Student and Alumni Spotlights

Bloustein lecture to explore the impact of women in entrepreneurial roles, Feb. 20

The Bloustein School will host the Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, “Leading Their Communities: Exploring Women’s Impact in Entrepreneurial Roles,” on Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. This engaging panel will feature accomplished, female entrepreneurs, all alumni of the Bloustein School,  who lead diverse businesses in the state of New Jersey. Each will discuss their individual experiences, successes, and the challenges faced while developing their businesses, and explain how they were able to find success in the areas of urban planning and related fields. As women leaders, each of these urban planners will also demonstrate how their businesses have both influenced and transformed the communities in which they serve.

Bloustein School Associate Professor Julia Sass Rubin  (MBA, MA, PhD, Harvard University) will moderate the panel. The panelists will include
Christiana R. Foglio, MCRP ’86 (GSNB), DC ‘84, President, Community Investment Strategies, Inc.
Courtenay D. Mercer, MCRP ’02, Principal, Mercer Planning Associates
Jessica Schellack, MCRP ’11, Co-founderOQ Coffee Co.

The panel will be followed by networking and refreshments.


The Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture was established to honor the memory of these two extraordinary individuals. This lecture series focuses on three main themes: the study and preservation of animal species and the natural environment; the celebration of love, happiness, and laughter as tools of clinical medicine; and the exploration and promotion of humane values, which Ed Bloustein believed were woven in the fabric of Judaic tradition and passed down from generation to generation.