In the fall of 1981, Stoltman was elected as the student representative to the MCCC Board of Trustees, and in 1983, she was appointed by New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean as a full voting member of the board, a post she would hold for 16 years. During that time, she would serve on the national trustee board – the Association of Community College Trustees – for six years.
“Those years only enhanced my love for, and appreciation of, community colleges,” Stoltman said.
While continuing to serve the college and the community, Stoltman would continue her career at Dow Jones and eventually move on to other corporate endeavors in client services, sales, marketing, and eventually event planning. She served as the head of the newspaper division of Princeton-based The Kelsey Group, and as vice president and general manager of Editor and Publisher Conferences, a trade organization for the newspaper industry.
In 2001, Stoltman turned entrepreneur and launched The Stoltman Group, a full-service conference and event planning firm. She has grown the business to provide conference and trade show planning for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities.
“Entrepreneurship is tough, nor for everyone, and certainly not for the faint of heart,” Stoltman said, noting that in the beginning, there were some lean years.
But now that she has celebrated 15 years in business, Stoltman said she has no regrets and credits her solid grounding in a community college education as a key to her success.
“My career travels have brought me back to community colleges numerous times,” Stoltman said. “Community colleges are all about student success; community colleges are the people’s colleges. Community colleges are not just where young people come to start their college career, but where all people come.”
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