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Passion * Power * Progress Awards

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
2018 Passion * Power * Progress
Awards Reception
 
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
Reception 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    
 
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WPCNJ To Honor Hackensack Meridian Health, Corporate Award

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey 
honors  
     
Corporate Award
   
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers - Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children's hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
 
Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
 
The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
 
For additional information, visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org

February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  

Award Recipients
 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq.
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Good Guy Awards
Senator Troy Singleton
Legislative District 7
&
Murray E. Bevan, Esq.
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 
Corporate Award
Hackensack Meridian Health
 
Social Justice Award
1199 SEIU
Executive Vice-President, Milly Silva
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WPCNJ To Honor 1199SEIU, Social Justice Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey 
honors  
    
Social Justice Award
   
1199SEIU is on the frontlines in the fight for healthcare, good jobs, and social justice for all.  As the largest union of healthcare workers in the nation, 1199 represents over 400,000 workers including 16,000 families in New Jersey.  This union membership is deeply involved in movements to improve the lives of Garden State families-organizing to raise staffing levels for patients in nursing homes, fighting for a $15 minimum wage, defending the rights of immigrants, and advancing the causes of racial and gender equality.  As committed health caregivers, it is 1199's mission to provide high-quality patient care and raise standards for workers in this industry.
 
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq.
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Good Guy Awards
Senator Troy Singleton
Legislative District 7
&
Murray E. Bevan, Esq.
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 
Corporate Award
Hackensack Meridian Health
 
Social Justice Award
1199 SEIU
Executive Vice-President, Milly Silva
    
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WPCNJ To Honor Senator Troy Singleton, Good Guy Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey

honors   
  
Senator Troy Singleton 
Legislative District 7 
Good Guy Award
   
Senator Troy Singleton was first elected to the New Jersey State Senate in November of 2017. He is a graduate of Rowan University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance. 

In 2011, he was elected to his first term in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 7th Legislative District. His primary focus remains on job creation, economic development and the needs of New Jersey's working families. Senator Singleton has received numerous awards for his public service and legislative acumen from business, education civic, labor and non-profit organizations.

Along with this busy career, Senator is a husband and father of three who has long included personal involvement in his community as an essential component of his life. He is a past trustee of Rowan University, a board member with the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, member of the VFW Post #3020 Men's Auxiliary, the Garden State Arts Foundation, and a former Commissioner on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Burlington County Bridge Commission, as Co-Chair of New Leaders Council New Jersey, a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County & Greater Trenton-Princeton, a member  of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and Prince Hall Mason Shekinah Lodge #32.

Senator Singleton is a member of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (Local #255) and serves as Director of Operations for the Council.
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq.
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Good Guy Awards
Senator Troy Singleton
Legislative District 7
&
Murray E. Bevan, Esq.
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 
Corporate Award
Hackensack Meridian Health
 
Social Justice Award
1199 SEIU
Executive Vice-President, Milly Silva
    
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WPCNJ & EWNJ Applaud Governor Murphy on Equal Pay Order

WPCNJ & EWNJ Applaud Governor Murphy's First Executive Order on Equal Pay for Women

  
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) along with the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) commend Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver for following through so quickly on their commitment to take concrete steps to address the gender pay gap in New Jersey. Women in our state are still only paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men and this number is substantially worse for women of color. This inequity not only negatively impacts women and their families, but it also harms the economic progress of our state. Data shows that if New Jersey women received equal pay for equal work, the poverty rate for working women in the state would drop by half and the economy would grow by $16.6 billion according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work should not be controversial nor should it be negotiable. As evidenced in the 2017 Executive Women of New Jersey report on gender diversity in senior corporate leadership, "A Seat at the Table: Celebrating Women and Board Leadership," women deliver significant and quantifiable business value to companies. At companies where women comprise 15% or more of the senior management, there is a 52% higher return on equity and a 22% higher ratio of dividend payout than those with 10% or fewer women in management. Once again, we salute Governor Murphy and Lt. Governor Oliver for this important and meaningful policy action.

Chrissy Buteas
President
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ)  
 
Michellene Davis
President
Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ)

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Join the Women's March on New Jersey - January 20

Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 20th
 Morristown Town Hall, Morristown NJ
11:00 a.m.
Registration is not necessary, but it is helpful in determining turnout.  
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WPCNJ To Honor Murray Bevan, Esq., Good Guy Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
honors
  
Murray E. Bevan, Esq. 
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 Good Guy Award  

Murray has a long history of supporting and cultivating diversity in the legal profession.  More than a decade ago, Murray, along with his partners Bill Mosca and Rich Giuditta, founded the law firm Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta.  Women have been an important part of the firm's success right from the start.  

