Welcome to Women’s History Month! Throughout the month of March we’ll be featuring standout women of the EDC who have made exceptional contributions to business and are creating history of their own. Our first featured woman is Judith A. Sheft, Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development!
Judith’s Business Mantra: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far
Judith A. Sheft is the Associate Vice President Technology and Enterprise Development at the New Jersey Innovation Institute at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is responsible for managing the technology commercialization efforts through programs and policies focusing on patent creation, intellectual property valuation, strategic use and protection of IP assets. She is involved with regional economic development having responsibilities for management of the high technology business accelerator/incubator, the Enterprise Development Center, the HealthIT Connections entrepreneurial cluster development program and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Judith is on the Board of Advisors to the NJIT Murray Women’s Center and helps mentor students and faculty. Since 2007 she has been a member of the NJ – Israel Commission. She serves on the Board of the New Jersey Entrepreneurs Network and Einstein’s Alley.
Judith has extensive business development experience outside the U.S. She played a lead role in negotiating a long-term alliance between Lucent/Agere and NEC in the field of semiconductor manufacturing technology. The alliance has lasted over a decade and is a prime example of collaboration between competitors.
Judith is a frequent speaker and panelist for regional and national entrepreneurial networks. She received the NJIT Overseers award for service in 2009, in 2012 was recognized a Garden State Woman of the Year in the professional services category and in 2015 w as recognized by NJBIZ as one of the 50 Best Women in Business in NJ. Judith has a BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (UIGV) in Lima Peru.
Judith’s next speaking engagement will be as a moderator to the Global IP Law Symposium: Investor Panel on April 3!