ION Expands East Coast Presence, Adds Executive Women of New Jersey as Seventeenth Member Supporting Gender Diverse Corporate Board Leadership

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EWNJ President Keitha Lackey Joins ION Board of Directors, Offers Trenton Women Professionals National Network

By building relationships with leading companies and highlighting the unique attributes women bring to the table, we are making progress towards greater board diversity.

ION has added Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) as its seventeenth regional executive women’s member organization. The addition of this Trenton-based nonprofit strengthens ION’s representation on the East Coast. By joining ION, EWNJ members gain access to ION’s national resources, including a board director database, investor toolkit and original research.

EWNJ President Keitha Lackey, who will join the ION Board of Directors representing her organization, said, “As one of the region’s leading organizations serving executive women, EWNJ has long been a champion and supporter of broader participation by women on corporate boards. By building relationships with leading companies and highlighting the unique attributes women bring to the table, we are making progress towards greater board diversity. Membership in ION enables us to turn up the volume on these efforts.”

Keitha Lackey is an insurance executive with extensive experience in sales, operations and general management. She has spoken and presented on retail and database marketing and sales strategies for insurance products, as well as on Medicare-related issues. In the community, Ms. Lackey manages the finances for her town environmental commission’s community organic garden initiative. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech, and an M.B.A. from Radford University.

“Keitha and her EWNJ leadership team do a fantastic job of helping New Jersey women learn more about corporate board leadership through interactive member forums, post-graduate scholarships, and much more,” said ION President Sarah Meyerrose. “They are cultivating the next generation of directors and will strengthen ION’s presence on the East Coast.”

About Executive Women of New Jersey
Founded in 1980, EWNJ is where New Jersey’s executive women connect and collaborate across all sectors to share experiences, develop relationships and build their businesses. Through “Salute to the Policy Makers,” its signature, bi-annual event, EWNJ has raised more than $1.1 million in scholarships for deserving New Jersey women pursuing advanced degrees.

About ION
Formed in 2004, ION is a national nonprofit network of 17 regional member organizations across the United States representing more than 10,000 executive-level women from a wide range of disciplines. ION gives its members a national voice to advocate for the advancement of women to positions of power in executive suites and on boards of directors of publicly traded companies.

Media Contact: Vanessa Bradford, c3PR: vanessa(at)c3pr(dot)com, 408-730-8506, mobile 209-505-3690

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