February 20, 2013
Monica C. Smith Received Shirley Chisholm Award in Entrepreneurship

Monica C. Smith Shirley Chisholm Award
Monica C. Smith

Monica C. Smith and 16 other inspirational women were honored at this year’s Shirley Chisholm Awards Ceremony on April 20 in Clifton, New Jersey. Awards were presented by Sheila Y. Oliver, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly. A politician, educator, and author, Shirley Chisholm was the the first black woman elected to Congress and also the first woman considered for a Democratic presidential nomination. Chisholm’s staff were all female because she believed in helping minorities, and during her career in politics she had faced discrimination as a woman.

According to Oliver, recipients are chosen because they “exemplify the spirit, tenacity, and innovation demonstrated by the late Shirley Chisholm.” As a female leader in business, Monica is honored and touched to be awarded with this honor in the “Entrepreneurship” category and congratulates the honorees in all 17 categories:

Arts and Entertainment Rhoda Scott
World-Renowned Jazz Organist
Business/Corporate Caroline Dorsa
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Civic and Community Service Joanne J. Graziano
Vice President
WE DO of Passaic County
Clergy Rev. Ileathern C. McLeod
Associate Minister
Abyssinian Baptist Church
Early Childhood Education Crystal Davis, Principal
Althea Gibson Early Childhood Academy
East Orange District
Entrepreneurship Monica C. Smith, CEO
Marketsmith, Inc.
Government Mildred S. Scott
Health Dr. Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH
Public Health Doctor
Founder, My Body & Me
Higher Education Jennifer J. Armiger, Ph.D.
University at Albany-SUNY
NOW-NJ, President
Journalism Ayat Oraby
Noonelneswa Magazine
Labor Hetty Rosenstein
CWA NJ Director
Law Bernice Toledo
Passaic County Surrogate
Legislator Senator Barbara Buono
District 18
Lifetime Achievement Lillie Margaret Walthall Connor
Public Affairs Kay Licausi, President
Hoboken Strategy Group
Women’s Political Empowerment Dr. Natalie Heard Hackett, President
Essex County Democratic Women
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