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GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s Think F.A.S.T.E.R Conference

It was held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. This one of a kind convening that brings together high school and college girls from New Jersey focuses on offering strategies for how girls can succeed in Finance, Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Research.


Girl participants had an opportunity to meet with high-level executives from each of these fields. Each of these women investor has been specifically selected because their narratives mirror the girls we serve. Through their dedication to leadership, commitment to justice and community, they have all succeeded.


TD Bank served as the host sponsor.


Participants include:

Keynote speaker, Michellene Davis of RWJBarnabas Health

Tai Cooper, State of NJ

Brandice Daniel, Harlem’s Fashion Row

Dr. Rhonda Sharpe, Women’s Institute for Science Equity and Race

Cherise Fisher, Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc., Literary Management

Dr. Jennifer Payne-Parrish, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, arly Development Neurology

Jamaica Gilmer,  The Beautiful Project

Timicka Anderson,  CitiGroup, Corporate and Investment Banking Division

Vonda  McPherson, Vonda’s Kitchen

Nicole  Cosby, SVP Media Tech Standards & Partnerships at Publicis Media – Precision

Laura Saldana, GlaxoSmithKline

Crystal Whaley, Plan C Media Group

Sandra Binns, GlaxoSmithKline, Nutrition & Digestive Health

Nancy  Fernandez, GlaxoSmithKline, Expert Sales Management

Nikki Ogunnaike,

Tenisha Malcolm, Unified Valisburg Service Organization, Development

Dr. Sunne-Ryse Smith Student Support for Newark Public Schools

Keisha Sigler, GlaxoSmithKline

Missy Balmir,   Office of United State Senator Bob Menendez

Tammy Williams, West Orange Human Rights Commission

Candice Cambridge, TD Bank, Community Development Service Strategy

Courtney Whitest, TD Bank, Financial Education

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