Women as Agents of Change

woman-award_captureThrough this award, AAUW of New Jersey seeks both to reach out to the community and to increase awareness of the goals of AAUW.

The AAUW Woman as Agent of Change should exemplify certain characteristics.

She should be a NJ resident who has:

  • Worked to assist women in their endeavors to reach their true potential

  •  Demonstrated leadership in supporting the empowerment of women

  • Continued to strive to reform political , economic, social and cultural areas to support women

Contact: Carol Cohen for more information.

2019 Award Winner Announced!

The AAUW NJ Board Members, voted on and approved the recipient of the 2019 award at its April 7, 2019 Board Meeting.  The Award was presented at the AAUW NJ Annual Meeting on April 7, 2019.

Let’s Congratulate Jeannine LaRue

Inspiring! Challenging! Passionate! Powerful! Lobbyist! Public affairs executive in NJ!  Jeannine challenges her listeners to step beyond self-pity and experience the futures they can’t even imagine.

Jeannine LaRue, founder of the well-known blog “LaRue list Report,” and Senior Vice
President of the Kaufman Zita Group, has spent almost 40 years serving the public on
policy, governmental, and political issues in the public and private sectors. “The Network
Journal,” New York’s leading Black profession and small business magazine named Jeannine
one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business. She has been mentioned as a political
New Jersey powerbroker on the prestigious “PolitickerNJ” list at least five times.
Her many influential roles include: NJEA lobbyist, member of the Casino Control
Commission, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Barnabas Health, Vice
President of Public Affairs in the Rutgers University President’s cabinet, and founder the first
major New Jersey Statewide women’s conference that ultimately became the Governor’s
Conference for Women.


2018 Award Winner

The AAUW NJ Board Members, voted on and approved the recipient of the 2018 award at its December 6th, 2017 Board Meeting.  The Award was presented at the AAUW NJ Annual Meeting on March 24, 2018.

Laurel Brennan!

Laurel Brennan receiving 2018 Woman as Agent of Change Award at the AAUW NJ Annual Meeting

2018 AAUW NJ Woman as Agent of Change Award Winner – Laurel Brennan

Posted by AAUW of New Jersey on Sunday, April 29, 2018

Laurel Brennan BIO

Laurel Brennan was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the New Jersey
State AFL-CIO in January 1997 and was re-elected to her sixth term in 2016. She is the first
woman to serve in this office in New Jersey and is one of only seven to do so across the nation.

In her position as Secretary-Treasurer, Laurel is responsible for the organizational budget
and other financial obligations of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. In partnership with New
Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, she develops and implements statewide
policies that impact one million union members and their families.

Award Ceremony at the AAUW NJ Annual Meeting – March 24, 2018


The 2017 Award Recipient!

Let’s congratulate Candace l. Straight 

The AAUW NJ Board Members, voted on and approved the recipient of the 2017 award at its December 7th. 2016 Board Meeting.  The Award was presented at the AAUW NJ Annual Meeting on May 1, 2017.

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2016 Award

AAUW NJ announced the Woman as Agent of Change Award at the annual meeting in April, 2016.

Let’s congratulate Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle

The 2016 Award Recipient!

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