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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
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POLITICAL LEADERS DISCUSS CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE IN BUSINESS AT
BERKELEY COLLEGE SIXTH ANNUAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PANEL
Political leaders offered inspiration and insight at the Sixth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel recently sponsored by Berkeley College at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. Seven distinguished leaders spoke to legislators, residents of northern New Jersey, members of local chambers of commerce, as well as Berkeley College students and associates about the challenges women face in business and how to overcome them. Most agreed society has come a long way, but there is still work to be done.
Senator Robert M. Gordon said he advises his colleagues to get rid of the stereotypes. “I try to do what I can to make opportunities happen for women," he said. "I try to be a mentor.”
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi said that her female friends helped nurture her, and helped her get a foot in the door. “Then it was up to me,” she added. “If you have a job you believe in, a policy you believe in, to make things happen you have to have a backbone.”
A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, 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. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Guest speakers on the Berkeley College Sixth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel are, front row, left to right, Gail Gordon, Political Strategist; Senator Robert M. Gordon, 38th District; Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Berkeley College (Panel Moderator). Back row, left to right, are Senator Nellie Pou, 35th District; Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Deputy Speaker, 35th District; Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, 39th District; the Honorable Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate; and Lauren Murphy, Director of Passaic County One Stop.
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