Over the last ten years, Murray has actively recruited, hired, empowered, promoted and retained female lawyers within his firm. He has supported family leaves, medical leaves and flexible work schedules for employees when requested and when necessary, ensuring that that all his employees can balance work and family while serving in leadership roles at BMG and beyond. One of the exceptional efforts that Murray has made within BMG is to establish integrated and enhanced technological offerings that enable employees to work seamlessly in or out of the office. This has allowed the firm to increase workplace flexibility without compromising productivity.

Murray recognizes that helping employees to navigate their personal and professional
responsibilities is a sound business practice, providing alternatives that enable professionals to put forth their best work. It has proven to be a win-win strategy for the firm and the women who work there: a flexible work environment and infrastructure enables women at BMG to create and grow a strong, sustainable legal practice that contributes positively to the economic success of the law firm. Flexible work arrangement policies at BMG benefit the firm and all its employees -- without sacrificing merit-based compensation or professional growth opportunities for women at the firm. Murray has an authentic conviction that women can achieve the same success as their male colleagues, and he puts actions behind his personal convictions. 

Murray has also devoted a great deal of time and attention to help form and build the Hope Autism Foundation. Hope Autism is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and sponsoring community resources for adults with autism, and its goal is to help adults with autism to live productive, meaningful lives so they can become part of their local communities. Murray believes that everyone should be able to live with dignity, and his work with Hope Autism is just one more example of his sense of fairness.  Murray also supports his colleagues working pro-bono on women's anti-violence initiatives with a local organization (Partners for Women and Justice).  
 

In addition to his advocacy efforts for state and national trade associations, he also serves as counsel providing these groups with legal advice and assistance on non-profit law, matters of governance, board members roles and responsibilities, annual convention and trade show negotiations and contract review.

Murray has served in a variety of positions both in and out of government prior to entering the private practice of law. He was the Vice President of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs for the New Jersey Hospital Association and served a six year term with the New Jersey BPU. During that time, he was Chief of Staff to Board President, Christine Todd Whitman, a former Governor of New Jersey and only female to date. Mr. Bevan also worked for the Counsel's Office of former Governor Tom Kean.

Unquestionably, Murray is a "good guy." He is thoroughly deserving of this distinguished Good Guy award.
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq.
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Good Guy Awards
Senator Troy Singleton
Legislative District 7
&
Murray E. Bevan, Esq.
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 
Corporate Award
Hackensack Meridian Health
 
Social Justice Award
1199 SEIU
Executive Vice-President, Milly Silva
   

 

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WPCNJ To Honor Mary Kay Roberts Esq. on February 8th!

Women's Political Caucus of NJ
honors
  
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq. 
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Mary Kay Roberts is head of Riker Danzig's Governmental Affairs Practice, based in its Trenton office across from the State House. She works with a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking, insurance, education, technology, health care and hospitals.
 
Both a lawyer and a lobbyist, Mary Kay is counsel to the New Jersey Bankers Association, a trade association of large and small commercial banks in the state, which serves as an advocate and voice for the needs and goals of the banking industry. She is also chairs the NJ Bar Association Banking Law Section's Legislative Committee.
 
In 2005, she was nominated Vice Chair of the Health Care Administration Board, an 11-member panel that advises the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services on regulation and health care policy.
 
Prior to joining Riker Danzig, Mary Kay was the chief of staff and legislative liaison to the New Jersey Department of Banking under Gov. Florio. In addition, she was Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. L. Anthony Gibson, J.S.C., Chancery Division in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Raised in New Jersey, Mary Kay has long been involved with local government affairs.
 
In 2012 and again in 2018, Mary Kay was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Government Relations by Best Lawyers, an honor given annually to a single governmental affairs attorney in the Princeton/Trenton area. She was also recently named one of the "Power 50 in Banking" by NJBIZ Magazine.
 
