The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Friday, March 21, 2014

"Run, Sister, Run!"

Today, I will be speaking on a panel at the Eagleton Institute of Politics's Center for American Women in Politics, located at Rutgers University. The panel that I will be on is titled "Run, Sister, Run," and is designed to encourage and empower women of African descent to run for elected office to increase our representation in the public sphere, as our numbers in relation to our population remain abysmally small. 

Dr. Joyce Harley, Director of Administrative Services at Essex County College, where I teach, invited me to participate. I am the only faculty member currently holding elective office, and Dr. Harley expressed interest in hearing my perspective. The description of the session is below. Click here for a link to the program.  

I look forward to sharing my insight on the listed topics--to which I would also add dealing with homophobia, running independently, and also providing superior constituent services. Wish me luck!

All best,

            Roundtable: Sister to Sister – Advice from the Experts 
Real advice from the real experts – women who have done it themselves. Panelists will provide insights and advice on important topics for current or future public officials, including use of technology, ethics, practical tips for getting and staying informed on policy issues, personal finances, image and presentation, and dealing with sexism.

Joyce Wilson Harley, Executive Director of Administrative Services, Essex County College

Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, Montclair Township 
Mayor Angela Garretson, Township of Hillside  
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, New Jersey Assembly  
Barbara George Johnson, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College 
Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, New Jersey Assembly 
Councilwoman Rebecca Williams, City of Plainfield 



  1. You don't need luck, and you should most definitely have your own seminar on running independently and what it means to be a civil servant.

    Thanks for all you do.

  2. Keep up the good work, Rebecca.

  3. Excellent topic and you are a most worthy participant