Monica Levinson is President of Production at ShivHans Pictures, a production and finance company creating unique and compelling projects outside the Hollywood studio model, while collaborating with top-tier talent. Levinson has lent her talents to hits like Zoolander, Dodgeball, Clear History and Borat. The latter film garnered an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay. Levinson was an executive producer on Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino, and producer on Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston in an Academy Award-nominated performance. Last year, Bleecker Street released the critically-acclaimed box office hit, Captain Fantastic, which was produced by Levinson and won the Un Certain Regard Directing Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the Deauville Film Festival, and garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. Levinson also produced The Polka King, a comedy starring Jack Black and Jenny Slate, which made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her most recent film is High Wire Act starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Levinson made her initial foray into film on prominent features with noted directors Alan Pakula, Sidney Lumet, and Michael Mann. Before entering the world of feature films, Levinson cut her teeth working in broadcast news, where she covered the fast-paced happenings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Laurie Moskowitz is the Senior Director for U.S. Campaigns for The ONE Campaign, an advocacy group dedicated to fighting extreme poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Laurie manages the public campaigns for ONE in the U.S., coordinating diverse assets in the creative, digital, press, grassroots and grass tops space. Prior to joining ONE, Laurie was a Founding Partner of communications and field strategy firm FieldWorks, which she ran for over 10 years developing and managing hundreds of grassroots campaigns for candidates and state political parties, advocacy organizations, ballot initiatives and corporate clients. Prior to starting FieldWorks, Laurie served first as the Director of Delegates for the Gore 2000 primary campaign and then later as the Director of the National Coordinated Campaign for the 2000 Presidential election at the Democratic National Committee. Laurie subsequently served as a Senior Consultant to the National Coordinated Campaign in both 2004 and 2008. She got her start as a grassroots organizer in the PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) and has also spent time as the Membership Development Director for Businesses for Social Responsibility. Laurie currently is involved in a variety of community and philanthropic organizations such as Green Century Capital Management, Adas Israel Congregation, DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.
Erica Keswin of New York, N.Y. is a workplace strategist and founder of The Spaghetti Project, a platform for sharing the science and stories of human connections with global brands, communities, teams, and individuals. She's an expert at helping businesses, organizations, and individuals improve performance by making real connections. She travels around the country speaking at conferences and meeting with companies and community groups, and writes about the topic for such publications as Harvard Business Review, Forbes Woman and the Huffington Post. In fall 2018, McGraw-Hill will publish Keswin’s book: Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business and Just Might Change the World.
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Dr. Greenspan is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine. Dr. Greenspan has extensive experience working in Sub Saharan Africa and Haiti where she has taught doctors, nurses, and midwives life-saving skills for newborns. She is the co-founder of Vital Health Africa and serves on the board of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Dr. Greenspan has been on staff at two Greater Washington DC community hospitals
Mardene Miller of New York, N.Y., is president of healthcare advertising agency Harrison and Star. Mardene has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years in various sales and marketing roles. She began as a pharmaceuticals sales rep, followed by positions with a variety of nontraditional media companies, doing in-hospital teleconferencing, patient-based waiting room television programming, and managing a vast online disease management portfolio in the early days of the Internet. Addressing the strategic and communications needs of diverse biotech and pharmaceutical clients – including Genentech, Novartis, Bayer, and Merck – Mardene has helped create megabrands in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, and virology. Her passion is helping to end the AIDS epidemic, as well many social issues such as equality in the workplace regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Paula Shoyer is a French-trained pastry chef, teaching classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking in the Washington, DC area and around the world. She is the author of The Holiday Kosher Baker and The Kosher Baker: 160 Dairy-Free Desserts from Traditional to Trendy, and a freelance writer for numerous news outlets.
