Mary Poppins Continues Its Run At The Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular Mary Poppins Continues Its Run At The Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular Mary Poppins Continues Its Run At The Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Mary Poppins continues its run now through December 11 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. This “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical adventure is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft and a live orchestra. Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Musical not only signifies the start of the holiday season for many but celebrates all of Centenary Stage Company’s programming by combining local regional talent, CSC staff, Centenary University Theatre Department faculty and students, Young Performers Workshop students and professional guest artists.

www.centenarystageco.org

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NJAWBO August 2016 Networking Events

NJAWBO August 2016 Networking Events

Pictured from left to right: Deborah Courtright, NJAWBO State Treasurer; Rosanna Imbriano, NJAWBO State President; Lawrese Brown, MetroEast Region Event Coordinator; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno; Holly Kaplansky, NJAWBO President-Elect; and Donna Thompson, NJAWBO State Communications Coordinator at the NJAWBO 2016 Annual Spring Conference and Expo at the Crowne Plaza in Edison.

Here is a list of their August NJAWBO networking opportunities. How many will you attend? Make the most of August and network with members, sponsors, and prospective members across the state. There are amazing women business owners (and some men owners, too) from all parts of New Jersey who you should get to know.

  • Northeast Region Networking Luncheon- Thursday, August 11, 2016, 8:00am to 9:30am
  • Central Region Networking Luncheon Hosted by Investors Bank - Friday, August 12, 2016, 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • MetroEast Region Networking Luncheon- Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Northeast Region Happy Hour - Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 4:30 to 6:30pm
  • South Jersey Region Networking Luncheon - Thursday, August 25, 2016, 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Northwest Region Networking Luncheon- Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 11:30am to 1:30pm

You can find out more on their website

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Dr. Unjeria Jackson Honored by Zonta Club of Morristown Area

Dr. Unjeria Jackson Honored by Zonta Club of Morristown Area

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area, a member of Zonta International, an international organization empowering women through service and advocacy, has selected Dr. Unjeria Jackson of Mendham Township as Woman of the Year 2016. Dr. Jackson was honored at a dinner held at the Madison Hotel, Convent, where she celebrated with her husband, Larry E. Thompson, and their four daughters.

Dr. Jackson is an alumnae of Yale and receive her MD from Boston University School of Medicine. She did her residency in New York at Harlem Hospital and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She practiced at Morristown Memorial Hospital for 18+ years.

Dr. Jackson is an avid supporter of education, healthcare and the arts. She has served as a trustee of The Peck School, and Morristown Memorial Health Foundation. She is currently president of P.G. Chambers School, as well as a trustee of the Mayo Performing Arts Center and The Morris Museum. She is a member of the Morristown Medical Center Advisory Board and on the committee for patient safety. She recently completed 28+ years as a member of the New Jersey State Committee which reviews maternal mortality and makes recommendations to address specific issues of concern. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

The Zonta Club of Morristown Area was founded in 1956. The Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Details on meetings and membership can be found on the website www.zontamorristown.com

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Financial Advisor By Day, Ballerina By Night

Financial Advisor By Day, Ballerina By Night

Karen Perri is not your typical wealth advisor at a Fortune 500 company. Yes, as of February 2016 she has $200 million under management for her clients at the Northfield, NJ, offices of Morgan Stanley, at which she has worked for 23 years with her husband and business partner, Steve. Yes, she deals all day with facts and figures, processing reams of financial, economic and investment information, formulating strategies to help meet her clients’ complex portfolio challenges. And then, after a long day at work, Perri slips off her heels…and laces up her ballet flats.

Karen Perri is not your typical ballet dancer, either.

“I started ballet at the age of 33. I am now 55,” says Perri, a gymnast by training. She was a Florida state gymnastics champion; the Miami Herald 1978 Athlete of the Year for gymnastics; won a gold medal with the 1977 Maccabiah games team (the Olympics for Jewish athletes held in Israel); and received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, also for gymnastics.

