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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Videos to Inspire You to #BeTheHero of Your Story


It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and this week we have videos from an incredible website which helps inspire, motivate, and empower women through the power of storytelling. But first in order to #BeTheHero of your story we must understand what a story is. A story can have many definitions, today we will use it in the context of being a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration. The website we stumbled upon is called MAKERS and it is the largest collection of women’s stories ever assembled.


Launched in 2012 by AOL, MAKERS is a women’s leadership platform that encompasses broadcast documentaries, web and mobile-first video content, and live events. features over 3,000 videos and the stories of more than 300 women. Today, you will have the ability to listen to the stories of five women who are in positions of leadership, and innovation.

  1. Angela Ahrendts – Senior Vice President Of Retail, Apple – Watch Now
  2. Christiane Amanpour – International War Correspondent & Author – Watch Now
  3. Byllye Avery – Women’s Health Advocate – Watch Now
  4. Erin Brockovich – Environmental Activist – Watch Now
  5. Anna Maria Chavez – CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA Watch Now

After listening, it is your turn to ask yourself if you will #BeTheHero of your story?

Who will you tell your story to and how will you tell it? 

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Use the hashtag #BeTheHero to join the conversation and share your story with us.


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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week


It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week


It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: 5 Motivational Quotes To Conquer The Rest Of Your Work Week


It’s Winning With Women Wednesday and today we have 5 “Motivational” quotes from successful women leaders. If you have a quote and would like to join the conversation on Twitter, be sure to add the hashtag #WinningWithWomen to your tweets.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: Yung Chan, Chemical Engineering Intern

Recently, we celebrated our Chemical Engineering Intern, Yung Chan’s last day of her Emerging Leaders Internship here at MILSPRAY Military Technologies™. Chan has a diverse life-science, engineering and business background which has allowed her to understand different stages of research and development. Yung recently graduated with her Master of Business and Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University- New Brunswick, NJ.  She also received a Master in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelors in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University with Magna Cum Laude, Hebert Memorial Scholarship and  1954 alumni and Theodore Chase awards .  

Yung has been accumulating academic and industry experience in research for six years.  Prior to joining MILSPRAY™, Yung had worked in the Oral Care Department of Colgate Palmolive from 2011-2013 and conducted research in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Food Science, at UNC-Chapel Hill and Rutgers University.

What made you come to MILSPRAY™  for your internship?

I have always been intrigued with police procedural television series and detective stories such as CSI and Sherlock Holmes since I was a teenager. That’s why I was so excited when I heard about MILSPRAY™  developing an optical ballistic resistant polymer, which had been an interesting combination of my teenage dream job and my expertise in polymer chemistry.

Furthermore, I have knowledge in polymer synthesis with techniques in thermal and surface characterization. The project at MILSPRAY™  trained me to characterize mechanical and adhesive properties. The internship also allowed me to have hands-on experience and a better understanding of polymer, so that I am equipped with a more versatile skill set.

What lessons/words of wisdom will you be taking with you as you move on from MILSPRAY™?

Best advice I learned would be to always come prepared to discuss solutions even if you encounter temporary setbacks. 

I also learned the benefits of having a small, multi-disciplinary team from our R&D department. We all come from different backgrounds including but not limited to: chemistry, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Due to the team’s diverse professional backgrounds we were able to provide a number of perspectives to each others’ projects. This facilitated effective brainstorm sessions and new ideas to determine the best direction to steer projects as they were encountered.

What would your advice be for other students who wish to become part of our Emerging Leaders Internship Program?

I would say being ambitious is the key to success. A good place to start would be to welcome the opportunity to become an active learner from the team. Also, be proactive when looking for solutions when encountering obstacles in a project, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your team.

Furthermore, don’t be afraid to engage with others and observe/shadow what others do. Additionally, because of the dynamic environment, there will be many opportunities to collaborate with other departments of MILSPRAY™.  Therefore, building upon your interpersonal skills will prove to be important as well.


