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Executive Women Of NJ To Honor 11 Executive Women From RWJBarnabas Health At The Executive Women Of NJ Salute To The Policy Makers Gala

05/04/2016

West Orange, NJ, May 4, 2016----- On Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the Hilton East Brunswick, Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) will honor 11 executive women from RWJBarnabas Health for their trailblazing work in advancing women’s leadership at the organization’s signatureSalute to the Policy Makers Gala. In keeping with EWNJ’s mission to ensure that women have equal access to boards and senior corporate governance, this gala will showcase the abundance of high-achieving women leaders in New Jersey. It will also recognize companies that have created cultures the embrace advancement of women.

The Salute to the Policy Makers Gala will honor 38 of the most successful women leaders in the state. “There is a persistent misconception that the reason women are underrepresented in top corporate leadership is because there are not enough qualified women to assume these positions. This false perception creates a barrier to women’s advancement, which is why highlighting the multitude of well-qualified women is so essential,” explained Michellene Davis, Esq., Gala Chair, EWNJ President-Elect, and RWJBarnabas Health Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.

The 11 RWJBarnabas Health Executive Women to be honored includes:

Jennifer G. Velez, Senior Vice President, Community and Behavioral Health from RWJBarnabas Health Corporate;

Lea Rodriguez, MAS, BS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Clara Maass Medical Center;

Teri Kubiel, DNP, MSN, NE, BC, Assistant Vice President, Community Medical Center;

Brenda Hall, CPHQ, CPPS, HACP, Senior Vice President, Quality and Safety, Jersey City Medical Center;

Sharon Holden, MPA, RN, RDCS, Assistant Vice President of Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, and Emergency Services, Monmouth Medical Center;

Marilyn M. Harris, DMin, MDiv, MBA, BSMT (ASCP), Administrative Director of Laboratory Services, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center;

Kristin G. Fless, MD, FCCP, Director, Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine and Director, Interventional Pulmonology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center;

Alice Robinson, Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President, Barnabas Health Behavioral Center;

Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, Dean, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chief Executive Officer, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group;

Ann Marie Shears, RN, MA, NE-BC, Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, RWJUH Rahway; and

Lisa Breza, MSN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, RWJUH Hamilton.

“Diverse boards and executive teams are crucial to the long-term success of a corporation in today’s market,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health and Salute Honorary Chair. “That’s why I’m honored to join with EWNJ and recognize the contributions of these outstanding women leaders.”

In addition to highlighting the gender diversity efforts of top women leaders, EWNJ will also honor the advocacy efforts of companies named to its Business Honor Roll. The Business Honor Roll celebrates firms that acknowledge systemic barriers to gender diversity and have made women’s development a priority through sponsorship and mentoring, goal setting, and hiring initiatives. “It is not only important to advocate for inclusion as an organization, we must also celebrate the companies that pioneer changes in the workplace that further women’s leadership. As proven in the EWNJ 2015 report on corporate gender diversity, companies with diverse boards and senior leadership consistently outperform the market,” stated Barbara E. Kauffman, Gala Vice Chair, EWNJ Board Member, and Executive Vice President of the Newark Regional Business Partnership.

ThroughSalute to the Policy Makers, EWNJ raises funds for leadership programs, most notably its Graduate Merit Award Program, which is focused on establishing a pipeline of future women leaders. As the largest provider of scholarships to non-traditional women graduate students in New Jersey, EWNJ is proud to have awarded over $1.2 million to deserving candidates over the last 30 years.

The gala will also feature a keynote address by insurance industry trailblazer Christine LaSala, Chair of Willis Towers Watson, North America.

About EWNJ:
Founded in 1980, EWNJ is the leading senior-level executive women’s organization that is committed to increasing the presence of women serving on corporate boards and in the top leadership of New Jersey companies. To this end, we publish a biennial report, in partnership with PwC, on the number of women on boards and in the senior governance of publicly traded companies in New Jersey. This report is the only one of its kind in the state.

We also host an array of events designed to offer women executives prime networking opportunities, to bolster and amplify our gender diversity advocacy efforts, and to raise funds for our Graduate Merit Award Program, which is focused on establishing a pipeline of future leaders. As the largest provider of scholarships to non-traditional women graduate students in New Jersey, we are proud to have awarded over $1.2 million to deserving candidates over the last 30 years.

For more information, visit our website at www.ewnj.org.

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