Berkeley College Invites Business Leaders to Participate in Panel Discussion on the Role of Women Entrepreneurs Driving Success Through Diversity

Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122



CEO of Marketsmith, #97 on the Inc. 5000 List

Monica C. Smith, keynote speaker for Berkeley College's Women Entrepreneurship Panel

 On: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Berkeley College, 536 Broad Street in Newark

In honor of Women Entrepreneurship Week in New Jersey, Berkeley College, in partnership with the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC), is sponsoring a panel discussion with prominent women leaders in business and economic development. Women Entrepreneurs: Driving Success through Diversity, will explore the many facets of leading a business and how women entrepreneurs bring ideas to life. Panelists will address the importance of public private partnerships and social responsibility in building a thriving enterprise. This event is part of statewide Women Entrepreneurship Week activities being held from October 19th through 25th, 2015.

The event is being held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 am at Berkeley College, 536 Broad Street, in Newark.

The event is free and open to business owners, community leaders, students and aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to network and gain valuable information and resources to advance their business aspirations. Breakfast will be served.

The keynote speaker is Monica C. Smith, founder and CEO of Marketsmith, Inc., a celebrated serial and social entrepreneur with a passion for making the world a better place. Ms. Smith has achieved an unprecedented level of success at launching small start-ups and turning them into industry standard-bearers. Marketsmith, Inc. has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as the No. 1 Woman-Led Company in the New York metropolitan area, and ranked No. 5 nationwide. In August 2015 Marketsmith was ranked No. 97 on the Inc. 5000 list. Her desire to make a real difference in the world has led to the creation of her game-changing companies, and a number of charitable initiatives as well.

Ms. Smith will share remarks through a town-hall style meeting, and will reflect on the challenges and opportunities women face on the road to creating a successful enterprise.

Following Ms. Smith’s remarks, Dr. Beth Castiglia, Dean, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, will moderate the discussion on Women Entrepreneurs: Driving Success through Diversity.

Panelists include:

-       Mary Baker, CEO, Baker Tax & Accounting Services, LLC, a financial services firm
-       Adenah Bayoh, President, Irvington International House of Pancakes (IHOP), franchise owner and real estate developer
-       Cheryl Biron, CEO and President, One Horn Transportation, a trucking and logistics services company
-       Vanessa Deleon, Owner, Vanessa Deleon Associates, an interior design firm
-       Brenda Hopper, CEO, New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, provider of comprehensive services and programs for small businesses throughout New Jersey
-       Taneshia Nash Laird, CEO, Legacy Business Advisors, LLC, a social ventures and economic development consultancy, and Regional Director of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
-       Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, Founder and President, The Institute for Latino Studies, Research and Development, Inc. and President of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey
-       Su Stewart, CEO and Founder, SuSu Productions, an entertainment management company
-       Dr. Syleecia Thompson, President, DYG Management Group, LLC, a music management and consulting company based in New York City, and Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of   Business
-       The Honorable Britnee N. Timberlake, Freeholder President, County of Essex, Board of Chosen Freeholders

Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, will provide opening remarks. Stan Holland, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College, Newark, will welcome participants. Angela Harrington, Assistant Vice President, Communications and External Relations, Berkeley College, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

How to Register
Registration is required as seating is limited. Please provide your name, title, company/organization, email address, and phone number to Sofia Anzalone at or 973-278-5400, ext. 1644.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is

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