The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.
Kristin Peck (No. 4), Thai Lee (No. 5), Cheryl Norton (No. 7), Ranjini Poddar (No. 8) appeared in the Top 10.
Founder and CEO
Has led executive search firm specializing in cybersecurity, information technology risk management and transformational technologies for three decades. In 2018, she created BoardSuited, an innovative executive education company, designed to prepare senior executives for board seats.
Owns and operates some of the finest restaurant and event spaces in tri-state area, including Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City and Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station. Few businesses have been impacted by COVID as much as hers.
Executive vice president and general manager
Highly regarded sports executive oversees operations of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. Came to Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment after 25-year career with NBA, where she helped launch the WNBA and a D-League franchise.
Founder, owner and CEO
Oversees $130 million sustainable meats company that sells products ranging from beef to lamb, chicken to quail, pork to wild boar, and rabbit to venison, as well as gourmet food products such as caviar, truffles, mushrooms and foie gras.
Founder and CEO
One to watch. Her Newark-based tech startup provides culturally responsive and preventative mental health coaching over text message. She was first Black founder to raise $1 million and is member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
Founder and CEO
FEM Real Estate
Her real estate investment company develops, owns and manages commercial real estate nationwide — but she’s just as known for Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University.
Ocean Casino Resort
Experienced chief financial officer skilled in M&A, investor relations, operations management and hospitality industry has been leading the turnaround at Ocean Casino.
Senior vice president and chief operating officer
Public Service Electric & Gas
Responsible for PSE&G’s electric, gas and customer operations, as well as the company’s asset management and centralized services organization. Was named COO in January 2020.
Brooks Life Sciences
Was co-founder of GENEWIZ, a global genomics service company providing Sanger DNA sequencing, gene synthesis, next generation sequencing, molecular biology, bioinformatics and GLP/CLIA regulatory services. Company was acquired by Brooks in 2018.
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Newark Venture Partners
Lead a $100M early-stage venture capital fund designed to help innovative entrepreneurs build distinctive technology companies while also catalyzing development in the technology ecosystem in Newark.
EVP and general counsel
Public Service Enterprise Group
Oversees all of the company’s legal and regulatory functions. A member of the executive officer group, she also serves as general counsel of PSE&G, PSEG Power and PSEG Services Corp.
Her government affairs consulting group advises some of the biggest companies and power players in state. She also serves as director of N.J. Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers.
CEO and president
Impact Consulting Enterprises
Her minority- and woman-owned strategic communications firm pivoted during pandemic, as she used her extensive supply chain background to help delivery more personal protective equipment to the state.
President and COO
Heads utility that is subsidiary of South Jersey Industries and serves more than 300,000 residential, business and industrial natural gas customers in parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren. Regularly ranked highly by J.D. Power.