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Join Us Thursday: 2019 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

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Passion * Power * Progress Awards
February 7, 2019
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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WPCNJ Expresses Condolences to Family of Babs Siperstein

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Services will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at Flynn and Sons Funeral Home in Fords. Detailed information can be found at   
In lieu of flowers, it was Babs' wish that memorial donations be made to "The Barbra Siperstein Endowed Scholarship at Middlesex County College"
MCC Foundation
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818-3050
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WPCNJ To Honor Assemblyman Daniel Benson, Good Guy Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson
Legislative District 14 
Good Guy Award 

Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14 Mercer) first joined the Assembly in 2011 and is currently serving his fourth term. A former member of the Environment, Commerce, and Law and Public Safety Committees, the Assemblyman currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee and as a member of the Health and Senior Services and Budget Committees.  He represents towns in Mercer and Middlesex Counties including Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Jamesburg, Monroe, Plainsboro, Robbinsville, and Spotswood.   
Assemblyman Benson has a Bachelor of Science in physics and government from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy in science and technology policy from Rutgers University. Professionally, the Assemblyman is an energy and telecommunications policy consultant and resides in Hamilton with his wife Hande and their son Nicholas.   

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WPCNJ To Honor Madeline Ferraro, Esq., Mary Philbrook Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Madeline Ferraro, Esq.  
Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs, 
Atlantic Health System
Mary Philbrook Award 

Ms. Ferraro has been Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Atlantic Health System since 2002.
In this senior leadership position, Ms. Ferraro helps devise and direct the system's strategic policy decisions and enhance the system's position with state and federal leaders. Ms. Ferraro is responsible for all legislative and regulatory matters and she meets regularly with federal and state legislators, local elected officials, the Governor and his staff, and the Commissioners and staff of various state departments.
Ms. Ferraro was the architect for Atlantic Health System's corporate strategic giving program and heads the committee that directs and distributes over one million dollars annually of Atlantic Health System funds to charities with aligned missions.
In 2017, Ms. Ferraro was named to NJ Governor-Elect Phil Murphy's transition team, as a member of the transition's healthcare committee.  She also served as Appointments Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman and as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.
Ms. Ferraro is very active in her civic community. She sits on the boards of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the National Public Affairs Council (the preeminent association for public affairs professionals worldwide), Georgian Court University, Brookdale Community College, the New Jersey Hospital Association HealthPAC Board of Directors, Policy Development Committee and Government Relations Committee, and the Fair Share Hospitals Collaborative Government Affairs and Strategic Planning Committee. Ms. Ferraro also acts as a mentor to young and seasoned professionals in varied fields.
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WPCNJ To Honor AECOM, Corporate Award Recipient

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey

Corporate Award 
AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, is built to deliver a better world. They design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, AECOM connects knowledge and experience across their global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, their work is transformative, differentiated and vital.  
Inclusion and diversity are key AECOM core values and they're committed to creating an inclusive culture
where all employees are empowered to thrive. AECOM actively supports the pursuit of diverse leadership in
both business and politics as a best practice in promoting positive societal values. 
For more information on AECOM, please visit aecom.com and @AECOM.

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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Announces 2019 Passion * Power * Progress Award Recipients

On the evening of February 7, 2019, the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ (WPCNJ) will gather at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick at 6:00 p.m. for its annual Passion * Power * Progress Awards reception.  Each year this event showcases individuals and organizations whose leadership, civic involvement, and professional efforts have helped make New Jersey a better place for women. 


We are delighted to present the following awards for 2019 to:

  • Madeline Ferraro, Esq., Atlantic Health System – Mary Philbrook Award
  • Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson, Legislative District 14 – Good Guy Award
  • Gil Medina, CBRE, Inc. – Good Guy Award
  • AECOM, Global Design and Construction Firm – Corporate Award
  • Rev. Deborah Stapleton – Social Justice Award

“This year’s honorees are being celebrated for their outstanding contributions and dedication to improving the lives of women & families,” stated Chrissy Buteas, President of the WPCNJ. “From empowering and mentoring young women to fighting for social justice, they have all had a tremendous impact on their communities. WPCNJ is thrilled to honor their accomplishments.”


For more information regarding the 2019 Passion * Power * Progress Awards, please visit www.wpcnj.org/calendar.


WPCNJ State Legislator, Local and County Endorsements

Please email [email protected] if you are interested in receiving a questionnaire. 

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3 Days Away: WPCNJ-PAC Women of Achievement Reception

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
2018 Women of Achievement
Thursday, June 7, 2018
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

All proceeds from this event are used to support our endorsed women candidates! 
2017-2018 WPCNJ's Endorsed Candidates  
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
*signifies incumbent
Join us or renew your WPCNJ Membership today to be part of New Jersey's premier organization for women who are passionate about politics and increasing women's representation at all levels of government.

For more information, contact [email protected].   
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Register Today: WPCNJ Annual Meeting featuring Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

WPCNJ Annual Meeting 
Tuesday, May 15th | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University 
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick

Featuring Special Guest Speaker 
Lieutenant Governor
Sheila Oliver

Register Today 
WPCNJ members are free with current membership 
Non-members $20
Please note: Only members in good standing can 
vote at the Annual Meeting  

Affirm Your Commitment to 
Engage Women in Politics!
Join or renew your WPCNJ Membership 
today.  WPCNJ is New Jersey's premier organization for women who are passionate about politics and increasing women's representation at all levels of government.
Not sure if your dues are current? Email Megan Hutton, WPCNJ Administrator at [email protected] to find out.
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Save the Date: WPCNJ Annual Meeting

WPCNJ Annual Meeting 
Tuesday, May 15th | 6:00PM-9:00PM
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick 
Networking Dinner   
Guest Speaker   
WPCNJ Annual Business Meeting  

Join or renew your WPCNJ Membership today. 
WPCNJ is New Jersey's premier organization for women who are passionate about politics and increasing women's representation at all levels of government.
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