Careers & Cream Cheese

Careers & Cream Cheese

Careers & Cream Cheese

Mike Egenton talks to Rowan students about career paths

On November 8, 2019 Michael Egenton, Executive Vice President, Government Relations for the NJ Chamber of Commerce, representing the business community on all legislative and regulatory matters, spoke to Rowan University students at RIPPAC's first Careers & Cream Cheese event of the Fall 2019 semester. He is an expert on environmental, transportation, energy, labor, and government reform issues.

Students were able to meet with him over an informal breakfast to ask questions about his career and his advice as they start on their own career paths.

Mike Egenton poses with Group of Rowan Students and Dr. Dworkin   Students ask Mike Egenton questions after his event at Rowan








Christine Shipley at RIPPAC Careers and Cream Cheese 

Christine Shipley, Executive Director of the Senate Republican Office, joined RIPPAC on Wednesday, March 6 in the Chamberlain Student Center for a discussion on legislative staffing.

Prior to joining the Senate Republican Office, Christine Shipley, Esq., served as a Legislative Analyst in the Government Relations Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Education under Gov. Tom Ridge, and as Assistant Counsel to Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.


Bill Moen Jr. Speaks to Rowan Students


RIPPAC’s continuing Careers & Cream Cheese series welcomed Camden County Freeholder Bill Moen, Jr. to campus on February 7. He met with students to discuss how he became one of the youngest freeholders in New Jersey.

Students gathered for a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese in the Chamberlain Student Center and listened as the Freeholder explained how his career path had veered from his original plan to become a state trooper. He encouraged students to take internships to learn more about what they want to do and about themselves.

A recent graduate of Rowan University—in the class of ’09--Bill Moen was first elected in November 2018 and is now serving his second term. Since his election he has dedicated his time to modernizing county government and tackling issues of importance to the community such as student loan relief. A strong advocate for Camden County veterans, Bill has worked to expand care to our veterans while finding innovative ways to honor their service to our country.





Hilary Beckett Rowan at Careers and Cream Cheese event December 5

The RIPPAC Careers and Cream Cheese Series welcomes Hilary Beckett ’13 speaking on working for a governor

Beckett serves as Cabinet Liaison, Office of Gov. Phil Murphy (NJ)


On December 5, 2018, The Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC) will continue its ongoing series of breakfasts focused on different careers in politics, government, and issue advocacy with Hilary Beckett, Rowan ’13

RIPPAC provided a bagel and cream cheese breakfast.



Christina Renna gives advice to Rowan students


On November 8, 2018, Christina Renna, Senior Vice President of the Southern NJ Chamber of Commerce, joined RIPPAC for a continuing series on careers in politics with a focus on Association Management and Advocacy.

Previously, Ms. Renna served the administration of former Governor Chris Christie.  Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Government Relations for the Southern NJ Chamber of Commerce.  She has also worked for South Jersey Industries and as legislative aide to former Assemblyman Jack Gibson from the First Legislative District.



Jeannine LaRue at Careers event


Careers & Cream Cheese series: Lobbying

Lobbying with Jeannine LaRue, ‘74


On October 3 at 8:30 RIPPAC launched our Careers & Cream Cheese series. This program is designed to introduce students to potential careers involving politics, in an informal, off-the-record bagel breakfast.

Our first guest speaker was Jeannine LaRue, who spoke about lobbying. Ms. LaRue has enjoyed a 40-year career that has included policy, governmental, and political positions throughout New Jersey.

Ms. LaRue graduated from Rowan when it was known as Glassboro State College in 1974, and wwas enthusiastic to return to campus once more.

Students enjoyed a frank, open conversation and Ms. LaRue answered their questions.