Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) honored Judith Sheft, associate vice president technology & enterprise development, New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT alongside 31 of New Jersey’s most influential and accomplished women leaders including special guest honoree, First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, at the organization’s signature biennial gala, Salute to the Policy Makers at The Palace at Somerset Park,. Judith Sheft is being recognized for her trailblazing professional achievements and her efforts towards advancing women’s leadership.
Susan Chapman-Hughes, senior vice president of Global Commercial Services at American Express, served as the keynote speaker and Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources, served as the Honorary Chair.
“We were thrilled to honor these prominent women leaders, not only because of their individual achievements, but because of what their presence represents. It is undeniable that there is an abundance of talented and highly capable women leaders, yet women continue to be severely underrepresented on boards and in the senior leadership of public companies,” stated Michellene Davis, Esq., president of EWNJ and EVP and chief corporate affairs officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “That’s why we highlight these trailblazers to showcase the impact of women’s leadership and to continue to spotlight the issue of corporate gender diversity.”
Judith Sheft stated, “I’m honored to be recognized by Executive Women of New Jersey. It is important that women have equal opportunity and representation in senior corporate and institutional leadership and are recognized for their achievements. Among other vital initiatives I fully support the work of EWNJ and its focus on teaching and mentoring underrepresented minorities in academic programs.”