A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. That’s why, in this newsletter, I would like to acknowledge a few of the successful women leaders with whom I have had the pleasure to meet recently: Elizabeth Ryan, Esq. (President & CEO of New Jersey Hospital Association & Affiliates), Sharon Franz (Sales & Marketing Director for the Steel Pier in Atlantic City), Sally Glick (Principal and Chief Growth Strategist, Sobel & Co. LLC), and Wendy Shen (CEO Nygala Corp/FLOMO).

I have long thought that women in our state who are fortunate enough to have found success in their careers should seek the responsibility of helping younger women similarly rise to the top of their chosen profession. After all, it often requires more than just hard work and passion to achieve success—it often takes the presence of a mentor to help young women follow a path to success. As we progress in our own careers, we should always be on the look-out to lift others up and “reach as you rise,” helping to pull others up with you.

Part of the mentoring process is sharing one’s stories about how we got to where we are. Here’s mine: I began my career in public service as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. I became an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, and later served as a ranking member of the State of New Jersey Attorney General's Office. I made the decision in 2001 to leave the public sector to practice law closer to home, and later become a teacher at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. I realized that I wanted to get involved locally to make a difference in my own town. I ran for Borough Commissioner in Monmouth Beach, a position I held until I was elected as the first woman Sheriff in Monmouth County’s history in 2007. In 2009, I was asked to run for the position of Lieutenant Governor by Chris Christie, a role in which I’ve proudly served for the last six years.

Enough about me—I want to hear your stories. Share your narrative with me: Who was your mentor? How did you get to where you are in life? What advice would you give young women to help them succeed? It’s time to speak out.

Here’s my advice:

  1. Find and keep a circle of colleagues to support each other, have them promote your successes—if you don't toot your own horn, no one will do it for you.
  2. Congratulate and support these women today—brag to everyone who will listen about how great they are.
  3. Play by your own rules; don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something; whether it’s because of your gender, the color of your skin, or economic status.
  4. And of course, reach as you rise.
Share your success story with me here.

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

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Lt. Governor and Elizabeth Ryan, President & CEO of New Jersey Hospital Association & Affiliates.

Lt. Governor and Sharon Franz, Sales & Marketing Director for Steel Pier in Atlantic City, at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism.

Lt. Governor and Sally Glick, Principal and Chief Growth Strategist of Sobel & Co. LLC, at NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business.

Lt. Governor, Wendy Shen, CEO Nygala Corp/FLOMO, and Ambassador Lily L.W. Hsu cutting the ribbon for Nygala Corporation's FLOMO USA Grand Opening Ceremony.