PURCHASE TICKETS
Women's Gala 2019
May 19th, 2019
at 1pm
The Plaza Hotel - Grand Ballroom
HONOREES

Stephanie Cohen

Goldman Sachs
Chief Strategy Officer

Stephanie Cohen is Goldman Sachs’ Chief Strategy Officer, an Ex Officio member of the Management Committee, and member of the Partnership Committee. Previously, Ms. Cohen served as the Global Head of Financial Sponsor Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Before that, she was sector captain for General Industrials in the Global Industrials Group and a member of the M&A Group. In 2008, Ms. Cohen managed Conflicts and Business Selection for the Investment Banking Division in the Americas. Previously, she was a Vice President in the Industrials and Merger Leadership Groups in San Francisco. Ms. Cohen joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 1999, was named Managing Director in 2008 and Partner in 2014. Ms. Cohen serves on the National Board of Directors of CollegeSpring and as a member of the Board of Quill.org.

Bess Freedman

Brown Harris Stevens
Chief Executive Officer

The firm's first Chief Executive Officer Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly Co-President of Brown Harris Stevens, and a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group's East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career top professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are well respected by her industry peers and agents alike.

Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development. With special attention to the extraordinary Brown Harris Stevens history, culture, narrative and brand, Bess now leads a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing. She enjoys being a trusted resource and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings, to coach agents through difficult negotiations, choosing excellence.

Prior to her promotion to Senior Managing Director at Corcoran, as an agent Bess attained great success at their Carnegie Hill office. Bess achieved repeated membership in their Multi-Million-Dollar Club thanks to her exemplary customer service, knowledge of the market and results.

Originally from upstate New York, Bess earned her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her law degree from The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and also worked at Legal Aid as an attorney. Bess is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice. She speaks Spanish and has lived in various cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Seville, Spain. Bess is the mother of two children who are attending school on the Upper East Side . In spare time she enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and an advocate of the Kalief Browder Foundation.

 

Claudia Romo Edelman

We Are All Human
Founder

Claudia Romo Edelman is an advocate for the inclusion equity and representation. Her mission is  to use her voice to build bridges and remind us that we are all human.

She is a Special Adviser for the We Are All Human Foundation; she is also the Co-Host of ‘Global  GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through  the stories of champions making a difference. Claudia is the Editor at Large of Thrive Global and  it was recenly announced that she will step into the role of Editor in Chief of Thrive Hispanics.  Prior to this, the Mexican-Swiss diplomat was seconded to the Executive Office of the  Secretary-General of the United Nations, to lead communications and advocacy for the  Sustainable Development Goals.

Claudia is the former Chief of Advocacy of UNICEF. While living in Europe for 25 years, she  successfully led public relations and brand and marketing for global organizations including the  World Economic Forum, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the  Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria.

A frequent public speaker on development and humanitarian affairs, Claudia holds degrees in  Communications, Philosophy and Photography as well as a Masters of Political Communications  from the London School of Economics. Claudia is married and has two children. She enjoys  sports and speaks six languages.

Shoshanna Gruss

Shoshanna
Founder and Creative Director

Shoshanna Gruss is the founder and creative director of Shoshanna, her eponymous collection which debuted in stores in November 1998. Gruss revolutionized dress departments nationwide with the launch of her first collection. Her dedication to fitting and flattering the female body while indulging in whimsical details were a refreshing change from the contemporary offerings of the moment. In 2001, Gruss transformed the swimwear market by being the first to offer bra-cup sizing in the industry as well as sell tops and bottoms separately. In 2005, Gruss added a children's swimwear line to her collection, Shoshanna Baby Girl. As the digital landscape continued to grow, so did Gruss' namesake line with the launch of her e-commerce site. In 2015, Gruss felt there was a void in the eveningwear market and launched Shoshanna Midnight, a separate evening line with all pieces retailing under $800. As many clothing companies shifted to producing overseas, Shoshanna committed to domestically produce as many styles as possible. In 2016, Shoshanna received the "Made in NY" mark of distinction, certifying that over 75% of the collection is made in New York City. Gruss expanded into another market by adding boys swim trunks to her children's swimwear collection in 2017. In 2019, she partnered with Gwynnie Bee to launch an exclusive line, C'est Nous, featuring extended sizing. Gruss' continued success is a testament to her passion for both women and the fashion industry.

