Launch of Organization to Advocate for Black Women Leadership in New Jersey

TRENTON – The New Jersey Black Women’s Collective (NJBWC) will host its inaugural event, A Seat At the Table, Honoring the Voices of Black Women, on Thursday March 30, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Social Profit Center, 1 N. Johnston Ave. Hamilton, New Jersey. The event will feature a panel discussion, food and drinks, entertainment, and a special guest. Tickets are $50 per person.

The NJBWC is New Jersey’s first comprehensive advocacy organization solely dedicated to the proliferation of Black women leaders in the state. The organization’s mission is to garner, harness, and strengthen the social, economic, and political power of Black women in New Jersey, by directly investing in and advocating for Black women in leadership roles.

“When you consider the leadership dynamics in corporations, politics, education, and many other spheres of influence in New Jersey, you will notice that the senior-level line up is devoid of Black women. Our mission is to change that dynamic,” said NJBWC’s Co-Founder, Tennille McCoy. “We know that Black women are more than capable of not only sitting at the table but also arranging the menu. We plan to ensure that when opportunities arise, Black women are positioned to meet the challenge.”

“As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we are excited to launch the Black Women’s Collective in New Jersey as a testament to our endurance and as a statement to our prospective successes,” said NJBWC’s Co-Founder Taraun Tice. “There are so many talented Black women whose abilities can no longer be ignored. We want the NJBWC to be the intersecting engine where preparation meets opportunity for Black women to ascend in all areas of influence in New Jersey.”

I’m so excited about this convening! Women empowering other women and building relationships across industries and sectors is a powerful thing, said Michele Meyer Shipp, CEO Dress for Success Worldwide. “Long overdue and much needed. I’m honored to support the mission.”

“It’s a pleasure to be a member of this inspiring group of women as they come together to support the success and growth of Black women leaders in New Jersey,” said Paula Taylor, owner, Arlee’s Raw Blends. “I can’t wait to see what comes next for this exciting venture.”

A Seat At the Table, Honoring the Voices of Black Women:

Keynote Speaker: Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

Moderator: Michele Anene George, Vice President, New York Life

Panelists: Tiffany Williams Brewer Esq., CEO Ether Institute, Kimberly Brooks Esq., Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, Brittany S. Hale, interim CEO digitalundivided, and Rev. Lois Key-Alexander, Founder, Women of Purpose Ministry.

Founders, Board Members & Advisory Board Members: Tennille R. McCoy, MBA, MLER, Taraun M. Tice McKnight Esq., Hanifa L. Barnes, Esq., Adrienne King, Kimberly Brooks, Esq, Michele A. George, Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq., SHRM-SCP, Brenda Ross-Dulan, Shameka Daniels, Paula Taylor, Jacqueline Baptiste, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Kellie Drakeford LeDet, Latarsha Burke, Tiffany Williams-Brewer, Esq., Michelle Peal, Robin Bridges Johnson, Esq., Cheri Syphax (Spigner), Sherri Eure-Washington.

Event Sponsors: Douglas H. Palmer & Associates LLC, John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ), Ross-Dulan Group, Hughes Funeral Home, Eagle Strategies /New York Life Insurance Company, Stono Public Affairs Group, Arlee’s Raw Blends, Gregory Johnson, Esq. LLC, K Property Management, ABC Dadlites LLC, Dan Benson for Mercer County Executive, Hal English, Princeton Chamber of Commerce,  Jeannine LaRue, LaRuelist Cafe, Booker’s Restaurant and Bar, Nadeen Kabia-Shapson.

Please visit the NJBWC website for more information about the mission and the inaugural event.

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2 responses to “Launch of Organization to Advocate for Black Women Leadership in New Jersey”

  1. NJBWC is New Jersey’s first comprehensive advocacy organization solely dedicated to the proliferation of Black women leaders in the state. The organizations mission is to strengthen the social, economic, and political power of Black women in New Jersey, by directly investing in and advocating for Black women in leadership roles.

    I wonder what the reaction would be if an organization was created to assist white women only. Do you think this would be seemed deemed racist?

    “When you

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