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New Jersey Resources Empowers Future Leaders With Program For Early Career Women

04/13/2017 - For Immediate Release

Wall, N.J. — As a part of its commitment to leadership development, New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) celebrated the achievement of 21 employees from throughout the company, as they completed a six-month intensive Leadership Development for Early Career Women program. Offered through the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations Center for Women and Work, the training provided information, insights and networks to help future women leaders achieve professional success.

“Today’s millennial women are set to take on unparalleled leadership positions, so it’s essential we help develop their executive presence,” said Rhonda Figueroa, corporate diversity officer at New Jersey Resources. “We are investing in their future with the goal of making a real-life difference by encouraging and empowering women to reach their full potential, while driving our efforts to ensure an inclusive environment.”

The inaugural program was led by Dr. Terri Boyer, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. Boyer coached the women through numerous topics — including leadership development and career branding, implicit bias and cultural competency, work-life issues and social networks, among others — to enhance their leadership skills and assist with personal goals for advancement. Additionally, program participants worked with peer coaching groups to develop and present personalized plans with actionable items to help map out potential pathways to career advancement.

The culmination of the program was a Capstone session where women leaders from NJR’s board of directors and executive management team shared their stories, experience and advice. Mariellen Dugan, chief operating officer of New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s natural gas subsidiary, reminded the program graduates, “Never approach your job from a perspective of a woman. You are a person first and quality always comes through.”

About Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations Center for Women and Work

The Center for Women and Work is a leader in research, education, and programs that promote economic and social equity for women workers, their families, and their communities. As part of its multi-faceted research and policy work, the School of Management and Labor Relations' Center for Women and Work addresses women's advancement in the workplace; provides technical assistance and programs to educators, industry and governments; and engages issues that directly affect the living standards of New Jersey’s and the nation's working families.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,300 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of nearly 280 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility and its stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P., as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

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Michael Kinney, Media

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