Thursday, June 3, 2021

Bergen Volunteers Announces First In-Person Friday Forum of 2021

Bergen Volunteers announces their first in-person Friday Forum of 2021 to take place on Friday, June 18 at 11:30 am at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. The Friday Forum is a powerful networking and learning event that attracts 200+ leaders from every sector of Bergen County for high-profile speakers, networking, and stimulating conversation. 

“As more individuals are receiving vaccinations and the general public begins resuming activities and outings, we are thrilled to be able to host an in-person Friday Forum after nearly 16 months,” said Nina Bachrach, Chief Executive Officer at Bergen Volunteers. “This Friday Forum will be particularly nostalgic, as we will also take the opportunity to say goodbye to our Friday Forum home, the Stony Hill Inn, which is closing this year.”

The Friday Forum, entitled, “Women and COVID,” will feature a panel of esteemed women-leaders, who will explore the effects the pandemic has had on women in the workforce. The event will provide an outlet for attendees to network with 150+ professionals, learn from experts, ask questions, and enjoy a delicious lunch. 

The discussion will be led by Lori Grifa, Partner at Archer Law and Friday Forum veteran. Lori has led numerous Friday Forum panels, engaging the speakers and audience to connect about ‘ripped from the headlines’ topics. The Friday Forum panel includes: Helen Archontou - CEO of YWCA, Julia Orlando - Director of the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, and Laura Troy - President of Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ, Inc. Each of these speakers will offer the audience a perspective about women in leadership, breaking the glass ceiling, and mental health effects on women in the workforce.

Investor’s Bank, NJM Insurance Group, Rockland Electric, Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, and the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce are proud sponsors of the event. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available that give individuals, businesses and corporations exposure before, during, and after the event. If you are interested in attending the Friday Forum or sponsoring the event please visit: or contact Elizabeth at

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