Before a “who’s who in the New Jersey business world” audience – which also included 60 Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) student ambassadors – three esteemed state business leaders last night regaled attendees with words of leadership wisdom. It was all part of their induction into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame – an annual JANJ event which has spanned six decades and honored a total of 61 leaders – and was this year held at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.
Inductee Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), spoke about the “power of partnerships,” ranging from NJBIA’s work with Junior Achievement and, separately, NJBIA’s partnerships with the business community. Siekerka also spotlighted her long-time husband, Niel, whom she met while both of them were in high school.
She concluded, “My parting words to the students who are here, today – our future workforce of the state of New Jersey – is: You are going to stay here [in New Jersey]. That is what I am working for, every day. You all know how they are talking about millennial outmigration, and how we have to stop it. We are creating an environment [in New Jersey] so you can be here, so that you can get a job here, and afford to live here. We are going to do it.”