On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Linda Carney, President and CEO of Career Opportunity Development, Inc. was inducted into the Atlantic County Women's Hall of Fame.
The evening will began at 6:00 pm with a Cocktail Reception followed by Dinner at 7:00 pm at the Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Rd, Linwood, NJ.
Also inducted were Antonia "Toni" Fauntleroy, a past member of the Galloway Township Board of Education, Caroline "Cookie" Till of Steve & Cookies By the Bay in Margate and her nonprofit foundation "A Work In Progress", and Fran Wise, Director of Community Investments in Atlantic & Cape May Co. United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Along with the many people attending, fifty-three CODI friends and family came to support and applaud Linda.
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For the past 30 years Linda has had the privilege of serving as President/CEO of Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI), a private not for profit social service organization located in Egg Harbor City, NJ. In this role she leads a staff of 125 employees, committed to motivating, inspiring, and supporting 1,500 individuals with disabilities and disadvantages annually throughout Atlantic County. In 2006, Linda saw the need to provide enhanced training opportunities for women employed at CODI and initiated CODl's Women's Leadership team. Based on her experience as CEO and working with the Women's Leadership Team, Linda decided to pursue her doctoral studies and is focusing her dissertation on methods to prepare women to become future leaders of nonprofit organizations.
Since 1995, Linda has served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Jean Webster, and is currently their Board President. She is also a Board Member for Community Quest in Northfield, and the Atlantic City Police Athletic League. She also serves as a Trustee for Central United Methodist Church and recently chaired the church's Strategic and Visioning Team.
Throughout her career Linda has demonstrated a strong sense of leadership, In 2011 Linda was a Stevie Awards finalist in which only a handful of women throughout the world are recognized for their outstanding achievement in making a difference for others. She has served as State Chairperson for ACCSES NJ, Past Chairperson for Atlantic County Human Services Advisory Council, Past Chairperson for Casino Control Commission Disabilities Council, and Past President of Atlantic Area Business and Professional Women's Association.
In addition to her position at CODI, Linda enjoys her position as adjunct professor for the University of Wilmington where she teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate studies for the School of Business. In 2015, she was selected as the
Adjunct Superstar of the Year for the School of Business. Linda anticipates receiving her doctorate in Organizational Leadership in 2016.
In her spare time Linda enjoys spending time with friends and family including her mom, Claire, her twin sister Donna, and the love of her life, her son Chris.