Meet our Conference Presenters
Christy Tighe, Director of College & Career Readiness, Junior Achievement NJ
Workshop Title: Are you Career Ready? 21st Century Skills
Christy Tighe is Director, College & Career Readiness at Junior Achievement of New Jersey. Christy brings extensive knowledge of the challenges facing public education and the needs of New Jersey’s students. Most recently, she worked for the New Jersey School Boards Association facilitating leadership development through regional programming for local board of education members throughout the state of New Jersey, developing and presenting informational workshops for students and volunteers alike. As a member of the Leadership New Jersey class of 2011, she helped coordinate their successful class project, “Emerging Leaders,” an inspirational mentoring conference serving over 180 high school students from across the state. Christy is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dorianne St. Fleur, CEO, Your Career Girl
Workshop Title: How to Create a Successful a Personal Brand
Dorianne is a career coach & salary strategist based in New York City. She coaches, speaks and writes about how to leverage women's unique strengths to increase their income and climb the corporate ladder - without sacrificing impact.
She's a sought-after speaker, writer and HR expert. Her articles have appeared in many online publications, such as Black Enterprise, BuzzFeed, Forbes, Huffington Post and The Muse.
Whether you watch her videos on YouTube, listen to my podcast or hear one of her talks on stage, you’ll quickly realize that her true focus and commitment is to help you identify and leverage your divine purpose so you can have a fulfilling career (and life).
Marline Francois Madden, LCSW, CEO and Therapist of Hearts Empowerment Counseling Center
Workshop Title: I care. You care. But, we need self-care, too!
Marline Francois Madden is the owner of Hearts Empowerment Counseling Center, Huffington Post contributor, phenomenal public speaker, and entrepreneur. With over 13 years of clinical experience, she has become a sought-after expert in mental health, trauma, self-care, and girls leadership. Her organization, Far More Precious, has awarded $2,500 in scholarships to minority girls since 2013 and continues to educate young women ages 14 - 19 to dream beyond the barriers they face to reach their fullest potential.
Empowerment isn’t what she does, it’s who she is.
She facilitated trauma-informed group and individual sessions for young women in Haiti who were sex trafficking survivors. Her commitment to youth development earned her an invite to speak to young global leaders from countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Israel, Bangladesh and more, about self-care.
Marline has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University - Newark. She is a member of the National Association of Social Worker. She is currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey.
Dr. Magdala Chery, Assistant Professor of Medicine Primary Care Internal Medicine Physician
Workshop Title: Reclaiming Your Womanhood
Currently, Dr. Magdala Chery serves as a primary care general internist with a career focus in women's health, health disparities, and academic medicine. As a New Jersey native, she attended Montclair State University for undergrad, obtained her master’s degree and medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chery then went on to complete an internal medicine residency program at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Now she serves as an assistant professor at RowanSOM which allows her to teach and inspire future generations of physicians.
Her passion for addressing health policy topics and issues impacting women and girls stems from years of community involvement. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, she created and implemented a yearlong after-school program in Camden, NJ called Project S.I.S. (Stand I Stand) for adolescent females addressing Healthy People 2020 initiatives. This gave way to her being selected as a PASP (Paul Ambrose Scholars Program) Scholar allowing her the opportunity to conduct a dating violence and making smart choices workshop in Camden.
Most recently she was selected as a 2018 New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow for the New Jersey Chapter. NLC serves to train and support the next generation of progressive millennials who aim to strive for justice through equity.
In her spare time, Dr. Chery loves mentoring young women in her local community and serving as a role model for those around her. She feels she has been burdened with a passion to serve and believes we all have a responsibility to fight wrongs, advocate for those in need, and commit to making the world a better place.
Kevin C. Hudson, Assistant Director for College Opportunity, Princeton University
Workshop Title: How to Win at College
Kevin C. Hudson joined Princeton as assistant director for college opportunity in 2015. In this role, he works with the vice provost for institutional equity and diversity to facilitate the trustees’ and President Eisgruber’s commitment to expand socioeconomic diversity access and opportunity at Princeton and in higher education more broadly. He collaborates with internal programs, such as Princeton University Preparatory Program, Princeton Summer Journalism Program, Freshman Scholars Program, and Scholars Institute Fellows Program, and with partnerships with external organizations such as American Talent Initiative, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, and Matriculate to advance the effort.
Additionally, Kevin manages outreach activities to school districts, college access programs, professional and community-based organizations to demystify selective college admissions and opportunity. He previously managed college and career readiness districtwide at District of Columbia Public Schools and served as director of college admission and advising at a NJ non-profit boarding school placement organization. He began his career as an admission officer at Princeton University. As a first-generation college student, Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his M.S.Ed in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a reader for several national scholarship programs including Gates Millennium Scholars Program and Dell Scholars Program.
Kevin serves on various boards including the New Jersey Scholars Program, Princeton Blairstown Center, College Board Middle States Regional Council and the International Baccalaureate College and University Relations Committee.
Jessica Weaver, CFP, CDFA, CFS, Wealth advisor, Raymond James
Workshop Title: Live Richer by Creating a Loving Relationship with Money
Jessica has been an advisor for over 7 years, but during the past few years has transformed her work. She finds happiness and satisfaction from helping women improve their relationship with money. Jess’s mission is to help more women gain control, clarity, and confidence over their finances and the next chapter of their life. She accomplishes this by hosting events throughout the year for women, writing her blog every other week, and now with her new #1 Best Selling book: Strong Woman Stronger Assets. Jess just celebrated the one year anniversary of her blog: Not Your Father's Advisor in July of 2017.
From the increasing views of her blog, Jess decided to write Strong Woman Stronger Assets. For her blog and book, Jess has interviewed and worked with hundreds of women to get to the core of their money concerns, stresses, and frustrations. Through her online presence, blog, and now the book, she is able to touch more lives than she ever thought possible and help them elevate their life to the next level. She is incredible grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your life and to help with your own transformation.
“It is my life mission to educate, encourage, and transform women's lives. And maybe have some fun along the way.”
Tamasia Johnson, M.S.Ed, Executive Director, The Pearl CluB
Workshop Title: Money Makes the World Go 'Round
Tamasia Johnson is the founding executive director of The Pearl Club, an organization that has a mission to educate, empower and support young women to overcome the crossroads of poverty and earning a college degree. As a college access and success expert, Tamasia is driven by her passion and purpose to ensure that all young people (her penchant is for young women) have the access, resources, and support to earn a college degree and a chance to reach their full potential.
In addition to her work with The Pearl Club, Tamasia is on the Post-Secondary Planning team at Great Oaks Legacy Charter High School in Newark, NJ where it’s her responsibility to ensure that students find their best college fit and have strong post-secondary plans that foster their ability to make it to the finish line: college graduation.
Helping young people earn college degrees and overcome poverty isn’t what she does, it’s who she is.
Her work with The Pearl Club has impacted the lives of over 600 young women nationally through in school programming and organizational events. She is the recipient of the Walker’s Legacy Power Mentor Award, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Citizen Service Award, a Pittsburgh Legacy Leader and a Strong Award Honoree presented by Strong Women, Strong Girls.
Tamasia has a Bachelor’s degree Business Administration and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Education Research and Program Evaluation, focusing on college graduation rates and how we can improve them from Duquesne University. Tamasia also teaches group fitness classes, coaches women to sustain healthy lifestyles and is an avid reader.