Pam Sherman is a nationally-syndicated columnist, actor, recovering lawyer and leadership consultant who was profiled in People Magazine about her career transition from attorney to actor. Today Sherman conducts programs and coaches leaders all over the world in leadership communications and how to present themselves and their stories with passion through her company, The ShermanEDGE. Sherman is also a keynote speaker about finding your EDGE™ in the best possible way, to: Explore, Dream, Grow, and Excite. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, law firms, advertising agencies, and is a highly-rated global resource for a variety of leadership groups, including, EO, Vistage Worldwide and the Young Presidents’ Organization in places as diverse as Morocco and Milwaukee, Saudi Arabia and Cincinnati, and most recently, Nigeria and South Africa. Pam has also been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at RIT and American University among others. Her nationally-syndicated column, "The Suburban Outlaw," can be read in Gannett publications, including the Democrat + Chronicle, Rochester Magazine and USA Today. Her best-selling book, The Suburban Outlaw: Tales from the EDGE is sold on Amazon. Pam’s charitable involvement has benefited many organizations and Wegmans now carries her Suburban Outlaw bracelets made in South Africa by Relate to benefit youth programs in Rochester, New York. Pam’s Tedx talk can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-ZgPS1uStk.
Toby Graff, of New York, N.Y., of New York, N.Y., currently a consultant, most recently served as senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. In this position, she was responsible for developing and implementing all pro-social initiatives, creating cause marketing promotions; handling government relations; and managing charitable giving for USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Esquire, Sprout and Universal Cable Productions. Previously Graff created and led USA Network’s Public Affairs division and its award-winning Characters Unite public service campaign to combat hate and discrimination. Before joining USA, Graff was senior vice president, public affairs and corporate communications, for Lifetime Networks. She has served as deputy press secretary for then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and worked on health care and welfare reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as special advisor for public affairs.
Naomi Brown works with students and teachers throughout Washington D.C. as a licensed clinical social worker for the charter school network KIPP DC. Naomi received a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, Naomi taught high school English as a Teach For America corps member in St. Louis where she developed a deep passion for education and social change. Naomi has also worked at an Israel education organization and lived in Israel for 6 months where she taught English at an elementary school. Naomi originally grew up in northern Virginia and is happy to be back living there with her husband and daughter.
Saskia Cohen grew up in Miami, Florida, where she attended Design and Architecture Senior High School (a premiere and public magnet art school). Before graduating from high school, she attended a pre-college program for filmmaking at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City, which confirmed her passion for writing, directing and producing films, and most importantly, creating stories that resonate with people. Saskia took a gap year before starting college and lived in Paris, France for a year where one of her favorite pastimes included visiting the infamous Cinémathèque Française and watching classic French films. Afterwards, she attended SVA where she majored in Film/Directing. One of her very first short films “Adeelah" premiered at the Boston International Kids Film Festival and winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film at the Hollywood Verge Awards. Saskia lives in Los Angeles, California and is a freelance filmmaker.
Abby Shuster is a native Bostonian who has made D.C. her home over the last 3.5 years. Her passion for exploring new places and meeting people led her to Vanderbilt University in Nashville to pursue a degree in human and organizational development, and then to D.C. to kick off her career at the Advisory Board Company, a healthcare research and consulting firm. Her first job at the company was in sales, and made her realize that she wanted a role that allowed her to develop long-term relationships with clients. She now works as an HR consultant at the Advisory Board, helping hospitals retain and engage their staff. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the new restaurants and activities in the area, hiking, and traveling around the world (especially to places where she can practice her Spanish!).
Naomi Rich is a southern California native currently living in and exploring Los Angeles. After graduating with her B.S. in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis, she went to work as a Regional Field Director on a Congressional campaign. After a crazy and successful year, she followed her love for the Jewish community and used her community organizing skills to help reengage college students at a Los Angeles based Hillel. Naomi now works in marketing and communications for a local nonprofit organization, Students Run LA, which combines her passion for social justice with her love of running. In her free time, Naomi loves traveling, trying new ice cream shops, and spending time with her family.
Stephanie Rosner is a Development Officer with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She focuses on direct solicitations with business professionals and event planning. Previously, she worked in annual giving and managed Colonial Connection, the student call center at The George Washington University. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Spanish from The Ohio State University and is originally from Cincinnati. Stephanie is on the board of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. and part of the Young Women of Achievement Awards committee of Women's Information Network.