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New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners

New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners is holding their 2016 NJAWBO Annual Statewide Spring Luncheon Conference and Expo on April 20th. Garden State Woman is a sponsor. So please spread the word about the event and if you would like to attend you can sign up here.

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8th annual Yale University Women’s Leadership Conference

8th annual Yale University Women’s Leadership Conference

As Founder of Garden State Woman LLC and Garden State Woman Education Foundation. I have been invited to participate in the 8th annual Yale University Women’s Leadership Conference in New Haven, Ct in February.

A distinguished panel of women leaders will discuss: WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN: FULL TIME. Topics include: Why have you devoted your career to helping women? In your work, what do you see as the biggest challenges women are facing? What does “women empowering women” mean to you? Where do you see the future of women’s empowerment in 20 years?

Garden State Woman has been an advocate for empowering women for eighteen years. We focus on women who are role models. I frequently hear “if she can do that so can I.” Often what women lack to move forward is the confidence to take risks.

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New Year’s Resolution – How long will it last.

New Year’s Resolution – How long will it last.

It is totally okay to put together a list of New Year's Resolutions that you can diligently break. This year my family decided that it would be a good idea if I paid attention to my health and made a NYR (new year's resolution) that I would keep.

So far, so good. It is the first week of January 2015 and I am still enthusiastic about my new project. It is entirely new to me. Something I have never tried. Even though it is a stretch (literally), it is new and different. Found a place locally that feels good so we will see how it goes. More to follow in my next blog.

Another important NYR is to make sure my bird feeders are well stocked every day. Unfortunately a large flock of starlings have found me and they are eating all the sun flower seeds I am putting out for the cardinals. I have 3 beautiful male cardinals that come to the feeders. I have also discovered that peanuts seem to be a favorite of many of the birds so am keeping the shelled peanut holder well filled. Suet is being consumed at a record pace by the woodpeckers as well as the starlings. The birds no longer care if I invade their territory on my deck. They fly off and return as soon as I go inside. It is possible to spend lots of time waiting to see who comes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This NYR will be easy to keep – as long as I remember to do my bird shopping.

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New Year’s Resolution – How long will it last.

New Year’s Resolution – How long will it last.

It is totally okay to put together a list of New Year's Resolutions that you can diligently break. This year my family decided that it would be a good idea if I paid attention to my health and made a NYR (new year's resolution) that I would keep.

So far, so good. It is the first week of January 2015 and I am still enthusiastic about my new project. It is entirely new to me. Something I have never tried. Even though it is a stretch (literally), it is new and different. Found a place locally that feels good so we will see how it goes. More to follow in my next blog.

Remember the Birds!

Another important NYR is to make sure my bird feeders are well stocked every day. Unfortunately a large flock of starlings have found me and they are eating all the sun flower seeds I am putting out for the cardinals. I have 3 beautiful male cardinals that come to the feeders. I have also discovered that peanuts seem to be a favorite of many of the birds so am keeping the shelled peanut holder well filled. Suet is being consumed at a record pace by the woodpeckers as well as the starlings. The birds no longer care if I invade their territory on my deck. They fly off and return as soon as I go inside. It is possible to spend lots of time waiting to see who comes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This NYR will be easy to keep – as long as I remember to do my bird shopping.

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9th Annual Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Extravaganza

9th Annual Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Extravaganza

Our friends at the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation, Inc. proudly invite you to attend the 9th Annual Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Extravaganza called "Magical" and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. This years' Extravaganza is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, at their NEW LOCATION the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Olympians, athletes and other prominent individuals will be honored at the Sports Extravaganza because they symbolize Excellence on and off of the field.

The Horizon NJ Health VIP Reception is for ALL guests and this is the period of the event where the guests will have the opportunity to get their programs autographed by the Olympians/Athletes. The reception is from 6:00pm -7:00pm, followed by the program, dinner and dancing from 7:00pm -10:00pm. For Ticket information visit. www. joettasportsandbeyond.com Click on Extravaganza.