Marina Kovalyov

Russian American Foundation
President

Marina Kovalyov is highly regarded in Russian-speaking communities worldwide as both a cultural and business leader. After years of serving as Senior Curator at the St. Petersburg Museum (Russia), Marina worked as a chief curator at the Costumes and Textiles department at the Brooklyn Museum (New York).

In 1997 Marina Kovalyov co-founded the Russian American Foundationtogether with her daughter Rina Kirshner with the goal of building a bridge between the United States and former Soviet countries through art, cultural initiatives, sports and youth programming. Today, Russian American Foundation's initiatives are highly recognized for their ongoing support of cultural dialogue on national and international levels, among those:Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Programsin the USA; NSLI-Y for Youth Scholarships to Study Language Abroad programs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Annual Russian Heritage Month®,founded in collaboration with the City of New York and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and currently supporter by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Post, among many others.

Joined by her partner Sonya Bekkerman, Marina Kovalyov co-foundedSonmar Group, LLC – highly successful international art consulting firm specializing in art curation. As part of Astana Expo 2017 the Sonmar Group LLCfor the first time presented in Kazakhstan the works of the legendary artist and philosopher Nicholas Roerich as part of the exhibition “In Search of Shambhala: Masterpieces from the Nicholas Roerich Museum New York”, bringing the first American exhibition to Kazakhstan.

With her active lifestyle, Marina still finds time for charitable causes and serves on the board of a number of community organizations, such as – the Jewish Week, the Brownstone Experience Foundation, COJECO, Shorefront YM-YWHA.

Marina has been awarded numerous Honors and Awards for her contributions, including:

  • 2018 – “Trusted Partner Award”, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 – Special recognition for outstanding contributions to New York City, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
  • 2017 – Award for “Outstanding Commitment to the Jewish Community”, COJECO
  • 2010 – Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Jewish Community”, Queens Jewish Community Council, Inc.
  • 2008 – Award for “Contributions to the Successful Development of Cultural Life of New York”, The Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes
  • 2007 – Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Cultural Life of New York City”, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.
  • 2006 – Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Cultural Life of New York City”, New York City Council
  • 2005 – Award for “Outstanding Contributions to New York City”, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
  • 2004 – Special recognition by Channel 13, “Immigrant Women Pursuing The American Dream”
  • 2000 and 1996 – “Woman of the Year”, United Jewish Appeal
  • 1994 – “Woman of the Year”, Long Island Business Association

Amy Shecter

GLAMSQUAD
CEO

Amy’s business leadership success has transcended industries and operating environments, with a career spanning beauty, fashion and fitness across digital and physical channels in the domestic and international markets. As a senior executive, Amy has led DTC, wholesale and licensing, in startup, high growth and turnarounds businesses with a focus on delivering strong financial results.

An inspiring enterprise leader, executive team mentor and equally nimble strategist, operator, marketer and merchant, Amy leads the business through a discerning consumer lens and excels at galvanizing the organization to execute. She remains acutely focused on creating an emotional connection between the brand and the customer.

Currently the CEO of GLAMSQUAD, a technology-powered, consumer-focused company providing on-demand, at-home beauty services, Amy is leading the build of a digital enterprise and a strategic shift to diversified, product-focused sales channels. With a bold vision to revolutionize the beauty industry through personal commerce and an ambitious growth strategy focused on market expansion, strategic partnerships and multichannel product distribution.

Over the past two and a half years with Amy at the helm of GLAMSQUAD, the company has more than doubled in scale, opened new markets, launched proprietary technology, forged strategic partnerships and recently launched branded products to drive awareness and revenue.

Prior to GLAMSQUAD, Amy was the CEO of CorePower Yoga a leading fitness destination and also served as the President of C. Wonder, catapulting the brand from white space to a fully integrated retailer. Earlier, Amy operated in several senior executive capacities at DKNY, Cole Haan, and Tory Burch. Amy advanced up the merchandising, marketing and operations ranks in various leadership roles and began her career at Bloomingdale’s.

Karyn B. Schoenbart

The NPD Group
Chief Executive Officer

Karyn B. Schoenbart is the Chief Executive Officer of The NPD Group and the best-selling author of Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next.

