Women's Leadership Panel Comprised of Bergen County and Passaic County Officials Celebrates Women's History Month at Berkeley College in Woodland Park

 
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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019
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WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PANEL COMPRISED OF BERGEN COUNTY AND PASSAIC COUNTY OFFICIALS CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT BERKELEY COLLEGE IN WOODLAND PARK
 

Speakers Inspire Women to Take their Seats at the Table

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Students, faculty, alumni and business leaders came to hear a panel of women influencers at the Ninth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on March 25, 2019.  Each panelist and the moderator spoke about their experiences and gave leadership advice to others. Bergen County and Passaic County officials comprised the panel. Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, gave the opening remarks.

“The pace at which we are experiencing life is accelerating,” President Smith said. “To utilize and manage technology going forward we are going to need a different level of skills. We need people with vision, people with passion. I am confident knowing we have more and more students who show up and get involved.”

Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Berkeley College Government Relations, served as moderator. She noted in her remarks that the reason women received the right to vote in the United States was because a man received a letter from his mother stating that it was the right thing to do. “We need to remember to be sensitive to one another.  Essentially it is all about human relations,” Ms. Duda said.

The panelists answered questions about their experiences, the qualities and challenges of leadership, and their advice.

“Find your passion,” Danielle Ireland-Imhof, Passaic County Clerk, said. “Find your ability and where you can serve at a higher level.” 

“As a leader you have to realize you do not know everything, but you need to be a role model and, you know where to go for answers,” said Cassandra Lazzara, Deputy Director, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “Lead from your heart and your brain. Follow what your passion is,” she added.

They also spoke about their mentors.

“People see things in you that you do not see,” said Yris Encarnacion, Mayor of South Hackensack, NJ. “There are people who will push you to the next level.”

Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate, recalled her father telling her that life is about opportunity. “Take the risk and listen to your mentors,” she said.  “Sometimes they are right in front of you. Pay attention.”

You do not need a title to lead, pointed out Sue Butterfield, President, Passaic County Education Association. “You lead when you act on your values,” she said. “You can be in any group and show by example. The challenge is then to distill what is important.”  When asked about what how she would want to be remembered, she said, “I would like to be remembered as being a small part on a team of people who strive to improve the value of education for our teachers and students.”

Members from the following chambers participated: Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey; North Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce; Paramus Regional Chamber of Commerce; Tri-County Chamber of Commerce; Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce; and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

 

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Photo Captions: Top:  Speaking at the Ninth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on March 25, 2019, in honor of Women’s History Month are (left to right): Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Berkeley College Government Relations; Yris Encarnacion, Mayor of South Hackensack, NJ;  Bernice Toledo, Passaic County Surrogate; Sue Butterfield, President, Passaic County Education Association; Cassandra Lazzara, Deputy Director, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Danielle Ireland-Imhof, Passaic County Clerk; and Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. Bottom: Students, faculty, alumni and business leaders engage with a panel of women influencers at the Ninth Annual Women’s Leadership Panel held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on March 25, 2019. 
 

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s 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, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

 

Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For six consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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