Barbara Corcoran

“There is no greater and more effective advocate for women’s leadership in New Jersey than EWNJ.”
Barbara Corcoran, Founder of The Corcoran Group
– Salute to the Policy Makers 2014 Keynote Speaker

  • Our Mission

  • Our Core Goals

  • Our Impact

EWNJ’s mission is to ensure that women have equal opportunity and representation in senior corporate leadership. Through our mentor program and our Graduate Merit Award Program, we are seeking to establish a pipeline for future women leaders to excel and flourish in corporate spaces.

EWNJ is the leading senior-level executive women’s organization in New Jersey committed to increasing the presence of women serving on corporate boards and in the top leadership of New Jersey companies.

  • We actively advocate for women to serve on corporate boards and in positions of senior executive leadership.
  • We prepare women to be exceptional board candidates.
  • We supply women candidates to boards that are seeking qualified applicants.

Dozens of our members have achieved positions on corporate boards, most recently Robin Walton, who was appointed to the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

“The EWNJ PSEG Award afforded me a life-changing opportunity to clarify my identity as a soon-to-be Ph.D. in engineering. The award funded my attendance at a conference devoted to improving diversity in higher education faculty. Their solution focuses on teaching and mentoring underrepresented minorities in graduate programs.

This experience transformed my perspective on history that I already knew well: my maternal grandmother, who had no formal education, advocated for my mother when she wanted to go to college. My grandma’s intuitive support aided my mom in becoming one of the first female aeronautical engineers in Pakistan. Through this, my mom established a new norm regarding the importance of education for her 8 younger siblings and for all of their children, including me. I will be the first female Ph.D. in my mom’s entire family, which is something I had never considered until EWNJ honored me with this scholarship for non-traditional students, and I attended that conference.

This outlook on the power of education and women supporting other women inspires the newly clarified purpose for my future: I want to honor the women in my past, present, and future by improving access to high-quality public education for everyone.”

Maria Qadri
Doctorate, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University
EWNJ Graduate Merit Award Program – PSEG Award Winner

Quotes from our past scholarship recipients.

  • “Thank you, EWNJ, for supporting my dream and for enabling me to take a path to eventually be able to help other New Jersey families and parents.”

    Courtney Raphael, Rutgers Law School and School of Management and Labor Relations

  • “I am currently in the 5th year of my MD/Ph.D. program. I’m finishing up my thesis research on autoimmune disease Lupus and have published one paper in a peer-reviewed journal. I’m also doing working on aging as part of an NIH Fellowship. I’m looking forward to finishing my program and medical residency, and starting my own career in academic medicine. Thank you EWNJ!”

    Rivka Stone, UMDNJ

  • “I’m very appreciative of the award I received in 2008 and I continue to achieve my educational goals. I’m working towards my M.A. in Counseling and Licensed Professorial Counselor (LPC) and I’m completing an Internship at Trinitas Hospital, at the Intense Outpatient (IOP) for substance abuse. I love being there and find it to be a very valuable learning experience.”

    Lorrie McGough, Trinitas Hospital

  • “The EWNJ PSEG Award afforded me a life-changing opportunity and I want to honor the women in my past, present, and future by improving access to high-quality public education for everyone. I will be the first female Ph.D. in my mom’s entire family, which is something I had never considered until EWNJ honored me with this scholarship for non-traditional students.”

    Maria Qadri, Rutgers University