Women’s Future Leadership Forum Connects Female Executives With High School Girls

MORISTOWN – Fifty New Jersey high school girls from communities such as Newark, Morristown, Rahway and Bloomfield will participate in the upcoming Women’s Future Leadership Forum 2010.

Sponsored by Accenture and presented by Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ), this unique forum will be held on Friday, Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A diverse group of women executives and professionals who live and/or work in New Jersey will spend the day in one-on-one mentoring with the high school girls.


Pamela J. Craig, chief financial officer at Accenture, will chair the day of coaching and mentoring. JANJ selected these girls because of their achievements in school and their participation in the Junior Achievement High School Heroes Program, where they serve as JA volunteer role models at their local elementary schools.

“We are delighted to be part of this event, after the success of last year’s inaugural workshop,” said Pamela J. Craig, chief financial officer of Accenture and member of JANJ State Board of Governors. “And, we look forward to engaging with these girls, talking with them about their education and talents and encouraging them to further develop the skills they need to succeed.”

In addition to Craig, the panelists for the event represent a wide range of women in leadership roles, including: Patricia M. Barksdale, vice president, Global Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch; Bellaria Jaramillo, CFP®, managing director for Wealth Financial Group, an office of MetLife; Michelle Lee, regional president, Northeast Community Banking, Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company; and Trisha Rozas, chief information officer, Guy Carpenter.

The panel moderator Nellie Borrero, global director, Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture, will engage the panel in a variety of topics relevant to the high school girls. For example, she will ask the panel to share their experiences in overcoming their greatest challenges and failures, discuss how they stayed connected to community while achieving success and provide insight on the relevance of networking and finding people that mentored and coached them so they could achieve their goals.

The event will also offer the high school girls one-on-one time with the role models, as well as the opportunity to hear speakers sponsored by the Provident Bank Foundation, Infineum USA L.P., ConocoPhillips Bayway Refinery, Cogen Technologies Linden Venture L.P. and DuPont and The Emily C. Specchio Foundation.

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