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How She Leads

Virtual Panel on Women and Leadership

2020-10-21 19:00:00 2020-10-21 21:00:00 America/New_York How She Leads As part of our Common Grounds Series, a panel of women from Roxbury share their stories and experiences to help us understand and appreciate their journeys. Roxbury Public Library

Wednesday, October 21
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Add to Calendar 2020-10-21 19:00:00 2020-10-21 21:00:00 America/New_York How She Leads As part of our Common Grounds Series, a panel of women from Roxbury share their stories and experiences to help us understand and appreciate their journeys. Roxbury Public Library

As part of our Common Grounds Series, a panel of women from Roxbury share their stories and experiences to help us understand and appreciate their journeys.

Some lead from the board room, some from behind the scenes, and the ones with kids are often master jugglers,  Women's role in society continues to change and evolve.  Hear from a panel of local women the stories of their challenges and achievements, and the support and/or the opposition resistance they encountered along their journeys.

Panelists will include:

Jakki Cobb is a wife and mother of three daughters and “Mimi” to one granddaughter.  Born and raised in Morristown, Jakki and her family moved to Landing 15 years ago.   After a 30-year career with CIT, most recently as Vice President of External Reporting, Jakki was downsized in January 2019.  She describes herself as semi-retired, splitting her time as a basketball mom and serial volunteer.  She serves as Executive Secretary of the Morris County NAACP, Treasurer for Carette’s Inc., and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Morristown Area League of Women Voters.  Previously, as a licensed minister, Jakki’s advocacy and volunteer service was through her faith community, and she led bible studies at the Morristown Correctional Facility and Market Street Mission.  For years she encouraged people to “look up and live” and wait for change; now she actively looks for ways to bring about changes she had prayed about for so many years.  She reminds us that we have to be the change we want to see.

Kathy DeFillippo is serving her third three-year term on the freeholder board. She has twice served as freeholder director, and is the board’s liaison and 2020 chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. She also is the county governing board’s liaison to Human Services.  Kathy was a councilwoman in Roxbury Township from 2006 through December 2013, serving as mayor in 2009 and deputy mayor in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and as a member of the Zoning Board.  Freeholder DeFillippo has a long history of public and community service.  She is a past president of the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce and retired in 2016 from the board of the NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society after serving as a trustee for 10 years, remaining active as an advocate in government relations. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a BA in education and special education, Kathy is a retired Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  She was the director of a sheltered workshop for physically and mentally handicapped adults in New York before working in the insurance industry in the Washington, D.C., area, providing medical management and vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers.  Kathy and her husband, Bob, have lived in Roxbury since 1994 with their three children, Scott, Laura Jean and Rob. She and Bob are also a proud grandparent to 5 grandchildren.

Neha Mehta completed her undergraduate degree at New Jersey Institute of Technology majoring in Chemical Engineering in 2000.  Since then, she has been working with the Department of Defense as a Primary Explosives and Detonator Team Lead for the Explosives Development Branch, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.  She is a subject matter expert (SME) in the field of primary explosives and detonators and leads a team to develop environmentally friendly green energetic materials.  She holds many publications and over 12 patents.  A resident of Roxbury Township, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys and she loves hiking, traveling and cooking.   

Laura Oliynik has lived in Roxbury for most of her life, growing up here and now making it home for husband Matt and her three daughters, ages 2, 4 and 6.  On this panel, she represents her viewpoint of stay at home parents.  Certified in instructional supervision and as an elementary school teacher, Laura for seven years taught 4th grade in Jefferson Township.  She has volunteered as a kindergarten room parent, in the school library and media centers, and as catechist for 5th grade religious education at St. Therese Church.  As a parent of a child with multiple food allergies, she coaches other parents as they begin caring for a child with food allergies.  Her interests include local history, environmental initiatives, and educational opportunities for children and adults.

Rachel Smith is a 2016 Roxbury alumna, who served as both Editor-in-Chief of the Roxbury Review and President of RHS Student Government. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in May 2020 and holds degrees in Communication Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies. In college, she served as President of the Women's Center, Vice President of Community Relations in Student Government, and Vice Executive Chair of Women In Learning and Leadership. Rachel has a passion for activism and advocacy and has interned for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, TCNJ's Office of Institutional Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and the Community Relations Office of Governor Phil Murphy.  In her current role as a Critical Needs Outreach Coordinator for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, Rachel assists in efforts of food insecurity outreach, funding for housing and rental assistance initiatives, and resolving digital divide issues for students across the state. In June 2020, Rachel helped establish Roxbury Coalition for Social Change, an alumni-founded community to push for diversity, equity, and accessibility in Roxbury School District. 

