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By: Yuritza Arroyo

United Way of Greater Newark will host its 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, May 24, at NJPAC in Newark.

According to officials, over 100 women from the greater Newark area will gather for the event and participate in a Fireside Chat to discuss navigating public service and corporate leadership.

The Fireside Chat will feature Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive Vice President of Health & Network Solutions Jennifer Velez, Prudential Financial Vice President of Inclusive Solutions and Social Impact Sarah Keh, and Deputy Adjutant General for New Jersey Colonel Yvonne L. Mays.

U.S. District Court Deputy will moderate the panel in Charge of New Jersey Andrea Lewis-Walker.

Advocate Sponsor NASCO sponsors the 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast; Partner Sponsors Deloitte, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, PSEG, and Panasonic; and Ally Sponsors Chase Bank, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, SAX LLP, ShopRite of Newark, Apex Solutions Group, Covanta, The MCJ Amelior Foundation, Columbia Bank, WellCare of New Jersey and PNC Bank.

“I’m so thankful for all the sponsors of United Way of Greater Newark’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast. For over a decade, we have seen the power of women in the community and how coming together inspires and promotes women’s leadership across sectors and organizations,’ Catherine Wilson, President, and CEO., said.

“On Wednesday, over 100 women will come together to empower each other and speak about living and working in a post-pandemic world.”

The Women’s Leadership Breakfast is the most recent event in a year-long celebration of United Way of Greater Newark’s Centennial Anniversary.

The non-profit organization was founded in 1923 by William M. Ashby, N.J.’s first Black Social worker, as The Welfare Federation of Newark and the Community Chest. During the past century, it evolved into the United Way of Greater Newark.

Throughout this evolution, the organization remained a strong advocate for the community, consistently assessing and reassessing the needs of those living in the greater Newark area. 

Though 100 years may have passed, the United Way of Greater Newark has continued following its mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty by convening, collaborating, and investing in strategies to improve outcomes for children and families.

In January, Wilson kicked off the Centennial Year with a three-year Community Impact Capital Campaign to raise $1,000,000 over the next three years to go directly into the community. Events like on Wednesday are key to reaching that goal.

United Way of Greater Newark’s next event will be its Centennial Gala at The Newark Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

For more information on how you can support United Way’s capital campaign or get involved in its Centennial Celebration, visit 

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