By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Listen up, young ladies. It’s time to start thinking about the future, and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and a slew of volunteer organizations are here to help.
On February 5, they’ll host “Career Wise In A Day,” a medley of seminars geared towards high school women to give them a comprehensive rundown of the possibilities ahead of them post-graduation.
There are plenty of options to choose from. Seminars, to be held at Red Bank’s Oyster Point Hotel (above), include speakers on the ins and outs of being an artist, politician, doctor and, — gulp — journalist, among others.
And if you sign up by the end of the day, there’s a discount.
The daylong event is designed to give teens a look at what it’s like to get into and become successful in various professions.
Diane Belforti, a marketer who helped organize the event, said it’s different from traditional career days because it’s completely developed by business women for young women. They’ll get advice on what it’s like to break into different fields and learn what it’s really like to have these various careers, she said.
“We hope girlfriends will find ‘Career Wise in a Day’ to be inspiring,” Belforti said. “We’d like the young women to enjoy an empowering program together and consider all the possibilities ahead of them. ‘Career Wise in a Day’ could light a spark and ignite a passion for the future.”
The day’s keynote speaker is Judge Susan Wigenton of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey. Confirmed panelists include an FBI agent, representatives from Tiffany & Co., and the following:
Virginia Bauer, CEO, GTBM
New Jersey Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth, Mercer)
Lisa Cho, Admissions Specialist, Rutgers University
JoAnn Cilmi, Vice Principal, Cedar Drive Middle School (Colts Neck)
Alexis Choi, MD, Red Bank Gastroenterology Associates
Kate Cordaro, Director of Education, Two River Theater
Cheryl Cummings, Executive Director, Brookdale Public Radio
Danielle DiNallo, Research Investigator, Global Analytics & Sensory Measurement, International Flavors & Fragrances
Bernadette Dunphy, DPT, Dunphy’s Physical Therapy
Mary Eileen Fouratt, Executive Director, Monmouth Council of the Arts
Meg Fox, Writer, DesignNJ magazine
Pam Hakim, Vice President of Marketing, Telcordia Technologies
Tammy Keck, Publisher, DesignNJ magazine
Judith Kramer, Ph.D., Colts Neck Consulting Group
Sharon Lydon, Associate Dean, Rutgers University School of Business
Megan Mahoney, Marine Science Technician, United States Coast Guard
Nancy Mancini, Director, Schering-Plough
Pam Sokoler, Senior Technical Architect, AT&T
Sharon Stark, Ph.D., Forensic Nursing Program, Monmouth University
Commander Linda Sturgis, United States Coast Guard
Lieutenant Niya Williams, Forensics Expert, United States Coast Guard
If you sign up today, registration is $29, and includes a continental breakfast, Italian buffet lunch and dessert in the afternoon, plus entry into a drawing for a free iPad. After today, the cost is $35.
Registration can be done here, or by calling 1-800-785-2090, extension 132.
Career Wise In A Day will take place from 9:30a to 4p February 5.