Diane Williams, President and CEO of Jersey Battered Women’s Services, is responsible to the JBWS Board of Directors for all current operations of the agency, the development of agency procedures, the ongoing financial health of the agency, and the management of all agency staff.  Prior to joining JBWS in July of 2018, Diane had over 20 years of experience in the non-profit field working with families impacted by trauma and abuse with fifteen of those years in management and executive management positions.  From 2012-2015 Diane was an adjunct professor at Montclair University’s Masters in Child Advocacy Program.  She has had a private practice in Morris County since 2006 specializing in treating victims of trauma.  Diane earned her Bachelors in Social Work from Kean University and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University with a specialization in working with children and families.  She is a NJ licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and is certified to provide clinical supervision.  Diane has been a Roxbury resident since 2004.

Radwa Ali, Moderator and Library Director of Roxbury Public Library, started her library career as a middle school volunteer at the Plainsboro Public Library. Through high school and college, she continued to work there, gaining experience at the customer service desk, reference and children's departments, volunteer management, collection development, and the technological needs of a public library. After she attained her BA in Information Technology and Political Science, as well as a MLS degree from Rutgers University, Radwa worked at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack as their Technology Librarian, then as Director of the Bogota Public Library. She has been the Director of the Roxbury Public Library since 2017.  Radwa is currently a board member of the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) consortium of libraries in and around Morris County,  co-chair of MAIN's DigiTech committee, former board member of NJLA, former co-chair of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System Technology Committee, and a member of the Roxbury Rotary Club.

Common Grounds Series: Co-hosted by the Roxbury Public Library, Unity in Community and Roxbury Coalition for Social Change, Common  Grounds workshops and panels are designed to educate the community in order to allow a difference of opinions to be discussed. By exploring difficult civil conversations to reach a common level of human understanding and compassion on an array of topics, these panels will give community members the tools in order to have these conversations within their neighborhoods.  Virtual Programs include: Skills for Bridging the Political Divide (9/29), How She Leads (10/21), Race and Racism (12/2), multi-generations in the workplace (tbd) and LGBTQIAP (tbd).

Register online or by calling the library at (973) 224-7119.

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Roxbury Public Library

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Hours

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We're open 10:00AM to 5:00PM

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We're open 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Mon, Jan 18 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jan 19 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jan 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jan 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jan 22 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jan 23 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Sun, Jan 24 10:00AM to 3:00PM

About the branch

The Roxbury Township Public Library is a municipal library serving the communities of Succasunna, Ledgewood, Landing, Berkshire Valley, Port Morris, and Kenvil. Residents of the township are eligible to a free library card which enables access to 2.8 million items across the Morris County library consortium including digital books, museum passes and more.

Upcoming events

Fri, Jan 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for this virtual story time with songs and stories. Stick around at the end for a craft we can do together!

Fri, Jan 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual Room 2
How much do you know about Star Wars?

Mon, Jan 25, 8:30am - 9:20am
Come dance away the calories to Zumba!

Mon, Jan 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories and songs, then get a chance to show and tell about something that starts with our letter of the week!

Tue, Jan 26, 9:00am - 10:00am
Virtual Room 1
Chair Yoga is a gentle Yoga offering that is appropriate for nearly everyone. Modifications are offered throughout the class, allowing each student to progress at their own pace.

Tue, Jan 26, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Do a science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or math activity along with us from home!
This event is full

Wed, Jan 27, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn strategies and techniques from advanced chess players, for kindergarten - 6th graders.
This event is full

Wed, Jan 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Wolfe Room
Virtual

Wed, Jan 27, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Author, Auctioneer, Appraiser and Radio show Host Mike Ivankovich introduces you to “What Determines Value"…and reveal what your Antiques, Collectibles, and Personal Treasures are really worth today.

Thu, Jan 28, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Join us every other week for a new craft you can do at home! Pick up the supplies at the library, then join us on Zoom to do it together.
This event is full

Fri, Jan 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for this virtual story time with songs and stories. Stick around at the end for a craft we can do together!