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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Dorothy Reed, Co-Founder & President of the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey

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Dorothy Reed, Co-Founder & President, Sisters Network of Central New Jersey

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on this Winning With Women Wednesday we have a special guest interview, Dorothy Reed, Co-Founder & President of the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey and a breast cancer survivor. Dorothy Reed became a breast cancer survivor in 1998. After a mastectomy and treatments, Dorothy dedicated herself to spreading the gospel of early detection in the African American community. In the absence of local support or culturally sensitive resources for African American women diagnosed with the disease, Dorothy formed the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey (SNCNJ) in 2000 with three other breast cancer survivors. SNCNJ is an affiliate chapter of Sisters Network Inc., a National African American Breast Cancer Survivorships Organization based in Houston, TX. 

Active in her community, Dorothy’s services includes board membership on:

• St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Community Public Education
• Robert Wood Johnson Univ. Hospital Community Relations Committee
• NJCEED Statewide Cancer Coalition

Dorothy spearheads five SNCNJ’s outreach projects with annual events aimed at educating, supporting and bringing awareness to women with breast cancer: the 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Race/Walk 4 Life is the largest event. She facilitates monthly survivors’ meetings and frequently guest-speaks at corporate workshops, senior citizen complexes, auxiliaries, sororities, churches and schools.

On a national level, Dorothy is one of the original advocates for HR Bill 5116, the Dean and Betty Gallo Cancer Patient Compassion Act. She has spent extensive time on Capitol Hill with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. She is an active participant in the Komen Foundation’s letter-writing campaign for free mammograms. And in May 2005, Dorothy was selected to participate on the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program committee for the U. S. Army Medical Research Command.

Dorothy has received numerous honors and awards including an appearance in a 2005 National Television Commercial Campaign by Astra Zeneca “If You Were My Sister” and was selected in 2006 as one of Lifetime Hero’s by Lifetime Television. She retired from Telcordia Technologies Inc. (formerly AT&T) after 30 years of service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pillar College; is a member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset; and resides in Piscataway, New Jersey with her husband James.

Get to Know Dorothy

1. When were you diagnosed and at what age?

Diagnosed in October 1998 at age 45

2. What stage were you diagnosed with?

Stage 2 breast cancer

3. How was the cancer initially detected? (i.e. through a BSE, a CBE or an annual mammogram)

I was doing my monthly breast self-examine when I felt the lump.

4. How did you feel when you first received the news?

Devastated, my legs were weak and I could hardly leave the doctor’s office.

5. Is there a family history of breast cancer?

No family history.

6. Did you have a support network? If not, how did you overcome it or find it? If so, who were they?

I did not have a support network, but I quickly built one. I spoke to everyone I knew and eventually met three other survivors and we formed the Sisters Network of Central NJ because of the lack of culturally sensitive resources for African American women. We are dying more and yet, there were no resources at most support group meetings I attended at local hospitals.

7. Tell me about your treatment process.

Routine – surgery, chemo, radiation. I started surgery in Oct. 1998 and in January 1999 began chemo. My last radiation treatment was October 1999. My red/white cell count stayed so low my treatment would be postponed. I had to have monthly procrit shots and give myself shots.
Surgery – I cried because I did not feel sick and maybe they had mixed up my film and I really didn’t have
breast cancer. A breast cancer survivor visited me and said – “Do the surgery I know many women who didn’t and they are not here today”. These words made me want to fight for my life.
Chemo – Afraid of losing my hair, cried, “What will I look like”.
Radiation – Extreme fatigue

8. Were there any programs or services offered to you that would help with the treatment process?

I attended support group meetings at local hospitals.

9. Did you face any obstacles during your treatment process? If so, how did you overcome these obstacles?

I had to give myself shots every month because of my low cell count. I thought I could not give myself a needle but I learned. My faith also gave me strength and courage. I prayed many times a day and repeated Psalm 118:17 “I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord”.

