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The Moxie Exchange “A Woman’s Movement” To Hold Inaugural Program at the Wilshire Grand Hotel

Credits: Gayle Naftaly
Credits: Helen Denise
Credits: Nancy Malloy
Credits: Jackie Schatell

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The national Moxie Exchange Movement has arrived in New Jersey, with the first chapter in Essex County. This month, the Moxie Exchange group is moving into its new meeting headquarters, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, in West Orange where it will hold the inaugural program, on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

The program is designed to help women business owners, executives and entrepreneurs benefit from connecting, collaborating and growing together. The goal of The Moxie Exchange Movement is to shake up the status quo and get real results in a joyous atmosphere,” said chapter founder, Gayle Naftaly, a West Orange business owner and Essex County Executive of The Moxie Exchange Movement. “We believe in the power of businesswomen to change the world for the better.”

“In my new position as sales manager for meetings and conventions, at The Wilshire Grand, I am delighted to be a part of promoting this exciting women’s organization.” said Jac’lynn Johnson.

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“My team and I are thrilled to sponsor this innovative and upcoming group of business women,” said Ed Reagoso, General Manager at The Wilshire Grand.

Not only is the Moxie Exchange group holding its first meeting this month, it is also announcing its founding Advisory Board Members: Nancy Molloy, managing director of Complistaff,  and charter member of the NYC chapter; Helen Denise, CEO of Hilin, Inc.; and Jackie Schatell, co-managing editor of The Alternative Press of Livingston, and The Alternative Press of West Orange.

“I'm excited that Essex County women are joining the thriving Moxie community,” said Moxie Exchange Founder, Maureen Berkner Boyt. “There is much momentum and so much great business progress being made around the country. I know the New Jersey women will add to and gain from being a part of it all.”

The Moxie Exchange Movement is not a networking group; instead, it is a structured professional organization for women to tap into the intellect, ideas and experience of some of the smartest women in the area. Members learn from and share best leadership and learning practices with one another.

Moxie believes that women are great at building relationships and there's a special connection that gets created when accomplished women join forces. But one thing is often missing when women gather—real business and leadership conversations. Moxie offers a structure and process that drives progress and results. As one Moxie member stated, "There's not a wasted minute in these meetings." With those two elements dancing the tango, the impact is huge. Moxie members leave meetings inspired, energized and focused, with new ideas and insights and a plan to make them happen.

Each meeting has four parts.

  • Part 1—Members are inspired by national thought-leaders in a TED-talk like format. Topics include: technology trends, creating candor in the workplace, innovation and creativity, and culture building, etc. Members also review ideas and insights gained from the speaker, and work together to determine how they are going to implement those ideas.
  • Part 2—Participants are focused on priorities and setting monthly goals using a Moxie planning tool and dedicated time in the meeting. Moxie adheres to the rule that people who write their goals down are 90% more likely to achieve them, so Moxie sets members up to succeed and outperform the 95% of the population who don’t bother with written goals.
  • Part 3—Attendees share and get feedback from their monthly advisory board to help them with a professional best practice, or a problem or opportunity that they may have. Each month, they walk out of the meeting with actionable ideas and insights on how to move forward and generate results. There’s no guessing about what’s taken place, what was learned, and what action is going to be taken. Month after month, Moxie members build on what they’ve learned, take action, and become stronger as a result.
  • Part 4 – Guests sit back, mingle and enjoy cocktails, while continuing to connect with the other women in the room.

“We’re shaking up the status quo,” said Molloy. “We provide learning, inspiration, momentum and results.”

“Women thrive through Moxie, as women are authentic and go out of their way to help each other,” said Naftaly.

 “I have been working on motivation, positive thinking, actions, commitment and accountability with women business owners, executives and entrepreneurs for many years, and I have a need to help elevate all women to focus on a positive and upward growth pattern.”

“If you are an ambitious woman looking to reach success, then The Moxie Exchange is for you,” said Denise.

The Moxie Exchange Movement is a thriving community of corporations and women committed to women’s leadership development and growth. Through custom corporate programs, local chapters and online leadership programs, Moxie is elevating the conversation professional women are having, which is enabling them to change the face of leadership in the business world. Moxie is also dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of fearless female leaders through The Go Girl Project, its “daughter” organization. To learn more please visit

Seating is limited.  Call Gayle at (917) 821-6576 to reserve your seat. People from all over NJ including Livingston, West Orange, Millburn/Short Hills, the Caldwells, etc. are invited to attend.

Editor's Note: The Moxie Exchange is an advertiser on For advertising information, please call (973) 220-9237 or email

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