Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday Goes Down the Shore

Despite the 90 degree day, more than 200 guests attended the Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday event on May 31. The Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack provided the perfect setting for the event. After an hour of great networking, guests adjourned to the Grand Ballroom for a delicious lunch and program.

Janet Sharma, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, welcomed the crowd and introduced Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank and Theresa de Leon, Senior Vice President and Director of PNC Wealth Management. PNC Wealth Management is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Fifth Friday Series.

Bergen LEADS seminar co-director Lynne H. Algrant and Amanda Missey, LEADS director, updated the crowd on what is happening now with Bergen LEADS. The Class of 2013 will graduate on June 11 after presenting the Public Forum on the Future of Nonprofits; the Class of 2014 will be introduced at the same event. One of the most exciting announcements is that Bergen LEADS and the Felician College MBA program have created a new partnership. In this first joint undertaking, the MBA students will create a business plan for Destination BERGEN, the Bergen LEADS Class of 2012 class project. Destination BERGEN is a website and destination marketing campaign to market all the wonderful things Bergen County has to offer including great food, cultural opportunities and shopping.

Our guest speaker was Bob Hilton, the executive director of the Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau. Bob spoke about the recovery and renewal efforts taking place at the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Bob assured the crowd that the perception and media portrayal of the Jersey Shore in ruins is false. Just 226 days after Hurricane Sandy came ashore, all boardwalks are rebuilt  (with the exception of about 25% of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and the private one in Ocean Grove). Bob emphasized that the fortunes of New Jersey are intimately tied in with the success of the Jersey Shore, and encouraged everyone in attendance to support the local economy.

Mark your calendars now for the next Fifth Friday event on November 22, 2013.  For information on sponsoring this event, contact Amanda Missey at either amissey@bergenvolunteers.org or 201-489-9459 x119.



Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is presented by PNC Wealth Management, with additional support from Archer and Greiner PC, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, TD Bank, Synetek Solutions, 201 Magazine, The Record, Bergen Community College, Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation, PSE&G, Rockland Electric Company and United Water. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

After Restoring Our Shore: The Fifth Friday

By: Elizabeth Bailey

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is an impactful networking and learning event that attracts 250 leaders from every sector in Bergen County. Our May Fifth Friday will be held on May 31, 2013 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Road in Hackensack.

Robert Hilton
Tickets are $40.00 and must be purchased in advance by registering online or by calling 201-489-9454 Ext. 112. Anyone who has been to a Fifth Friday event can tell you that this dynamic luncheon, hosted by BergenLEADS of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is a worthwhile investment for an enjoyable afternoon!

The luncheon will feature speaker Robert Hilton, executive director of the Jersey ShoreConvention and Visitors Bureau.  Bob will speak about how Jersey Shore communities are rebuilding and renewing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy – an issue that all New Jerseyans will be interested in as summer is quickly approaching! Those attending Fifth Friday will have the insider’s perspective on what to expect from our favorite Shore Points this summer.

PNC Wealth Management is presenting sponsor for the 2013 Fifth Fridaseries. Theresa de Leon, senior vice president of PNC Wealth Management in Paramus, says “Bergen County is a thriving community, experiencing tremendous growth. Today, with a new PNC Wealth Management office in the area, complemented by 32 branch locations, the community’s success is our success. We are proud to be deepening our local commitment by supporting Bergen LEADS’ Fifth Friday.”

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is also supported by TD Bank, Archer & Greiner PC, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Synetek Solutions, (201) Magazine and The Record.

Sponsorships for the May 31st event are still available. Becoming a sponsor guarantees seats! For more information about the Fifth Friday events, or about Bergen LEADS, call 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.

Don't forget to check out our Facebook Page for event reminders and updates! And remember to use the hashtag #LEADSFifthFriday on Twitter during the luncheon to tag all of your photos and important tweets!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce Offering Scholarships for Bergen LEADS Program

By: Elizabeth Bailey


“In order to grow a strong economy in the greater Meadowlands of Bergen County, we will need dedicated and strong leaders. The Bergen LEADS program is the perfect incubator to identify those leaders and the program is a natural extension of our advocacy.” - Jim Kirkos, CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber

The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC), a leading business service organization in the South Bergen area, is offering scholarships to Chamber members who are selected to participate in BergenLEADS: an innovative and energetic, 10-month learning and leadership program for adults who live or work in Bergen County.

Participants will be selected on the basis of demonstrated interest in the community, achievement in their professions and/or volunteer activities, and potential for responsible and effective leadership. Women and men from the private sector, nonprofit agencies and government organizations, as well as community volunteers, can benefit from this type of program.  There is no limit to what individuals can gain from LEADS – so there is no limit to the possible diversity of the class.

Tuition for the program is $2000; the Meadowlands Chamber will offer $500 scholarships for up to four of its members who are accepted into the Class of 2014.  MRCC members are invited to contact the Chamber at 201-939-0707 for more information about the scholarship opportunity.  Applications for the Class of 2014 are available here and are due on April 12, 2013.

“We’re seeking individuals from all ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds who espouse different political, religious and social views,” says former Bergen County Executive, William “Pat” Schuber.  “In short, we want our class to represent and celebrate the rich diversity of Bergen County.”

