Mildred Crump Honored for Empowering Newark Women

Mildred Crump will be featured in the November issue of Oprah’s “O” magazine in partnership with the White House Project, a non-profit focused on empowering women.  Watch your news stand (or this space!) for the issue, coming out in a couple of weeks.

Newark City Councilmember and creator of an innovative program to empower young women in public housing;

Tri-State Women Leaders Featured in This Month’s O, The Oprah Magazine

Locals Win Coveted Spot in The White House Project-O Magazine Women Rule! Leadership Training Program; Only Eighty Winners Selected From Thousands of Contestants in Nationwide Search for Outstanding Women Leaders

New York, NY – Sixteen diverse women from the Tri-State area are featured in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine – hitting newsstands October 14th – after winning a coveted spot in the first-ever Women Rule! Leadership Training Program. The White House Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization aimed to advance women’s leadership, created the groundbreaking three-day training program designed especially for O readers who show leadership potential and have a vision for what to do with it.

Over 3,000 phenomenal women from all 50 states applied for a spot in the innovative training; only 80 were selected. Among the training’s participants were:


  • Deborah Berebichez, a Mexican-American physicist in New York City, whose “Science of Everyday Life” program encourages young women to identify and pursue careers in science and technology;
  • Mildred Crump, Newark City Councilmember and creator of an innovative program to empower young women in public housing;
  • Tamara Oyola-Santiago, a Bronx resident working to eradicate poverty in her native Puerto Rico; and
  • Nancy Johnson, of Milford, Connecticut, who founded The Latina ARMY (Accomplished Role-models Motivating Young Latinas) to empower one million young Latinas.


Additional participants from the Tri-State area include: Tammy Dobrez, Reshma Pattni, and Nneka Norville of Brooklyn; Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham of the Bronx; Catherine Hedgeman of Albany; Jenny Hwa and Ebele Okobi-Harris of New York City; Julia Keffer of Oyster Bay; Elizabeth Lindsey of Trenton; Lea Webb of Binghamton; Michelle Cote of West Hartford; and Jordan Silver of Lanoka Harbor, NJ.

“When women are equipped with the information, inspiration, and necessary tools to bring their dreams to fruition, the world becomes a better place,” said Marie Wilson, President of The White House Project. “We were thrilled to meet and work with such a diverse and passionate group of women at Women Rule! Through this month’s feature in O Magazine, their stories will encourage other women across the country to ascend to positions of leadership – for their communities, their families, and for themselves.”

Women Rule!, sponsored by American Express, the Sunshine Fund, and Philanthropiece, and hosted, in part, by the Affinia Manhattan, took place June 20-22 in New York City.

Readers can learn more about Women Rule! and participant experiences in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, and online at

For information on The White House Project’s leadership trainings held in the tri-state area, contact Erin Vilardi, National Program Director, at / 212.261.4400.

The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, 501©(3) organization, works to advance a richly diverse, critical mass of women into leadership positions, up to and including the U.S. Presidency. For more information, please visit:

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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