RIVERDALE, N.J. – Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey will honor five local women and one of the first Girl Scout patronesses at the 31st Women of Achievement event on March 22nd at The Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, N.J. This event also marks the Girl Scouts’ Centennial Celebration, officially celebrated on March 12th.
This prestigious group of honorees includes Lourdes Cortez, President and CEO of North Jersey Federal Credit Union. As a former Girl Scout, Cortez states, “Even as a little girl, I had big dreams. Being a Girl Scout taught me to not just believe in those dreams, or even to just follow my dreams. Being a Girl Scout taught me that I already had everything I needed to make my dreams come true. I learned self-confidence and self-reliance. I learned that I mattered. I learned the value of teamwork and respecting others. I learned that I could accomplish anything!”
Cortez hails from Paterson, N.J. and is the first Latina CEO of a credit union in New Jersey. In 1984, she began as an entry-level teller at North Jersey Federal and served in several positions before being promoted to her current position in 2005. Cortez led her credit union to be recognized as Credit Union of the Year by the New Jersey Credit Union League in 2010. Lourdes recently received the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce 2010 Star Award in Business, NJBIZ’ Best Fifty Women in Business, and the 2010 Salute to the Policy Makers Award by the Executive Women of NJ.
For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Tanis at (973) 248-8200, ext. 4604 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Women of Achievement Web site at www.gsnnj.org/WOA2012.