Correction, April 21, 2023, 4:37 p.m.: The program described in this article was co-hosted by TechUnited:NJ and NextTech Communications. An earlier version of the story omitted NextTech Communications.
HOLMDEL, NJ (SBN) — Surrounded by the historic Bell Works complex, once the home of Bell Labs, a panel of three successful women technology entrepreneurs discussed career strategies in the tech industry during the first “NJ Women in Tech” panel hosted by TechUnited:NJ, a trade association that provides business development, education, networking, and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy for the state and region’s technology businesses, and NextTech Communications, an integrated communications agency “for companies that break barriers and redefine boundaries.”
As Apple TV film crews wrapped up a day of filming for the streaming service’s tech thriller series, “Severance,” the panel and about 60 attendees assembled in the facility’s 300-seat auditorium to discuss ways to help women broaden their career ambitions and outlooks. Directory panels that normally show the location of Bell Works tenant offices were dressed up for Lumon Corporation, the fictional biotech company in “Severance.” (Pictured at left, SBN news director Steve Lubetkin and his wife Judy with the directory sign.)
The panelists were: Jasmine Ward, Vice President, Strategy & Operations at TechUnited:NJ; Jenna Gaudio, Chief Operating Officer of Vidya, and Amanda Pietrocola, President & CEO of Momentum Technology. Moderating the panel was Janine Savarese, CEO, NextTech Communications.
You can hear the complete panel in this SBN Newsmakers podcast.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at email@example.com.