A frequent speaker to the New Jersey Bankers Association on topics such as foreclosures, political contributions and consumer lending, Mary Kay has also written for New Jersey Bankers Magazine on the USA Patriot Act. She is the author of "Ensuring Coverage, Balance, Openness and Ethical Conduct for Advisory Committee Members Under the Advisory Committee Act" (5 Administrative Law Journal, 1991). 
February 8, 2018
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Kay Roberts, Esq.
Partner, Riker Danzig
 
Good Guy Awards
Senator-Elect Troy Singleton
Legislative District 7
&
Murray E. Bevan, Esq.
Founding Shareholder, Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.
 
Corporate Award
Hackensack Meridian Health
 
Social Justice Award
1199 SEIU
Executive Vice-President, Milly Silva
   
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WPCNJ Congratulates WPCNJ Board & Members Named 2017 Insider 100 Power List

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates 2017 INSIDERNJ 100 Power List Honorees!  Kudos to WPCNJ board members, Jeanine Frisby LaRue, Tai Cooper and Kelly Stewart Maer being named and along with members, Brigid Harrison, Peg Schaffer, and Patrizia "Trish" Zita, recognizing their political power and influence in NJ.

Join WPCNJ and many other powerful movers and shakers at WPCNJ's upcoming Passion Power and Progress awards reception on Feb 8th! For more info, click here.

View the entire list from INSIDERNJ

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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Endorses Forty-Six Female Legislative Candidates; PAC Announces Nearly $40k in Contributions

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is proud to announce its endorsement of forty-six female legislative candidates for the General Election in November. The WPCNJ PAC is set to distribute nearly $40,000 in contributions to support a key group of its endorsed candidates at an event in Trenton on October 5. 

"These forty-six endorsements reflect a strong showing of female candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights, regardless of party affiliation," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner.

The WPCNJ PAC is prepared to make significant contributions to candidates in the 2017 election cycle. WPCNJ PAC Chair Jennifer Mancuso added, "We are thrilled to contribute nearly $40,000 to support a diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing, and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."

According to The Center of American Women and Politics (CAWP), women hold a mere 36 of the 120 (30%) New Jersey legislative seats, down from last year's record of 37 women legislators (30.8%). "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling."  

 

2017 Legislative Candidates Receiving Endorsement

*signifies incumbent

 

Gabriela Mosquera (D)* District 4, Assembly

Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)* District 5, Senate

Patricia Egan Jones (D)* District 5, Assembly

Pamela R. Lampitt (D)* District 6, Assembly

Carol Murphy (D) District 7, Assembly

Joanne Schwartz (D) District 8, Assembly

Maryann Merlino (D) District 8, Assembly

Jill Dobrowansky (D) District 9, Assembly

Emma Mammano (D) District  10, Senate

Joann Downey (D)* District 11, Assembly

Mariel Didato (D) District 13, Assembly

Linda Greenstein (D)* District 14, Senate

Shirley Turner (D)* District 15, Senate

Elizabeth Muoio (D)* District 15, Assembly

Laurie Poppe (D) District 16, Senate

Nancy Pinkin  (D)* District 18, Assembly

Yvonne Lopez (D) District 19, Assembly

Annette Quijano (D)* District 20, Assembly

Jill Lazare (D) District 21, Senate

Lacey Rzeszowski (D) District 21, Assembly

Nancy Munoz (R)* District 21, Assembly

Christine Lui Chen (D) District 23 Senate

Laura Shaw (D) District 23, Assembly

Kate Matteson (D) District 24, Assembly

Gina Trish (D) District 24, Assembly

Lisa Bhimani (D) District 25, Senate

Mila M. Jasey (D)* District 27, Assembly

Cleopatra Tucker (D)* District 28, Assembly

M. Teresa Ruiz (D)* District 29, Senate

Eliana Pintor Marin (D)* District 29, Assembly

Shanique Speight (D) District 29, Assembly

Sandra Cunningham (D)* District 31, Senate

Angela McKnight (D)* District 31, Assembly

Angelica Jimenez (D)* District 32, Assembly

Annette Chaparro (D)* District 33, Assembly

Nia Gill (D)* District 34, Senate

Sheila Oliver (D)* District 34, Assembly

Nellie Pou (D)* District 35, Senate

Shavonda Sumter* (D) District 35, Assembly

Marlene Caride* (D) District 35, Assembly

Loretta Weinberg (D)* District 3, Senate

Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)* District 37, Assembly

Linda Schwager (D) District 39, Senate

Jannie Chung (D) District 39, Assembly

Holly Schepisi (R)* District 39, Assembly

Christine Ordway (D) District 40, Assembly

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