Middlesex County Chamber Readies Women’s Leadership Summit Nov. 19

NEW BRUNSWICK—Theresa Grentz, who helmed Rutgers Women’s Basketball for 19 years as the first full-time women’s basketball head coach in the nation, and newly-minted Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann will be featured speakers at the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Women’s Leadership Summit next week.

The event, which includes a daylong health and wellness expo, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Imperia Banquet and Conference Center, 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset.

“Women account for at least 50 percent of all workers within the financial, education, health services, leisure and hospitality sectors,” Middlesex Chamber President Alex Hollywood said, citing U.S. Labor Department statistics. “As women continue to play a more dominant role in our economy and the economic recovery, this event will allow female professionals to network with other talented women who can offer advice and insight,” she added.

Hermann will introduce Grentz as the event’s lunchtime keynote speaker. As a name known throughout the world of sports, Grentz was chosen as keynote speaker for “her insight into the core of strategic team building,” Hollywood said.

Grentz began her coaching career as a part-time assistant coach at St. Joseph’s College, where she later became head coach. She then served as head coach at Rutgers from 1976 to 1995, where she led her team to nine straight postseason appearances and was awarded back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year. She later won WBCA District Coach of the Year honors in 1997 & 1998 for her achievements as the head coach for the University of Illinois Women’s Basketball Team.

Prior to Grentz’s keynote, there will be a 9 a.m. panel featuring: Jan Marie Festa, Global Health Care Compliance Officer for Johnson & Johnson Corporate Activities Worldwide and the Chair of J&J’s Corporate/WHQ Women’s Employee Resource Group; Renée Vanek, President of Affinity Investment Services and Members Alliance Insurance, and Patricia Whitley-Williams, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Two roundtable discussions at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. will follow, each featuring women leaders in the business sector.

“Theresa Grentz, Julie Hermann and all of the summit’s panelists embody the model of successful women,” Hollywood said.

Top summit sponsors include: Johnson & Johnson; PSE&G; TD Bank, Goddard School and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

For more information or to register, go to https://www.mcrcc.org/programs-events/register-for-an-event/1187/.

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