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BUSINESS BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Get Your Company Ahead of the Curve

September 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

$70 – $125

Proceeds to benefit our charitable partner,
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of Union County.

Intended Audience

Inventors, entrepreneurs, executives, aspiring leaders, and those committed to the cause of supporting the success of New Jersey-based small businesses and mid-size companies.

Summary & Purpose

This gathering of professional dynamos will serve as a ‘Business Back-to-School’ to arm attendees with the key information they need to take their professional success to the next level. In addition to providing engaging education that covers insights in trademarking, accounting, lending, and marketing, we’re getting to the heart of what it means to grow your company. You’ll participate in icebreaker trivia along with guided networking to build relationships and further business connections throughout the night. To bring together all lessons learned, the evening will include an inspiring true-life success story from the accomplished author and leadership coach, Susan Ascher, whose training and coaching programs have helped countless corporations and individuals raise the bar in communication, leadership development, teamwork, and client relations. In the spirit of rising by lifting others, proceeds from the event will benefit our charitable partner, CASA of Union County.

All Revelation Creative events are meant to be FUN, as we believe work should be. You’ll get to enjoy the opportunity to win prizes, play games, and snap pictures with your new colleagues using our photo booth props. With our professional photographer and videographer on-site, the memories will last long after the clock strikes 8:30 pm. Seating is limited! Be sure to register today.

Food & Beverage

Passed hors d‘oeuvres will be served along with plated dinner during the presentation portion of the evening. Dinner and dessert are included in the price of admission, as well as access to our top-shelf open bar.

Why Should YOU Attend?

  1. Learn new information that will help propel your business forward.
  2. Make connections and foster existing ones with professionals who are committed to helping those that they know, like, and trust succeed.
  3. Serve the community! Event proceeds will benefit our charitable partner, CASA, whose volunteers ensure children’s best interests remain the priority while working toward establishing a safe, stable, and permanent home for each child served. Since 2005, this organization has been recruiting, training, supervising, and supporting community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities.


Our Keynote Speaker

Susan Ascher

Susan Ascher is President and CEO of The Ascher Group, an award winningnational consulting firm, Founder of The Sphere of Excellence in CommunicationTM.  Course Connections, and most recently Culinary Connections. Susan is an executive coach, as well as a business coach, keynote speaker, having helped countless executives, their teams, as well as individuals, raise the bar in their careers and organizations. Susan is the author of Dude, Seriously, It’s NOT All About You! and Dude, Seriously, Get Your ASK In Gear! She is currently at work on her third book in the trilogy.

 A graduate of Lehigh University’s first class of women, Susan is a sought-after national media resource. Susan has been interviewed on Bloomberg, ABC, NBC, CNBC, CNN, News 12 and My9TV, and is a frequent commentator on TV 8 in Vail, Colorado. Susan presents workshops at universities throughout the country including Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Colorado Mountain College in Edwards Colorado, William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey, and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. She has been published in Forbes Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, The Star-Ledger, NJBIZ and New Jersey & Company. 

 The Ascher Group is an INC 500 company. In addition, Susan has been a four time finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has been named Small Business Person of the Year. Susan’s most recent awards are being honored as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in the State of New Jersey, as well as a recipient of The SmartCEO Brava Award for 2017.

 Susan is an advocate for women’s and children’s causes. She is an officer emeritus of the board of The Metro YMCAs of the Oranges and the founder of its Annual Kids’ Care Club Golf Tournament. She is also the Chair of Play for Pink’s annual golf tournament at Montclair Golf Club and involved in giving back to her alma mater, CASA of Essex and Union Counties, and Spence Chapin Services to Families. Susan is a founding patron of The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. 

Host & Emcee

Gina Marie Mattei

Gina Marie opened Revelation Creative as a full-service strategic consulting firm. RC specializes in digital and print omni-channel marketing, design, packaging, and project management. She assembled her team of graphic and structural designers, content strategists, project managers, Web developers, and partners across all forms of brand visualization and production to best fit the needs of her clients.

Through her undergraduate study at Duke University and at the graduate level at the University of Virginia, she sharpened her knowledge through research. Her constant focus is to better understand the correlation between thought and behavior – the very forces that drive effective marketing campaigns. Gina Marie examines clients’ businesses from a psychological vantage point and looks to influence the behavioral patterns of their customers to positively impact revenue.

