Women’s Future Leadership Forum Offers A Day Of Inspiration For High School-Aged Girls

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BEDMINSTER — A panel of five female New Jersey executives and 60 women of diverse professional backgrounds inspired 65 promising high school-aged girls from Elizabeth, Morristown, Newark, Orange and Rahway. The panel of executives shared personal success stories and served as mentors as part of the North Jersey Women’s Future Leadership Forum on Friday at AT&T.

During the Women’s Future Leadership Forum, presented by Junior Achievement of New Jersey and sponsored by Accenture and JP Morgan Chase, moderator, Nellie Borrero of Accenture engaged the panel in a variety of topics relevant to the girls around the importance of an education, building a network, personal finance management, skill building, and undergoing challenges in order to grow personally and professionally.

The discussion was followed up by a question and answer session and then one-on-one mentoring between the students and female professionals to help develop the young ladies self-confidence. In pairs, the students developed personal elevator pitches and crafted short bios with help from their mentors.

The day concluded with JA Personal Finance™ breakout sessions and a large group discussion around the day’s takeaways. Junior Achievement of NJ’s President, Catherine Milone, expressed her gratitude, “Today was truly an inspirational day. JA is so honored to work with such incredibly successful and dedicated women who took the time out of their busy schedules to help us empower this fine group of young ladies to own their personal economic success!”

Both the panelists and mentors were impressed with the students’ dedication and drive to enhance their skills. Other event sponsors included Archer & Greiner PC and Turner Construction.

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(Left to Right, Front to Back): Rahway High School students Jerisha Rose Fils-Aimo and Jillian Minott are photographed with Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Dawn Schwartz, Vice President Development and Communications, JANJ; TOP: Moderator: Nellie Borrero, Managing Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture; BOTTOM: Robin Doyle, Managing Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, JP Morgan Chase; Karen Gould, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Turner Construction Company; Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Office & Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; Catherine Milone, President, JANJ; and Rosalie Mandel, CPA, Principal, Rothstein Kass (Photo courtesy of Junior Achievement)


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