Leading Ladies Panel – Annual Members Meeting 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
The Chase Room, NJPAC

Leading Ladies Panel

Women are stepping into new leadership roles all over our city. Some are locals, but many are newcomers, moving here to join the city’s vibrant civic conversation. Meet some of these “New to Newark” movers and shakers at our next Women’s Association of NJPAC Annual Membership Meeting! NJTV News anchor Mary Alice Williams will lead a discussion with Alejandra Ceja, the new Executive Director of the Panasonic Foundation, the Rt. Reverend Carlye J. Hughes, newly installed as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Dee Marshall, CEO of Diverse & Engaged, LLC and a Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business in 2018 and LaMonica McIver who is the new Central Ward Councilwoman.


Mary Alice Williams
Anchor, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams
Panel ModeratorMary Alice Williams is anchor of NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams on New Jersey’s public television network, NJTV. She is a highly acclaimed broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience in the field. As one of the primary architects behind the design of CNN, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York Bureau at the World Trade Center prior to the launch of Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980 and served as the channel’s principal anchor and vice president in charge of the New York Bureau until 1989. In 1982, Williams was appointed vice president, becoming one of the highest ranking female executives in American television. Williams was an anchor on the NBC News team that won a national Emmy Award for its coverage of the fall of communism. During her tenure with NBC from 1989 to 1993, she also anchored Sunday Today, NBC News Special Reports, Yesterday Today & Tomorrow and NBC’s extended coverage of Desert Storm: War in the Gulf. Williams was a frequent anchor and correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Sunrise and The Today Show.


Alejandra Ceja
 Executive Director, Panasonic FoundationAlejandra Ceja is the Executive Director of the Panasonic Foundation. Ceja assumed this role in June of 2017 and is responsible for leading the Foundation’s investments in educational equity. Ceja is the former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She was appointed by the White House in 2013 to increase the educational attainment and life outcomes of Hispanics across the nation. Prior to this role, Ceja was the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for coordinating policy activities related to postsecondary education, career and technical education, adult education, and federal student aid. Ceja is a native of Huntington Park, CA, though her family’s roots trace back to Michoacán, Mexico. She is a board member of Child Trends, a graduate of the National Urban Fellows, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Presidential Management Fellowship program and a 2015 Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes
 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of NewarkThe Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes is the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Upon her consecration on September 22, 2018 at NJPAC, she became the first woman and African American to serve as bishop of this diocese. A life-long Episcopalian, Hughes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Texas in Austin, and for 20 years she made her home in New York City, while pursuing a career in Human Resources as a corporate trainer, mostly in the hotel industry. While in NYC she discerned a call to the priesthood and attended The Virginia Theological Seminary, earning a M.Div. in 2005. After a Lilly Fellowship at St. James’ Church in New York City, she was called to serve as rector first at St. Peter’s Church, Peekskill NY; and most recently at Trinity Church, Ft. Worth, Texas. Hughes has been active on the Board of Trustees of The Virginia Theological Seminary; as a member of the Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Convention Chaplain in the Diocese of New York, and in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth as a member of the Standing Committee and as a General Convention Delegate. At the national level, she has served the General Convention on the Task Force for the Study of Marriage and the Racial Justice & Reconciliation.

 Dee Marshall
 CEO, Diverse & EngagedA sought-after international speaker, author, executive coach, and leadership trainer, Dee C. Marshall leads the team at Diverse and Engaged, LLC— a diversity resource specializing in developing programs and initiatives to engage diverse populations. She is Founder of Girlfriends Pray Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of over 100K women (currently in three countries and over 26 US markets) and is also a contributor for Essence Magazine and FOX NY. She has been covered by numerous media outlets including ABC, MSNBC, Fox, Black Enterprise, Upscale, Rolling Out and many more in addition to her role as the resident Life Coach on TVOne’s Makeover Manor where she got her start.

Prior to launching out on her own, Marshall spent over twelve years working on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, Moody’s Investor Service, Johnson & Johnson and The New York Times. Dee was named Top 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business and Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in the same season she earned the title “Disruptor” after launching a campaign for black men. Marshall has been active with the Board of Directors for the YWCA, the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement New York, Black Fem, Inc. and Board of Advisors for Rutgers Small Business Development Center and The New York Women’s Foundation.


 LaMonica McIver
 Central Ward CouncilwomanLaMonica McIver is a compassionate leader and committed public servant. Born and raised in the Central Ward, she is a public educator and a mother who has spent her life working in her community as a dedicated public servant. McIver is the Founder of Newark G.A.L.S., Inc. and founding Trustee of The Believe In Newark Foundation. After earning an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Bloomfield College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University, she began her career as a School Leader, Educator, and HR Professional at a host of diverse public school districts. In 2004, McIver became a Future Business Leader with the Newark Public Schools in which she quickly worked her way up the ladder to work as a Clerk, Systems Analyst, and HR Regional Partner for the District. In 2018, McIver was elected as Council Member of the Central Ward. She is the youngest woman and Council Member to serve on the Newark Municipal Council. She lives in the Central Ward with her daughter.

There is no charge for this event, but an RSVP is required as space is limited.