With a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical education sectors prior to opening RC, Gina Marie brings with her a history of results-driven performance.

She is deeply committed to causes that support women’s leadership and equality. As such, Revelation Creative is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women. She is an active member of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). She believes that to rise, we must lift each other up. She brings that positive energy to all of her networking engagements and customer interactions. 

Rachel Santarlas, Esq. 

Rachel Santarlas is the Founder and Managing Partner of Santarlas Law LLC, an Intellectual Property Law Firm in Chatham, New Jersey. Rachel counsels clients in a variety of areas for their Intellectual Property needs, including those in the fashion, clothing, financial, renewable energy and insurance industries. Rachel’s practice focuses on U.S. and international copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement and other intellectual property related matters. She routinely advises clients on strategies for building and protecting their brands both in the U.S and internationally. Before starting Santarlas Law, LLC, Rachel formerly held the position of Counsel at a large Northern New Jersey based law firm, and before that, worked in-house for two well-known clothing and entertainment brands.

Alisha Jernack, CPA

Alisha has more than 9 years’ experience servicing entrepreneur’s and small businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing & distribution, professional services and not-for-profits.

Alisha is involved in the firm’s entrepreneurial service group education and training program, which is responsible for instituting and overseeing continued education training and standardized procedures. She is also part of the NJCPA Mentor Program, mentoring students throughout college.

Alisha received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Brittany DeMauro

Brittany DeMauro is a content strategist who specializes in social media and blogging. She has worn many hats since graduating from Full Sail University with her Masters in Creative Writing until her mom told her it is impolite to wear hats indoors. So now, she has channeled all of her energy into the world of content marketing. She started in the industry as an SEO intern who learned to collect, analyze, and present web analytics. Since then, Brittany created a bridge between her love of writing and analyzing by focusing and honing her skills as a content marketer. From social media and blogging to emails and inbound strategies, Brittany does it all across many different industries. When she’s not lending her skills to B2B and B2C companies, Brittany can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.

Tom Daly

Tom Daly has been a Sr. Vice President and Relationship Manager at Investors Bank since September of 2018.

Prior to joining Investors Bank, Tom spent the previous 25+ years in a number of financial arenas, including commercial banking, equipment finance, and investment banking, working at such firms as JPMorgan Chase, Rothschild North America, and Salomon Brothers Inc. Tom has completed in excess of 150 financing and strategic transactions totaling more than $2 billion during his career.

Tom is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park. Tom lives with his wife and two sons, in New Providence.

2018 Highlights

Donation Goal $7,500

We’ve got an aggressive goal to hit! We’re looking to raise $7,500 between proceeds and donations from this event. The adage remains true – It takes a village to raise a child. The financial support you provide can mean all the difference in the world to a child in need in our community.

Unable to attend, but still looking to support a worthy cause? Attending, but want to provide greater financial benefit to our charitable partner? Click the ‘DONATE!’ button to contribute funds that will go to CASA of Union County*.

*All donors will receive a receipt issued by CASA after the event for tax purposes.

CASA of Union County

 CASA of Union County’s mission is to recruit, screen, train, supervise and support community volunteers who advocate for the needs of children from birth to age 21 removed from a home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, and placed in foster homes or residential facilities. CASA volunteers are the voice for the child, ensuring their best interests remain the priority while working toward establishing a safe, stable, and permanent home as soon as possible. The organization’s goal is to provide a committed advocate and voice for every youth that needs one. In New Jersey, there are more than 8,000 children in foster care, and right here in Union County, there are nearly 500 such children. In FY 2019, the largest number ever of volunteer advocates were recruited, trained and assigned to foster youth, resulting in the organization serving 318 children, or 67% of all Union County youth in care, the most ever, and the volunteer corps donating more than 17,600 hours.

 For more information on CASA of Union County, click here.


Event Photography and Video Recording Policy

Revelation Creative (RC) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by RC, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. RC may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by RC including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian.

A person attending an RC event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact RC at info@revelationcreative.com, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. RC will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.

By participating in an RC event or by failing to notify RC, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by RC, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify RC from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

Any person or organization not affiliated with RC may not use, copy, alter or modify RC photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from RC.


 Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchases will not be refunded. However, you may transfer your ticket to another person. To do so, please send a notification to info@revelationcreative.com.


September 18
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$70 – $125
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