2014 New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly Speakers
Featured Speaker
Ken Blanchard
Management Efficiency and Your Business
Ken Blanchard is among the most sought-after speakers in the country today.  His impact as a writer is also far-reaching. His phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager, has sold more than 12 million copies and remains on the best-seller list. He has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management leadership and speaking, including the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International.  When he speaks, he speaks from the heart with both warmth and humor.  He is a polished storyteller with a knack of making the seemingly-complex easy to understand.  
Anne Matthews
A Picture of Leadership
As Rotary continues to promote diversity in its membership, Anne Matthews, from Columbia, South Carolina, has made history. She was the first woman to serve as a Rotary Foundation Trustee, as a Rotary International Director and as its Vice-President.  As a members of Leadership South Carolina, she received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. An educator by profession, she is a published author and a highly-sought-after public speaker who has spoken in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. Anne is listed in Who's Who of American Women
Mary French
Founder, "The Dictionary Project"
Mary French is the founder of the Dictionary Project, one of the most popular Rotarian projects in the USA. State.  Through this project, Rotarians donate dictionaries to third graders in each community's schools.  The number of Rotary Clubs in New Jersey who participate in this project is second only to the number of participating Rotary Clubs in Florida.  Mary, a member of the Mt. Pleasant, SC Rotary Club, holds a Bachelor's degree in English with a political science minor from Charleston Southern University. She has been the Director of the Dictionary Project since 1995. She has written and published The Dictionary of Wisdom, The Best Dictionary for Students, A Student's Dictionary,  A Student's Dictionary, Canadian Edition, A Student's Dictionary & Gazetteer, Canadian Edition, and with the help of Karan and Siddarth Rai, A Student's Dictionary & Animal Gazetteer. Mary enjoys reading, walking, and traveling. Her favorite thing about her job is listening to people talk about their experiences implementing the Dictionary Project.
Susan McGahan, Esq.
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Susan McGahan, Esq., an intellectual property attorney with AT&T in Bedminster, represents the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Group, a Newark-based pro-bono group of attorneys.  Established in 2001, VLJ has grown from a grass roots effort of 30 volunteer attorneys in Essex County to a state-wide not-for-profit with five staff attorneys and more than 1,500 volunteer attorneys aiding thousands of clients each year. Its programs include free legal counsel and advice; educational seminars on various legal matters such as consumer law, bankruptcy, family law, and special education; and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues. In addition, VLJ's Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe) assists ex-offenders with civil legal issues serving as barriers to successful community reintegration. VLJ received the "Community Builder Award" from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in 2008 and was the 2007 recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association's "Annual Pro Bono Award."