Our highly anticipated Women’s Empowerment Series is here! Tonight’s panel, “Gutsy Goals: How to get to the top – and what it’s like when you get there,” will feature our successful panelists discussing their journey to the top. Learn more about these inspiring women before you join us to hear their fascinating stories (get your tickets here!).


Lara Price

Lara Price, the 76ers COO, is in her 20th season with the organization.

When she was elevated to vice president of marketing in August of 1998, Price became one of only 18 female vice presidents in the NBA. Price was named the team’s senior vice president in August of 2001 and senior vice president of business operations in June of 2003. She was promoted to her current position in August 2017.

In collaboration with Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil and President Chris Heck, Price ensures the completion of all operational tasks and objectives, as well as making sure the organization maximizes opportunities at a high level. She is the team’s primary contact with the league office and serves as a liaison between the business and basketball sides of the organization, helping to maintain and enhance that relationship.

Price also helps oversee the operation of the Delaware 87ers, which is the Sixers NBA Development League affiliate, and coordinates communication between the Sixers and their ownership group, including entities like the Prudential Center and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. She also oversees the Sixers new state-of-the-art practice facility and office complex located in Camden.

The recipient of several awards for excellence in advertising and public relations, Price joined the Sixers in 1996 as director of marketing after serving as manager of team services for the NBA. She also served as director of team services for the Continental Basketball Association.

In June of 2015, Price was honored by Women in Sports & Events, the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, by being named a recipient of their 2015 Woman of the Year Award, recognizing significant impact in the business of sports.

A native of Boulder, Colorado, Price is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. Price resides in suburban Philadelphia.



Marla Meyers

Marla Meyers is a social service leader who has devoted her entire career to building a stronger and more vibrant community. Meyers graduated from Rutgers University School of Social Work in 1991 with an MSW and later took coursework at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Since 2013, Meyers has served as the executive director of Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey, an agency that assists 10,000 individuals annually. She has instituted numerous new initiatives for our communities most vulnerable members, including Right In Our Backyard (an interactive panel presentation for parents and teens on the critical topic of drug addiction in the suburbs); Take the Wheel (veteran peer-to-peer driving service); The Life Counts (teen suicide prevention program); Repair the World (a social justice curriculum for high school students; a safe house, Charlotte’s Place, for victims of domestic violence; a VISTA program to assist Holocaust survivors; and a successful corporate philanthropy program.

Meyers has served as a board member for the Tri-State Jewish Communal Professionals Association, the Schusterman International Hillel Foundation and the Katz JCC. She has developed curriculum for social service professionals, has served as a Steinhardt Scholars mentor, has been a leader for the Jewish Campus Service Corps helping to train fellows and supervisors, and has been a guest lecturer at the Temple University School of Social Work as well as the Rutgers University School of Social Work. She is currently chair of the N.J. Association of JFCS organizations and a member of the Camden County Addictions Task Force Board as well as the Cherry Hill Human Relations Task Force.

Equal to her passion for the community at large is her love for her family, which includes husband Dan, children Jordan and Josh, and Persian kitty Ms. Zoe of Godiva.



Nikki Ariaratnam, MD

Nikki Ariaratnam, MD, has practiced radiology in South Jersey since 2010 and joined South Jersey Radiology Associates (SJRA) in 2014. She graduated from Moorestown High School as valedictorian in 1996. Dr. Ariaratnam graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Brown Medical School. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and her residency in diagnostic radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. In addition, she is fellowship trained in breast, cardiac and body imaging from Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Ariaratnam has published several peer-reviewed articles on Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D mammography), breast biopsy, cardiac CT, vascular and oncology imaging, and has received numerous research prizes and grant awards. She has presented her research at several national conferences in the field of radiology. Dr. Ariaratnam also has been recognized as an SJ Magazine “Top Doc” by her peers and patients.

Dr. Ariaratnam serves on the Breast Program Leadership Committee for Virtua and chairs the American College of Radiology (ACR) Engage program, which promotes radiology advocacy and awareness in New Jersey. She enjoys tennis and traveling with her husband and two children.



July 9, 2013 / Portrait Shoot / Leadership team members / Photo by Bob Laramie

Nyeema Watson, PhD

Dr. Nyeema Watson is the associate chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers University-Camden, where she oversees efforts to connect the resources of the university with the needs and opportunities of communities in Camden and South Jersey. Under her leadership, the office of civic engagement has been nationally recognized as a leader in the field of civic engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Washington Center and New York Life Foundation, and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Two major programs under her direction include Rutgers Future Scholars, a pre-college program aimed at increasing the number of students from Camden who attend and graduate from college, and the Rutgers Camden Schools Partnership. In addition, the office of civic engagement has contributed more than 432,000 hours of community service in and around the city of Camden during the past year. Dr. Watson also speaks across the country on the role of urban higher education institutions as anchor institutions in their communities.

Dr. Watson is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Family Services. She served on the Camden City Public Schools Board of Education from 2006-2009, a position that was appointed by Governor Jon Corzine. Her commitment to the city of Camden and serving others has been honored by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, the Anointed News Journal and others.

A lifelong Camden resident, Dr. Watson currently resides in Camden.

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