On November 12, 2020, United Way of Greater Mercer County, along with Thomas Edison State University (TESU), will be hosting an informative panel on the challenges our community has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the event, attendees will discuss the current health, financial and educational insecurities the county continues to process through and the ways in which key organizations have responded to these various challenges and their plans on moving forward.

“We’re going to have five panelists and a moderator who will be talking about how COVID has impacted organizations, how they’re able to pivot as a result of the crisis that hit in march and how financial and educational securities are being impacted as a result of COVID,” said Jessica Figueroa, Marketing Manager at United Way of Greater Mercer County.

Change Agent and Public Speaker, Taneshia Nash Laird will be moderating the panel of organizational leaders as they discuss their company’s current status and updates. The panel will include Dr. Kemi Alli, Chief Executive Officer of Henry J. Austin Health Center; Marygrace Billek, Director of Human Services, Mercer County; Dr. Leticia Ferri, Global Lead for Organization for Latino Achievement (OLA) at Bristol-Myers Squibb; Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador, and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson Company; and Robin Walton, VP, Community and State University Government Relations, (TESU).

The panel itself will run from 9:00 a.m to 10:15 a.m. and is open to the public. Registration cost $25. United Way of Greater Mercer County hopes the panel will provide an understanding of where our community currently resides within the wave of the pandemic.

“We want to make sure that the public knows how COVID is impacting in the different sectors and how they can move forward and how these organizations have learned to cope and pivot,” Figueroa said. “It’s not geared towards just the non-profits or just for the corporations .We hope to see a mix of attendees because this is something that is impacting all of us.”