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Inaugural NJ Black Women’s Collective Leadership Institute Culminates in Capstone Presentation and Graduation Ceremony

In partnership with MCCC, the program, which develops Black women leaders, launched in March


WEST WINDSOR, NJ – The success of the Inaugural NJ Black Women’s Collective Leadership Institute, in partnership with Mercer County Community College (MCCC), will culminate in its first Capstone Presentation and Graduation Ceremony on June 8 at Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way, West Trenton.

The NJ Black Women’s Collective is New Jersey’s first comprehensive advocacy organization solely dedicated to the proliferation of Black women leaders in New Jersey. The Leadership Institute, which launched in March, was designed for emerging leaders in any sector to help participants gain skills and strategies needed to address current problems in real time, actualize their skilled vision, and build effectiveness, while developing a talent pipeline of Black women leaders in New Jersey.

The curriculum for the Institute was designed in partnership between MCCC Lifelong Learning Institute and Tennille R. McCoy, NJBWC co-founder and chair of the Leadership Institute. Presenters and participants spent their Saturdays engaging in 14 intensive curated sessions highlighting guest speakers and experts in numerous fields, including business and finance, corporate strategy, marketing and communications, and politics and government.

The inaugural series will conclude with a presentation from guest-speaker Michele Meyer-Shipp, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. "We were and are thrilled to partner with the NJ Black Women's Collective," said MCCC President, Dr. Deborah E. Preston. "This outstanding program aligns perfectly with our own mission, values, and emphasis on inclusive leadership."

Guest speakers for the inaugural series included Pastor Tiffany Williams Brewer, Esq., Assistant Professor of Law and Chair of NJ State Commission of Investigations; Corein Carter, Chief Operating Officer CultureMakers I.N.C.; Former Secretary of State, Regena Thomas; Brenda Ross Dulan, Managing Principal, Ross Dulan Group; John Harmon, President and CEO, African Chamber of Commerce NJ; Shani Bonne, CFO NFL Players Association; Susette Brooks, Director of Strategy, Penguin Random House; Tricia M. Taitt, CEO and CFC of FinCore; Jeannine LaRue, Lobbyist and Public Affairs Executive; and Maggie Moran, CEO and Strategy Consultant at Moxie.

The morning will kick off when doors open at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Capstone presentation at 9:30 a.m., and a brunch and ceremony at 11:30 a.m. This event is open to the public and sponsorship opportunities are available here.

For more information about the NJ Black Women’s Collective Leadership Institute, visit For information about submitting an application for the next Institute, please email

About Mercer County Community College
Established in 1966, Mercer County Community College is a publicly supported comprehensive institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. The scenic 292-acre West Windsor Campus was opened in 1972 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. MCCC’s James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, serves as an educational and cultural hub for city residents that meets the changing needs of thousands of students and community members seeking educational fulfillment and personal and career growth. President: Deborah E. Preston, Ph.D.;


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