RIVERDALE, August 30, 2020 — Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will honor Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown, at its annual Women of Achievement fundraising gala, now a virtual event being held on Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.

Sumpter joins fellow honorees Charlotte Abella, Vice President of Marketing
If You Care® / Source Atlantique, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs; and BD Women’s Initiative Network, BD, of Franklin Lakes, which includes Monica Council-Miles, Manager, Social Investing, Jennifer Singelyn Dietrich, Senior Program Manager, and Luba DeGroat, IP Operations Manager. 

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will also honor Megan Lunde, of Madison, Customer Success Manager, Amperity, with the Elinor J. Ferdon Young Woman of Promise Award; and Jean Myers, of Teaneck, GSNNJ volunteer and leader, with the Mitzi Golbek Spirit of Girl Scouting Award.

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“Thank you to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey for all that they do to help prepare, encourage and support the next generation of young women leaders, and for recognizing me and the rest of the gala’s honorees,” said Sumpter. “Together, we are helping lay the groundwork for future female corporate executives, philanthropic chairwomen and community organizers. Thanks in large part to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, I know our future is in good hands.”

Under Sumpter's leadership, Atlantic Health System, which has 17,000 team members and more than 400 sites of care, was honored for the 12th consecutive year as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Sumpter was honored with the 2018 Great Place to Work for All Leadership Award, designed to recognize the strategic and cultural influence of talented women leaders from Fortune 100-recognized organizations.

In her position, Sumpter and her team encourage the alignment and development of AHS caregivers; promote health and wellness; foster diversity and inclusion; and extend system initiatives connected to sustainability, charitable giving, and community involvement.

Prior to joining Atlantic Health, Sumpter served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Learning at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sumpter holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Management from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Women of Achievement online with this professionally produced fundraiser and celebration of female empowerment.  Dollars raised help expand the impact and reach of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in northern New Jersey. The event will also feature a live broadcast component. In addition to honoring the 2020 women for their personal and professional accomplishments, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey is welcoming back many of the honorees from the previous 40 years. This year’s program theme is Invest in Girls. Change the World. 

Girl Scouts will also participate in the event, conducting interviews with the honorees. The event will also feature a silent auction which will be available several days before and a few hours after the event. 

Tickets are $40 per person for Gala Access and $100 for the Gala Experience, which includes Gala Access and a gala goodie bag which will be mailed to the home in advance of the event. VIP tickets, which include a listing in the tribute journal and access to a special VIP Happy Hour, are $250. Guests from area corporations and the community-at-large are welcome to help honor these women by attending the virtual event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in the tribute journal, participating in the silent auction or making a donation. Tickets and full details about Women of Achievement can be found at www.gsnnj.org/woa

Major event sponsors to date include Atlantic Health System, BD, If You Care, Inserra Supermarkets, IT Radix, Kearny Bank, Lakeland Bank, Palmer & Cay, Visions Federal Credit Union, UPS, and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

Proceeds from Women of Achievement will provide opportunities for girls to participate in girl-led programming such as STEM, outdoors, financial literacy, civic advocacy, and healthy living; recruit volunteers and provide them with training and the tools needed to engage and mentor girls; give access to age-appropriate materials, activities, and resources to inspire girls; and reach more girls by providing scholarships and financial assistance to those in need.

For more information about the event, for sponsorship opportunities, or tickets, contact Sam Varga, Director of Individual Giving and Special Events, at (973) 248-8200, e-mail svarga@gsnnj.org, or visit the Women of Achievement website at www.gsnnj.org/woa. Checks may be sent to Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, 95 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Riverdale, NJ.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, call (973) 248-8200 or visit www.gsnnj.org. Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls. In Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to create positive change in their own communities.

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves over 26,000 girls and almost 14,000 adults for a total membership of over 40,000.


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