10. What message and resources would you like to provide women in the community?

You do not have to die from breast cancer. However, you must take charge of your health. Get your yearly mammograms, clinical exams and do your breast self-examines or be aware of your breast. During my treatment I heard the statistics for African American (AA) women – AA women have a lower 5 year survival rate, AA women have a 41% higher death rate, AA women have fewer mammograms and they have abnormal mammograms, the 5 year survival for AA women is 78% compared to 90% for Caucasian women.

I wanted to do something to lower the statistics and find out why AA women were dying. This is the reason Sisters Network of Central New Jersey was formed – we hold monthly support group meetings, provide free educational programs, bring awareness to the community with our yearly 5K Breast cancer walk, and provide financial services to women that qualify. We are saving lives but AA women and low income women still have the highest death rate.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Ellen C. Reilly, Job Placement Director, Monmouth University

An Interview With Ellen C. Reilly,Monmouth University's Job Placement Director

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Ellen C. Reilly. Ellen is the Job Placement Director in the Office of Career Services at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. In her role she strategically fosters mutually beneficial relationships with local, regional and global organization to increase opportunities for students and graduates. She counsels students and alumni regarding career development to ensure success for life during and after Monmouth. In addition, Ellen is the advisor for the Human Resources Club on campus.

Ellen possesses over fifteen years of corporate management and consulting in the field of human resources and has in depth experience in executive search and talent management. She was a Director with New York based JLA Partners and was responsible for key learning and development initiatives for the firm and its clients. Ellen was also a management consultant with Ferrari & Associates, Inc. where she provided staffing solutions for clients through assessment, competitive research analysis and targeted recruiting. Her corporate experience includes the role of Manager of Human Resources for Chemical Bank New Jersey’s Consumer Banking Division, which included over 100 branches. In addition to her focus on staffing, she was responsible for the redesign and management of the Consumer Bank Management Training Program. Ellen also worked for Dow Jones and CIT.

Ellen Reilly HeadshotEllen C. Reilly, Job Placement Director, Monmouth University Ellen resides with her husband Tom and three children in Brielle and is the Chair of the Wall High School Business and Finance Academy. She is also a Board member of The Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce and has extensive volunteer experience with several school systems in New Jersey and Arizona, in addition to being a volunteer with 180 Turning Lives Around, specifically the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline. Ellen holds a B.S. in Industrial Relations from the W. Paul Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University where she also actively volunteers.

1. Ellen, I know our readers would love to know, in your own words, what drew you to working as the Job Placement Director/Career Services at Monmouth University?

This is a great opening question. My initial interest in Monmouth came after some soul searching and being encouraged by a dear friend and mentor, Jo Singel, to pursue an opportunity in higher education, specifically career services. I initially called on my current boss five years ago when I was in transition and exploring opportunities in career services. At the time I had just returned to consulting in the human resources field after being home with our children and actively volunteering for several years. I realized consulting wasn’t what I wanted to do and that I had to create my own opportunity. The call to my boss did not immediately result in my job, but resulted in a face to face meeting, and initiated my relationship with the University. Shortly after, I landed a position with a local school as Director of Career Services, and three years into that role, my relationship was continuing at Monmouth, and so was my interest. When my current position opened up, I knew it was the position I wanted. It was the toughest interview process I have ever been through and I worked hard to get to this position.

2. Can you please describe what your role as the Job Placement Director/Career Services for Monmouth University embodies…What are your main responsibilities and duties?

My main focus is to create opportunities for our students and graduates to develop their career skills and interests, and ultimately land professional roles as they begin their life after Monmouth. This requires establishing relationships with employers, working one-on-one with students and graduates, and partnering with faculty and community organizations. My background in human resources has been the foundation for me being able to deliver these services.

