NCBW Honors 6 At Jazz Brunch on May 7
BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
WENONAH — Former Willingboro mayor Dr. Tiffani Worthy, respected local civil rights advocate Rachel Green and PHL 17 news anchor Jennifer Lewis-Hall will be two of six women honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Southern New Jersey Chapter Jazz Brunch from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Wilson’s Restaurant and Live Music in Hi-Nella.
The NCBW SNJ said in a statement on event bright will be honoring Worthy and five others “for their contributions to our communities,” calling the honorees “extraordinary women of excellence.”
Worthy, Green and Lewis-Hall will be honored with Kelly Burgess, Porshe Johnson and Mame Wilson.
The organization advocates on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. The event will feature a live jazz band, a three-course meal, and a cash bar.
Worthy served the country as an Army officer after graduating from the West Point. She has sat on the executive leadership teams at The George Washington University, M.C. Dean, a premier electrical engineering firm, Day & Zimmermann, and as an adjunct professor at Drexel University.
She and her husband founded the nonprofit All Things Are Possible (ATAP) Foundation in Willingboro. In her community, Willingboro Township, Worthy was elected to serve on Willingboro Township Council. In January 2020 she was unanimously selected by the council to serve as the mayor for two consecutive one-year terms in January. She current serves as a member of the Willingboro Township Council.
Green, who made history as the first Black woman to serve as president of the Deptford Board of Education, will receive our Candace Women of Achievement Award in the area of “Community Service.” Green has served and advocated on the educational needs, civil rights, and social justice of the children and the community in New Jersey for many years.
Some of her positions include founder and CEO of Women of Color Coalition Inc.; director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Acenda, Inc.; board member of Elect Women, NJ; and first vice president New Jersey of the State Federation of Democratic Women 2022-24.
Lewis-Hall is a dynamic and highly accomplished news anchor, producer, communications, and multimedia executive. She is committed to covering and raising awareness of complex issues that have nationwide implications. She is currently an anchor, host, and producer for WPHL-17 in Philadelphia. She is a producer and host of Politics In Focus and In Focus.
Burgess will receive NCBW’s award in health. Burgess is a licensed and registered dietitian, author, adjunct college professor and public speaker. In 2009, Burgess established To Better Health, LLC, a nutrition counseling private practice with offices in West Deptford and Cherry HilI. Her scholarly book publications include Cultural Encyclopedic of the Breast and Rape Cultures and Survivor.
Johnson NCBW’s Candace Women of Achievement Award in the area of education. She0 has dedicated her career and professional work to helping others reach their fullest potential. As a case manager for the Center for Family Services in Glassboro, Johnson advocates for her clients in areas of housing, financial, medical, educational, legal and spiritual needs.
She joined Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in 2012. At Drexel, she dedicated her work to student success. Prior to her transition to her current role at Consensys, Johnson served as the assistant director of undergraduate programs and the associate director of LeBow BRIDGE, a program created to support underrepresented students.
Wilson will receive our Candace Women of Achievement Award in the area of economic empowerment. Wilson worked in corporate America for 10 years before becoming an entrepreneur, opening an art gallery in Brooklyn. She would eventually move her business to Voorhees where her LaBelle Art Gallery now specializes in African American art. She’s business partners with her husband Mark of Wilson’s Restaurant and Live Music.
This exciting new venture was born out of a $2 million-plus renovation from the Wilsons, who took the landmark building which had been closed for four years and turned it into a stunning restaurant, lounge, and recording studio featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting and a clean, modern design that includes gorgeous hardwood floors, cobalt blue accents and a few dozen original paintings celebrating Black musicians from the Wilson’s personal collection.
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