Women’s Empowerment Panel

Presented by Montclair Center, this year’s Women’s Empowerment Week will comprise a panel discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 18 at the Montclair Art Museum  Tickets will be $10 and available here. 

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The Women’s Empowerment Forum will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 6 pm. Speakers will include journalist Charrise Jones; automotive business leader Paula Lombard; Alicia Robinson, community leader and general manager of Investors Bank; Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Montclair State University student and empowerment speaker Julia Young; Kate Premo, marketing and communications director of the Montclair Art Museum and moderated by speaker and entrepreneur Donna Miller of C3 Workplace.



Young, Julia 3Julia Young, a young woman who suffered third degree burns over 75% of her body back in 2009. A story of overcoming pain and a new body with the help of family, friends, and medical staff. Now nine years later she knows the importance of embracing the traits lay inside us all, finding what makes us feel beautiful, and fighting for it. 





Kate Premo combines a head for business with a passion for design. As freelance marketing consultant for more than 10 years, she provides strategy, planning and marketing services to home furnishings clients from Boston to Belgium. She also works part-time as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Montclair Art Museum, where she oversees a talented team that helps bring art to life for thousands of kids and adults throughout the region.



Paula Lombard is President of WEXCO Industries and President/CEO of AutoTex LLC.   AutoTex manufactures automotive wiper blades and wiper system components.  They also feature a PINK wiper blade where a portion of sales goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation with a “Wipe Out Breast Cancer” campaign. AutoTex is proud to be a certified WBENC Woman-Owned corporation.



Alicia Robinson is an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager with Investors Bank, at its Montclair, New Jersey branch. Her main responsibility is new business development while building relationships in the community, in addition to overseeing a staff of employees, managing the branch’s daily operations, and ensuring customer satisfaction.  Ms. Robinson places a strong focus on serving the local community of Montclair.   She serves as a Board member of the Montclair YMCA, the Montclair Rotary Club Foundation and the Montclair Rotary Club. She also facilitates adult financial literacy classes for the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as provides these classes for the Sussex Avenue School SMART KIDS Program at the Union Congregational Church.  She has previously served on the Advisory Board of Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) and has served as the Treasurer for Dress for Success Hudson County. 



Patricia Teffenhart is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault patricia(NJCASA).  NJCASA elevates the voice of sexual violence survivors and service providers by advocating for survivor-centered legislation, training allied professionals, and supporting statewide prevention strategies that work to address and defy the socio-cultural norms that permit and promote rape culture. Under her leadership, NJCASA has a record of success, including successfully advocating for the passing of the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015, which increased access to protective orders for survivors of sexual violence; creating and Co-Chairing the Governor’s appointed Campus Sexual Assault Task Force; and increasing appropriations for sexual violence services in the New Jersey State Budget by over 450%.

 For the last four years, Patricia was included in the Senate Majority Leader’s New Jersey Women’s Power List and was recently appointed as a member of Governor-elect Murphy’s Transition Team. The Star Ledger included Patricia in the “Top 25 People to Watch in 2018”.