This is, by far, not your standard business function. From the topics to the venue to the speakers, the goal of Women Entrepreneurs Rock is to meet entrepreneurs where they live and offer current and candid insight, as we did in our previous events. No formalities and no canned responses…just real information from those who have successfully navigated the process of launching and growing a business and leading a team. The panelists will discuss their backgrounds, successes and challenges along the way and offer advice to fellow business owners. There will also be live Q&A exchange as well as the opportunity to network. Seating is limited and spots will go fast, so register today.
Owner and Executive Chef of the Marilyn Schlossbach Group which includes Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Asbury Park Yacht Club, Lightly Salted Surf Shop, the Labrador Lounge and What’s Your Beef
Marilyn Schlossbach was thrust into the culinary world by chance. The self-taught chef and entrepreneur went from marketing student, to waitress, to the chef du cuisine of Oshin, one of New Jersey’s first Asian Fusion restaurants to open in the 1980s, in what many would consider a blink of an eye.
She has not looked back since first stepping “behind the line” in 1982 to cover for her brother and head chef at Oshin, spending the last 30 years developing her culinary style through travel, self-instruction and an unwavering passion for gastronomy. During the last three decades, Marilyn has developed her own brand of vacation cuisine that takes foodies on a round-the-world journey to some of the globe’s most sought-after culinary destinations.
More than the ever-present global cuisine or fusion that populates the culinary landscape, the ambiance of her venues and diversity of her menus aims to replicate the vacation vibes that so many of us covet long after a holiday has ended. This is, in part, due to the effortless cool that permeates her dining rooms, complemented by pitch-perfect cocktails, and an unwavering desire for patrons to experience food in new and inspiring ways.
After years spent honing her craft, Marilyn is now the proprietor of six food and beverage establishments along the New Jersey coast and is an avid community advocate, endeavoring to promote the culinary arts among the next generation of service industry professionals through her non-profit organization Food for Thought by the Sea. Her community work includes a collaboration with Interfaith Neighbors on Asbury Park’s Kula Café, community gardening and surf lessons with the Boys and Girls Club of Asbury Park, and unwavering support of environmental organizations like Clean Ocean Action that work to protect coastlines and marine environments. Marilyn Schlossbach
Co-Founder/Owner Rook Coffee
Holly was born in Monmouth County and raised in Oceanport. After spending several years experiencing the city life between New York and San Francisco, she returned to her Jersey roots and settled back in Monmouth County in 2008.
Holly spent the first part of her career working in the fast-paced world of the Internet for top companies such as Yahoo! and The Ladders.com. Holding various management positions over seven years in sales, marketing, operations and training, she built a well-rounded set of business skills that would eventually prepare her for her own entrepreneurial venture.
In 2008, Holly took a leap of faith and resigned from her corporate career to spend three months traveling throughout Southeast Asia with only a backpack. Upon returning to the states, Holly and longtime childhood friend, Shawn Kingsley, decided to open a business based on a shared passion…coffee.
Holly is the Co-founder and Owner of Rook Coffee, a specialty coffee company complete with multiple coffee bars, a roastery and distribution center, a bottled cold brew business and an online store. Rook’s coffee bar experience involves exceptional product and over-the-top customer service. Using the finest quality coffees from all over the world, every cup of coffee is custom made to order. Rook Coffee
Founder & CEO of Momtrends Media
Nicole Feliciano is the Founder & CEO of Momtrends Media a million-dollar brand providing busy women with a daily dose of style. Each day Nicole and her team of editors, interpret trends for moms, keeping in mind that modern women want to look and feel great, but they are working with less time and less energy than they had before the kids came along. Nicole and her team are there to help and inspire women to look and feel their best. Social media is her playground, and she’s built a loyal following by making fashion fun and accessible.
In her book debut, Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success, featuring a Foreword by Kimberly Inskeep, the President and Chief Culture Officer of Cabi, the largest women’s apparel company which sells solely through Independent Stylists, Feliciano proves that being successful isn’t about degrees or sacrifices. Every mom has it in her to be a badass business woman. Nicole Feliciano charts the course for building a successful career without sacrificing being a great mom.
Before launching Momtrends, Nicole graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English Literature, and spent a decade working in fashion–most notably as an executive with Polo Ralph Lauren. When she became a mom in 2005, the fashion maven embarked on her social media career and began contributing to Babble.com,Timeout.com/new-york-kids, and many more online publications. Seeing a void in the blogosphere, she launched Momtrends.com in 2007. Momtrends continues to be the cornerstone of her media empire.
