Interfaith Event Focuses On Empowering Women

EDISON – The American Conference on Diversity (ACOD) and the tri-state area South Asian Business Alliance Network (SABAN) will host “Defining Moments in Diversity: The Power Among Us to Create Lasting Change,” an event to explore the role faith has in empowering women throughout New Jersey.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, participants will have the opportunity to network with several of the state’s most powerful women leaders representing many different faiths and hear their remarkable defining moments, while enjoying cultural entertainment, ethnic foods, and more.

“The American Conference on Diversity was founded in building bridging across religious, racial, gender, and cultural communities. So it only seems fitting, as we celebrate our 65th anniversary, that we kick off a new annual event and join our state’s diverse communities together for an evening of networking and interfaith learning,” says ACOD’s President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

Confirmed guest speakers representing Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faiths, respectively, include:

  • Atiya Aftab, the first woman to serve on the board of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey
  • Sheryl Olitzky, owner of a pharmaceutical marketing company and an advocate for Jewish/Muslim interfaith relations among women
  • Camelia M. Valdes, Esq., the first Latina County Prosecutor in New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States.

“This Loving Light Interfaith celebration reflects joy, peace, and love around the world,” says Pam H. Kwatra, a member of the American Conference on Diversity Board of Trustees and President of Kripari Marketing. Kwatra is also one of SABAN’s founders and a past president.

The event will be held at Royal Albert’s Palace in Edison on Thursday, Oct. 10. The grand reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 (non-refundable) and must be purchased in advance. To register, visit

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