We will also induct our new board and award our extraordinary chapter members at this annual meeting.
The meeting will include a three-course lunch.
Keynote Speaker, Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills
Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills is a community and economic development professional with over two decades of experience in community and media relations, communications, marketing, new business development, partnerships, program development and administration; small business ownership and lending/microlending. She currently serves as Supervisor of Lender Relations and Economic Development/ Women’s Business Ownership Representative (WBOR) for the NJ District Office of the US Small Business Administration.
Before joining the SBA’s NJ District Office, Barbara Anne served as a Lender Relations Specialist/WBOR in the Philadelphia District Office. She also previously held positions in the non-profit and for-profit arenas including serving as Director of Lending & Training for the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC), Executive Director of two other non-profit organizations, and various leadership roles with two large insurance companies. Additionally, she co-owned a business with her husband for 10 years where she handled operations/financials and assisted with marketing and business development.
Barbara Anne is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) the Association of Federally Employed Women (FEW) and several other professional organizations; Cambridge Who’s Who® named her a 2011 VIP of the Year. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University (Glassboro State) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Honors with concentrations in Pre-Law and Women’s Studies; and she holds an Associate of Arts in General Liberal Arts as well as numerous continuing education and professional development program certifications.
A lifelong resident of NJ, Barbara Anne resides in Mt. Laurel with her husband, 12-year old son, two “fuzzy babies” (rescue puppies), and a variety of other pets. Her hobbies include singing and training in multiple forms of martial arts including Goju Ryu, Chi Kung and Iaido.
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