Karyn has spent the majority of her career working at The NPD Group, which provides information and advisory services for over 20 industries.  NPD combines unique data assets and prescriptive analytics with industry expertise, working with the world’s leading brands to support better business decisions and drive growth.

Passionate about coaching others to greater levels of achievement, Karyn wrote Mom.B.A: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next as a practical guide on everything from effective first impressions and workplace politics to relationship development, skill-building, and overcoming the Impostor Syndrome.  The book is based on the real-life business lessons Karyn amassed during her career.

Karyn has received several awards recognizing her outstanding impact as a female business leader including the 2016 Long Island Brava Award and the 2017 Legacy Award from Women in Consumer Technology.  She was also named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market by the CEO Connection for the past four years.

Karyn currently serves on the advisory board of The Resolution Project, a nonprofit organization that develops socially-responsible young leaders.  Karyn has also served on the boards of directors of Civic Science, ARF Women in Analytics and CASRO, the Council of American Survey Research Organizations.   She regularly teaches classes in leadership and developing client relationships. Karyn is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.

Karyn is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, summa cum laude. She and her husband live in Woodbury, NY.  They enjoy the beach and spending time with their adult children.

FRIENDS OF BATSHEVA

Chagit Sofiev–Leviev

Leviev USA
CEO

Born in Israel as the fifth of nine children to Olga and Lev Leviev, Chagit graduated from Bar Ilan University, with a B.A. in Economics and Business administration. Following her graduation, Chagit worked as a financial advisor at Deloitte, advising on international real estate valuations and business planning which led her to a CFO position at the Memorand Group.

By 2012, Chagit relocated her family to New York City to head the U.S. arm of the multi-billion-dollar international conglomerate the Leviev Group of Companies founded by renowned businessman and philanthropist Lev Leviev with investments in a wide range of dynamic industries, including real estate, mining, energy, diamonds and jewelry.
Headquartered on Fifth Avenue, Chagit also runs the US branch of Lev Leviev Diamonds (LLD). LLD is one of the world’s largest diamond manufacturers and distributers. LLD is the only diamond firm in the world to control all facets of the diamond pipeline: from ownership in diamond mines, rough trading, manufacturing, and polishing, all the way to designing, and marketing prestigious diamond jewelry.

During this time, Chagit also manages the prominent real estate firm Africa Israel USA (AFI USA), where she serves as the firm’s CEO. AFI USA built a reputation of excellence in its residential developments by introducing some of the top brands in the real estate market over the past decade including District at 111 Fulton Street, 20 Pine - The Collection by Armani Casa, 15 Broad - Downtown by Philippe Starck, The Apthorp, 88 Leonard Street and The Marquis Residences on Brickell Avenue in Miami.

Chagit is currently a member of several Boards of Directors for a wide range of companies in Israel and in the US and has previously served on the boards of Fox-Wisel, an Israeli Public traded apparel company, holding such brands as Fox, Laline, Billabong, The Children’s Place and American Eagle among others; and she previously served as a Director for Israel’s TV channel 9.

Chagit, wife of Greg Sofiev and a mother to 4 young children, follows in the footsteps of her family’s philanthropic spirit with her time and resources, serving as President of select non-profit organizations that focus on Jewish education and the community.

Ariana Stolarz

MRM//McCann
Chairwoman

Argentine native. New Yorker by adoption. Curious by nature.

Ariana has built a career out of building and growing relationships between people and brands. She’s created connections with virtually every group of people out there: Moms, business travelers, political elites, kids, teens and tweens. Fashion lovers and home improvers. Affluent shoppers and deal hunters. Immigrants and emigrants. First time home buyers and students. And the list goes on and on.

Her innate understanding of how to connect with people stems from her nearly two decades of being plugged into the world of strategy. She has crafted strategy at the local, hyper-local, regional, national and global levels, and she has worked with multicultural and general market audiences.

Ariana has led digital strategy teams within award-winning advertising agencies. Before becoming Global Chief Strategy Officer at MRM//McCann, she lead teams at mcgarrybowen, The Vidal Partnership and JWT. Ariana holds an M.A. in Media Studies. She has spent her career unearthing, tracking and understanding human behavior and decoding people’s drivers to interact with media and technology; examining and shaping the way in which people relate with family, friends, colleagues, trusted sources, and strangers through technology; and coming up with novel ideas that creatively engage people beyond technology.

