SOURCE: Executive Women of New Jersey

Executive Women of New Jersey

April 07, 2014 08:00 ET

EWNJ to Honor 33 Women of Professional Distinction at 'Salute to the Policy Makers' 2014 Awards Dinner

EWNJ Celebrates More Than 30 Years of Service

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--(Marketwired - April 07, 2014) - Executive Women of New Jersey ("EWNJ") will honor 33 women of professional distinction in New Jersey at its Salute to the Policy Makers 2014 Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial Inc., John Strangfeld will serve as the event's honorary dinner chair. Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and a member of the "Shark Tank" on ABC-TV, will serve as keynote speaker for the event, which will be held at the Hilton East Brunswick in East Brunswick, NJ. Governor Chris Christie is serving as this year's Distinguished Honorary Dinner Chair.

"For more than three decades, EWNJ, the premier organization for senior level women in New Jersey, has campaigned for the advancement of women to the highest levels in international corporations, non profits, and public service firms. This event, 'Salute to the Policy Makers,' commemorates the professional accomplishments of exceptional New Jersey executives," said EWNJ President-Elect, Maureen Schneider, MSN, MBA, Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Chief Nurse Officer of Somerset Medical Center. "It is truly an honor to bear witness to this year's celebration -- as we pay tribute to these superb women while supporting a most deserving cause." 

Proceeds from the Salute to the Policy Makers awards dinner are used to fund scholarships for women enrolled in graduate programs in New Jersey's institutions of higher learning as well as other programs to advance women. Since the scholarship program's inception in 1986, Salute Dinner funds have provided over $1,200,000 in scholarships to more than 400 outstanding New Jersey women.

For more information on corporate sponsorship or tickets to the Salute to the Policy Makers awards dinner, please contact Maureen Waddington at (856) 201-2115 or The deadline to register is May 1, 2014.

The 2014 honorees are: 

Dawn Afanador, Chief Marketing OfficerGibbons P.C., Taryn M. Bostjancic, CPA, Partner, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University - Newark, Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Clara Maass Medical Center, Nance K. Dicciani, Director, Rockwood Holdings, Inc., Diana Drysdale, President, PSEG Power Ventures, PSEG, Mariellen Dugan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, New Jersey Resources Corporation, Kathleen Barrett Einhorn, Partner - Director of Commercial Litigation, Genova, Burns Giantomasi Webster, LLC, Leccia Eve, Vice President - NJ, NY & CT Region, Verizon Communications, Caroline Feeney, President, Agency Distribution, Prudential Financial, Inc., Susan J. Flynn - Hollander, Esq., New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc., Treasurer VP, Corporate General Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Jill Gateman, SVP, Corporate Banking Market Leader, PNC Bank, N.A., Gail E. Gibson, Ed.D., President, Essex County College, Alison Grann, MD, Chairman of Radiation Oncology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Adele Gulfo, EVP, Global Collaborations and Strategic Operations, Mylan Inc., Rachana A. Kulkarni, MD, President of Medicor Cardiology, P.A., Jane A. Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation, Dee Marshall, CEO, Raise the Bar, LLC, Ellen C. McSherry, Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Society of CPAs, Karen Meleta, Vice President, Consumer and Corporate Communications, Wakefern Food Corp., Jo-Ann Mendles, Vice Chairman, Somerset Medical Center, Tracy L. Munford, Vice President of Public Relations and Community Affairs, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Ann Painter, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, Susan Reed, CPA, CFP®, Principal, SaxBST LLP, H. Linda Rose, Senior Vice President Health Services, Springpoint Senior Living, Patti E. Russell, Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Brenda Stafford, General Counsel, Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise, Donna Stella, Principal, Strategic Direction, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP, Linda Tharby, Group President, Becton Dickinson (BD), Sally Walker, Executive Director Project Management, NPS Pharmaceuticals, Diane M. Wasser, Partner, EisnerAmper, LLP, Kelly Watson, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP, Heather L. Weber, Partner, ParenteBeard LLC.

Executive Women of New Jersey, founded in 1980, is the premier senior-level executive women's network in New Jersey. EWNJ supports and showcases the advancement of women to top leadership positions, promotes gender diversity in the boardroom, and funds scholarships to ensure new generations of women leaders for New Jersey's future. Events and programs provide a professional environment for women to connect and collaborate across all sectors to share experiences, develop relationships and expand professional networks. 

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