Coming together has never been more needed than in our current climate. While the word mentor is not foreign to many of us, the idea of being a mentor, or being a mentee might still be. Mentorship has long been an avenue to teach, coach, advise and guide those that come after us.
For those of us in it, starting new careers, or perhaps stuck in middle management; for those of us who have chosen to build our own businesses, or having inherited one; for those of us at the top of our careers, or blazing a new unexpected pathway, one thing is certain… We are better together.
When things were ‘normal’ in the workplace and working from home was only a dream of many, there were some basic challenges that we all faced: overcoming adversity in the workplace, navigating a career path and finding opportunities for growth and professional development. And, while we’ve all benefited from the roster of webinars and other virtual learning, what’s missing is the camaraderie of belonging to a group that fosters both personal and professional success.
WE Mentors are paving the way. Under the auspices of WE of Hudson County, WE Mentor will enable us to lean into valuable relationships in our lives and businesses to strengthen those bonds and ignite the power of women. Our goal in 2021 is to invest in the future of women who work, lead and live in Hudson County by creating a network of both mentors and mentees who recognize the power of these dynamically beneficial relationships.
See what your involvement can look like and how you can become a part of a great community!
WEMentors Program Creators
Elki Camacho is a Business Consultant specializing in Strategic Growth and Cultural Transformations.
By focusing on people, process and technology, Elki aids business in transforming their business models, scaling intentionally, and transforming cultures to create more profitable business.
As a champion of Women in Business and Diversity and Inclusion, Elki is an avid community mentor, and provides coaching and professional development to Women rising in their careers. She sits on the Leadership team of BNI Chapter 25, is on the Board of Women Entrepreneurs of Hudson County as well as Hudson County Chamber and is founder of WEMentors. She is the Principal and CEO of Elki Consulting Group.
Kimberley Bueno-Schonig is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and Founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Hudson County. BuenoSchonig Consulting, one of her more recent endeavors, business and career consulting services companies and individuals. She formed Women Entrepreneurs of Hudson County back in 2018 and now is one of the leading platforms for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in the area to network and collaborate in New Jersey.
She is a proud committee member of Act Now Foundation's annual gala and a proud Rotarian in Jersey City, NJ. Kelly has successfully completed a Certified Financial Services Coach Training Program and is eligible for the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coach Federation. Kelly is passionate about serving others and has developed a movement entitled the "I Deserve Project" which encompasses clarity, wellness, empowerment and financial advice. She shares her life's work and serves the world by aiding in comprehensive financial planning, producing content and events and leading individuals to become the best version of themselves through her retreats, seminars, workshops, pop-ups, masterminds and one-on one coaching experiences.
As the story goes, Michele Litzky sent out 200 resumes when she graduated from American University in 1975. If she did not accept a job in the publicity department at Bantam Books, she would be casting TV commercials (well, at this point in her career, perhaps feature films).
Bantam led to her first agency job at New York’s Softness Group – a medium sized shop that enabled Michele to get a taste of sports marketing as the Media Director of the Colgate Women’s Games. From Madison Square Garden she headed south to Winston Salem, NC as the new (and first) PR manager at L’eggs Hosiery; it was a lot more sports (the company had embarked on a 15 city road racing circuit for women only that culminated in the L’eggs Mini Marathon in NY’s Central Park) and publicizing what at the time was still a revolutionary product – stockings sold in grocery stores.
Her next stop was Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance where she ran UConn’s Connecticut Mutual Classic holiday basketball tournament. But insurance was just not her thing so when she had the opportunity to return to a New York agency to handle the Hasbro business, she jumped at the chance.
She later joined Griffin Bacal Inc., Hasbro’s ad agency and started its first in-house public relations and special events department. (She also ran Mr. Potato Head for Mayor of Boise, Idaho but he came in 4th out of six so we seldom talk about it. She’ll tell you the story if you ask.)
She left the agency in 1986 to become the Media Director of the Ralston Purina Meow-off. (It’s another great story that she’ll be happy to share.) In 1987 she became the VP/creative director of Van Vechten & Associates, a pharmaceutical PR agency that was looking to build its consumer package goods business.
Michele did that for about a year and decided she wanted more accountability. She founded Litzky Public Relations in 1988 with one client, Matchbox Toys. She’s never looked back. Her client roster grew. So did her team.
Today, LPR is a thriving, award-winning, boutique agency on the Hoboken waterfront. Known for its nimble approach, attention to detail and impeccable client service, LPR has a proven track record in business verticals that cater to children and family entertainment. Among them iconic brands like Monopoly and other Hasbro toys, National Geographic, The Carter’s Company and Oshkosh B’gosh, and Schwinn, to name a few.
Finding and keeping talent has always been a mainstay of her agency philosophy. As an adjunct professor at New York University, she met Josslynne Welch, the agency’s president (who started as an intern), who now runs the day-to-day and continues the tradition that LPR has become known for.
Looking back, Litzky never imagined she’d be at the helm of a 30+ year old agency with an amazing view of the New York skyline from her conference room.
Together WE can do anything
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