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, 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
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.