Executive Women of New Jersey honored 36 female executives Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.
Also, Campbell Soup Co. was named to EWNJ's Business Honor Roll for its efforts to represent women at the highest levels of its organization and ensure they are actively involved in corporate governance, while implementing policies to help all employees balance work and family responsibilities.
The dinner raised more than $380,000 for the EWNJ scholarship program for women, according to Tara Condon, vice president of corporate marketing at API Technologies and chair of the EWNJ scholarship committee.
Linda Bowden, regional president for northern New Jersey at PNC Bank and a past honoree, said the event serves three purposes: publicizes the names of the award winners to further build their brand, connects the women with others and presents a way to say thank you to the honorees.
The 2012 honorees were: Lara Abrash, AERS partner in charge, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup, president, PharmApprove; Dr. Michele Blackwood, director of Breast Health and Disease Management, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Nancy H. Blattner, president, Caldwell College; Dr. Margarita Camacho, surgical director, Cardiac Transplantation & Mechanical Assist Device Program, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Kathryn Carlson, managing director - market executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Karen L. Clark, vice president Medicaid, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Sandra Cottrell, vice president Regulatory Affairs & Drug Safety, NPS Pharmaceuticals; Michellene Davis, senior vice president for Policy Development and Governmental Affairs, Saint Barnabas Health Care System; Caroline Dorsa, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.; Tracey B. Early, managing principal, Untracht Early, LLC; Jennifer Feldsher, partner, Bracewell & Giulliani; Margaret M. Foran, chief governance officer, vice president and corporate secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Karen A. Giannelli, chair, Financial Restructuring & Creditors' Rights Department, Gibbons P.C.; PJ Hilbert, executive vice president, Synchronoss Technologies Inc.; Ellen Oran Kaden, senior vice president - chief legal and public affairs officer, Campbell's Soup Co.; Andrea Kalliaras, principal, Rothstein Kass; Linda M. Kassekert, chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission; Margaret Lanning, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.; Wendy Johnson Lario, shareholder and N.J. chair of Labor & Employment, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Nancy Lurker, CEO & director, PDI Inc.; Tracye McDaniel, president & CEO, Choose New Jersey; Margaret M. McMenamin, president, Union County College; Sheila Y. Oliver, speaker, State Assembly; Kimberly O'Loughlin, senior vice president, Customer Care and managing director, International Markets, Vonage; Kimberlee S. Phelan, partner, Withum Smith & Brown, PC; Barbara A. Santoro, vice president - Corporate Governance and secretary, Ingersoll-Rand plc; S. Nicole Schaeffer, senior vice president, Administration & Human Resources, Amicus Therapeutics; Sharon Seitzman, executive vice president and chief operating officer, QualCare, Inc.; Claire Y. Stevens, senior vice president and managing director, PNC Wealth Management, PNC Bank; Rochelle Tarlowe, SVP Treasurer, Avis Budget Group; Kathleen Waldron, president, William Paterson University; Robin Walton, director of Community and Government Affairs, Thomas Edison State College; Clare E. Wherley, chief executive officer, Lassus Wherley; Wendy White-Baxter, executive vice president, Aon Risk Solutions; Cheryl Williams, vice president, e-Commerce, Digital & Loyalty Initiatives, Wakefern Food Corp.
Dorsa said she was impressed that the honorees represented so many different industries.
When receiving the award, each woman had a different presenter, often the CEO or owner of the company where they work. Cottrell received her award from Dr. Francois Nader, president and CEO of NPS, who is also her mentor.
"It means the pinnacle of a career," Cottrell said of the honor. "It represents the epitome of the example of what happens when you have a mentor."