Nov 30, 2020
Best Selling Author of From the Barre to the Boardroom
Ivy Slater is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, best-selling author and podcast host. After owning and operating a 7-figure printing business, having been in the industry for 20 years, she started Slater Success which focuses on developing great leaders and facilitating business growth and expansion. Ivy holds masterminds and retreats with her private client base and corporate training on communication and strategic planning. She speaks nationwide on the topics of leadership, sustainable growth, relationships and sales.
Starting in October 2008, Gwendolyn O. Love received the honor of being hired as Executive Director of Lunch Break. Under Love’s direction approximately 7,000 hot meals are served monthly, over 700 families receive groceries through the client-choice pantry, thousands also receive clothes and needed household items, over 750 children receive toys through the Holiday Toy Program. Services have been expanded to include a hot breakfast on Saturdays that are prepared by various churches, cooking classes for boys and girls and the hours of operation have been extended in order to serve more people in need as possible. Homebound meals are delivered 6 days a week by volunteers to those who are unable to prepare meals themselves. Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Breakfast and Friday evening Community Dinners are provided for the community’s fellowship and enjoyment. To further enrich the lives of those served Lunch Break has developed a male mentorship cooking program “Food for Thought”, a Woman’s Saturday Breakfast Club and has developed the Life Skills Center, a job readiness program to provide a pathway to self sufficiency for those served. Lunch Break has evolved into one of the most vital social service agencies in Monmouth County. Along with the Board of Trustees, an extensive expansion and renovation project to better serve those in need was completed in 2015.
Love is quick to acknowledge the strong foundation of community partnerships and support that was laid before her at Lunch Break by the former director of 25 years, Mrs. Norma Todd and the thousands of volunteers and dedicated staff that work tirelessly to ensure the efficient operation of Lunch Break and serve all clients “in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.” Lunch Break is governed by a 21 member Board of Trustees, which work closely with Mrs. Love and provide the support and leadership needed to drive Lunch Break to the next level. It is Lunch Break’s mission not only to provide some of life’s basic necessities to its clients, but also opportunities for fellowship, awareness and empowerment that will lead to self sufficiency.
Prior to Love's work at Lunch Break she was employed as the Director of Administration at the Affordable Housing Alliance in Eatontown, and earlier was employed with the Township of Neptune in several capacities, including Community Director of the Midtown Neighborhood Empowerment Program.
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