Schedule

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    Cocktail Reception, The Palace at Somerset Park
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Cocktail Reception, The Palace at Somerset Park
    We will be getting together on the Terrace at the Palace at Somerset Park to give us a chance to connect, network, and find some old and new friends. You'll need to register separately for this portion of the event. Tickets are limited.

    Then, throughout the event, we'll be offering large and small networking options. Choose what's right for you or hit them all and see how many people you can chat with each day!
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Virtual Conference
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Morning Yoga
    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Day 2 Opening Remarks & Virtual Networking
    NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka opens day two of the WBLF with a review of the previous day's activities and a look at what the day has in store.
    JoettaTerry Glebocki
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Business Leaders TED-Style Talks LIVE with Q&A
    12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
    Break
    Get up, stretch and take a break.
    Dorian HansenRachel Schulties
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    It’s a (Wo)man’s World - LIVE
    When men are successful, it is expected, but when women succeed in the workplace they are often overlooked or minimized. Despite having the same skills and ambitions as their male counterparts, women aren’t reaching those same levels of success. Our panelists will discuss the double standard and how to achieve success in the workplace despite the challenges resulting from gender disparity.
    Jennifer ShimekNegelle MorrisRobin LefkowitzStephanie Zane
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Workplace Confidence Survival Guide - OnDemand
    Confidence in the workplace and the role it plays in your career is vital to your success. During this panel, we will explore the challenges and biases women face and how they can affect your confidence in the workplace.
    Bernardine WuMayvis PayneShy Hopkins
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Be a Creative Risk-Taker - OnDemand
    Being creative enables us to turn new ideas into reality. We all use creativity in our work, whether in the sphere of arts, media, business, education, medicine, or politics. This panel will train our ‘creative muscle’ through a series of questions.
    Bertha RobinsonCornell ThomasRina DesaiShakira Johnson
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Balancing it All: Working from Home and Your Mental Health - OnDemand
    Reclaim your time, reclaim your space. The COVID-19 pandemic forced our professional and personal lives to collide but there is a way to balance it all!
  • Friday, September 24, 2021
    Virtual Conference
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Morning Meditation
    10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Day 3 Opening Remarks & Virtual Networking
    NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka opens our Friday session with a review of the prior sessions and a summary of what's ahead followed by Zoom Networking.
    Joanna Coles
    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    Keynote Presentation LIVE with Q&A
    Joanna Coles is the Executive Producer of ABC Freeform’s The Bold Type, now in its fourth season and inspired by her career. She is the Former Creative Advisor to CBS News, and Former Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines where she oversaw the editorial and brand development for 300 global magazines. She sits on the Board of Directors of Snap, Inc!, Density, Blue Mistrel (Frederic Fekkai’s holding company), and Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.

    The British-born editor moved to the U.S. in 1997 as the New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming the New York columnist forThe Times of London. Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show Running in Heels. She was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. She was the executive producer of the unscripted series So Cosmo on E! in 2017.

    Over the course of her career, Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She is the author of Love Rules, a book with HarperCollins on relationships in the digital age, as well as the founder of Boudica, a newsletter and network connecting women across corporate America.
    12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
    Break
    Get up, stretch and take a break.
    Darshan Desai PhDMerna Cirillo
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Women in STEM - LIVE
    Careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offer some of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs, but salaries for men significantly outpace those of women with similar credentials. Hear from women in the STEM fields on how they navigated challenging professional and personal situations.
    Christa NewsomJackie Lue RaiaMartine Cadet
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Taking Yourself to the Next Level - OnDemand
    In a crowded professional landscape, developing a personal brand that stands out is a part of setting yourself apart from the crowd. During this discussion, panelists will equip you with the necessary tools to authentically brand yourself at any point in your career. You will walk away with the know-how for strategizing your brand and your goals.
    Alice RobinsonBonnie NegronClaude Richardson
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    COVID and Your Career Path - OnDemand
    Returning to work after taking a break to care for family or supervise remote learning can feel like a major setback. Join us for this panel to learn what you need for a smooth re-entry.
    Darleen GillespieMarina TranchinaSherry-Varrelman
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    Building a Relationship with Your Money - OnDemand
    From saving to investing, a healthy relationship with our money is key to financial independence and success.
    1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Closing Remarks
    NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka closes the 2021 WBLF.