Empower Others to Succeed, Women Leaders in Media, Marketing and Business Address Need for Perseverance and Authenticity to “Own Your Story” at Berkeley College Forum

 

 
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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EMPOWER OTHERS TO SUCCEED:
Women Leaders in Media, Marketing and Business
Address Need for Perseverance and Authenticity
to “Own Your Story” at Berkeley College Forum

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Women leaders of media, marketing and business echoed the importance of unity in the face of adversity throughout Day 2 of “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story.” The event was hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, 2017.

“When women stand up for what’s right, we stand together,” said Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College, during her opening remarks at the forum, held in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. Discussions included the way women are shaping the news landscape, the importance of enhancing and protecting your digital presence, and the importance of empowering yourself and others.

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Photo Caption A: Women leaders from the community make their voices heard during Day 2 of “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story,” a forum hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, 2017, in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. Pictured from left to right are Mary Wagner, PhD, Associate Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies; Elayne McClaine, Regional Director, New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick; Kate Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Monthly; Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College; Joanna Gagis, Host, “Life & Living” on NJTV and FiOS1, Caucus Educational Corporation; Alka Agrawal, COO/General Manager, EBC Radio; Nancy Meyer, President and Publisher, North Jersey Media Group; Meg Fry, Business Reporter, ROI-NJ; and Alexandra Hill, Reporter/Afternoon News Anchor, WBGO 88.3 FM.

 

Build Authentic Relationships

“Hard work will trump talent if talent doesn’t work hard,” said Nancy Meyer, President and Publisher, North Jersey Media Group, during the first panel at the forum. Moderated by Ms. Harrington, panelists addressed how being multi-talented and well-rounded in any profession is essential.

“We cannot afford to be one-dimensional,” said Elayne McClaine, Regional Director, New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick. “You have to sharpen the sword, stay up-to-date on what’s going on around you. You have to be seen as capable of interacting with different types of people.”

The conversation touched upon the importance of maintaining authenticity and dedication in whatever you do. “You must always deliver what you promise,” said Alka Agrawal, COO/General Manager, EBC Radio. “You can impress a person, but if you cannot keep your promise, it doesn’t matter.”

“The most important part of networking is to be sincerely interested in what others are talking about,” said Kate Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Monthly. “It’s not about the number of business cards you pass out. It’s about making relationships and following up.”

Panelists also stressed the need to surround yourself with the right team. “Share your success,” said Ms. Meyer. “To be able to receive recognition and share it with your team is important.”

Photo Caption B: (Right) Women leaders in media and marketing make their voices heard during the first panel of  “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story,” a forum hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, 2017, in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. (Left) Pictured from left to right are Alka Agrawal, COO/General Manager, EBC Radio; Elayne McClaine, Regional Director, New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers New Brunswick; Melody Rivera of Perth Amboy, NJ, Berkeley College student; Nancy Meyer, President and Publisher, North Jersey Media Group; Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College; and Kate Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, New Jersey Monthly.

 

Empower Others to Gain Authority

“I am at the point in my life where I’ve been told by others what I am good at,” said Meg Fry, Business Reporter, ROI-NJ, during the second panel. “In the next portion of my life, I want to tell people what I am good at.”

The second panel, moderated by Mary Wagner, PhD, Associate Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies, addressed the importance of perseverance in finding your own strength.

“If I had not persevered as a single mother in college, I wouldn’t be here,” said Alexandra Hill, Reporter/Afternoon News Anchor, WBGO 88.3 FM. “If you don’t believe you have your own power and authority, others won’t. Women need to believe in themselves, and men need to respect that.”

The conversation turned to adversities each panelist has faced in the newsroom. Joanna Gagis, Host, “Life & Living” on NJTV and FiOS1, Caucus Educational Corporation, noted that she is now in a position where she can hold men responsible for their behaviors, having even fired male employees for disrespectful comments.

“It’s a matter of empowering myself first, and other women second, to say ‘We are going to speak up; we are not going to sit back and be quiet,’” said Ms. Gagis. “If it’s in your workplace, if it’s in your home, if it’s a friend you know, call the person to task who has wronged you. It’s a collective effort, and if just one person does it and there is not solidarity, we won’t see change.”

Photo Caption C: (Right) Joanna Gagis, Host, “Life & Living” on NJTV and FiOS1, Caucus Educational Corporation, speaks during the second panel of  “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story,” a forum hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, 2017, in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. (Left) Pictured seated from left to right with Ms. Gagis is Alexandra Hill, Reporter/Afternoon News Anchor, WBGO 88.3 FM; and Meg Fry, Business Reporter, ROI-NJ. Standing from left to right are Angela Harrington, Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College; Mary Wagner, PhD, Associate Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies; and Bonnie Schiwal of Hillside, NJ, Berkeley College student.

 

Students Inspire Courage

At the beginning of the forum, attendees heard from Melody Rivera of Perth Amboy, NJ, a Berkeley College student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She encouraged fellow millennials to stay more involved in the community.

“To write your own story means to own who you are and carve a path for others to follow,” Ms. Rivera said. “You are in the steering wheel of your life and you are in charge to steer yourself in the direction to success.”

Attendees also heard a personal story of courage from Bonnie Schiwal of Hillside, NJ, a Berkeley College student working toward an Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology. Ms. Schiwal described how she and her family were driving home from her daughter’s swim class on Sunday, October 15, 2017, and came upon the scene of a major motorcycle accident. Without hesitation, Ms. Schiwal retrieved her surgical supplies from the trunk of her car and rushed to the assist two motorcyclists seriously injured in the crash.

“I did it because if I or my family were ever in a situation like that, I hope someone would be there to try and help as well,” said Ms. Schiwal, who returned to college at the age of 40.

Ms. Schiwal credits professors like Carlos Sanchez, CST, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician programs, Berkeley College, with instilling in her the confidence to provide assistance in the motorcycle accident. “He taught me it was ok to fight for what I wanted,” Ms. Schiwal said.

“I hope this forum gave our students a better understanding of how important it is for women to support one another in order to make our voices better heard,” Dr. Wagner said. “It is important for us all to remember that we are a part of a community that needs to stick together.”

Photo Caption D: Berkeley College students Melody Rivera of Perth Amboy, NJ (left), and Bonnie Schiwal of Hillside address women leaders from the community during Day 2 of “Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story,” a forum hosted by Berkeley College at its campus in Woodbridge, NJ, on October 19, 2017. The event was held in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.

“Women in Media: The Courage to Own Your Story” took place in Manhattan and Woodbridge, NJ, on October 18 and 19, 2017 respectively. It is the third annual forum Berkeley College has hosted in honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration held annually nationwide. Click here to read more about Day 1 of the forum, which featured a keynote address from Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

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