As we reflect on the past year, Valley’s Women in Business (WIB) program is proud to highlight our achievements and contributions to empowering women in various industries. In 2023, Women in Business hosted a total of 9 events and sponsored 40 events, fostering connections and opportunities for women across diverse sectors. Our commitment to creating a supportive network, promoting collaboration, and advancing the professional growth of women remained top of mind this year.
2023 Highlights: A year of achievements and impactful contributions
This year we were fortunate enough to have 77 ambassadors working with us. These ambassadors work hard to support our community by serving on 66 nonprofit boards and have put in over 1,000 volunteer hours in 2023.
Our ambassadors play a pivotal role in driving the success of the WIB program. We would like to extend a special shout-out to individuals who went above and beyond in championing our cause.
Anna Tom (CA) marked a significant milestone by hosting our first WIB event on the west coast in Los Angeles during March 2023, expanding our reach and impact.
Alejandra Giron’s (NY) outstanding work with the Queens Women’s Chamber of Commerce (QWCC), having been named as the president, exemplifies the dedication and excellence of our ambassadors in their markets. Additionally, we recognize the exceptional contributions of Jose Ramirez (NJ) and Mark Morkos (NJ), the former of whom organized his own WIB events, the latter of whom brought in an impactful nonprofit relationship through his unwavering efforts.
Nicole Radumski’s (NY) leadership on the board of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) in New York, where she currently serves as Treasurer, reflects her commitment to advancing women in the real estate industry. Furthermore, Gloria Webb’s (NY) involvement in various advisory boards and committees, including Adelphi University Student Affairs Advisory Board and the Queens Chamber Banking and Law Committee, showcases her commitment to community engagement.
We’re also honored to share that Jacqueline Breslauer (NJ), Valley’s Chief Audit Officer, was recognized as one of the best 50 women in the New Jersey to watch by NJBIZ.
These are all shining examples of the exceptional women within our program.
Expanding our reach: Organizations and events in 2023
WIB collaborated with a diverse range of organizations and participated in numerous events throughout the year. Some of the organizations we sponsored include the Queens Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, the Women’ Center for Entrepreneurship NJ, and the Financial Women’s Association (FWA) of Long Island.
From the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership’s WOCCON Women of Color Connecting event to the Women’s Leadership and Philanthropy program at the University of South Florida, our involvement spanned various sectors and regions. We are proud to have contributed to events that promote women’s entrepreneurship, leadership, and philanthropy.
Our commitment to supporting and empowering women also extended to community initiatives such as the Uterine Health Event at the University of Alabama and the Let’s Talk: Women’s Health & Wellness Event at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ. These engagements underscore our dedication to holistic well-being and community involvement.
To learn more about how you can join and support Women in Business, visit valley.com/WIB and explore further details about the program.
As we conclude this year in review, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude to our ambassadors, partners, and all those who have contributed to the success of the Women in Business program in 2023. Together, we look forward to continuing our journey of empowering and celebrating women in the business world in the years to come.