Ariana is also a Board Director at PVBLIC Foundation. Through her work and speaking engagements at the United Nations, she continues to push forward her commitment to harnessing the power of media to drive social change by raising awareness and activating citizens globally around the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, Ariana was recognized as a Leadership Council Honoree at the Media for Social Impact Summit held at the United Nations.

Victoria Zirkiev

Chazaq Organization Women's Divison
Entrepreneur & President
Victoria Zirkiev started a successful real estate development company together with her husband in 2004.
Victoria always had a passion for music. 10 years ago, she realized that the Jewish entertainment industry wasn’t exciting for the youth. She wanted to create music and entertainment content that would be appealing and grow Jewish pride within the youth. She opened a record label in US and Israel, and started producing events, concerts and music videos.
Victoria is CEO of HOSHEN Productions and VZ Productions, which handles internationally-renowned artists such as Gad Elbaz, Mayesz, Nissim Black and other major figures in the Jewish music world. She definitely changed the way the Jewish entertainment looks today.
Victoria is also a proud activist for women. She is the president of Chazaq’s woman’s division, which is a branch of a major organization in New York.
She is a very active member in her community, very involved in politics and advocating for the State of Israel.
She works tirelessly to bring Jews together through cultural and social events.

Batsheva Hay

Batsheva Dress
Designer

Queens-born Batsheva Hay started her eponymous label two years ago after leaving her job as a lawyer and deciding to experiment with designing dresses for herself and her daughter. Growing up, Batsheva’s artist mother would often take her to flea markets and vintage shops, dressing her in antique calico dresses, which became Batsheva’s uniform throughout her time at Stanford University and Georgetown Law School. After leaving her job at a big law firm, she began to redesign some vintage dresses, which were worn to bits, and quickly became obsessed with the design process. She bought her fabrics on eBay and at quilting shops, and she still uses vintage and limited-run cotton quilting fabric to make her clothing.

Batsheva initially made a small collection of four matching mother-daughter dresses and set up a simple website. As her dresses got more attention from magazines and retailers, her collections grew. Now she is designing four collections a year.
Batsheva lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, photographer Alexei Hay, who she collaborates with on brand imagery, and their two small children, Ruth and Solomon.

Shevi Peters

Community Leader
Philanthropist

Shevi Peters, born in Israel to Libyan and Yemenite parents, lives in New York City with her 5 children. Shevi’s boundless energy and time is also devoted to Jewish causes, in particular, to those that involve education. Her goal is to provide information on Israel’s rich history and Judaism, in particular to young adults.. Shevi believes that the key to reaching unaffiliated Jews is through inspiring education. The platform for her vision is her short video series designed to capture the attention of college students in a strategic and unique way. As a producer, Shevi creates short films designed to present the facts in a nuanced, thought-provoking way. She recently partnered with Jerusalem U on the Six Day War Project. The success of this project led to production of The History of Israel Explained. Shevi’s passion for Judaism includes her involvement in Mechina Tavor, an Israeli program from which her son graduated, that attracts young high school graduates, preparing them for leadership roles in the Israeli army. Shevi is a supporter of the Israeli organization Reservists on Duty, which sends IDF reservists worldwide to provide college students with a first hand account of the diverse population in Israel today. She is also involved with the Chabad Center for Jewish Discovery. Shevi works tirelessly to strengthen Israeli culture and Jewish identity.

Kim Heyman

Brand Ambassador

Kim Heyman, brand ambassador, philanthropist and mother of three, believes that the best way to teach her sons important Jewish values is by example. In doing so, she manages to successfully merge family, career, and acts of charity. As an energetic and passionate brand ambassador for cutting edge Israeli fashion designers, Kim shuttles between Manhattan and her beloved Tel Aviv, bringing their unique, artistic pieces stateside. By promoting and collaborating with these innovative designers, Kim has captivated a highly fashionable, discriminating American audience. Her website kimheyman.com showcases the collections of a highly curated group which includes Ella Levy, Tamara Salem, and Elisha Arbargel. Kim’s career in the fashion world started in public relations for Aeffe USA, an Italian fashion conglomerate.

