United Way of Greater Newark Hosts Lt. Governor and Senator at 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast



Newark, NJ –May 20, 2023 – United Way of Greater Newark (UWGN) proudly hosted its 11th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Thursday, May 16th. This pivotal event, which sold out with over 170 women and community leaders in attendance, highlighted the vital role of women in leadership, particularly within the realms of public service and government.

The morning began with a warm welcome from UWGN President and CEO, Catherine Wilson, setting a powerful tone for the day. The highlight of the event was the keynote address by Lt. Governor Tahesha Way, Esq., who inspired attendees with her insights into leadership and the importance of active civic engagement. The program also featured a robust panel discussion moderated by Andrea Lewis-Walker, UWGN Board of Trustees Member and Acting Chief Deputy, U.S. District Court – District of New Jersey. Panelists included Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, and The Honorable Sallyanne Floria, A.J.S.C., who engaged in a dynamic conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing women in public service and government.

“It was a privilege to address the United Way of Greater Newark on the important role women play in all aspects of our society, especially in public service and government,” said Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way. “As women leaders, it is incumbent upon us to confront every obstacle and persevere through to the next challenge, keeping all the women and young girls striving to grow into leadership positions in the future in mind. I am incredibly proud of the legacy of female leadership that we inherited from previous generations, and I am confident we will not only live up to that standard but raise the bar for future generations.

“As we close another successful Women’s Leadership Breakfast, we are reminded of the collective power and potential of women leaders around us,” Wilson added. “Through events like these, UWGN continues to support and nurture leadership that makes a significant impact on our communities.”

Sponsor Acknowledgments:

We extend our deepest gratitude to all sponsors who made this event possible:

– Advocate Sponsor: Nasco
– Partner Sponsors: Deloitte, PSEG
– Newark Thrives Internship Sponsor: Arman Roy Foundation
Year-Long Non-Profit Sponsor: New Jersey Children’s Foundation
– Ally Sponsors: Columbia Bank, Covanta, Fidelis Care, Global Strategy Group, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, MCJ Amelior Foundation, Panasonic, PNC, Sax, Victoria Foundation, Wellpoint

Upcoming Event:

Don’t miss our Fall Food Truck Festival, a family-friendly gathering with delicious eats from local vendors, set for Saturday, October 19th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park in Maplewood. This event promises fun for all ages and is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the community spirit. For more information, visit UWGN Events Page.

United Way of Greater Newark remains dedicated to fostering opportunities that promote leadership and community development. With continued support and engagement from the community, UWGN looks forward to furthering its mission and hosting more events that inspire change and progress.

For more information about United Way of Greater Newark and to stay updated on future events, please visit United Way of Greater Newark.

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