Thursday, March 17, 2016
Soledad O'Brien was the keynote speaker for the event.
O'Brien spoke of the influence her mother had on her life as she delivered an inspiring and sometimes comedic message to the honorees and audience. She said, "She made clear that people will be willing to tell you all that you can't do, should do or never be able to do, but actually, it's up to you. She was right."
O'Brien said that her mother taught her to have courage and to be brave. O'Brien said that she and her five siblings were all raised to be successful. "If she taught me anything, it was to be a fighter, especially for opportunities for others."
This ceremony honored six women who have made significant contributions to the Garden State and our country in law, health care, education, community and environmental advocacy. The awardees are:
Paulette Brown; President, American Bar Association
Kyung Hee Choi; VP Asian Health Services, Holy Name Medical Center
Chelsea Collins; NJEA Teacher of the Year, Woodstown Middle School
Michellene Davis; Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Barnabas Health
Siomara Sanchez; President, National Association of Cuban-American Women
Cindy Zipf; Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action