CEO of Newark-based nonprofit receives women’s empowerment award

NEWARK, NJ —IFEL CEO Jill Johnson recently received the Women’s Empowerment Award from Berkeley College. As part of the seventh annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) summit titled ‘The Future Is Women’, the Women’s Empowerment Award celebrates women at the forefront of business, government, media, public health, entertainment, fashion and more.

Jill Johnson is the co-founder and CEO of the Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), a non-profit business advisory organization that she founded with her father in 2002.

Thanks to its visionary leadership, IFEL has created an innovative platform enabling companies to accelerate their growth thanks to three flagship programs: Small Businesses Need Us, Women of Color Connecting with the “Success Circles” model and The Making of Black Angels .

Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience as a business strategist with expertise in financial analysis, marketing and business development. She is an advocate for community businesses and microenterprises and is a leading authority and champion for inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems, speaking on topics such as community economic development, developing business plans, female entrepreneurship, the growth of small businesses and the creation of a new paradigm for access to capital. .

“I am proud to receive this very special award, which highlights the incredible achievements of women past and present and honors their courage to change society and advance opportunities for more women in the future,” Johnson said .

Berkeley College Vice President of Communications and External Relations Angela Harrigton, Founder of Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, said: “We believe that making women’s voices heard is an important part of building a fair society and offers our students a place where they can be inspired and introduced to movers and shakers, who at one time were like them.

“Bringing this inspiration to our students is amazing,” she said.

Mara R. Wilmoth