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The Union County Women Mean Business Summit returns with “Lessons in Leadership,” on October 25

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The Union County Board of County Commissioners would like to announce that after two years, the annual Union County Women Mean Business Summit (UCWMB) is back and will be held in person on October 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galloping Hill Golf Course, located at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth.

“Whether an attendee is just starting out, a manager or a business owner, this seminar will provide the tools needed to grow their network, learn new skills and develop a plan to further themselves in their respective industries and help meet the challenges of today’s economic climate,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Connecting women in our diverse community is more important now than ever and I am hoping to see a great turnout at this event.”

This powerful forum, titled “Lessons in Leadership,” is a once-a-year conference with an immersive experience that will feature a series of workshops and discussions for women of all stages in their career. This year, the UCWMB Summit will feature Keynote Speaker Judith Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A, Commissioner of the New Jersey State Department of Health.

Please note, tickets will not be sold at the door. Pre-registration is now open online at A continental breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee. Those who register before October 14th get a special early bird rate at $50.00 and after that date, general admission will be $55.

The event includes ample time for networking along with two breakout sessions, from which attendees can choose one topic each.

Session One (9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.)

“How & Why It Is Essential to Build & Maintain Valuable Relationships” Whether in private industry or public practice, understand the value of honing your networking skills and learn some practical tools for becoming more efficient and effective at developing meaningful relationships. Everyone, personally and professionally, can benefit from having a powerful network of contacts. During this one-hour interactive session, Sally Glick shares insights on the best practices that will enable the participants to develop a personal plan for integrating meaningful relationships into every aspect of their professional and personal lives. Presenter: Sally Glick, Principal & Chief Growth Strategist, SobelCo

Or “Navigating the New Normal” The workplace looks a lot different in a post-pandemic world and many of us are still working from home, trying to juggle work duties and regular life. We are job searching, trying to build valuable work relationships, and learning how to present our best selves virtually rather than face-to-face. On top of it all, this “new normal” can take its toll on us emotionally. Panelists from this session will help you navigate this changing landscape for the best outcomes possible. Presenters: Dr. Peter Bolo, Psychiatrist, Atlantic Health, Katie Tempesta, Director, Human Resources, JCT Solutions, Moderator – Marcella Gencarelli, Event Chair, Suburban Chamber of Commerce

Session Two (10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.)

“Nailing the Negotiation” Negotiating can be challenging. Whether you need to do it for yourself, your company or something else in your life, we all are faced with the need to negotiate from time to time. In this session, we will discuss strategies for successful negotiation to achieve the best outcomes. Note: this is a guided interactive session that is driven by audience participation. Presenter: Cherron Rountree, President & Partner, Direct Development: Design + Communications

OR “Turning Passion into Profits” Do you have a hobby or activity you really enjoy? Have you ever wondered how you could turn your passion into a profitable business? The women on this panel have done just that — and will share what they have learned along the way. You will hear from a business counselor about what it really takes to start your own business and make it a success. This panel will be your guide to turning what you love into a profitable venture. Presenters:  Mary Adelman, Business Counselor, UCEDC, Melanie Cecilio, Founder & CEO, Little Fox Kitchen, Sneh Kadakia, Founder & CEO, from HERE, Radiance “Rae” Ashe, Owner, HEIGHTMagazine, Felice Twaddle, Board Member, New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, Moderator – Kay LiCausi, President & CEO, Hoboken Strategy Group

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The UCWMB Summit is made possible by the following sponsors: JCT Solutions, Atlantic Health System, Kemper, The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Wonder and United. Partners for this event include: The County of Union, UCEDC, Suburban Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Kean University, Union College, SBDC, The Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Union Township Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce.

The 2022 Union County Women Mean Business Summit is a program of the Union County Department of Economic Development through the Office on Women. For more information about this event, please visit or call Jennifer Erdos of the Union County Office on Women at 908-527-4216.