The NJCU Leadership Awards will be celebrated on May 31
New Jersey City University (NJCU) has announced that the 2022 NJCU Leadership Awards – the institution’s annual celebration of those who have made a lasting impact on society in Jersey City and the greater Hudson County area – will will be held on Tuesday, May 31. at 6 p.m. at the Liberty House, located at 76 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City.
Presented by the NJCU Foundation, this year’s theme will be Celebrating Transformational Impact, and the university will honor four individuals in the categories of Service, Arts, Innovation and Legacy.
Beginning the week of March 28, NJCU will unveil one winner per week. For more information about the 2022 NJCU Leadership Awards and to purchase tickets, visit njcu.edu/gala.
The first recipient this year will be New Jersey Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight, recognized in the Service category. Originally elected in 2015 as the first African-American congresswoman for New Jersey’s 31st District, McKnight is currently serving her fourth term in the state Legislature where she was named Deputy Majority Leader. Assembly this session.
In the Legislative Assembly, McKnight serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Senior Services and vice-chair of the Assembly Women’s and Children’s Committee, while also serving as a member of the Assembly. Homeland Security and State Readiness Assembly. This month, she was named the new chair of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.
“Every day I have the opportunity to make an impact,” McKnight said when asked what inspires him to be a leader. “I decided to live a life of service to others. Whether I help one person or many people, I choose to help and support however I can. I strongly believe that people take the time to do what they want to do. Your legacy is created by your actions!
Outside of Trenton, McKnight is also a Certified Senior Counselor (CSA). Additionally, she is the founder and CEO of the non-profit 501(c)3 organization AngelaCARES, Inc. AngelaCARES, Inc. headquartered in Jersey City – whose mission is to serve as a system of defense and support for the elderly, their caregivers and a mentor for the young by educating and empowering them to volunteer, thus strengthening communities by improving the quality of life across these generations.
McKnight has a proven history of service to its community. Certified in the New Jersey State Health Insurance Assistance (SHIP) program, she served as vice president of the Greenville Community Partnership, chair of the Hudson County Long-Term Recovery Committee, counselor for PURE IMAGES, Inc., Chair of Hudson County Long-Term Recovery Committee, Advisor to Forever Girls Inc., Member of Lutheran Senior LIFE Advisory Committee, Chair of Board of Directors Member of Alliance Community Healthcare, Board Essex and Hudson Counties RSVP Center Advisory, Jersey City School Community Charter Board Member, United Way of Hudson County Board Member, Jersey City Public Advisory Board Member Schools Community Schools, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jersey City Community Charter School, Advisory Board Member of NJCU Health Sciences, Honorary Member of the Jersey City Golden Door Rotary Club , treasurer of Black Wall Street Jersey City and member of the advisory board of Jersey City Write on Sport.
“Leadership is when a person inspires, educates, and empowers others to do their best individually and with a team, as well as providing support along the way,” McKnight said in Defining Leadership. . “For me, being a leader gives me the opportunity to nurture others on a daily basis. A leader encourages a person to capitalize on their strengths and identify their weaknesses in order to grow. As a leader, I have the ability to listen , to communicate with transparency, to promote creativity, to support, to acquire additional knowledge to apply and the ability to promote self-responsibility.
His passion and drive to help others and his community and his belief that helping, mentoring, empowering and supporting are key factors in having a positive impact on people’s lives, was celebrated as recipient of numerous awards throughout his life.
McKnight is a mother of two and a grandmother, resides in her hometown of Jersey City with her high school sweetheart.
About the NJCU Leadership Awards
Launched in 2018, the NJCU Leadership Awards were designed to honor, promote, and encourage the exemplary efforts of individuals and organizations that have made and continue to make exemplary contributions to our society. The NJCU last hosted the leadership event in 2019, before the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Past honorees include 2018 honorees, Mayor of Jersey City, Steven M. Fulop (Service), Angelo J. Genova, Esq., Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chairman, Genova Burns, Attorneys (Innovation), Stefania Panepinto, Founder, Panepinto Galleries (Arts) and the late Thomas Stanton, Jr., Jersey City banker, visionary and driving force in the rebirth of his hometown (Legacy, awarded posthumously); and the 2019 Honorees Hon. Frank J. Guarini (Service), Meredith Burns, Executive Director, Art House Productions (Arts), Joseph F. Scott, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Transformation, RWJ Barnabas Health (Innovation), and the late Glenn D. Cunningham, Former Mayor of Jersey City, 2001-2004 (Legacy, awarded posthumously).
About the NJCU Foundation
NJCU is fully dedicated to providing the best, most affordable education to its students, along with state-of-the-art on-campus facilities and amenities that increase learning and support personal development. Philanthropic donations are essential to achieve this. The NJCU Foundation Board of Trustees empowers this work by guiding philanthropic efforts and serving as ambassadors for NJCU.
The mission of the NJCU Foundation is to support New Jersey City University as it transforms into a nationally recognized leader in urban public education while maintaining its commitment to transforming the lives and livelihoods of its diverse student body.