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Judith Sheft New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT, Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development

Judith Sheft
Anne Anquillare, PEF Services LLC, President and Co-Founder Julie Bauer, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, President Caroline J. Berdzik, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Partner Rachel Braun Scherl, SPARK Solutions for Growth, Entrepreneur, Strategic Marketing and Growth Consultant Deirdre Breakenridge, Pure Performance Communications, CEO Joyce Brocaglia, Alta Associates/Executive Womens Forum, CEO/Founder Cynthia Chiarella, PwC, Partner Susan A. Cole, Montclair State University, President Jennifer Connelly, JCPR, Inc., CEO Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan, Founder and CEO Katie Dahler, KPMG LLP, Principal, Advisory Kathleen Davis, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, Executive Vice President and COO Mary Ann Deacon, Lakeland Bank/Deacon Homes, Chairman of the Board/Secretary and Treasurer Ronni Denes, New Jersey SEEDS, President Susan Devaney, The Mavins Group, Founder and CEO Daria Foster, Lord Abbett & Co. LLC, Managing Partner Ann Gavzy, Meridian Health, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel Kimberley Gillespie, Economic Project Solutions, Inc., President and CEO Marilyn Grabowski, Atlantic Infra, President Rivka Gross, RGC Group, Owner and Principal Rita Gurevich, SPHERE Technology Solutions, Founder and President Elizabeth Hall, Homeless Solutions, Inc., CEO Marilou Halvorsen, New Jersey Restaurant Association, President Roxanna Hammett, Wolff & Samson PC, Member of the Firm Wanda Hardy, WP Hardy Consulting LLC, Managing Principal Carol Katz, Katz Government Affairs, LLC, Principal Diana Kyser, COO on Demand, Founding Partner Lei Lei, Rutgers Business School, Dean Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, Centenary College, President Tamara Linde, PSEG, Executive Vice President and General Counsel Betty Manetta, Argent Associates, Inc., President and CEO Karen Martinez, BRAVO! Group Services, President and CEO Diane McNulty, WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Partner Donna M. Meade, JFK Medical Center Foundation, President and Executive Director Maggie Moran, M Public Affairs, President and CEO Audrey C. Murphy, HackensackUMC, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Jane Navarria, Wells Fargo, Senior Vice President Katherine ONeill, Jumpstart NJ Angel Investor Network, Executive Director Karen Pinsky Primak, IPAK, Inc., President Beth Rose, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Partner Hallie Satz, HighRoad Press, LLC, Managing Partner and CEO Angela Scheck, New Jersey State Bar Association, Executive Director Tara Seager, Ally Solutions Group, Managing Principal Maggie Serravalli, Fidelity Investments, Executive Vice President, Client Experience Division Judith Sheft, New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT, Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development Michele Siekerka, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, President Sheryl Slonim, Holy Name Medical Center, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Jackie P. Taylor, Founder, Success Ladder Academy, Executive Director, Ernst & Young Elise Tretola, Allies, Inc., Founder and CEO Peg Wright, The Center for Great Expectations, Founder and CEO


Achievements: Leveraging her ability to collaborate and establish connections to position the New Jersey Institute of Technology as a go-to institution for the state’s life sciences and technology communities; leading NJIT’s entrepreneurial activities; filling leadership roles in Soroptomist International of the Greater Westfield Area and other nonprofits; taking part in economic development initiatives in Newark, as well as programs that encourage women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, University of Illinois; master’s degree in mathematics, University of Illinois; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Role models: “When I worked at AT&T/Lucent, I had the opportunity to report to Curtis Crawford, group president of the microelectronics group-Lucent Technologies. He taught me how critical it is to give your employees the opportunity to grow and develop leadership skills by providing them with stretch goals and assignments. He also demonstrated the importance of customers to the business.”

What change would make workplaces friendlier to work-life balance? “Today, employees are looking for work-life integration, not simply work-life balance. It is critical that the workplace culture is positive and collaborative, allowing employees to feel valued, trusted and respected.”

Judith Sheft

Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development
New Jersey Innovation Institute @ NJIT
Newark, Essex County
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