Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman founded Garden State Woman, Inc. in 1998 and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation 501(c)3 in 2007. In recognition of the need for women everywhere, including New Jersey, to take firmer control of their futures and their families’ futures - in a world that is still not equally balanced between the opportunities and rewards provided men and women - for equal efforts in many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Website URL: http://www.gswoman.com

Third Annual Business Education Event February 27, 2016

Garden State Woman Education Foundation and Rutgers Business School, Newark, will present a 3rd Annual Business Education and Career Conference for sophomore and junior high school girls on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Newark at Rutgers Business School. The event is free but pre registration is required at

Students attending will have the opportunity to:  meet, talk with and learn from women volunteers who are successful women in business and business school women students; learn more about Rutgers Business School, Newark, the leading business university in New Jersey; learn about the scholarship and mentoring support available from the Garden State Woman Education Foundation.  High school guidance counselors are invited to attend
Keynote speaker is Kaity Rodriguez,MSW,Founder and Executive Director of The Role Model Group and former Miss New Jersey.
  A panel of Executive Women will include Marjorie Perry, President of MZM Construction Company in Newark, and Karin Aviles, Chief of Staff to the President of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Isobel Wayrick of Mars International will moderate the panel.  The women will describe their career path, the challenges they have met and their advice to young women.

The panel of Women Business Owners will include Alison O’Brien, CEO/CoFounder of JWalking Designs and Allyson Fusella a certified Health Coach. Judy Chapman, Founder of Garden State Woman LLC will moderate.


9:00- 9:30 Registration

9:30- 9:45 Opening

Welcoming remarks by Judy Chapman, Garden State Woman Education Foundation Founder and by member of leadership team at Rutgers Business School on Why to Pursue a Business Education and Career.

9:45-10:15 Keynote Address:

Kaity Rodriguez, MSW; Former Miss New Jersey

10:15-11:00 Panel of successful women in business

Marjorie Perry, President/CEO MZM Construction Company
Karin Aviles, Chief of Staff to Verizon Business Solutions President
Isobel Wayrick, Moderator

11:00-11:45 Interactive Activity & Networking

11:45--12:30 Panel of women in business

Allyson Fusella - Certified Health Coach
Alison O’Brien - CEO/Co-Founder JWalking Designs
Judy Chapman, Moderator

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15 -2:00 Panel of four Rutgers’ business school students

Aishwarya Sharma
Kaitlyn Iglesias
Amanda Pan
Daysi Martinez
Sarah Ramos
Jack Killion, Moderator

2:00-2:15 What is a successful applicant?

Lucy Foster, Assistant Dean for Enrollment

2:15-2:30 Wrap up Q&A/ Closing Remarks

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.

Paterson Teenage Girls Flock To Oasis

State Senator Nellie Pou (D-35 ) was a keynote speaker at THE 1ST ANNUAL TEEN GIRLS LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS SUMMIT held recently at Oasis in Paterson NJ. Photographed (l) with Jen Brady, Executive Director of Oasis and Judy Chapman, Founder of Garden State Woman Education Foundation and co-sponsor of the event, Senator Pou addressed the seventy young woman who had arrived at 8 am on a beautiful Saturday morning. She explained how she was making a difference for her constituents and that one person can be a difference maker.

Kaity Rodriguez, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of The Role Model Group and former Miss New Jersey USA, delivered an impactful message about the importance of perseverance. Thru a vivid example, she demonstrated that no matter how often they might get pushed down, they still had value.

The luncheon speaker was Beverly Williams, an Employment and Labor Law Attorney, Lecturer and Author of “Get the Job Done”. She shared tips on career readiness topics such as networking, personal branding and personal appearance.

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