Funding for Bergen LEADS is provided by participant tuition plus generous contributions from individuals and area corporations and foundations, including the United Water Foundation, Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund, PSE&G, Wells Fargo and Bergen Community College. 

To get a small sampling of what being a LEADS leader has to offer, read this blog about our upcoming Fifth Friday event! This event promises to be inspiring, as well as informative for building business in Bergen County.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Where History Meets Hospitality: Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday

By: Elizabeth Bailey


A limited number of tickets are still available to attend the Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday luncheon, a powerful networking and exciting learning event that attracts leaders from every sector in Bergen County.  The event will be held on March 22, 2013 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Road in Hackensack. The 2013 Fifth Friday series is presented by PNC Wealth Management.

Tickets for this worthwhile event are $40.00 and must be purchased in advance by registering online at www.bergenleads.org or by calling 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.

Kevin Wright, noted local historian, author, and master story-teller, will speak about making Bergen County a heritage destination: spurring tourism and positively impacting the region’s economy.

Kevin Wright
“Visitors to heritage destinations do not come primarily to collect facts, but rather to experience firsthand the places where history was made, to connect emotionally as well as intellectually with a storied place from the past,” says Mr. Wright.  “Heritage destinations must also address the broader expectations of hospitality services ranging from clean restrooms, safe parking and inviting gift shops to quality hotel accommodations and restaurants.”

Bergen LEADS, a program of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2014, which begins meeting in September of this year. This program focuses on creating more effective and knowledgeable leaders. Information on the program and an online application form can be accessed at www.bergenleads.org.  The application deadline is April 12; scholarship assistance is available for those with financial need.

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is also supported by TD Bank, Archer & Greiner PC, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Synetek Solutions, (201) Magazine and The Record. Additional sponsorships for the March 22 event are available.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

William “Pat” Schuber: Leading Leaders

By: Elizabeth Bailey


On February 7th, Linsey C. Schwetje, the Director of Marketing & Business Development for Intermediapost attended The Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Network quarterly program, Leads and Lattes. In her well written blog, she sums up the overall experience of the program as well as the lessons to carry forward in being an effective leader.

William “Pat” Schuber was the speaker at the event. Pat is the seminar director for Bergen LEADS, a 10-month long program civic leadership program sponsored by The Volunteer Center of Bergen County. After reading Linsey Schwetje’s blog, it is immediately apparent as to why the Bergen LEADS program is such a success with the direction of Pat.
 
Bergen LEADS is currently accepting applications for class of 2014, which begins in September of this year. This program is a fulfilling, impactful, and stimulating course that develops more effective and knowledgeable leaders. Check out this post to read more about this beneficial program!

Additional information about the program is available at www.bergenleads.org  or by contacting Amanda Missey, director at 201-489-9454 Ext. 119, or amissey@bergenvolunteers.org

Cancer Prevention Study-3

CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3: Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow. 

WHAT IF?
What if you could personally participate in research that could help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

 
What if your involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? 

 
What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words “you have cancer?”

DO YOUR PART
We all want to know we have made a difference in the life of another.  This year our community has a unique opportunity to make an impact on the lives of many.   
 
The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants at Hackensack University Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center during April 16-19, 2013.  As part of enrollment, individuals who choose to participate will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes at your local event.  From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer. 

 
If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20-30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, then you will want to participate in this study.   

 
If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer!   

 
Visit www.cps3bergencounty.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org to learn more about the difference you can personally make in the fight against cancer.  Research Today for a Cancer Free Tomorrow!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bergen LEADS, Kevin Wright, and Fifth Friday

By: Elizabeth Bailey


Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is an exciting networking and learning event that draws in leaders from all over Bergen County. The next installment will be held on March 22, 2013 from 11:30am to 2pm at the Stony Hill Inn, 231 Polifly Road in Hackensack.

Tickets are for this event are $40.00 – a worthwhile investment for exposure to 250 community leaders and decision makers. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at bergenleads.org or by calling 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.

Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright, noted local author and historian, will speak about how to make Bergen County into a “heritage destination.” Heritage tourism, also called cultural tourism, is a rapidly growing sector in the travel industry. There is a rich diversity of cultural and historical attractions in Bergen County that can be promoted for this specific brand of tourism; successful promotion will have a positive impact on this region’s economy.

PNC Wealth Management is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Fifth Friday series. Linda Bowden, PNC New Jersey regional president says, “Bergen County continues to grow and flourish.  Today, with 32 PNC Bank branch locations and a new PNC Wealth Management office in the area, the region’s success is our success… I can think of no better way to act on the community values we share with the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.”

Bergen LEADS is currently accepting applications for class of 2014, which begins in September of this year. This ten-month program is a fulfilling, impactful, and stimulating course that develops more effective and knowledgeable leaders. Check out this post to read more about this beneficial program!

Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is also supported by TD Bank, Archer & Greiner PC, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, Synetek Solutions, (201) Magazine and The Record. Sponsorships for the March 22 event are available. For more information about the Fifth Friday events, or about Bergen LEADS, call 201-489-9454 Ext. 119.

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