Kim sits on the board of Boston University and is involved in the university’s Hillel. She is involved with many Jewish causes, in particular, the Eden Boarding School in Israel which is a boarding school for girls from abused homes. In addition to her financial support, Kim also mentors many of these young women giving them the attention they so desperately need. Kim’s personal story is one of professional and spiritual growth

CO-CHAIRS

Cathy Angert

Brown Harris Stevens
Licensed Real Estate Broker

Hayley Assael

J.P. Morgan
Vice President

Hayley is a Vice President at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she leads a specialized team that works with prominent, ultra-high net worth families and individuals predominantly in the Real Estate and Venture Capital industries.  She has extensive expertise in advising executives before, during, and after transition events to help ensure key items are considered and proactively evaluate accretive estate planning strategies.

Hayley joined the firm as an analyst in the Private Bank where she advised high net worth individuals in the media and entertainment industries.  While an analyst, she was one of the founders of the J.P. Morgan Women’s Insight Series “WISE,” an initiative aimed at fostering education and greater involvement in personal finances of female clients. She was also elected to the Global Analyst Council where she created and implemented learning and development programs for J.P. Morgan’s Global Wealth Management Analyst program.  Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Hayley worked at Barclays Capital as an analyst within their sales and trading division.

Hayley holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, a bespoke area of study focused on the analysis of data and markets through a public policy and humanistic lens, and their implications on the broader economy. While an undergrad, she re-chartered and led the Cornell University Wall Street Club.  Post college, she was elected to be a class officer and to the Human Ecology Young Alumni Council. She is an active member of the Private Bank’s Cornell recruitment team.

Hayley holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.  She received a certificate in financial planning from Northwestern University and in 2017 earned the designation of a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and is currently pursuing her MBA on a part-time basis at the NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Rachel Bien

Zenith Media
SVP, Media Strategy And Digital Investment

Alyssa Soto Brody

Compass
Founder of the Alyssa Brody Team

Alyssa Soto Brody brings an impressive range of capabilities and expertise to her role as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, making her both the trusted partner and secret weapon that buyers, sellers and investors want in their corner.

In her native Miami, Alyssa was a successful private investor before heading to New York to pursue her law degree. Her work as a real estate attorney makes her a coveted asset at the closing table, while her experience as a development marketing executive aids her impressive ability to develop creative selling strategies. With a proven mastery of new construction and pre-development planning, and a well-honed ability to leverage market data, it's no surprise she's set multiple sales records during her career.

Aside from her notable skill, Alyssa is a personable ally who excels at putting clients at ease. Intelligent, nimble and eminently trustworthy, she thrives on connecting with people and making their real estate dreams a reality.

Alyssa earned a B.A. from Florida International University and graduated with honors from New York Law School. A resident of West Chelsea, Alyssa loves spending time with her husband, Eric Brody, and their two daughters.

Alyssa leads the Alyssa Brody Team at Compass.

Meredith Burak

Rose Ventures, LLC
Chairwoman

Meredith Rose Burak facilitates innovative solutions across the fields of advocacy, philanthropy and for-profit investing to create worldwide political and economic change. As chairwoman of Rose Ventures LLC, Meredith advises companies and individuals at the intersection of capital formation and public relations. Meredith is the Vice President of Global Operations for Asana Bio Group, a cannabinoid-based research and development company focused on women’s health, located in Jerusalem Biotechnology Park, and Vice President of Public Affairs at Broadsum, a digital advertising company connecting people with issue-based campaigns. As a former financial executive at Merrill Lynch, Meredith provided strategic investment and philanthropic advice to her clients, managing hundreds of millions of dollars in assets for nonprofit organizations and labor unions. In the past, Meredith was a director of communications for the New York City Council where she organized high-profile citywide public relation campaigns to influence legislation, policy and the municipal budget. As a passion, Meredith advises elected officials and political candidates, including serving as an advisor to the 2016 campaign for Bernie Sanders for US President, and currently serves as Secretary of the board of directors of The Sanders Institute, a think tank in the pursuit of progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial and social justice issues. Meredith serves as chair of Public-Private Partnerships at the Survivor Initiative, catalysing tens of millions of dollars for impoverished Holocaust survivors. In honor of her mother, Meredith founded and is president of the Mary Haas Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Foundation to raise awareness and funds for research initiatives to combat the disease. Passionate about education and empowering future leaders, Meredith is the youngest professionals on the board of directors of Hillel International.

