NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka joins us to talk about a year in the pandemic and how the Association is working to help businesses through it. In addition, because the one-year anniversary of the day we went remote happens to coincide with Kate’s favorite holiday, the group shares their favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
Ep.3 Michele Siekerka, President and CEO of New Jersey Business & Industry Association
Showing Up as a Leader
WINGS for Growth presents "Showing up as a leader" with Michele Siekerka. Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), leads the nation’s largest, most influential employers’ organization. In this episode, Michele talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and her journey of leadership experiences that shaped her to be who she is today. She is one of the most influential leaders in the state of New Jersey (NJ). She says showing up as a leader during a business crisis is about knowing where people are and being empathetic while holding them accountable.Quotes:You cannot fake passion. It is about preparation and confidence, which shows your commitment to whatever you are doing. What does not kill you makes you stronger.Women are innately entrepreneurial. To be an employer from being an employee, you need vision, dream but most importantly, you need a plan and cabinet of advisers. Seize the day; something good happens every day. To recover gracefully from mishaps, lean In, listen, reset, and own it. Guest Bio:Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President & CEO of the NJBIA, advocates on behalf of NJ's large & small businesses for policies that will make NJ more affordable & regionally competitive. Under Siekerka’s leadership, NJBIA’s award-winning research on outmigration documented the loss of $24 billion in wealth from NJ over 12 years & set the agenda in Trenton for the enactment of a series of important pro-business reforms.Siekerka has been at the forefront of efforts to build more effective workforce development alliances in NJ between academia, business & government. The NJBIA Postsecondary Education Task Force’s yearlong study of NJ’s highest-in-the-nation millennial outmigration produced a 13-point action plan that is driving policymakers’ discussions on how to retain our future workforce.Siekerka came to NJBIA in 2014 from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she last served in the critical position of Deputy Commissioner. At DEP, Siekerka's role was key in restoring NJ after Superstorm Sandy: coordinating funding, outreach & resources to rebuild environmental infrastructure.An attorney by trade, Siekerka was the president & CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Sr. legal counsel & VP of human resources with the Automobile Association of America, & a partner in a Mercer County law firm. She is also on the board of directors of Investors Bancorp; The NJ Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; Choose NJ; the NJ Innovation Institute and Junior Achievement of NJ. About WINGS:Hope you like what you heard. Give us your feedback and let us know what are other topics you like to hear about. Follow us on:LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org. Many women reach the cusp of leadership and never make the leap. WINGS is strategically positioned to serve this population. 1st woman founded nonprofit, academically-backed, High-Touch, Results-Oriented, 10-month leadership program that fosters mindset and behavior which leads to systematic change. WINGS’s - accelerates thousands more women toward leadership roles in a way that’s never been done before.Sign up to be a WINGS Mentee or Mentor at www.wingsforgrowth.org
Michele Siekerka, President and CEO of NJBIA, representing over 1 million New Jersey employees, widely covered across New Jersey media outlets on policy matters, joins us to discuss NJBIA's role and the current state of New Jersey's economy
Garden State Debate
Michele Siekerka, President and CEO of New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), representing over 1 million employees in New Jersey through its membership, joins us to discuss the following and much more:1) NJBIA's background, organization, and role it serves within New Jersey2) Pre-Covid business climate, wealth migration, and state business trends 3) Covid pandemic impact on NJBIA, it's members, changes in business trends 4) Federal CARES Act I $2.4bn received by New Jersey and it's status of use of funds5) FY 2021 NJ Budget, emergency borrowing, pension funding, impacts to crowding out spending6) Emergency borrowing in detail, impacts to credit ratings and future borrowing7) What's keeping residents and businesses in New Jersey?8) Final thoughts, individual and business rent relief, gas tax and toll hikes, 'infrastructure drives economy', when will the economy recover, and what drives Michele Siekerka's passion for New Jersey's businesses?
The former Deputy Commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection, Michele Siekerka now serves as the top executive for New Jersey’s largest member organization, NJBIA (NJ Business & Industry Association), comprised of 20,000 member companies. Michele and her organization ensures that New Jersey’s business climate is competitive by way of taxes, costs of doing business and cutting red tape. They provide business resources and programs that support business sustainability in NJ and work with the state administration and legislature on policy issues to advance a positive business climate. Michele was kind enough to join Mitch for this episode, recorded right in the middle of the Coronavirus crisis. She offers a lot of insight about the state of business in New Jersey and how we move forward in light of all recent circumstances. Michele's and NJBIA's contact info:www.njbia.orgMichele's email: email@example.comLink to Education Equation Report mentioned in the episode: https://njbia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/EducationEquation.pdf For more information about the podcast in general, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please review us on Apple Podcasts and Podchaser and I always welcome Google reviews for the legal practice from former clients. Thanks for your continued support! You can also follow the podcast on LinkedIn or Facebook.