Fri, Jan 29, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Kids and adults will each paint their own canvas, then put them together to make one work of art!
This event is full

Mon, Feb 01, 8:30am - 9:20am
Come dance away the calories to Zumba!

Mon, Feb 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories and songs, then get a chance to show and tell about something that starts with our letter of the week!

Canceled
Mon, Feb 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Love to write? Need some friendly support and feedback? Join area writers for a collaborative workshop for inspiration, gentle critiques and guidance on how to get started.

Mon, Feb 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Love to write? Need some friendly support and feedback? Join area writers for a collaborative workshop for inspiration, gentle critiques and guidance on how to get started.

Tue, Feb 02, 9:00am - 10:00am
Virtual Room 1
Chair Yoga is a gentle Yoga offering that is appropriate for nearly everyone. Modifications are offered throughout the class, allowing each student to progress at their own pace.

Tue, Feb 02, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Pick up the supplies from the library, then do the craft with us from home!
This event is full

Tue, Feb 02, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Create, plan, and host programs for teens in the library.

Wed, Feb 03, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 12p.

Wed, Feb 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Bring your project to the virtual session and share with fellow creators.

Wed, Feb 03, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn strategies and techniques from advanced chess players, for kindergarten - 6th graders.
This event is full

Thu, Feb 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Room 1
In this one-hour Intro to the Ukulele class, Joe Egan from The Music Den will get you strumming common chords and patterns. Just in time to serenade your Valentine!

Fri, Feb 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for this virtual story time with songs and stories. Stick around at the end for a craft we can do together!

Mon, Feb 08, 8:30am - 9:20am
Come dance away the calories to Zumba!

Mon, Feb 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories and songs, then get a chance to show and tell about something that starts with our letter of the week!

Tue, Feb 09, 9:00am - 10:00am
Virtual Room 1
Chair Yoga is a gentle Yoga offering that is appropriate for nearly everyone. Modifications are offered throughout the class, allowing each student to progress at their own pace.

Tue, Feb 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Break out your apron and cook along with Chef Theresa from Jeremiah's Catering, as we explore favorite recipes from around the world.

Tue, Feb 09, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Do a science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or math activity along with us from home!
This event is full

Wed, Feb 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn strategies and techniques from advanced chess players, for kindergarten - 6th graders.
This event is full

Thu, Feb 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Join us for a moving discussion of a great read!

Thu, Feb 11, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Join us every other week for a new craft you can do at home! Pick up the supplies at the library, then join us on Zoom to do it together.

Fri, Feb 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for this virtual story time with songs and stories. Stick around at the end for a craft we can do together!

Fri, Feb 12, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Surprise your valentine with a heart-felt, heart-filled creation! Take a break, get creative, and laugh with virtual friends! “Paint & Sip” a masterpiece in the comfort of your own home! Register

Sun, Feb 14, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Sign up to receive a kit to celebrate Valentine's Day at home!

Mon, Feb 15, 8:30am - 9:20am
Come dance away the calories to Zumba!

Mon, Feb 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories and songs, then get a chance to show and tell about something that starts with our letter of the week!

Mon, Feb 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm.

Tue, Feb 16, 9:00am - 10:00am
Virtual Room 1
Chair Yoga is a gentle Yoga offering that is appropriate for nearly everyone. Modifications are offered throughout the class, allowing each student to progress at their own pace.

Tue, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual Room 2
Pick up the supplies from the library, then do the craft with us from home!
This event is full

Tue, Feb 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Create, plan, and host programs for teens in the library.

Tue, Feb 16, 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Love music of all kinds? Put your musical knowledge to the test while having fun with other players.

Wed, Feb 17, 9:00am - 10:15am
Virtual Room 1
Carol Van Den Hende, Climate Reality Leader from MARS in Hackettstown shares evidence for climate change as well as content based on MARS use of renewables.

Wed, Feb 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual Room 1
Bring your project to the virtual session and share with fellow creators.

Wed, Feb 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn strategies and techniques from advanced chess players, for kindergarten - 6th graders.
This event is full

Thu, Feb 18, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual Room 1
Join us Thursday Mornings at 10am for these upcoming reads:

Fri, Feb 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for this virtual story time with songs and stories. Stick around at the end for a craft we can do together!