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Women in Leadership Panelists

Ruthi Zinn Byrne

Ruthi Zinn Byrne is the founder and sole owner of Zinn Graves & Field Inc., Public Relations and Marketing.  Over the past 42 years, she has led her firm beyond the mindset of traditional public relations and marketing into new areas of communications such as board governance consulting, public acceptance and public affairs strategizing, community relations, and crisis management.


Mrs. Byrne serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey Re-entry Program, Luna Stage, and the Drumthwacket Foundation. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Rutgers Business School and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Advisory Boards, Greenwood Gardens, and is a former member of the UMDNJ President’s Advisory Board. She is the widow of former Governor of New Jersey, Brendan T. Byrne.  


Gerilyn Horan

Gerilyn Horan is the Vice President of Group Sales & Strategic Accounts at Hilton Worldwide Sales.  She is responsible for driving the growth of the group segment for all Hilton brands and oversees a total account management approach to Hilton’s largest customers. Gerilyn has had a 30+ year career in leadership roles in global hotel sales & marketing, beginning with Hilton Hotels at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and including the Four Seasons New York, Meadowood Napa Valley, and Langham Hospitality Group where she helped launch this new global brand in the North America market.  She is a purpose-driven leader who builds highly functioning sales teams and enjoys supporting team members to grow in their careers. 


Gerilyn served on the Global Board of Trustees for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) from 2020-2022 and is currently on the MPI International Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for the Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA). She is a co-founder of the Mountain Lakes Professional Women.


Sarah Regina

Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Rutgers Law School, Sarah Regina is responsible for student services, including but not limited to counseling, academic advisement, independent projects, and non-academic student organizations. She is responsible for handling violations of the University Code of Student Conduct and handles questions about, or claims of, sexual or racial harassment.  Sarah oversees and directs the Law School’s academic support program, which is designed to ensure academic success of students, both in law school and on the bar exam.


Ms. Regina provides academic counseling to students who are underperforming or seeking to improve their academic performance.  She is a graduate of the Rutgers Law School where she was symposium editor of the Rutgers Law Review.  At graduation, Ms. Regina received the Judge J. Skelly Wright Prize, given to a graduate who contributed the most to civil rights, civil liberties, and human affairs during law school. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

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