Developing Leaders

NJEN Player: Tellium

Workforce Development for Health & Pharmas

Computers for China? Lobbying Holt’s Vote

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Published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on April 26, 2000. All rights reserved.

NJAWBO Expo: Mixing Health & Business


Health and business get equal billing at the New Jersey

Association of Women Business Owners annual conference on Friday and

Saturday, April 28 and 29, at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany. The

two-day conference includes a business expo, health panel, networking

opportunities, and workshops on everything from implementing an enterprise

software system to estate planning, start-up financing to holistic

healing (

This year’s keynote speaker is Carol Ash, executive director

of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which owns and manages

100,000 acres in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the Palisades,

Ash was New York State director for the Nature Conservancy, and during

her tenure, 15,000 acres of Whitney Park was preserved as part of

the Adirondack Park. She was also first director of the Port Authority’s

Office of Environmental Policy and Management.

The workshops on Friday, April 28, are:

The Act of Selling, Vicki Lynn Morgan , founder of

Animal Brands, a market and sales representation agency.

Take Back Your Power, Diane Di Resta , president

of Di Resta Communications and author of "Knockout Presentations."

Reduce Stress & Enhance Creativity through Nature & Garden,

Sue Kazel , owner of SK Visions, a public relations firm.

What Every Woman Should Know About Estate Planning, Joanne

M. Sarubbi , an attorney with Bendit Weinstock.

Goals: Your Road Map To Success, Karen Adey , of

Peak Strategies.

The E-Business Tidal Wave, Greg Ehr , partner, Deloitte

& Touche.

Speaking with Style, Donna Cardillo , president of

Cardillo & Associates professional development seminars.

Start-up Financing.

Certification and Procurement, Dolcey Chaplin , director

of the NJIT Procurement Center.

Achieving the ROI on ERP, Marcy LoCastro , partner,

Deloitte & Touche.

Think Tank, interactive exchange of ideas with a panel

of experts.

On Saturday, April 29, the workshops are:

Running Effective Meetings, Susan Managan , public

speaking coach.

Semantics of Design, Joanne MacBeth , owner of Shakespeare

Computer and Graphics Inc.

Self Defense, Krista Sernack , owner of Sernack’s

Karate and Fitness.

Because First Impressions Count, Marlene J. Pagley-Waldock ,

owner of Impressions Communications.

Mission Statement Design, Michele R. Cohen , president

and founder of Fun In A Box Solutions Inc.

Media Training 101, Victoria Wilson , founder CEI


Put Your Website to Work For You, Lynn Lancaster ,

president of Advanced Networking and Communications Corp.

Throughout the day, attendees can visit a Stress Free Zone for

free chair massages, accupressure, and healing talk. The cost to attend

is $420. Call 732-560-9607.

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Developing Leaders

A leader keeps her ear to the ground and finds new and

interesting ways to apply her expertise in the community, says Sharon

Harrington, partner at Public Strategies Impact Inc., a government

relations lobbying firm on West State Street in Trenton ( A former

member of the administration of Governor Jim Florio, Harrington’s

work in the public sector has reinforced her belief in people and

in the political process. "I was fascinated by the way representatives

genuinely listen to people and take constituent’s positions into consideration,"

says Harrington, "and also just how all the things we know on

a common sense basis apply — like respect for people, communications

skills, concern for one another, and the range of issues that you

need to be conversant with."

One way to foster professional development and personal growth is

to join a board of an organization close to the heart, says Harrington,

a consummate lover of the arts who sits on the boards of the Shakespeare

Festival, the New Jersey Symphony, and Anchor House Foundation. Harrington

speaks on "Leadership in the New Century" at the Mercer County

Bar Association’s three-part educational series for women attorneys

on Wednesday, May 3, at 5:15 p.m. at McCarter Theater. Call 609-585-6200.

Cost: $40 (

A graduate of Glassboro State (now Rowan) with a BA in communications,

Class of 1976, Harrington started her career in college as a press

research assistant in congressman Florio’s office, at an important

period in New Jersey’s history — the state income tax was just

adopted, the criminal code revised, and the endangered New Jersey

Pinelands were placed under protection. Harrington became deputy campaign

manager for Florio’s 1989 election campaign, and was appointed to

the state Council on the Arts, where she served until 1996.

Harrington has successfully translated her experience in the public

sector experience into a marketable skill for the private sector.

As a partner in Public Strategies, where she has been since 1996,

Harrington is an advocate for such companies as the Direct Marketing

Association, Amerada Hess Oil Company, and the New Jersey Corrections

Officers Association. "I’ve grown to have a greater respect for

the history and evolution of issues and what you find is that it’s

the same from decade to decade, century to century," she says.

"This gives me a chance to stay involved in some of the most compelling

issues affecting the state."