Julie Lundy has worked in project management and product strategy for a software company since 2011. Always supporting her clients and her teams to help them achieve the next level of success, whether that be implementing a new product, creating a new product to bring to market, or finding new markets to expand into.Throughout Julie's life, her passion has remained consistent: pregnancy, birth, motherhood, and empowering women to feel strong, capable, and confident during this life transition. After becoming a mother herself in 2015 she began to shift her focus professionally to find ways to turn this passion into a business. And in 2017 she launched The Maternity Planner. Julie is married and a mother of a 2.5-year-old boy, Matan. In her spare time, she raises a feminist boy, enjoys all art forms with her husband, dedicates time for girlfriends over a glass of wine, expresses creativity in the kitchen, carves out time to move her body daily whether it's yoga on the living room floor during Matan's breakfast, a trip to the gym, or a long walk down 14th street! And mostly she's excited about what's to come!
Alyssa Weiner is the Assistant Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). In this position, she helps maintain AJC’s network of relationships with Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora and diplomatic contacts here in Washington, DC. Alyssa serves as President of Jewish Women International (JWI)’s DC Young Women’s Leadership Network. A native of South Florida, Alyssa graduated Magna Cum Laude from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Spring 2014. Alyssa’s hobbies include traveling, hiking, yoga, and exploring different cultures through food.
Shannah Katz is a bubbly cannabis connoisseur and brand manager in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of Canna Gold Life, an emerging cannabis-infused bath products company dedicated to changing the way you medicate. Her passion for healing and relief stems from seeing her late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, battle stage 4 melanoma. With her extensive background in social media and brand marketing, Shannah serves as the head of marketing for her new startup, teaching friends and family near and far that there is more to the cannabis plant than just smoking it.
Sasha Bloch is the regional youth director of Seaboard USY & Kadima, the youth group of the Jewish Conservative movement. She works with the teen youth groups at 30 synagogues in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, and facilitates multiple day- and weekend-long events for teens throughout the year. Previously, she taught middle school history, language arts and English as a second language after receiving both her bachelor's and master's degrees from American University. Outside of her passion for youth work, Sasha is active in the Jewish Young Professionals community in D.C., is an avid traveler, volunteers with Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority as an operations specialist.
Kerry Brodie grew up in Potomac, Maryland. She graduated from Princeton University and went on to receive her master's from Johns Hopkins University. She worked as the director of communications at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. After this experience she was the global press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. Kerry is the founder of Emma's Torch, a New York-based nonprofit that empowers refugees through culinary education. She is also pursuing a degree in culinary arts from the Institute of Culinary Education. Kerry lives in New York with her husband.
Arielle Cohen is a marketing research analyst at CM360/Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales divisions for Comcast. After graduating from University of Maryland in 2011, Arielle began her career at Picture This Television, an Emmy award-winning company. She then moved to ICM Partners, one of the world's largest talent and literary agencies. She then received her M.B.A. and M.S. in television management from Drexel University. Arielle is currently a development executive for Broadway producer Eric Falkenstein's Spark Productions. She is on the board of the Junior Hollywood Radio and Television society and a member of Women in Cable Television and Advertising Research Foundation's Young Pros.
Chloe Diamond is a first-year master of public health degree candidate at the Milken Institute School of Public Health of The George Washington University. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in nutrition from Arizona State University and currently works at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) part-time. Chloe has interned at various health-related non-profit organizations, both in D.C. and in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. Her ideal career post-graduation is one that allows her to make a difference in the lives of others, while also encompassing her passions for nutrition and health.
Elana Freeman is an attorney at Levine Lee, LLP in New York, N.Y. She grew up in San Diego, California, and graduated with honors in religious studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She then moved to New York to attend the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Team, and staff editor of the Law & Literature Journal. She graduated cum laude in May of 2016. At Levine Lee, she practices complex civil litigation and white collar and securities enforcement defense.
Amanda Moskowitz, a Minnesota native and adopted Marylander, is a seasoned marketing communications professional with over ten years’ experience in the government, private and non-profit sectors. She currently works for a Health IT company developing and managing their internal communication initiatives and external marketing campaigns. Amanda aspires to be an activist, author and a regular on Saturday Night Live. In addition to the above activities, Amanda is an entrepreneur at heart. Above all else, Amanda is a dedicated wife to Jeff and a mother to Alyce and Jacob. Her life goal is to make the world a better, safer place for herself, her family and for her community.
