SHORT HILLS, N.J. — The Williams Law Group is hosting Cocktail and Conversation to help local women interested in becoming a voice for change on January 24. Women will learn how to advocate for and be heard by policymakers to improve life for local struggling families and individuals. The event is for the Northern New Jersey United Way ALICE group.  

ALICE, (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the growing number of families who are working but are unable to afford the necessities of housing, food, child care, health care.

“Participants will learn how they can influence policy change that benefits their neighbors in need, which has a positive impact throughout our communities,” said Rose Twombly, United Way’s director of Community Relations in Millburn-Short Hills.

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The expert panel discussion will focus on ABC’s of advocacy and public policy agenda as it pertains to this population. The panel features Branch Law Group founder and owner and Women United Global Leadership Council Vice Chair Michelle Branch; Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Northern New Jersey, Kiran Handa Gaudioso; and Rigby Consulting founder and owner Kevin Rigby. Williams Law Group founder and owner Allison Williams will serve as moderator.

The event costs $25 and includes light fare, soft drinks and wine. Attendees will learn about United Way’s work to help ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families and individuals. Williams Law Group is located at 830 Morris Turnpike in Short Hills.

To register: https://secure.unitedwaynnj.org/comm/SinglePageRegEvent.jsp?EventKeyHex=34363330

Women United is a philanthropic women’s group that helps the region’s ALICE population attain financial stability. Throughout the year, members are engaged in volunteer, fundraising and advocacy efforts.

Women United supports United Way scholarship programs that seek to remove the barriers that keep ALICE and those in poverty from achieving their potential. Through these scholarships, child care educators can access professional development opportunities, families can afford quality child care, and adults can pursue postsecondary education.