In addition to her online presence, Nicole has created a thriving events business that connects top-tier brands with the nation’s most influential bloggers. She’s hosted nearly 100 exclusive events from a swank product launch with Jessica Alba for the Honest Company, to glamorous fashion shows, to intimate movie previews with actresses like Julianne Moore. She has been featured on numerous television shows as a trend forecaster and has led more than a dozen satellite media tours. MomTrends
Founder of AMP10x / President of Ubee Interactive
As President of Ubee Interactive, Maria is the only female officer of a Taiwanese based technology company. Ms. Popo led Ubee and a handful of people in the U.S. to take double-digit market share away from large Fortune 500s. Maria has the unique experience of being a senior executive in a company with over one million employees and also a start-up of just a few people. She is known for taking the non-consensus strategy to push innovation forward.
Maria recently founded the non-profit AMP10x whose mission is it to customize learning paths and eliminate boundaries for low-income individuals. Ms. Popo is also a HuffPost blogger writing about topics in business and technology. She has received numerous accolades including being named one of CableFAX Most Powerful Women in Cable three years in a row, Multichannel News Women in Technology and 8th on the list of Top Fifty Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies by Women Presidents Organization and American Express. AMP10x
Founder and CEO of Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company
Forgotten Boardwalk, established in 2014, is an artfully devious microbrewery and teller of tales located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Led by Jamie Queli, one of the youngest female brewery owners in the U.S., the brewery seeks to craft beer that sparks curiosities through deliciously unique flavors and the folklore of the Jersey Shore Boardwalk. After leaving a career as a product manager in investment banking, Jamie took the leap to open up a full-fledged brewery, complete with a boardwalk-themed tasting room. “I started out as a beer enthusiast, then finding information about beer and reading about beer which turned into creating my own beer,” she said. Jamie Queli has built Forgotten Boardwalk into an established brand, totaling over two million dollars in sales within its first two years. Forgotten Boardwalks beers have been featured, displayed and consumed in over 550 bars and restaurants as well as 450 liquor stores throughout the state of New Jersey, totaling over 60,000 cases of beer consumed. Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company
Tracey L. Wolfman, RN, BSN, MA is CEO of We Care Adult Care who always had a passion for senior citizens launched “We Care Adult Day Care” in 2000. A Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Nursing Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University has spent the last 30 years working with the elderly population specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. Tracey’s dedication and knowledge have helped many people afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers.
Opening We Care Adult Care gave Tracey the opportunity to provide superior services to those families fortunate enough to utilize We Care Adult Care services. A nurse, expert speaker, caregiver, and entrepreneur Tracey has provided a “Quality of Life” unparalleled by any other Adult Day Care Center in Monmouth County.
‘We Care’ was nominated and won the Small Business Success Award by the NJ Small Business Development Center, received Proclamations, from Senator Joseph Kyrillos for outstanding Service to the Community, highlighted on News 12 New Jersey a New Jersey television station, named 2012 Top 25 New Jersey Women Entrepreneur, and has had numerous Newspaper articles written about Adult Day Care in local and regional papers and magazines.
Tracey is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University, serves on the Board of Directors for Alzheimer’s New Jersey, serves on Monmouth University Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies advisory board, Brookdale Community College Small Business Advisory Board, and holds position of Vice President of SCAN-Senior Citizens Activities Network. My greatest triumph is to see the difference that knowledge, support, and resources can have on the students I teach, the caregivers we empower, and the seniors whose lives we change at We Care Adult Care! We Care Adult Care
Michele Litzky is a marketing communications executive with more than 40 years experience creating and directing strategic public relations and promotion campaigns for a diverse array of corporate clients. In 1988, with a commitment to being accountable, Michele founded Litzky Public Relations. From meager beginnings in her East 87th Street apartment in Manhattan, the agency now calls Hoboken, NJ its home and has a team of 25 rock stars who share her dedication and commitment to bringing the agency’s clients into the forefront and spotlight.
Michele has a knack for business development and, in addition to starting her own agency, she has proven success in building start-up, in-house public relations capabilities within both corporations (L’eggs Pantyhose, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co.) and advertising agencies (Griffin Bacal, Inc.).
In 1997, eager to share her expertise, Michele became an adjunct professor at New York University in the Steinhardt School. During that time, she expanded the curriculum from a 7-week, 2 credit course to a 4 credit, full semester course. During her tenure at the University, she developed the first Public Relations Techniques curriculum which is still used today.
Today, the agency that bears her name has an unparalleled view of New York City from its Hoboken waterfront address. Litzky Public Relations
The panelists will discuss their backgrounds, leadership, successes and challenges along the way and offer advice to fellow business owners. There will also be live Q&A exchange as well as the ability to pre-submit questions for the panel to discuss at the event. There will be door prizes and cash bar. Even though this is an excellent AND free event, pre-registration is required. It’s simple (and you can bring a guest).