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Tabitha Stanislaw

Supply Chain Analyst V, FIRSTENERGY Corp.

Tabitha (Toby) Stanislaw began actively championing minority and women business initiatives in 1985 at Metropolitan Edison Company. Today she is helping to drive supplier diversity goals and objectives for FirstEnergy which is one of the largest U.S. investor-owned electric utilities with over 6 million customers in six states (OH, PA, NJ, MD, WV and NY). Toby supports suppliers and advocacy organizations throughout FirstEnergy’s service territory and provides a local presence in central Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

Toby has worked closely with the National Association of Regulated Utility Commission’s Utility Market Access Advisory Board to design and build the infrastructure needed for establishing supplier diversity councils across the U.S. Since 1996 she has worked with the Office of the Governor and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to ensure inclusion of minority and women-owned businesses in the procurement practices of Pennsylvania based publicly held utilities. Toby currently serves as Chair of the Maryland FORUM reporting to

the Maryland Public Service Commission; she is a founding member of both the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s Ohio GATE Advisory Council, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development (SDDC) Council. The mission of these Council’s is to enhance business opportunities with the state’s regulated companies to foster a strong economy and a productive environment for the growth of minority, women-owned and service disabled veteran businesses throughout their state. She currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Edison Electric Institutes Supplier Diversity Task Force, and as Chair of the Women’s Business Development Council of PA-sNJ-DE.

To learn more about FirstEnergy’s Supplier Diversity initiatives email her at or log onto FirstEnergy’s web site at: and click on Supply Chain.

Stacie Curtis

President and Founder, CW Solutions

Stacie Curtis is President and Founder of CW Solutions, a certified woman-owned business, specializing in acquisitions for wireless telecommunications, power, pipeline, and oil and gas industries. She founded CW Solutions in 2002 and has grown the firm from a local New Jersey property acquisition corporation to a nationwide corporation.

Mukesh Patel

Founder & CEO, JuiceTank

Mukesh Patel is a serial entrepreneur with experience in private equity, angel investments, and business law. Mukesh has founded numerous ventures and serves on advisory boards, ranging from start-ups to growth companies, and has secured significant equity with over 100 investor partners. He has been featured in national media, and recently named him one of “The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City’s Startup Scene.”

Mukesh is the founder & CEO of JuiceTank, NJ’s largest co-working space for startups, fostering an ecosystem where entrepreneurs, technologists and creatives collaborate. He is launching an advanced entrepreneurial institute and think-tank and will be joining the Rutgers Business School as an adjunct professor teaching “Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.” As a national speaker, he has presented keynotes on entrepreneurship and has given a TEDx talk. Mukesh has multi-disciplinary degrees, including Doctor of Jurisprudence, B.A. in Economics & Statistics, with a secondary study in Cinematic Arts & Filmmaking.

Carley Graham Garcia

Head of Global Industry Relations, Google, Inc.

Carley Graham Garcia serves as Head of Global Industry Relations for Google, Inc., where her focus is fostering affinity for the company amongst the industry trade and customer audiences. As part of this global role, Carley leads the team responsible for managing relationships with key industry associations and for enhancing relationships with and driving revenue opportunities for Google’s media properties.

Carley holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently on leave from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is pursuing a Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration. In her spare time, she has served as Adjunct Instructor within the Digital Marketing program at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies and facilitates a women’s network called, Power Girls. Carley lives with her husband and 11-month old son in Montclair, NJ.

Luis Gallardo


Luis Gallardo is an expert in Global Brands management and currently advises brands in all five continents. As the former Global CMO of Deloitte from 2004 to 2012, he managed from New York brand, marketing, communications and CSR strategy and operations in more than 150 countries.

He has advised multinational brands such as Pepsico, Telefónica, BBVA, PUIG Group, AJE, Nespresso, WEF or Atento in brand building and strategic communications, always thinking about the best ways to create sustainable value, from the center or Head Quarters and at the local level. Luis holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland and is the Author of the book Brands & Rousers,  the holistic system to foster high performing businesses, brands and careers, awarded by Axiom with the silver medal as worldwide Best Marketing book in 2013.

Reshma Saujani

Founder, Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is the Founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization, political entrepreneur, and author was the honorary keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Recognition Event.  Reshma encourages women to exercise their power in taking a greater role in changing the course of their own lives and being a force of change within their communities and the economy.

Dina Manzo

Founder, Project Ladybug

Dina Manzo is a television celebrity, prominent business leader and Founder of Project Ladybug, a non-profit that helps children with life threatening diseases. She joined us to showcase some of the state’s top women-led non-profits.

Kate Tomlinson

Publisher, New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Kate Tomlinson became Publisher and Editor in Chief of New Jersey Monthly in 1988. She has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Women’s Association of NJPAC, the Overlook Hospital Foundation, the Drew University Board of Visitors,Project Acorn,the Morris County Tourism Bureau, and the City and Regional Magazine Association. Ms. Tomlinson received a B.A. degree from the Radcliffe College of Harvard University in 1977 and a Masters from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, in 1979. Prior to 1988, Ms. Tomlinson pursued a career in public service and consultancy, focusing on Soviet economics and East–West trade. She worked on Capitol Hill, both as a congressional aide and as a researcher for organizations advising Congress, and for the Federal Government, as an economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Ms. Tomlinson has also managed a private consultancy whose clients included Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment and Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates.

Terry Tateossian

Partner, Socialfix Media

As the founder and lead technical engineer at Socialfix Media, a NJ-based certified woman-owned full service technology and digital marketing agency, Terry is focused on engineering, developing and deploying cutting edge digital concepts with creativity, insight and passion. Terry’s love of start-ups and bootstrapping along with her formal technology education and free entrepreneurial spirit have made her an indispensable resource to clients, partners and non-profits. She is known for achieving extraordinary results on shoe-string budgets.

In addition, Ms. Tateossian is a frequent speaker, panelist and thought leader on social media and technology topics. She is also involved in numerous women’s and other philanthropic causes such as Leading Women Entrepreneurs, NAWBO, NYWICI, The Women’s Prison Association and the Immaculate Conception School in Annandale, NJ. You can see some of her published work in SmartCEO magazine.

Mike Michalowicz

Author and Entrepreneur, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, The Pumpkin Plan

Mike Michalowicz is the Author of the fame book ‘Toilet Paper Entrepreneur’, a graduate of Inc. & MIT’s “Birthing of Giants” Entrepreneurial Program. He has received multiple entrepreneurship awards, including the SBA’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mike is a recurring guest on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, ABC News, Fox News and other television programs. He has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, US News & World Report, National Public Radio (NPR), the New York Times, and other publications. With his newest multi-million dollar venture, Obsidian Launch, he fosters startup businesses with his “get rich right” approach. Mike is a frequent guest lecturer for entrepreneurial groups and professional business groups throughout the world. Mike is also a guest lecturer for collegiate entrepreneurial programs such as Babson, Boston College, Columbia, Emerson, Harvard, Penn State, Pepperdine and Princeton.

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