Our Board

Our board is comprised of accomplished, experienced professionals & entrepreneurs- dedicated to helping

Alyce Hackett

“I was fortunate to have mentors lend a helping hand on the path of my career. I am gratified that my volunteering at the WCEC helps give women entrepreneurs the tools for growth they may not otherwise have access to. My passion and commitment, along with that of our dedicated board and management team, is to maintain a high level of education programs that help our mentees enjoy success and growth as women-owned businesses are being acknowledged as a force in our economy.”


“As a female entrepreneur in a challenging field, I think it’s important to give back to other female entrepreneurs. The WCEC is a valuable resource for those starting out in business and those currently in business for themselves. I want to be part of that community and offer my skills and resources to help.”

Robin Tabakin
VP of Education

“The WCEC has been instrumental in helping many women build their businesses from the ground up. I’ve seen numerous startups advance to the next level with the help of devoted counselors and trainers as well as programming that is designed specifically to meet the needs of women business owners. Everyone at the WCEC is dedicated to the success of their clients!”

Siobhain Towell

“I joined the WCEC because I’m passionate about women supporting other women. Whether they are trying to start or grow their own business or making a difference in the corporate world, women need access to the resources and network to help them be successful. I’m thrilled to be part of the difference the WCEC can make for women entrepreneurs in helping them achieve this success.” 

Dyan Bryson
Board Member

“I joined the board of the WCEC because I know, first-hand, how tough it is for a woman to start and grow a business.  I was looking for an opportunity to help the organization that has helped me. I have benefitted from the programs and relationships I have that have come through the WCEC. I look forward to helping the WCEC do more of that good work, support building relationships with people who serve as mentors, sounding boards, and advisors for that woman courageous enough to take the risk and become an entrepreneur.”

Board Member

“When I had started my business earlier in my career, gaining nonprofit development experience, growing my knowledge and expertise, and gaining the awareness about resources available to small business owners through organizations such as WCEC was instrumental to me and had a major impact on my success as an entrepreneur. As a member of the WCEC Board, I hope to pay it forward to the next generation of women leaders by engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow through WCEC programs and resources. Women entrepreneurs are important for a number of reasons from creation of job opportunities, to promoting social change, and ultimately being catalysts for innovation and economic development. Supporting women in innovation and entrepreneurship has been my passion, and an area of research interest.”

Jeremy Grunin
Board Member

“I’ve been very fortunate to have many strong women in my life who have dedicated their time and talents to excel in fields that have been mostly male dominated. My mother and grandmother were both integral parts of the family businesses – my mother, a co-owner and partner of a law firm and my grandmother, an operations manager of the family shoe store. This was especially significant at the time because men typically filled those roles. I witnessed their struggles and strength to overcome obstacles as they tried to gain the respect of others and establish their businesses. Personally, it’s important for me to work to ensure women have equal access to opportunities, funding, resources and mentorship in the business world. I’m proud to join an organization that is empowering women, fueling women-owned businesses and helping our economy thrive.”

Weld Royal
Board Member

“Two conflicting ideas inspired me to serve the WCEC. I know that “women hold up half the sky” and they don’t receive what’s needed to sustain and grow that heavy lift. Women entrepreneurs symbolize this challenge. They scale their businesses slower than men. Why? They may lack funds, the right connections or training.  If women could build their companies at the same rate as male-founded businesses, they would contribute about $12 trillion dollars to the world economy. The WCEC is helping to close that gap and I’m dedicated to serving its mission.”

Judith Sheft
Board Member

“My experience is that if women owned businesses receive support and resources to start, grow and sustain their businesses they can be as successful as their male counterparts. The WCEC helps NJ’s women entrepreneurs get access to this needed training, guidance , mentoring and peer support. I am proud to be affiliated with an organization that helps grow NJ’s economy by helping the small business sector thrive.”

Tania Shehzad
Board Member

“As a budding female entrepreneur in 2010, I realized first-hand that women face three obstacles specifically when starting a new business: experience, mentorship and funding. I quit because I couldn’t overcome the obstacles. My mission is to help future and existing women business owners realize their dreams by raising awareness of all that WCEC has to offer.”

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