Clelia Pergola, CDP
Chief Operating Officer, Author and Caregiver Advocate
Clelia was instrumental in building the NJ Elder Law Center at Goldberg Law Group (NJELC) from the ground up by implementing a streamlined, procedures-based model for the elder care area. This process allows the attorneys and team members to accomplish their tasks efficiently without unnecessary distractions and stress. What this means for our clients is better results and friendlier service. Clelia has since translated these successful techniques into “The Law Firm Revolution” a book she co-wrote with Barbara Mannino, on this new law firm model.
Clelia has also written a second book “Life, Lessons, & Legacy” which is the story of Clelia’s odyssey of self-discovery in the years following her grandmother Nonna Lidia’s death. While Clelia went through all the motions of a normal life and strived to project strength to those around her, internally, she was experiencing tremendous self-doubt. In reality, at many times, she was overtaken by self-recrimination about some of the decisions she had made about Nonna’s care during the years when Nonna’s dementia and physical atrophy were reaching new heights .
In 2018, Clelia Pergola was named by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners as a Top 25 Leading Woman Intrapreneur because of her leadership and innovation and 2018 Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women Award. She has also been named to NJBIZ’s 40 Under 40 for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community, in 2019 she was a recipient of NJBIZ’s Top 50 Women in Business award which recognizes leading women shaping their organizations, industries and the economic landscape of the Garden State, 2021 New Jersey Business Awards for Excellence winner by the NJ Business & Industry Association as Executive of the Year and named Extraordinary Women in Business in Forbes & Fortune Magazine 2022.
Clelia is a member in the NJ Business Industry & Association Women Business Leaders Council, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Association of New Jersey, Alzheimer’s New Jersey, United Way, NJ Health Collaborative and a former Vistage and Toastmasters Member. She is a founding member of Ragazzi: An Italian-American Social Club and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Clelia hosts a virtual Caregivers Peer Support Group for Past AND Present Caregivers. She also hosts a podcast named What’s Your Legacy with Debbie Wolpov, CEO of Merx Payments, interviewing accomplished women and their journeys.
Clelia has spent a considerable amount of time and effort helping women and small business owners achieve success without negatively affecting their other important life responsibilities. As a role model, she hopes to lead by example and show women that they can achieve spectacular results while raising a family. Clelia was a caregiver to her Nonna & Nonno and has personally experienced the frustrations and challenges of the long-term care system. When not working, Clelia enjoys traveling to Italy to her family home, cooking, reading/learning about business, and spending time with her husband and sons, Dante Domenico and Gino Angelo.
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