Annual Regional Women’s Educational Leadership Forum and Luncheon
March 1, 2019 – 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.
The Westwood, 438 North Ave Garwood, NJ
Registration Fee $40 - includes lunch
Heather O'Rourke started reporting traffic in the tri-state area in 1992. She started as an intern and quickly rose up the ranks to a full-time traffic reporter in 1994. She became a part of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News in 2002 as the afternoon traffic reporter. Heather joined the morning team in January of 2013.
Heather graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Media. In August of 2018, Heather also graduated from Rutgers Graduate School of Education with a Master of Education degree. She has reported traffic on almost every radio station in the tri-state area and she also served as the fill-in news anchor for six years on WPLJ-FM's morning show. She is a four-time nominee and the 2001 recipient of the Achievement in Radio Award for Best Traffic Reporter. In 2012, Heather received The George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award from Cook College - Rutgers University.
Michelle Charlesworth is a reporter and co-anchor of WABC-TV's popular Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday Morning program. Since joining the Eyewitness News team in 1998, Michelle has reported news from Israel and the occupied territories to Oscar's Red Carpet, but she is probably best known for her award-winning reports on her personal battle with skin cancer. She has been honored with the prestigious Gold Triangle Award for Journalism.
Michelle is also host of WABC-TV's Emmy Award-winning special programs, Broadway Backstage - a look at the upcoming spring and fall theater seasons, and Above and Beyond - a salute to local high school students and teachers who have made a difference in their schools and communities.
Marisa Spagnoletti, owner of Lucy’s Gift and founder of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation, has devoted recent years of her life to giving back to the community and those in need as a way of honoring her late husband, Maurice, who was tragically murdered in Puerto Rico in 2011.
Her philanthropic efforts began with a benefit handbag auction five years ago, which has emerged as an annual tradition as a way of raising money. Since then, she has traded her day job as a veteran marketing professional at a renowned banking institution to open Lucy’s Gift shop in Florham Park, which serves as a vehicle for giving back.