2012 NJ Governor's Conference for Women to

Feature Prominent Lineup of Speakers and Activities

Renowned Business Coach Dr. Lois Frankel Headlines Conference That Will Include Career Counseling Center and Healthy Lifestyle Fair


TRENTON, N.J. – Signaling the new, personalized focus of the NJ Governor's Conference for Women, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today encouraged men and women from around the state to register for the annual conference, which is slated for Tuesday, May 7-8, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Internationally renowned business coach Dr. Lois Frankel will headline the event that will feature a "one stop" career and business counseling center, as well as a healthy lifestyle health fair.

"This year, attendees can tailor their own personal conference experience to meet their unique needs," said Acting Commissioner Constable. "Attendees can choose from career development and business startup sessions, in addition to sessions on leadership, personal finance and healthy living. They can get their resume critiqued, learn about business financing opportunities, and get free health screenings. Whatever their interest or stage in life, attendees will find the tools they need to help them succeed."

Dr. Frankel, president of Corporate Coaching International, has inspired people to succeed in businesses large and small around the globe. Her books Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office and Nice Girls Don't Get Rich are international bestsellers translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. A noted speaker, she has appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, and Fox News and been featured in USA Today, People, and The Wall Street Journal.

In addition to Dr. Frankel, the following celebrated figures will speak at the conference:

  • New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State and oversees the Business Action Center, will provide the breakfast keynote address.
  • Peggy Noonan, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and Donna Brazile, a syndicated columnist and TV political commentator, will headline the opening plenary session of the Conference.
  • Bonnie St. John – author, inspirational speaker, executive coach, TV personality and former Olympic skier – will 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 learn how women such as Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, movie stars, fashion designers, and CEOs developed a leadership style, learned how to lead vs. manage, and negotiated work-life balance choices.
  • Carla Harris, best-selling author and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, will be one of the featured speakers for the "Women, Power and Money" subject track. During her session, entitled "Expect to Win: Proven Strategies for Success," Harris will share how she successfully navigated this male-dominated arena to rise to the top without losing herself and her passions in the process.

Dr. Ian Smith, noted medical/diet expert from VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, will be the featured speaker at the conference's Women’s Dessert Reception on May 7th. He is the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile™, and was recently appointed by President Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

"This dynamic group of speakers will provide conference participants with unique opportunities to listen, learn and interact," said Acting Commissioner Constable. "These are some of the most thoughtful leaders in our country and their experiences and accomplishments reflect the conference's goals of providing women with comprehensive practical information and leadership tools to help them succeed."

The "New Jersey Works" workshop reflects the 2012 conference theme "It's All About You." At this all-day workshop, women will be able to get counseling on career building, resume review and employment opportunities. Resources will be provided by the NJ Department of Labor, NJ Economic Development Authority, and others.

Attendees can also visit the "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. Additionally, there will be book signings by the featured speakers.

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 register, visit us online at www.njwomensconference.com