|| Presidential Term Accomplishments
Madame President, Jamaica Organization of NJ
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||We are all
left to wonder what things would be like and how
history would have been impacted if Hillary Clinton won the recent
presidential election. Fortunately for JON-J we are a
progressive organization and we have
already elected a "Madame President" on more than one occasion.
By anyone's measure, Dr. Phyllis Tait has had a
presidential term that
can best be described as momentous and successful. Dr.
Tait's background has uniquely qualified and prepared her for the
oustanding accomplishments achieved as president of JON-J.
Dr. Phyllis Tait background includes experience as a Dynamic
Information Technology and Finance Executive with
extensive experience managing complex customer relationships
across multiple clients, Lines of Business and industries. Strong HR
experiences leveraging highly matrixed global teams to deliver strong
and comprehensive, Information Technology, Financial and Customer
Relations Management services. Her background also includes
Executive at large Fortune 500 companies.
Specialties: In/Outsourcing contract execution and growth,
P&L Management, Customer Relationship, Information
Technology, Global Services Delivery, Impact Measurement &
Investing, Matrixed Management, Supply Chain Management, Strategic
Financial Ops, Financial Planning, Allocations & Deliverable
Audits, Risk Management, Operations Management, Financial System Design
- are just a few.
Executive for Non-Profit
Specialties: Certified Non-Profit Professional. Coalition &
Community Development and Management, Grassroots Organizing, Grant
Management, Social Enterprise, Startups, Information
technology, All Financial Applications and Developments,
Civic Advocacy, Political Campaigns, Policy Advisor, PR, Branding,
International Relations, White Papers, Risk and negotiations
- are just a few.
look at the accomplishments achieved by Madame President as she wraps
up her term as president of JON-J:
- Negotiated free legal service for
continuous process improvements in
the life of the organization (est. $400,000+)
- Corporate gifts/ donations for
Independence Service, Scholarships and
Stem Training $2500 for 2016 • Distribution of 7 scholarships to US
college students (estimated total $2,500+)
- Monetary donation to Dominican
Emerald Organization of New Jersey
(DEONJ) for the relief/humanitarian efforts from storm damage in
Dominica (total $3,200)
- Monetary donation made to Haiti
House for continued re-building and
training in Haiti ( $500.00)
- Monetary donation made to
Missionlite International –Lusaka, Gambia,
for support of childrens home ( $250.00)
- Re-vamped of membership fees to
augment increased enrollment
• Increased and added growth of 2 new chapters with corresponding
memberships (Morris and Union Chapters)
- Created a brand new website for the
organization from bottoms up with
Business Intelligence and Social Media Integration. Tailored with 5 key
components (Search Engine Optimization, Content, Appearance,
Functionality & Usability) this ensures JON-J’s scalability and
sustainability thru many new levels of reach and development
- Initiated and implemented branding
campaign for 2016 "Champions of
- Initiated branding campaign for
- Awarded 2
Community awards for exemplary services to JON-J
- Provided Continued information for
Enrollment and Maintenance to the
community for Affordable Care Act Insurance
- Drove extensive earned media to
augment JON-J’s visibility within the
local and global community
- Drove extensive exposure of the
organization on a Federal level
through the collaboration of events with CMS (Center for Medicare
- Drove extensive exposure of the
organization's work within the
Federal sector (White House)
- Drove extensive exposure of the
organization at the grassroots and
community level bringing increased recognition to the
- Worked across political parties to
share JON-J’s mission and vision
within all levels and sectors of government (i.e. from The White House
to New Jersey State House)
- Secured the following Resolutions
and congratulatory letters for
JON-J’s commitment, long standing and deep service to the community
from the following:
o Gov. Chris Christie, Governor, State of New Jersey and o Mayor Ras
Baraka and City of Newark City Council Members
o Congressman: Honorable Donald Payne, Honorable Bill Pascrell,
o Congresswoman Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
o Senator Cory Booker and Senator Menendez
o New Jersey State Senate,
o New Jersey Assemblyman Giblin, speaker PRIETO and all members of the
- Drove the collaboration and execution to
stage the three largest
Affordable Care Act enrollment session in the State of New
- Collaborated with Essex County
College in our continued provision of
toiletries and coat drives to college students
collaboration with Clinical partners in the sponsoring, alignment and
execution of Health Fair Seminars
- Spearheaded and collaborated with
the Dominican Organization of New
Jersey to host Hurricane Relief Concert
- Collaborated with the NE Jamaican
Diaspora on Citizen Drive,
Immigration Services, Diaspora Mapping
- Collaborated with the Jamaican
Consulate on bringing consulate
services into the service areas
- Garnered executive and community
support from the Jamaican Ambassador
and Consul General to the US
- Initiated alignment of the
Caribbean Ministers through the hosting of
Black Monday Caribbean Ministers conference in Newark, NJ
(Operational Excellence) Exemplary attendance -
chaired 23 out of 24 State Board meetings
Deployed human capital assets from
network of connections to build of JON-J’s enterprises and
Organized full internal and external
reviews with amendments to existing by-laws
Organized full Comprehensive Board
Training session for all Board members and community at-large
- Planned and executed the 1st and
2nd Annual Essex County Caribbean Day Festival
- Galvanized the community for the
- 2015 JamFest family outdoor
celebration, Eastside Park, Paterson, NJ - garnering > 4k
- 2015 Independence Thanksgiving
Service at Praise Temple Church of God, Newark, NJ
- 2015 Flag Raising Ceremonies at
Trenton City Hall, Orange city Hall and Paterson City Hall
- 2015 All School Fete, South Orange,
- 2016 Independence Thanksgiving
Service at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ
- 2016 Flag Raising Ceremonies at
Trenton City Hall, West Orange Town Hall, Paterson City Hall and
Plainfield City Hall.
