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Michele Siekerka New Jersey Business and Industry Association, President

Michele Siekerka
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Achievements: Contributing to recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy when she worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; increasing the budget and membership of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce while serving as its president from 2004 to 2010; taking leadership roles at YWCA Trenton, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and the American Conference on Diversity, among other organizations.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and German, Rutgers University; law degree, Temple University School of Law.

Last movie seen: “Boyhood.”

What change would make workplaces friendlier to work-life balance? “Business environments are not cookie cutter. The key to balance is to know your staff and be responsive to their needs in balance to the company’s needs. It’s done every day by New Jersey businesses.”

What do you wish someone had told you when you were first starting out in business? “You can’t accomplish it all at one time. I have taught myself this after years of experience. While we want to effectuate change quickly, it takes time, patience and perseverance.”

Michele Siekerka

President
New Jersey Business and Industry Association
Trenton, Mercer County
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