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Notable Women of New Jersey 2021

Each year we celebrate Women’s History Month by inviting some of the state’s most accomplished women to speak at the library. Our annual panel of Notable Women of New Jersey takes a new form this year as we welcome two of last year’s panelists online via Zoom. We hope that you will join us.

Click the image to learn more about JoAnne and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt
Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm.

JoAnne Taylor Babbitt is co-founder and Vice President of the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, a non-profit organization named in memory of her son who died of cardiac arrest at age 16 from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing basketball with friends in his school gym. Ms. Babbitt has dedicated her efforts in support of the foundation’s objectives to install Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all places of public assembly, including proposing legislation and lobbying for state-level laws expanding the use of AEDs. Her activities also include working with municipalities, schools, and other organizations on policies and procedures to support the purchase and maintenance of AEDs and development of Sudden Cardiac Arrest plans.

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Click the image to learn more about Rosie and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region

Rosie Taravella
Wednesday, March 31 at 7 pm

Rosie Taravella is the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of New Jersey. Ms. Taravella joined the Red Cross in 2012 as a regional executive officer of the American Red Cross of Central New York, overseeing the organization’s operations throughout 16 central New York counties. In late 2014 the region was expanded to include Western New York overseeing 26 counties as CEO of the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York.  At the national level, Ms. Taravella serves as Co-Sponsor of the American Red Cross Women’s Resource Group, and frequently pilots national programs in the New Jersey Region.  In May 2020, she partnered with Governor Murphy and University Hospital to increase COVID convalescent plasma donation access for survivors of the virus.  She was also named one of New Jersey’s “Best Fifty Women in Business” by NJBIZ.

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