Workshop Registration

Young Women’s Leadership Conference


During the Young Women's Leadership Conference, you'll get the opportunity to participate in three workshops, plus speed-networking sessions, during the course of the day. We're so excited about all of our amazing speakers, and every activity will have valuable skill-building and concrete takeaways. Register now to let us know your preferences! 

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Session 1 Workshops
12:40 to 1:25 p.m. Please rate from 1-3, with 1 being top choice, and 3 being last choice.
The unprecedented surge of female candidates and outpouring of civic participation from women all over the country this past election cycle have changed our political landscape. This impressive panel of leaders will discuss the importance of women engaging in politics and having a voice in issues that affect us all, as well as share insights into what we can expect in 2020. Speakers: Susan W. Turnbull, 2018 candidate for Maryland Lt. Governor; former chair of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs Linda Lipsen, CEO, American Association for Justice
No career has a straight path. There are unexpected twists and turns. Whether you are in the beginning stage of your career or have been in the workforce for years but might feel stuck, this is the workshop for you. Attendees in this session will be grouped by age and career level in order to garner the most useful advice from our panel of current and former Women to Watch honorees. Speakers: Dr. Jill Saxon, optometrist and senior director, professional strategy at Bausch and Lomb Toby Graff, media consultant; former SVP, corporate social responsibility, for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Ellen Stone, EVP of marketing at Bravo and Oxygen Media
While women are making great strides in entrepreneurship and business ven­tures, we are still limited by capital funding as compared to our male coun­terparts. Only 3% of all venture capital goes to female-led companies. Learn from three savvy women about the importance of investing in women and learn first-hand about the challenges of raising money for women led opportunities and initiatives. Speakers: Jenny Abramson, founder and managing partner of female and impact-focused venture capital firm Rethink Impact (& WE Capital) Linda Youngentob, educator, mentor, and advocate for underserved youth, helping first-generation Americans apply to and succeed in college
Session 2 Workshops
1:55 to 2:35 p.m. Please rate from 1-3, with 1 being top choice, and 3 being last choice.
The gender divide is still prevalent in many industries; men monopolize the leadership ranks and women are denied upward mobility. Join this high-powered panel of women who broke into the boys’ club to learn about how they advanced and how we can all work together to expand access and opportunity for women. Speakers: Beth Chartoff Spector, senior managing director, Blackstone Group Wendy Feldman Block, senior managing director of real estate services firm Savills Studley Stephanie Abrutyn, senior vice president & chief counsel, litigation, for Home Box Office, Inc.
Female entrepreneurs are pushing the limits and driving economic growth. These innovators are not waiting to find a job but rather founding their own companies and creating opportunities for other women. Join our entrepreneurial Women to Watch as they discuss how they have transformed their ideas into reality by doing it “her way.” Speakers: Mackenzie Barth, cofounder of Spoon University Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, founder of independent spiritual community Mishkan Paula Shoyer, chef, baking expert, and cookbook author
The #MeToo movement helped break the silence of survivors of sexual assault and has inspired us all to demand accountability and change from male-dominated industries and power structures. From sharing our stories to reshaping our workplace culture, women are standing up and speaking out. Learn from three thought-leaders who are guiding the Jewish community’s responses and follow-up to #MeToo. Speakers: Lisa Eisen, national director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Lori Weinstein, CEO of JWI
Session 3 Workshops
2:50 to 3:35 p.m. Please rate from 1-3, with 1 being top choice, and 3 being last choice.
The Young Women’s Leadership Network empowers us to be leaders – personally, spiritually, and professionally. Hear from a panel of three inspiring women who will help us think through what that really means and inspire us to move forward. Speakers: Rabbi Dana Saroken, Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Logan Levkoff, expert and thought leader on sexuality education and relationships Julie Morgenstern, organizing and time management expert
JWI recently graduated our second cohort of 1-on-1 Mentorship pairs. This program gives young leaders across the country access to successful women in a variety of fields. If you’re interested in having a mentor of your own, here’s your opportunity to hear from and ask questions of mentees and mentors who have participated in the program. Speakers: Kim Oster-Holstein, food entrepreneur, most recently co-founder and chief mocktail officer, Industry Juice Laura Rebel Gross, managing director of girls’ education for Student Leadership Network Abby Greensfelder, founder, owner & executive producer, Half Yard Productions
Giving back is foundational to Jewish life, but it does not always have to mean donating money. Come learn from our inspirational panelists who have all truly made the world a better place. This breakout session will leave you galvanized to create the change you wish to see around you. Speakers: Laurie Strongin, CEO of Hope for Henry Foundation Nicky Goren, president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Liza Levy, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, co-founder of the Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation
Speed Networking
Rank your top three choices from the options below.
New this year: Would you like to be matched with a "Conference BFF"? *
Based on your age and interests, we'll choose a buddy for you to sit with during sessions and/or mingle with during breaks.