MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Diane Williams, JWBS President and CEO, who was named a “New Jersey Force for Change Crusader” by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
The award was presented on Nov. 2 by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs, an organization that has recognized over 500 of New Jersey’s best and brightest women over the past decade and presented Williams the award under their non-profit category. The organization said that, given this unprecedented time in our world’s history, it chose to honor people and companies who are a “Force for Change” in their field and created the most cutting-edge innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diane Williams is two years into her tenure as the President and CEO of JBWS (formerly known as Jersey Battered Women’s Service), a Morris County-based agency that provides safety, support and solutions for all victims of domestic abuse. The pandemic increased demand for her agency’s support. The same isolation that was helping to slow the spread of the pandemic was increasing the risk for victims of domestic violence, said Williams last month, as the Morris County Board of Freeholders presented her with a proclamation designating Oct. 2020 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“My more than 20 years of experience as a crisis counselor and manager kicked in,” Williams said. “And, I work with an incredible team and community who helped to make it all happen!”
To keep families and her frontline staff safe, Williams kept her services open and led the agency’s efforts to obtain personal protection equipment (PPE) through special grants and donations. Her agency also implemented best practice guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for keeping the safe house and transitional living apartments open.
She also secured special funding to meet payroll, stepped up outreach efforts to inform the community that help was available, collected meals from local restaurants, boosted technology to connect the staff and to provide counseling services virtually, and worked with the development team to find creative solutions to event fundraising in a virtual world.
For a complete list of the honorees and more information about the LWE and the Force for Change Awards, click here.