conducted an interview with our esteemed Madame President to obtain her
closing remarks as brings her term to a close. In her own
words here are the
questions and responses from Madame President, Dr. Phyllis Tait:
How long have you been involved as
an active member with JON-J?
I have been with
JON-J from 2000 through 2006, and I returned and began serving in 2013.
your call to action and what motivated you to become president of JON-J?
President: Simply put, I come from a family
that is nurtured, blessed, and appointed by God. He also blessed my
family with AWESOME grandparents and parents who emphasized the need to
always give back and pay forward. Throughout my time as an active
member of JON-J, its vision and mission has always resonated with me.
This organization provided me with platform to engage, empower and
inspire our local and global communities through philanthropy through
the means of technology.
view how has JON-J progressed over the years?
President: I have been blessed to witness
this organization evolve from an idea, to a spark, followed by a flame,
and now heading to a full blown inferno. JON-J started as an
organization of roughly 20 founding members in Essex County to
expanding membership across NJ through 6 chapters (Essex, Passaic,
Middlesex, Mercer, Morris and Union) that are dedicated to empowering
the community by providing them access to resources.
your vision and agenda for JON-J during your presidency?
My vision was to build a strategically
structured organization that was shored from the ground up to adapt,
evolve, and catapults into new heights within the realms of community
engagement and application and usage of technology. My agenda included
operational efficiency, community empowerment, and cultural
preservation in order for JON-J to bloom into its full purpose, command
a stage of certainty, and expansion through service and the adoption of
technology. This agenda will groom and scale the organization to
sustain effective and lasting performance over the long haul.
your accomplishments as president under JON-J?
No person is an island and I have accomplished many of the items listed
with the support from my State and Chapter Board members, along with
JON-J members and supporters. These accomplishments can be organized
within the categories of commerce, community, culture, and career.
recommendations would you offer to the
incoming president in order to move JON-J forward?
- Know the operational landscape and the
varied dynamics of each constituent/chapter and community.
- Embrace Technology. Use and augmenting it
to drive the organizational scale to the next level. Use Technology for
social good to increase innovation and drive data analytics.
- Data, data, data is everywhere - focus on
capturing and using it for social good.
- Be able to work with all facets of our
constituents which include political, social, religious, the haves and
the haves not and all otherwise; thus, striking a balance between
Innovation, Policy and Service.
- Continuously strive for Excellence.
thoughts that you would like the audience to know?
President: Here are my thoughts:
- Technology is here to stay, embrace it.
- Focus on keeping yourself and your
organization relevant, sustainable and scalable.
- Consider the role of automation at
step - so you can effectively scale and truly survive.
- The world is an open canvas, paint all
you can and can all you paint. Leave nothing to chance.
- Everyone is important.
- Love thy neighbor as thyself. Be our
brother's keeper. Be at peace with your maker and your fellow man. It's
ok to disagree, but be respectful.
- Hold each other accountable and
Responsible. This is not the only game in town. Being "little,"
sometimes, does not always equate to being Tallawah.
- Within your tool kit - keep focusing on
these skill sets: Complex problem solving, critical thinking, emotional
intelligence, creativity, collaboration, people management, judgment
and decision making, cognitive flexibility and negotiation.
- The strong work in the background is
never seen nor is it beautiful and sexy - but it is a necessity.
- Let the true hub of talent,
entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation begin with you.
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