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2014 Women’s Leadership Summit


What would your Playbook Rules in Business look like today?

Keynote speaker Selena RezvaniWomen's Leadership Summit participantsProfessor Susan Hume, introducing distinguished panelists

Above photos courtesy of Courtney Wirths, TCNJ Class of 2016.

November 5, 2014
At TCNJ’s annual retreat – Playbook for Today’s Professional Women – our passionate keynote Selena Rezvani challenged us in “The Art of the Ask: How to Negotiate with Confidence” with important tips on how to: a) overcome the negativity women feel – whether asking for a raise, expanding job responsibilities or creating an environment for better work-life balance and b) take the fear out of the word “NEGOTIATE” to discover our own style to successfully talk and win. Participants filled up their Playbooks with tips learned from interactive workshops where they practiced communication skills with confidence in a supportive environment. Our nurturing environment for writing your Playbook concluded with an interactive panel discussion: Rules of the Game: The Written and Unwritten with top business women in their fields sharing their personal stories, challenging us to understand what is acceptable and what is not. The Copper River Salon & Spa and TerraCycle sponsored a Beauty Brigade inviting participants to up-cycle beauty products like lipstick, concealer and mascara tubes or lotion, shampoo and conditioner bottles, benefitting Womanspace. All participants received an up-cycled tote bag from TerraCycle and a copy of Rezvani’s latest book,  “Pushback: How Smart Women Ask and Stand Up for What They Want.”

Read a review by Maggi Hill, Editor, Moxie Woman Magazine:Pushing Back, Breaking Rules and Staying True: Outstanding Keynotes, Breakouts and Panel Discussions at Women’s Conferences Inspire, Engage and Enlighten”

the room was clearly full of ambitious and intelligent women eager to share both their knowledge based upon experience but also the challenges they face and hope to overcome. And so while the issues each generation in the room face might look a little different with the passage of time and thanks to the trailblazers who came before us, the mission of gaining more respect, equal pay and number of seats at the board table remains the same, and it’s up to us to continue to work together, color outside the lines where necessary, speak up and push back.



8:00-8:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Introduction – William Keep, Dean, School of Business, The College of New Jersey
Welcome Remarks – Amy Hecht, VP for Student Affairs, The College of New Jersey
Acknowledgments – Tammy Lynn Germana, Assistant Dean, School of Business, The College of New Jersey
9:00-10:45 Keynote Introduction – Jennifer Graf ’96, Manager, Renaissance Technologies
Keynote Presentation: “The Art of the Ask: Negotiating with Confidence” – Selena Rezvani, recognized author, speaker, and trainer on women and leadership
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Interactive Workshop & Networking Activities – Lorraine Allen, Regional Director of the NJ Small Business Development Center
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Panel: “Rules of the Game: Written & Unwritten”
Introduction – Susan Hume, Associate Professor of Finance, The College of New Jersey
Moderator – Amy Resnick, Executive Editor of Pensions & Investments
Christine Agnello, Owner & CEO, the Acumen Group

Melanie Childress Carucci, Head of Collaboration Services, Americas at Thomson Reuters
Alfa Demmellash, Co-Founder & CEO, Rising Tide Capital
See Speaker bios here.

Student Session: The Next Generation of Women Leaders WILL logoThis free session with keynote speaker Selena Rezvani was offered exclusively to TCNJ students. It was co-sponsored by the Women in Learning & Leadership (W.I.L.L.) Program. Read about the student session in The Signal, “Empowering women to break into top leadership roles,” by Courtney Wirths.

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Women’s Leadership Summit Committee:

The TCNJ Women’s Leadership Summit Committee is chaired by Tammy Lynn Germana, Assistant Dean of the School of Business. Additional committee members are: Lorraine Allen, Regional Director of the NJ Small Business Development Center; Noel Capuano ’88, Senior Manager at WithumSmith+Brown;  Jennifer Graf ’96, Head of Operations at Renaissance Technologies; Susan Hume, Associate Professor of Finance at The College of New Jersey; and Patty Karlowitsch ’04, Manager of Operations of the School of Business.


Sponsored by the School of Business and the NJ Small Business Development Center. Co-sponsored by Jennifer Graf, Renaissance Technologies, TCNJ Class of 1996; WithumSmith+BrownCopper River Salon & Spa, TerraCycle, and Moxie Woman Magazine. The student session is co-sponsored by the Women in Learning & Leadership (W.I.L.L.) Program. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available – e-mail Patty Karlowitsch at for more information.

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Read about previous Women’s Leadership Summits at The College of New Jersey here: 2013, 2012, 2011.