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NJBIA VP of Government Affairs Elissa Frank will be among a panel of distinguished business and government leaders taking part in Berkeley College’s 12th Annual Women’s History Month celebration, “Trailblazers: Women of Courage” next week. 

The event is being held in honor of the late Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who served in the Murphy administration from 2018 until her death in 2023. Oliver, a trailblazer in every sense of the word, pioneered a successful career in public service advocating for social justice, women’s equality, and education. She was the first woman of color in the state’s history to serve as Assembly Speaker and later as lieutenant governor, the state’s second highest elected office. 

Majorie Perry, CEO of MZM Construction, will be the keynote speaker for the event, which begins at 10 a.m., Monday, March 4 at Berkeley College’s Woodland Park Campus. Perry, the recipient of numerous entrepreneurship and business awards, is also a renowned public speaker, writer and role model for women and minorities in business. 

Panelists who will share their own inspiring stories of their challenges and successes include: 

  • Lizbeth Dejesus, Woodbridge Councilwoman 
  • Elissa Frank, Vice President of Government Affairs, NJBIA 
  • Rosie Grant, Paterson Education Fund Executive Director 
  • Cassandra Lazzara, Passaic County Commissioner 
  • LaMonica McIver, Newark Council President 
  • State Senator Holly Schepisi (R-39) 

For more information, and to register to attend, go to Berkeley College’s website here.