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Barnabas Health’s Michellene Davis Honored With Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award At Sixth Annual Women’s History Month Celebration


Michellene Davis Women's History Month 2016

Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health, speaks at the podium to the Women’s History Month Celebration attendees at Montclair State University following receipt of an Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award bestowed upon her by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. (left to right) Senator Menendez stands beside Robert Menendez, Jr., and award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien, who delivered the keynote address.

West Orange, NJ, March 10, 2016 – Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Barnabas Health, was honored on Sunday by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez with an Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award, named in honor of his late mother, during the Sixth Annual Women’s History Month Celebration at Montclair State University.

Ms. Davis was one of six notable women in the State to be honored for her exceptional achievements. During the event, Ms. Davis had the opportunity to speak to the audience, crediting and praising her parents for her success.

As Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Barnabas Health, Ms. Davis directs the system’s strategic policy decisions and strengthens the system’s position with state and federal elected officials and agencies. She oversees strategic messaging and corporate communications, community partnerships, external affairs, policy and governmental affairs, healthy living, community and employee wellness, marketing and the Barnabas Health Institute for Internship. Ms. Davis is the first woman and first person of color to serve as an Executive Vice President in the system’s history.

Ms. Davis has a proven record of supporting women throughout her career. At Barnabas Health, Ms. Davis led the effort to create the Barnabas Health Women’s Leadership Forum. The Forum was created to advance access to leadership development for dynamic leaders from diverse backgrounds and to encourage collaboration among the exceptional women of Barnabas Health in order to advance their positions within the organization and to enhance their personal contribution to the world. In addition, while Acting State Treasurer of New Jersey, Ms. Davis founded the New Jersey Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women Owned Businesses in order to ensure that women and minorities were especially included the state’s contracting opportunities.

Michellene Davis and Senator Menendez

Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President for Barnabas Health and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez pause for a photograph following the Women’s History Month Celebration.

Frequently appearing in publications, she has graced the cover of Positive Community and most recently been featured in Montclair Magazine. She has been named to NJBIZ Magazine’s Health Care Power 50 list in 2015, and ranked by NJBIZ as the State of New Jersey’s top lobbyist in the healthcare industry and by PolitickerNJ as one of the most politically powerful people in the State of New Jersey, prior to her current position, Ms. Davis served in several high-ranking statewide political appointment positions.

Ms. Davis began her legal career as a trial litigator, is an Honors graduate of Seton Hall University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law.

Other Traiblazer Award recipients included: Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President of Asian Health Services at Holy Name Hospital; Paulette Brown, the first African-American woman to become president of the American Bar Association; Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language-arts teacher in Woodstown, Salem County, who is the New Jersey Education Association’s Teacher of the Year; Siomara Sanchez, a Cuban refugee who is the president of the National Association of Cuban-American Women; and Cindy Zipf, whose organization Clean Ocean Action campaigns against pollution in the waters in the New York-New Jersey region.

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