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The New Jersey School Boards Association was recently honored with a 2024 Real Leaders Impact Award, and named as the “most transparent” organization in its assigned category.

“I believe being transparent builds trust and credibility with our membership and stakeholders,” said Dr. Timothy J. Purnell, NJSBA executive director and CEO.

“We are thrilled that the New Jersey School Boards Association was recently honored with the 2024 Real Leaders Impact Award for being the most transparent organization among many other values-aligned organizations.”

He added, “This recognition is a testament to our staff’s unwavering commitment to integrity, transparency and excellence in serving our membership. This award is a collective achievement, and we are incredibly grateful to our dedicated team, NJSBA leadership, and our board of directors, who believe in our vision and mission statement.”

“Real leaders build bridges, and we wanted to recognize the NJSBA (and its members) for their commitment to facilitating unique forums that allowed their members to embrace different perspectives to achieve an outcome far greater than themselves – fostering happy, healthy, and successful children,” said Kevin Edwards, Real Leaders’ general manager.

In its sixth year, Real Leaders is a global media and CEO network and community that focuses on leadership and is dedicated to inspiring the future of business.  The awards ranked companies by asking questions within six categories: intention, model, people, accountability, collaboration and transformation.

This year, the awards also debuted five new awards: Most Valuable Mission, Most Innovative Model, Most Impactful People, Best Collaboration and Most Transparent. “After five successful years of producing the go-to list of the ‘Top Impact Companies,’ it was time for Real Leaders to expand its mission by growing an impact awards community that preserves its integrity while scaling its impact,”  Edwards said.

The New Jersey School Boards Association provides training, advocacy and support for members of local boards of education.  Among its training initiatives are sessions designed to assist school leaders in gaining board leadership skills and knowledge.