A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Affairs says she expects to agency fill the sponsorship slots for the Governor’s Women’s Conference, even if they appear a little short now on their Web site.
“We’re very confident that we’re going to get the sponsorships and registrations we need to move this thing forward,” said Lisa Ryan, the department’s public information offficer.
To date, the DCA has not filled more than half of the conference’s sponsorship categories, though two of the three most major sponsorships have been filled by the New Jersey Education Association and NJ Resources.
“We feel very good that even with a downturned economy, this is going to happen,” said Ryan.
The conference is funded entirely through sponsorships and registration fees, including from vendors.
The DCA could not expect to look for a state bail out if they could not raise the money, since Gov. Christopher Christie signed an executive order last month freezing $1.6 million in unspent money.
“If the sponsorships aren’t filled, there wouldn’t be a Woman’s Conference. So the state would not make up the difference,” said Ryan. But, she added, the department was still finalizing the paperwork on several sponsors that don’t appear on the Web site.
Ryan said there remain at least a few weeks to attract more sponsors.
The conference is scheduled for May 4 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The keynote speakers are novelist/journalist Anna Quindlen and Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts.