Emerge New Jersey will host its First Annual Building The Bench Breakfast on Tuesday, May 3rd from 8am to 10am at the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) office in Trenton, New Jersey.

The Building The Bench Breakfast will have a political panel moderated by award-winning reporter, Deb Howlett. The panel has four Democratic female legislators sharing their journey to elected office and how women can work together to overcome the challenges they face today. The following legislators are on the Building The Bench Breakfast panel: Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D), Senator Nellie Pou (D), Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D) and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D).

“I know firsthand the difficulties facing these women because I have lived it. The road to becoming the first woman to represent the 14th Legislative District in the Senate has not been without challenges, but it has been very rewarding for me. I believed I could be a senator and a wife and a mother, and I am,” said Senator Greenstein. “I had to overcome the obstacles that were in front of me and I want Emerge New Jersey's 2016 class to do the same. They need to take the words ‘I can’t’ out of their vocabularies and replace them with ‘I can.’ By doing so, they will pave their own paths to win elected office in their communities.”

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In addition to the panel, four female movers and shakers will be honored by Emerge New Jersey with a "Bench Builder" award for their efforts in building the bench of Democratic female leaders in their communities and around the state. The following four females are being honored: Sonia Delgado, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group; Lillian A. Plata, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC; Ginger Gold Schnitzer, NJEA Government Relations Director; and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

The First Annual Building The Bench Breakfast is being held to recognize female leaders in New Jersey, both elected and non-elected, who are working to build the bench of women who are grounded in Democratic values and principles. This first annual event strives to educate attendees on the challenges women face when they run for elected office, inspire attendees to become more politically active in their local communities and engage attendees through some of the state's prominent female legislators.

General admission tickets are available for $75 per person for the Building The Bench Breakfast. Sponsor opportunities are available in two levels: the gold package ($1,000) and the silver ($500) package. Both tickets and sponsors can be purchased here: http://www.emergenj.org/content/emerge-new-jerseys-first-annual-building-bench-breakfast-0

 The RSVP deadline for the event is Friday, April 29th.