Celebration of Womanhood Will Bring Together Mentors and Teen Girls in Empowerment Workshops

Union County, NJ - Planning is well underway for the 5th Annual Celebration of Womanhood Conference for May 31, 2014, from 7:45 AM to 4 PM, at the Renaissance Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07201 
In celebration of its 5th anniversary of planning and execution of the Celebration of Womanhood Conference, United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) inaugurated its Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow initiative in March as part of its Women’s History Month celebration.  The Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Initiative (GTLT) is a mentoring program designed to provide opportunities that empower adolescent girls while providing the tools they need to succeed in today’s world. 
The girls range in age from 13 to 17 years of age and will meet at a Mentor/Mentee Mixer on May 10th and May 24th  at the Ernst & Young, 99 Wood Avenue S, Iselin, NJ 08830 from  9:00 AM- 12:00 PM. The girls will participate in structured workshops that increase self-esteem and self-empowerment while engaging them in discussions on how to make positive life style decisions. The results will be inclusion into the agenda at the 5th Annual Celebration of Womanhood Conference.   
Alison Yablonowitz, partner at Ernst & Young LLP in their Assurance practice and Chair of the UWGUC Women’s Leadership Council is leading the effort.  Her primary role is to cultivate and nurture philanthropy and volunteerism among women in Union County that support UWGUC programs serving girls in need. Alison will lead this group of professional women who will volunteer their time and provide contributions to meet the needs of the initiative.
The Celebration of Womanhood Conference is open and FREE for registrants who live in eleven New Jersey counties including, Atlantic, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset and Union County.  
Beyond the Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow initiative, girls from all eleven counties referred to as Junior Ambassadors, will conduct their own planning sessions and have recently selected a series of workshop topics to be presented in several plenary sessions throughout the conference.  These workshops include topics that focus on overcoming teen-related issues and learning how to make good decisions. The girls will participate in discussions and workshops including; positive body image and appearance; how to make decisions that help establish personal goals; becoming a leader in your community; selecting positive roles models vs. those that are not so positive in reality TV; loving who you are and accepting yourself; being in a positive relationship; becoming a business owner and the road to entrepreneurship; and selecting the right college.
Emmy Award winning journalist Giovanna Drpic will serve as conference emcee. Giovanna Drpic, currently anchors and hosts the business show, "Money & Main$treet", on Verizon FiOS1 News Long Island. In addition, teenage entrepreneur, jewelry designer, author, inspirational speaker and philanthropist, Gabrielle Jordan Williams will serve as the conference Keynote Speaker.  Gabrielle Jordan Williams is a successful entrepreneur who launched her jewelry business, Jewelz of Jordan, at the age of 9.  At the age of 11, Gabrielle published and received national recognition for her #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A Kids Guide to Developing the Mind-Set for Success.  With a portion of her profits, Gabrielle gives to organizations in her community, including her local food pantry and charities that care for youth such as Smile Train and the Children’s National Medical Center. As an accomplished speaker, Gabrielle loves promoting entrepreneurship and the importance of pursuing one’s dreams. Gabrielle’s “Dream Big” message has inspired countless youth and adults and reminds the entire population that you are never too young to live your dreams. 
This program is funded by The New Jersey Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (JJDP) Committee, Administered by The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.
Please visit www.celebrationofwomanhood.org for updates, conference registration and sponsorship opportunities.  For more information please contact Cristina Pinzon cristina.pinzon@uwguc.org or 908-353-7171 ext.138.