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2016 Women’s Leadership Summit: Better, Every Day

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Better, Every Day focused on ‘what is helping you and what is holding you back,’ guiding participants to assess their current organizational, personal, and technological habits to make small changes in their everyday professional lives.

New this year: The Women’s Leadership Summit partnered with Dress for Success of Mercer County, to conduct an accessories drive. THANK YOU to all who generously donated ‘gently-used’ purses for this worthy cause. Your donations give another woman a new start. 

Keynote speaker Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestsellers “Better Than Before,” “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home” has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. Her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin was named in iTunes’s lists of “Best Podcasts of 2015” and won the Academy of Podcasters “Best Health & Fitness Podcast 2016.”

Professor Martine Bertin-Peterson hosted an Executive Interview with Pamela Craig, who serves on the Board of Directors at WalMart and Merck, and is the former CFO of Accenture.  Pamela served in a variety of operational and finance roles at Accenture in her 34 years with the firm, including as senior vice president of finance and managing partner, global business operations.  She also serves as a member of the board of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc., the board of directors for several charitable organizations, and previously served on the board of directors of VMWare, Inc.

Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder at SixFigureStart Coaching lead an extremely engaging interactive workshop “Beyond Balance: Integrating Your Personal and Professional Goals” guiding participants to weigh the sense of fulfillment achieved from a satisfying professional life against the practical demands of family and personal commitments. Rather than divide what you do into professional (9a-5p) and personal (evenings and weekends), you need to move beyond balance and integrate your work and life.  Attendees learned strategies and tips to manage their time, money and energy for personal AND professional goals. Follow her on and read her shout-out to participants at TCNJ’s 6th annual Women’s Leadership Summit here.

Musical performance by Paula Ralph Birkett, whose music and lyrics resonate with people in transition – building a business, recovering from a loss, creating a family, getting healthy, becoming an adult. “Every superhero needs a soundtrack to win. And #SomethingBetter is that soundtrack.”

Everyone walked away with something they can apply to their own life as well as a copy of “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.”

Gretchen Rubin also lead an exclusive FREE conversation with TCNJ students. The Student Session was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, and co-sponsored by TCNJ’s Women in Learning and Leadership Program (WILL.) Read more here.

View Speaker bios here: WLS 2016 Speakers

Women’s Leadership Summit Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: TD Bank
Keynote & Student Sponsor: Johnson & Johnson
Associate Sponsors: EisnerAmper LLP and New Level Partners LLC
Additional sponsorship is provided by Jennifer Graf ’96; Bloomberg LP; WithumSmith+Brown; the Women in Learning and Leadership Program; the School of Business; and America’s Small Business Development Center at TCNJ.

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Women’s Leadership Summit Committee:

The TCNJ Women’s Leadership Summit Committee consists of: Tammy Lynn Dieterich, Chair, Assistant Dean of the School of Business; Lorraine Allen, Regional Director of America’s Small Business Development Center at TCNJ; Noel Capuano ’88, Senior Manager at WithumSmith+Brown; Jennifer Graf ’96; Stephanie Horner, Administrative Assistant to Dean Keep, and the School of Business; and Patty Karlowitsch ’04, Communications Specialist for the School of Business.


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Read about previous Women’s Leadership Summits at The College of New Jersey here:
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.