Erika Oppenheimer coaches high school students in a mindfulness-based approach to SAT and ACT preparation. Through her work, she helps students acquire skills and mindsets beneficial in the test room and in life. She shares her unique methodology in her book, Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test. Erika graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with degrees in English and Psychology. Originally from South Dakota, she now lives in New York City where she served as a charter member on the board of JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network: New York City. She has ongoing yoga and meditation practices and loves a good green juice.
Abby Greensfelder is co-CEO and executive producer at Half Yard Productions, an independent production company that has made hit series for 17 different networks, including Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC and Travel Channel. Prior to starting Half Yard Productions, Greensfelder was senior vice president of programming and development for Discovery Channel. Greensfelder played a critical role in creating Discovery Channel Quest, an initiative that funded and filmed scientific expeditions around the world. She was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Next Generation: 35 under 30.’ Greensfelder started her career in production with Transatlantic Films, a UK-based production and distribution company. She is a sought-after speaker and panelist at industry events, a contributor to Realscreen magazine, a member of the Maryland International Film Festival’s Advisory Board, an honorary member of Jewish Women International and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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Laura Rebell Gross is the director of girls’ education for the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), which supports five all-girls schools in New York City and 12 affiliate schools across the country – including Young Women’s College Prep (YWCP), which Laura co-founded in 2011. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a master’s from Brown University, and has completed coursework toward an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the Warner School, University of Rochester. Laura currently serves on the boards of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Young Women’s College Prep Foundation in Rochester. In 2012, she was selected by the Jewish Federation of Rochester to travel to Israel on a pioneer leadership exchange program with 20 other professionals from the Rochester community. Laura and her family relocated back to Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2014.
Kim Oster-Holstein, of Chicago, Ill., co-founder of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, is knee deep in salty and sweet confections as CEO and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of Kim & Scott’s Crave. Kim and Scott are taking that same dedication they’ve used for the past 17 years to launch The Crave Bar, a scrumptious pretzel ice cream bar that is available locally and soon at TheCraveBar.com. Kim is continuing her instinctive passion for making a difference through Kim & Scott’s Crave. Similar to Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, Crave’s mission is to nourish, love and feed the stomachs, spirits and souls of the world community. Kim was a JWI Woman to Watch in 2010, chair of the JWI Communications Committee, and board member for KIPP Academy Charter School in Chicago. She was chair of JWI's board of trustees from 2013 to 2016.
Meredith Jacobs, JWI's chief operating officer, is an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week. She is the author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate—Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins) and co-author, with her daughter Sofie, of Just Between Us: A No-stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms (Chronicle Books, Spring 2010). She is co-founder and editor of ModernJewishMom.com, now part of MyJewishLearning’s Kveller.com.
Dana Marlowe is a social entrepreneur and internationally-known disability advocate who founded Accessibility Partners – an advocacy IT consulting firm that makes technology more accessible to people with disabilities – and Support the Girls, a non-profit that has donated more than 20,000 bras and 53,000 tampons, pads and other hygiene products to women in need around the world. Dana’s efforts have been showcased in national news outlets including The Today Show, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. She has been recognized with the Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Woman Award, The Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 Women Award for 2016, the Maryland 40 Under 40 VIP List, SmartCEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year, and more. She has also won the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 35 Under 35 Award and was a finalist for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council’s Women in Technology Award.
Andrea Wolf is the president and CEO of the Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer – a nonprofit dedicated to preventing death from breast cancer through education, access, and physician training – where she oversees programming and operations. The organization is named after her mother, breast cancer survivor and breast imaging pioneer Dr. Rachel Brem. Andrea herself tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and had prophylactic mastectomies at age 30. Prior to her current position, Andrea was the director of public policy at Girls Inc., where she advocated for afterschool education and social issues for low-income girls. After graduating from the University Pennsylvania in 2005 and George Washington Law School in 2009, she was an associate attorney at Patton Boggs LLP. Andrea lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three daughters.