Alison Yablonowitz, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council and host of, "Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow" initiative breakfast, addresses the audience
On March 21st, United Way of Greater Union County celebrated Women’s History Month by launching its Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow mentoring initiative. The event was highly successful and UWGUC crushed its own goal of expecting 50 women to attend. Over 100 women attended the breakfast and several signed up to become members of the UWGUC Women’s Leadership Council.
Alison Yablonowitz, partner at Ernst & Young’s Assurance Services Department and Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, welcomed the crowd of over 100 attendees. Alison stated, “this event means so much to the girls we will mentor and support. I am pleased to see so many women seeking opportunities to become donors and mentors. It shows us that we are truly the glue in our communities.”
Janice Kovach, Mayor of Clinton, provided opening remarks and spoke about what inspired her to run for mayor and some of the challenges and rewards she experienced as a woman. “I came today because I wanted to share my story of how I saw a need in our community and there were no women at the table. It’s important for us to be a part of the decision making process for our communities and for me it meant serving in public office,” said Kovach.
The Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Initiative (GTLT) is a mentoring program designed to provide opportunities to empower adolescent girls and give them the tools they need to succeed in today’s world. The girls participate in structured workshops that increase self-esteem, self-empowerment and positive life style decisions. As advocates for these young women, United Way is committed to helping young girls succeed in their various communities using a collaborative model that includes a mentorship component. UWGUC Women’s Leadership Council enlists the assistance of career-minded women to take on a mentoring role to help these young women develop critical leadership skills that will benefit them in their educational and career pathways.
The premiere activity was a panel discussion on the importance of relationships and your network with a focus on “Developing your own personal board of directors.” Several women, representing various levels of leadership, provided insightful remarks and examples of how they successfully gained the support of mentors and colleagues as they moved up the ladder in their careers.
Speakers included Lisa Utasi, Director and Senior Trader at Clearbridge Investments, who has over 27 years of industry experience and was past chairman of the Security Traders Association; Christina Schelling, Vice President, HR Transformation & Change, American Express; Carolyn Slaski, Northeast Region Assurance Managing Partner, Ernst and Young; and Lourdes Cortez, President/CEO, North Jersey Federal Credit Union.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of the launch of our Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow initiative. As an advocate for girls and an active member of our board of trustees, Alison really showed the group that commitment can go a long way to help our aspiring leaders,” states James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, UWGUC.
As Chair, Alison Yablonowitz’s 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, which will also result in them mentoring young girls from Union County, North and South Plainfield.
The launch of the Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow was held at the Galloping Hills Golf Clubhouse, Kenilworth, NJ.
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