Above: GSNNJ Board Chair Bette M. Simmons, Ed.D., Vice President, Student Development & Enrollment Management, County College of Morris; Women of Achievement 2021 honoree Kay Fernandez, Global DX Branding & Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta; GSNNJ President & Chief Executive Officer Betty A. Garger; and GSNNJ Media Girl Scout Kathryn Tucker
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. announced that Kay Fernandez, global DX branding and senior vice president, Marketing has been honored by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as part of its 2021 Women of Achievement Event. The 41st annual event, held on June 6, 2021 at Lake Rickabear Camp in Kinnelon, New Jersey, honored four women from the region who have made a substantial impact on their communities and industries and serve as positive role models for girls.
Fernandez leads the creation of marketing strategies for Konica Minolta as a member of the executive team. Through digital disruption, she works to improve the value Konica Minolta delivers to customers, partners and employees. A strong advocate of women in the workplace, Fernandez established the Step Forward Program at Konica Minolta to inspire women in professional excellence. The program is open to all employees, specifically helping women develop leadership skills and men to understand how they can impact change. Since its inception, the company has seen a 30 percent increase in female executive managers and a 14 percent increase in female mid-level managers.
“This is an amazing honor and I was so grateful to be included in this year’s event,” said Kay Fernandez, global DX branding and senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta. “It’s tremendously important to invest in our future leaders, and I am particularly proud to be part of an organization that supports programs to encourage women to aspire to leadership roles.”
“Kay is an inspiration to everyone at Konica Minolta and we are proud to see her receive this well-deserved honor,” said Sam Errigo, COO, Konica Minolta. “As a key member of our executive leadership team, Kay continually strives to spark engagement from our employees through programs that make an impact and inspire change within our company and community.”
For the past 41 years, GSNNJ has celebrated extraordinary local women leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments at the annual Women of Achievement gala. This year’s program theme was “Invest in Girls. Change the World.”
“We are honored to recognize Kay as one of our Women of Achievement recipients for 2021,” said Betty Garger, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “Kay’s dedication to such a wide variety of programs, both inside and outside of Konica Minolta, that support women and other worthy causes demonstrate her commitment to advancing the lives of girls and women in our local community and beyond. She is a true role model in leadership for our Girl Scouts this year.”
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