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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
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:
Animal Brands, a market and sales representation agency.
of Di Resta Communications and author of "Knockout Presentations."
Sue Kazel , owner of SK Visions, a public relations firm.
M. Sarubbi , an attorney with Bendit Weinstock.
Cardillo & Associates professional development seminars.
of the NJIT Procurement Center.
Deloitte & Touche.
Computer and Graphics Inc.
Karate and Fitness.
owner of Impressions Communications.
and founder of Fun In A Box Solutions Inc.
president of Advanced Networking and Communications Corp.
free chair massages, accupressure, and healing talk. The cost to attend
is $420. Call 732-560-9607.
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 (www.njlobbyist.com). 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 (www.mercerbar.org).
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
— Melinda Sherwood
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 (www.njen.com).
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.
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 (www.hinj.org).
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.
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 (www.house.gov/rholt).
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,
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 (www.armhammer.com).
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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