Kim Guadagno

Lt. Governor Guadagno Urges Women to Work Together to Increase Presence in Corporate Leadership

This morning, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno delivered opening remarks at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Women Business Leaders Forum, which brings New Jersey women leaders together to share strategies for building the next generation of women executives.

“Today is all about supporting women in business, not just by providing inspiration but by offering the tools they need to succeed,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.  “Women in business are not alone – there is a network of support here to help.  I encourage all attendees to listen to the experiences and advice shared today and use it to write their own rulebook.”

The Forum included a panel discussion and breakout sessions led by women executives in addition to addresses by Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman for Banking at Barclay’s, and Karen Kessler, founding partner and president of Evergreen Partners.

“Women need to know what it takes to reach the upper levels of business, and that’s what the Women Business Leaders Forum is all about,” said NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka. “This event will bring women together to network, exchange ideas, and identify how to make headway in corporate leadership, and then give them the tools and the connections that can help them get there.”

Founded in 1910 by a group of manufacturers who wanted to share ideas about workplace safety and have a say in government policies affecting their business, NJBIA has become the nation’s largest statewide employer association.  Today, the Association’s 21,000 members represent every industry in the State, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind.  NJBIA’s members employ more than one million people in total.

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