All professionals need to think of creative and alternative ways to

use their professional skills, says Harrington, and a good place to

start is mentoring. "I’ve had a lot of supportive people in my

life, people who encouraged me, even when I was hesitant to take the

next step," she says. "I think it’s very important to empower

people and to give them encouragement as they move along and to give

them feedback."

— Melinda Sherwood

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NJEN Player: Tellium

A hot young player in the field of fiber optics, Tellium

Inc., based in Oceanport, will be the featured company at the next

New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at

noon at the Doral Forrestal. Call 609-279-0010 (

Tellium is developing optical switches that use light instead of electronic

media to carry live traffic over networks. A three-year-old spin-off

of Bellcore, Tellium raised $50 million in a mezzanine round of funding

last December, and provided its optical switching technology to the

Department of Defense’s Monet Network. The company also recently announced

a $250 million contract over five years with Extant, a Denver-based

service provider, for its Aurora 35 switch.

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Workforce Development for Health & Pharmas

Last year Rutgers University paved the way for more

cooperative relationships between business and academe by launching

its MBA program in pharmaceutical management. This program and others

will be the topic on Wednesday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. when the Healthcare

Institute of New Jersey hosts a Workforce Development Symposium at

Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Facility on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road.

Call 732-342-8442 (

Company and college representatives will present case studies of business

partnerships that are working to train the next generation of pharmaceutical

and healthcare workers. Included: Rutgers’ partnership with Bristol

Myers Squibb in an MBA program in pharmaceutical management, Mercer

County College’s certification in clinical research and drug development,

a partnership with Covance, and Middlesex County College’s partnership

with Siemens Medical Systems.

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Computers for China? Lobbying Holt’s Vote


Trade with China means bread on the table for area high

tech workers, or so says the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA).

It has arranged for W. Pat Fiedler of Church & Dwight to host

a meeting for Representative Rush Holt on Friday, April 28,

at 8 a.m. at its headquarters at 469 North Harrison Street

The purpose, says EIA spokesperson Rob Nichols is to educate

Holt "on the need for swift Congressional passage of permanent

normal trade relations (PNTR) with China and to engage him in a meaningful

discussion regarding the importance of high technology to New Jersey’s


The meeting is not open to the general public. "The invitations

have gone out to a who’s who of high tech employers in the Princeton

area" says Nichols. "It will be a freeflowing discussion so

that workers and executives can say why trade is important, and that

their families and communities are dependent on trade with China."

"Holt’s staff says that he is undecided and going with open ears,

that he wants to hear from his constituents, specifically from the

high tech industry," says Nichols. "It is our top priority."

Holt is known for his high tech background (he was assistant director

of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) but has declared himself

undecided on the China vote, scheduled for the week of May 22. Three-fourths

of House Republicans, Nichols says, have committed to vote for the

bill and an estimated one-third of the Democrats (

The EIA represents 80 percent of the $550 billion national electronics

industry — more than 2,100 member companies and more than 2 million

jobs for American workers. Included in its sectors are consumer electronics,

telecommunications, components, government electronics, and semiconductors.

Among the EIA members invited to this meeting are Dataram, Somfy Systems

on Commerce Drive, Sarnoff Corporation, and Travroute. Also invited

are Lockheed Technical Systems, Philips, Lucent, Panasonic, Matsushita,

and Samsung.

Fiedler is president of Armand Products Company, a 14-year-old joint

venture between Church & Dwight Company and Occidental Chemical Corporation.

It is the world’s largest producer of potassium carbonate and the

only U.S. producer of potassium bicarbonate, used to make such high

tech products as television tubes (

Also that morning Dave McCurdy, president of EIA, will present

a check (matched by the Armand Products Company) to a representative

of the Trenton Engineering Club to benefit the Mercer County Science

Fair. McCurdy, who used to be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,

formerly represented Oklahoma. EIA, based in the District of Columbia,

is the second largest trade association in the nation.

"This market is 1 billion potential customers, and they are just

starting to use our products," says Nichols. He cites statistics

showing that high tech exports to China grew 500 percent from 1990

to 1998, that it is the fastest growing semi conductor market, the

second largest cell phone market, and the largest PC market outside

the United States. "Just 10 million of China’s 1.3 billion people

use the Internet. It is THE market. That’s why this vote is so important."

Now that China has joined the World Trade Organization, continuing

Congress’ annual approval process only hurts the United States, according

to the EIA. But what about human rights? Wouldn’t permanent trading

status remove any possible influence the United States might have?

On the contrary, claims Nichols. "All the freedom fighters want

this bill to pass, because they know that then the Chinese government

will not be able to control the Information Age. They point to how

the fax machine brought freedom to the Soviet Union, and they believe

that the Internet will do the same in China. All those folks are speaking

on behalf of trade with China."

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