Thursday, February 24, 2011

Maplewood Resident Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business

Maplewood Resident Named One of 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business

Linda Gadsby, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of Scholastic, Inc. is chosen.
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Linda Gadsby means business.
This Maplewood resident's most recent accolade pushes her into the realm of leading women in the U.S.
Gadsby, who lives in the Hillcrest area and is vice president and deputy general council at Scholastic Inc., in New York, recently was named to The Network Journal's list of "25 Influential Women in Business." She will be featured in the magazine's March issue.
"This has been the perfect opportunity to blend my professional life and career and practice in a company that I found compelling," she said.
Gadsby, though, credits some of her successes to Maplewood.
"The actives (I have done) in Maplewood have been an extension of the person I am," she said. Gadsby has served on the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race for five years and was vice chair for three of those years. She's also been co-chair of the Neighborhood and Civic Life committee for one year and served as campaign chairperson for Marlon Brownlee's township committee.
Gadsby, a Bronx native who attended Cornell University and then New York University Law School, moved to Maplewood to raise a family. She has an 11-year-old son.
To nab the honor, Gadsby was nominated by one the book publishing giant's human resource directors and had to submit a biography and letters of recommendation from personal and professional references. She credits her 14-year career at Scholastic as the "stand-out career decision."
"I made a decision to come to Scholastic to be their first-ever employment lawyer and it was a little scary," she said. "But I took a risk there because they had never had that internally. It turned out to be wonderful."

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