2012 NJ Governor's Conference for Women

Announces Bonnie St. John as Featured Speaker

Former Olympic Skier, TV Personality and Inspirational Speaker to

Lead Session at Conference


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III has announced that Bonnie St. John – author, inspirational speaker, executive coach, TV personality and former Olympic skier – will be a featured speaker at the 2012 NJ Governor's Conference for Women. This year's conference is slated for Tuesday, May 7-8, at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

At the conference, participants may choose from five subject tracks in scheduling their conference experience. Tracks include: Women in Business, Women, Power & Money, Politics, Personal Development, and Health. New this year, within these tracks, attendees can choose from career development and business startup sessions in addition to sessions on leadership, personal finance and healthy living.  The session topics and speakers are all designed to provide conference participants with comprehensive practical information and leadership tools to help them succeed.

Reflecting a significant, new personalized focus to the conference, a "one-stop" career and business counseling center will be available all day to job seekers and entrepreneurs in attendance.  "NJ Works" will be on hand to provide participants with information on career building and business building. In addition, staff from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be available all day to review and critique resumes, check for current job opportunities, and provide feedback. For the entrepreneurs in attendance, representatives from the Business Action Center, the Economic Development Authority, the Small Business Development Centers, and the UCEDC will provide assistance with financing opportunities and business resources.

Bonnie St. John has been chosen to be one of the featured speakers for the "Personal Development: Developing Your Best You" subject track.

During her session, entitled "How Great Women Lead," participants will experience the journey of Bonnie and her teen daughter, Darcy, as they travel the world on an extraordinary adventure into the lives, and life lessons, of some of today's most fascinating women leaders, including: Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, the President of Liberia, movie stars, fashion designers, CEOs and more. Attendees will leave this session hearing how these "Great Women" developed an authentic leadership style, learned how to lead vs. manage, negotiated work-life balance choices, found courage within themselves, and were able to ultimately laugh at life's many ups and downs while staying true to themselves.

"We are thrilled that Bonnie St. John will be a featured speaker at this year's conference," Acting Commissioner Constable said. "Bonnie will not only educate, but also motivate participants to be inspired by the tales and lessons of many great women leaders throughout history. It is sure to be an informative and equally motivating session."

The theme of this year's conference is "It's All About You." It was previously announced that Dr. Lois Frankel, noted author and lecturer, will deliver the keynote address at the conference, with Peggy Noonan, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and Donna Brazile, a syndicated columnist and TV political commentator, headlining the opening session.

Attendees are also invited to visit "Passport To A Healthy Lifestyle" Health Fair – a day-long health fair with giveaways and free health services such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, exercise demonstrations, nutritional guidance and skin care assessments, and peruse dozens of exhibit tables offering products and services.

The Governor's Conference for Women is self-sustaining, funded entirely through sponsorship opportunities and registration fees. Registration is now open for the 2012 NJ Governor's Conference for Women. For more information or to pre-register for the event, visit us online at www.njwomensconference.com