The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a Washington-based organization, has made Taneshia Nash Laird its regional director in the Trenton-Ewing region.

“Taneshia Nash Laird is a consummate entrepreneur, strategic communications, business development and community economic development expert and respected community leader who has grown an exceptionally wide and diverse network of relationships and influence,” says Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “Laird has been an active and committed member of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce; I know her elevated leadership role as regional director for the Trenton-Ewing region will translate into increased economic gains for women.”

Laird says she will work to provide economic opportunities for businesswomen in the area. “While I have extensive accomplishments as an entrepreneur and strategic business advisor, recently becoming the sole breadwinner for my two young daughters after the sudden loss of my husband has made me keenly aware of the importance for all women to manage financial risks,” she says. “I want my daughters (now ages four and eight) to not have to live in a world where they will be exposed to the financial risks that women face today. As women, we face lower pay, lower business revenues and inflexible jobs while working to achieve our goals, protect our families and prepare for a secure retirement. I want to make a positive difference in the life of women and all people.”

Over her 20-year career, she has worked in entertainment, government, nonprofit leadership and real estate development. Laird is the owner of Legacy Business Advisors, a strategic communications and development consultancy, and co-owner of several businesses.

Laird sits on the board of trustees for the Art Pride of New Jersey Foundation and is a governor-appointed, public member of the board of the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Authority.

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