ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — The Top 50 (11-40, A-HH)

Adenah Bayoh
Adenah Bayoh and Cos.
She can be on the list for her restaurants or her housing projects — or for her willingness and eagerness to discuss the need to have more women and minority entrepreneurs and developers.

Lisa Chowansky; Marjorie Perry
President; CEO
HC Constructors; MZM Construction
They are two powerful leaders of construction services companies, helping to smash gender stereotypes along the way. They also are known for giving back to the next generation, as well as serving as strong advocates for the business community as board members of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

Michellene Davis
Executive vice president
RWJBarnabas Health
Powerful executive and government affairs expert — and a strong advocate for social justice and social equity. Well-known and well-respected across the state.

Alma DeMetropolis
Managing director
JPMorgan Chase
The longtime manager of the New Jersey market for J.P. Morgan Private Bank brings more than 25 years of experience to a team that advises families, endowments and foundations.

Alfa Demmellash
Co-founder and CEO
Rising Tide Capital
Her model is helping to create the next generation of female entrepreneurs of color in the Jersey City area. More importantly, it could be a model used around the state and the country.

Tami Erwin
Executive vice president, group CEO of Verizon Business
She is global leader of the company many turned to when they pivoted to remote work — and will continue to turn to when they establish their hybrid work models for the future.

Kathryn Foster
The College of New Jersey
Brings a keen eye toward new facilities and new programs of diversity and inclusion at one of the state’s most important and influential (and highest-ranked) higher education institutions.

Sally Glick
Chief growth strategist
The best networker anywhere. It would be difficult to find a woman in the state who has done more to help advise, mentor and connect women in the workplace. Legendary figure is beloved by all.

Aisha Glover
Vice president of urban innovation
Audible’s Global Center for Urban Development
Handpicked to help lead Audible’s new initiative for two obvious reasons: She is an expert on using urban development to create socially just environments; and she possesses extraordinary leadership skills.


Jessica Gonzalez
Founder and CEO
Various companies
Creator of InCharged has become a serial entrepreneur — pivoting her latest ventures (VendX and Lux Disinfect) during pandemic. A thought leader in tech, she served on the governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission.

Lisa Gorab
President and managing director
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
The first woman to head Wilentz in its more than 100-year history, she will honor its traditions while advancing the practice into the future with diversity, inclusion and technology initiatives.

Sue Henderson
New Jersey City University
Launching of the Guarini Institute for International Studies is just the latest example of how Henderson has created a prototype of a university in the country’s most diverse city that connects all communities.

Lori Herndon
She’s fostered collaboration among leaders of southern New Jersey health care organizations, municipalities, businesses, schools and others throughout the pandemic and has initiated multiple programs and services to address health care disparities.

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