LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two decades ago, Nancy Josephs took a risk when she left her job as a management consultant in the healthcare field to co-start a business in a very different industry, one she was not familiar with. What she did have was a desire and drive to learn.
Diving into a niche market of litigation services was not easy, she admits.
“Newcomers were not readily accepted and certainly not at the helm of an organization,” she said. “It took about 5-7 years for industry experts to recognize the value and knowledge I brought to the profession.”
Josephs is now CEO of Veritext Legal Solutions, a company she co-founded in 1997 and has now grown to become the largest deposition services company internationally with a network of 130 offices across the U.S. and in Canada.
Veritext provides support services for parties involved in litigation, so that the truth is captured accurately and efficiently. Josephs works out of the company headquarters in Livingston, where she is also a resident.
Before co-founding Veritext, Josephs spent 15 years as a management consultant, providing services to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. She’s held roles of Vice President with Bronner Slosberg and Humphrey, President and Founder of Brookshire Enterprises, and Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche.
A Massachusetts native, Josephs has an MBA and Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Outside of her work, Josephs stays busy as a single parent to her daughter, Annie, 18. She is also involved in the Women in America program, a businesswomen’s mentoring program. She’s been a board member of Veritext since its founding, and this will be her first time serving on a Y board.
“It’s time to invest more in the community than I have,” she said.
She was put in contact with the Metro Ys through a friend and Y employee, and was approached by Metro YMCAs President CEO Richard K. Gorab about joining the Board of Directors.
“We are grateful to have an experienced business leader and Executive like Nancy who believes in our mission and shares the same passion for communicating our value and impact,” said Gorab.
Josephs’ daughter has attended the Y’s after-school program in Livingston, but it wasn’t until Josephs took a closer look at the Y to see how much the organization offers for the community, and for people of all ages and abilities. She’s particularly inspired by this message of diversity of inclusion.
“Where I think I can help is in broadening the vision and branding, and getting the word out there about these amazing resources not everyone knows about. I think I can really add value in that respect,” she said.
Having gone through many iterations of her own business has given her a unique perspective on building a brand and a growth business, she added.