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- Members can arrive early to some events for a drink and chat with the speaker
- Those who join in 2017 will be listed as Denver Founding Members
- If you refer a friend who joins as a new member, you get $10 off your next event
- Access to free member-only events
- Discounted rates for all events
- Membership dues support JWI initiatives that empower women and girls
Join the board
- Establish a Jewish women's network in Chicago
- Help plan events that you want to see for women your age
- Build deep connections with other board members and speakers
Chicago BOARD MEMBERS:
Marissa Freeman grew up in Kailua, Hawaii and, by way of Seattle, moved to Chicago for a new chapter in 2016. An alumna of Camp Ramah in California, Marissa studied Communications at the University of Washington. Now, Marissa spends her days (and Friday nights) as the Chicago Hub Manager for OneTable, where she guides young adult Jews in Chicago towards meaningful and unique Shabbat dinner experiences. When she’s not scouting for her next culinary experience, Marissa is a member of the The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago Gesher leadership cohort, an instructor at The Bar Method, and avid fan of The West Wing.
Miriam was born and raised in Upstate New York in Syracuse and then went to the University of Michigan where she majored in Education and Psychology. After graduating from Michigan, she moved to New York City and completed a Masters in Literacy at Columbia University. During her four years in New York City, Miriam worked as a 6th grade English teacher at a NYC public school. In July 2018, Miriam moved to Chicago and is currently continuing her career as an educator. In addition to being a passionate educator, Miriam enjoys running along the lake, trying out new restaurants, and being with friends!
Kyle Goldhoff is a TV and video content producer at Intersport and can be found in cities across America on any given day traveling for both work and pleasure. She settled in Chicago by way of growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio and studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Kyle found her Jewish identity and passion of leadership during her involvement in the B'nai Brith Youth Organization in High School. Through joining both Women in Film and Women in Sports and Events in Chicago, Kyle has become very well versed in the strengths and struggles of women in her industry and the support system an organization like YWLN can provide. She has also been involved in the JUF and is excited to become even more active in the Jewish community. Aside from travel, Kyle is a die-hard foodie, decent home cook and fitness fanatic.
Nisa Kwall is a Chicago suburb native, now living in the heart of River North. Nisa went to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she concentrated her studies in Financial Planning. This program helped Nisa transition into her professional career as a financial advisor, where she helps educate her clients on ways to identify their financial goals and implement a plan for them to achieve those goals through saving and investing. Nisa has a passion for networking and founded the Gold Coast chapter of BNI (Business Networking International) which she helped grow to over 20 members. Nisa is an active member of Chicago’s Jewish community and has been participated in various events and volunteering initiatives focused on this community- most recently, she is on the Business Professional Network (BPN) committee for the Jewish United Foundation’s (JUF) Youth Leadership Division (YLD) where she helps plan networking events for young professional Jews in Chicago.
Sophie was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Educational Studies and American Studies. During college, Sophie co-lead the Macalester Jewish Organization, the only Jewish student organization on campus. After graduating, Sophie moved to Chicago to serve as a Service Corps Member with Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. During her year of service, Sophie worked at Inspiration Corporation, a local social service organization. Currently, Sophie works for JCC Chicago in their J at School program where she runs the after school program at a Chicago public school. During her free time, Sophie loves to travel, eat good food, and be outside!
Emily Pevnick is strategist, globalist and activist. She currently serves as a Senior Account Executive for Resolute Consulting where she advises clients on public affairs, civic engagement and communications. Prior to joining Resolute, Emily was the Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships and Global Affairs for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. During her time in Chicago city government, she strengthened the political, academic, economic and cultural ties between Chicago and its international partners. She helped manage numerous Mayoral trips abroad, including to China, Europe, Mexico and Israel. Emily started her career working for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Emily is a graduate of Indiana University where she received a B.A. in Philosophy and Jewish Studies, magna cum laude. She serves on the boards of CityPAC, Chicago Foundation for Women, Technion Innovators and a Jewish Community Relations Council Vice Chair.
Eshley Spitzer is a mental health clinician with a passion for working with young adults, social justice, advocacy and building community. Eshley moved to the Chicago area in 2016 and worked at Response Center at Jewish and Child Family Services, serving adolescents and young adults before moving to her current position at Compass Health Center. She is an active member of the Chicago Jewish community and holds leadership roles within the Federation and the Jewish National Fund. Eshley grew up in Denver, Colorado, attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with her masters degree in Counseling and Human Services in 2016. Eshley is dedicated to empowering young adults by helping them find resources, build community and lead purposeful, meaningful lives by engaging in activities that are in line with their identified values.
Born in Chicago, raised in Scottsdale, AZ, Melanie Studnicka moved back to Chicago after undergrad because all she really wanted was a city with a cross-town rivalry. Professionally, she is graduating with a Masters in Social Work from UIC's Jane Addams in May 2018, and plans to begin a career in hospital social work. While not co-collaborating with the board of Chicago's YWLN, you can find her at Old Town Moishe House or trying out new vegetarian restaurants in the city.
Apply Here TO JOIN THE Chicago Network board!
Deadline: Monday, March 12th
- Each board member will serve from March to April of the following year (a full year with one month for transitions) and then has the option to reapply. Board members will be selected by JWI staff.
- Each board member will be responsible for chairing at least two events per year.
- Each board member will be responsible for outreach and should bring at least two people to each event.
- We frequently email to brainstorm, discuss events, organize, and discuss outreach, etc. Each board member must be comfortable with maintaining input on these chains as they are the main form of communication.
- Board members are to attend at least 75% of all board events throughout the year.
- The board will meet once a month - each board member is expected to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
- Each board member will pay a $180 fee in order to be on the YWLN board (Sustainer membership).
- Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.