3. Was it hard being a woman and climbing your way to achieve your current position? If so, how did you overcome the challenges i.e. support from fellow co-workers, strong desire to succeed…? If not, have there been other women who have held your current position?

In my initial career in human resources, I was fortunate enough to have some wonderful mentors and colleagues. Most of them were women, but there were a few men who were very supportive, including my husband. The key to me is to become an expert of your job, and be a continuous learner of the industry or work you are doing. These traits and hard work can help gain you respect in your role. My current position was somewhat newly created at Monmouth, but there are many women in similar roles at other colleges and universities. I have found if there were any barriers at all during my career, it was up to me to make them come down. During a period back in the 90’s when I was recruiting for equipment leasing professionals; the industry was very male dominated. There were a few times I remember being challenged by candidates as to my knowledge, but once I quickly demonstrated my competence, they were interested.

4. Have you mentored women throughout your career? If so, what are your three best tips for success?

I have mentored women, and believe it is very important in general to support others. My three best tips for success are: to have a strong support system, educate yourself and most importantly, believe in your work. You cannot be happy doing something that you do not believe in.

5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received for your career?

Work hard. Believe in, and enjoy what you do. Be open to opportunities and be patient. This combination may sound simple, or obvious, but when you begin a career, especially right out of college, I think the expectations people place on themselves, and sometimes have, can be unrealistic.

6. What career advice do you give younger women who are climbing the ladder of success and trying to manage life/work/balance?

To find a balance that works for you, and most importantly, to create opportunities. By opportunities, I don’t necessarily mean those that are strictly related to your career. Possibly join an organization that blends a passion and will help you develop a new skill. Learn about new areas of your profession and find a mentor. I can’t stress how important having a key support person or system is. I am fortunate to have a supportive husband, core group of friends and colleagues, including two sisters, who I can count on for anything. Everyone needs help at some point with something in life.

7. What were some moments when you felt treated differently because you’re a woman?

In the late 80’s, I worked as a human resource generalist for one of the world’s most well-known business and financial publishing firms. One of my client groups was composed of mainly men, many of whom were with the company 20 plus years. During my first meeting with head of the department and his top managers, he asked why I thought I would be able to provide any help to them. While it wasn’t the welcome I was looking for, it allowed me to remind myself why I was hired for the job, and with confidence, answer his question. I am fairly certain that if I was a male, I wouldn’t have been asked that question. What struck me most is that the products the company delivered were leading edge and some of the most respected in the industry, yet the department I was servicing seemed stuck in a time warp.

8. What are important lessons around the topic of women and leadership for you?

This is an interesting question, as leadership can mean different things to different people. I would have to say as a woman, I believe it is important to support women in general. The leadership piece may simply be to set a good example, be a good listener, share your experiences and knowledge, or provide honest feedback. I guess these are not lessons but what comes to mind when I think of leadership in general. I have two young adult daughters and work with women daily. To that point, I am constantly aware of my role and how my interactions and influence can impact those around me.

9. What’s unusual about the culture of Monmouth University?

Having been in higher education for just less than two years, I am not sure I can say it is unusual only at Monmouth, but loyalty and tenure at the University seem to be prevalent.

10. If you were to receive an award for, “Best At ____”. How would you fill in the blank and why?
Probably for diplomacy and helping others. It is how I was raised!

11. Do you think social media plays a role in getting a student/individual placed in a career?
Absolutely. 70%-80% of people land jobs through their network, and the networks today are heavily developed and maintained through social media. In addition, social media is what drives recruiters and companies to engage with candidates.

12. What was the “Aha” moment or turning point in your life that had a direct impact on your career and leadership?
I was given a lot of responsibility early on in my human resources career, and there were definitely learning gaps that I needed to fill. Sometimes I would make mistakes and think that would translate to failure, when I realized that was not the case at all. The same people that had to point out the mistakes were the same people who pushed me to do more, because they believed in me. The “Aha” moment I guess was realizing I was doing good work and making a difference, regardless of the mistakes.