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Excellent DIY Job Opportunity-Etcetera Sales Consultant

Excellent DIY Job Opportunity-Etcetera Sales Consultant

Etcetera, launched in the year 2000, has cultivated a reputation as a chic, everyday lifestyle brand for women on the go by creating exquisite clothing held to couture-level design standards. Etcetera is available exclusively via appointment-only trunk shows, therefore the shopping experience is extremely personalized. 

If you are interested in a part time opportunity where you can make money by selling gorgeous clothing in the comfort of your own home (four times/year), this is a perfect job for you.

This opportunity enables you to be your own boss, set your own hours, and meet an interesting client base of women. You still have time for your family, community and yourself. 

You can challenge yourself by setting personal goals, contribute to the house hold income and even win trips to exciting destinations. 

Sales associates have been extremely successful in holding events such as happy hours, teas, girls night out...basically anything fun you can think of to gather up the girls! Invite friends, family, co-workers, gym buddies--anyone and everyone!

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Looking Forward

Looking Forward

There is no doubt that Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with. Her power is being brilliantly displayed as she continues to drop snow and other winter elements our way. The positive side of this is that in February we can look forward to Spring - in November all we have to look forward to is Winter. Even though blue skies and sunshine are everywhere, the cold wind prevents significant melting. When we get passed our inconvenience, we can marvel at the splendor of this Winter Wonderland.

Another dynamic force of Nature is the cycle of life. Many of us with pets can measure years by the amount of time we share with them. A sad day for many of us was the passing of our good friend Maggie.

She was a West Highland terrier that was a devoted companion to my friend Isobel for many years. Just as the passing of a dear human hurts the heart, so does the passing of a loved pet.

 

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Change is a Fact of Life

Change is a Fact of Life

As we wrap up 2013 we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many friends who continue to support the mission of Garden State Woman. Thinking ahead to 2014, we look forward to a fresh, new year.  One of the important ideas that we will consider is the impact of change. When I think about  the impact of change, I look at the example set by my nine year old German Shepherd, Faith.  There is an expression that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. I am not sure that I agree with that. 

During this last year, Faith’s life changed dramatically. For eight years she had been top dog and totally in charge of our environment.  In February we adopted George. A young bull dog suddenly was moving into Faith’s space.

After considerable assurance from us that she was still indeed top dog, Faith agreed to accept this precocious male as part of our family. Now they are best buddies.

Change certainly became an integral fact of life for all of us. The only one who did not cave into change was George. He continued to call the shots and insisted that we meet his demands.

Since we are all mature, we accepted George’s demands. I can easily draw parallels to George and Faith in real life experiences. Often, due to circumstances that we did not create we have to adjust to change. This is often the case in our work as well as our family environments. 

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George came to live with us

George came to live with us in February. He was 8 months old. Normally I would not advise taking a
puppy in winter because it is too hard to housebreak them. George (aka Wrinkles or Dodger) was adopted on the condition that our eight year old German Shepherd, Faith, would accept him as a member of her family. Faith is very particular about whom she wants around and there was no reason to expect that she would welcome George. This introduction required a definite strategy.
The plan was to have them both on leases outside when we made the initial introduction. Faith welcomed George with a bellowing German Shepherd greeting that made it very clear who was the Alpha animal. George seemed unimpressed. Once in the house, George was crated and Faith was free to check the situation out. George was obviously not afraid of her – in fact tried to lick her thru the crate door.
We have had experience with many different dogs over the years. We have never associated with a bull dog except as Yale and Georgetown mascots. Before George arrived we read as much about bullies as we could find. They are a different personality than any dog that I have known. They speak through their eyes – with such a lovable face, you have a tendency to overlook their faults. George is a compulsive chewer – anything is fair game. He will consume the most disgusting stuff and then want to give you a warm and loving lick. He is single minded and moves on his own time. Now that they are friends, he loves to play with Faith. He thinks she is a small bull and he practices his moves on her. She seems amused by him and periodically puts him in his place.
The point of this reflection is – be open to try new things. You may be surprised that you might just have some fun. I have learned to have a 40 lb lap dog whenever I sit down. George is fearless and I think that is what attracts Faith.

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