Annual Business/Youth Awards Reception

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Recognition of local leaders and high schools by the Central Jersey Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity will take place at its Annual Business and Youth Awards Reception on Thursday, May 31, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. Award reception co-chairs Carol Hila, Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Irene Conte, Investors Bank, have announced the following awards:


Humanitarian Awards: William R. Hagaman, Jr., CPA - Managing Partner WithumSmith+Brown, PC


Community Service Award: Elijah’s Promise, accepted by Lisanne Finston, Executive Director


Corporate Citizen Award: Siemens Corporation


And Recognizing Local Lead for Diversity High Schools

Students, faculty and administration from area high schools that have participated in the American Conference on Diversity’s Lead for Diversity program will also be recognized. Lead for Diversity is a week-long peer leadership program open to all high school students in New Jersey. A cornerstone of the American Conference on Diversity Youth Leadership Institute, the goal year-long program is to teach students the peer leadership, conflict resolution, and human relations skills necessary for success in a diverse world. During the program’s one-week summer program which initiates the program, each student develops an Action Plan to help reduce prejudice and promote inclusion within their own school communities, and works closely with a faculty advisor throughout the academic year to implement that Action Plan in their schools. Results show that Lead for Diversity graduates are better prepared to utilize the skills they acquire by participating in this program as they enter the greater community, schools of higher education, and the workforce.


Lead for Diversity high schools to be recognized are:

  • Franklin High School
  • Gill St. Bernard’s School
  • Piscataway High School
  • Spotswood High School


Special Middle School Poster Art Display

On display throughout the evening, guests will enjoy viewing poster art created by students from Middlesex County middle schools in response to the Central Jersey Chapter’s annual poster contest. This year’s theme was “Different Backgrounds, Common Ground.”


The reception begins with a 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour and buffet reception followed by a sit-down dessert and awards program. For reservations and sponsorship opportunities, please call 732-745-9330 or email linda@americanconferenceondiversity.org.


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