Michelle Divon

News12
Journalist & News Anchor

Michelle Divon is an Israeli-American journalist and TV host living in NYC and working as a news anchor and reporter for News12. Since moving to the city, Michelle has emceed various events for SOSA, the Algemeiner, JCRC, JCC, AICF, JCC, and others. Michelle has also written for Times of Israel and The Forward and hosted the annual Israel Parade broadcast on My9. Michelle holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Arielle Foni

Goldman Sachs
Merchant Banking Division

Arielle Foni is a member of Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division, specializing in Corporate Governance for the Corporate Equity, Corporate Debt, Real Estate and Infrastructure investment businesses. Arielle joined the firm upon graduating from Cardozo Law School and Brandeis University and is a licensed lawyer in New York and New Jersey. In her free time Arielle enjoys yoga, and as a former student of The Ramaz School is an active participant in their alumni network. Arielle currently resides in the Upper East Side in Manhattan with her husband Michael and daughter Selah Joelle.

Debra Fuchs

Debra Fuchs Consulting
Founder

Avriel Hillman

Avriel Hillman
Director, Creative Consultant, Coach

Avriel is a professional Acting Coach, Director/Actor, and Health Coach and Entrepreneur who looks for creative and entrepreneurial ways to empower, enlighten, and enhance people’s lives through innovation, art, and revolutionary ways of promoting new thought and meaningful action. She is certified in holistic health counseling and to teach the renowned Chubbuck Technique used by A-list stars. She is also the Founder of the Cure AVN Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing regenerative and biologic solutions for bone conditions and the BIOHIP project which is a broad effort to develop bio-printed and bioreactor built customized living bone implants as an alternative to traditional metal/ceramic hip replacements. She is also the Fonder of Red Stain Stage, ad theater/film company dedicated to liberating the "red stain” of femininity with new and refreshing perspectives on what it means to be a heroine. Red Stain Stage features contemporary playwrights who delve deeply into questions surrounding womanhood and seek out ways to empower emerging female directors through a network of support. We are distinguished by the determination to produce nationally as well as locally and to highlight inspiring stories past, present, and future told through innovative storytelling. At our core we believe in unravelling the disturbing aspects of how we come to feel stained, fights stains, and free ourselves from stains to find the part of us that never was. Red Stain aims to unravel how “ we" as women come to feel “stained" and to free ourselves from the parts of us that falls into the traps of a false narrative of impossibility. She also holds a certificate in Journalism from the London School off Journalism and is launching Ride The Current theater initiative, which connects journalists and playwrights/screenwriters to provoke current event driven new work. Avriel is constantly looking for ways to cultivate purpose driven heart-forward work that attempts ambitiously. to affect the world in powerful ways.

Masha Pearl

The Blue Card
Executive Director

Masha Pearlis Executive Director of The Blue Card and leads its national efforts to provide direct financial assistance to more than 2,500 Holocaust survivor households living at or below the poverty line. The Blue Card has provided more than $30 million to thousands of survivors for medical, dental, food, telephone emergency response systems, cancer care, homecare services, hospital visits and transportation expenses.

Under Masha Pearl’s leadership, The Blue Card’s annual operating budget has increased by 40%, outreach has expanded from 19 to 32 states. Masha’s philanthropic efforts have also led The Blue Card to receive The Independent Charities of America’s Best in America Seal of Excellence, as well as a four-star rating by Charity Navigator and accreditation by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Masha serves on the boards of the New York Foundation for Eldercare, and North American Friends of Amcha. Masha is a member of Women Presidents Organization She is also an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College in New York City.

Masha was voted one of New York City’s 20 Most Significant Young Philanthropists by The Observerin 2014 and Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 list.

Masha holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University and an MBA from Pace University.

Sidney Prescott

BNY Mellon
Vice President of Intelligent Process Automation

Sidney Madison Prescott is a Vice President of Intelligent Process Automation (Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence) at BNY Mellon, who partners with internal business units to strategize ways to transform business processes through robotic automation. As a result of Intelligent Process implementations, employees are freed up from general swivel chair activities to handle more value add tasks for Bank of New York’s extensive clientele. After spending the past few years of her career in the cognitive automation space, Sidney knows what drives successful global robotics implementations and has excelled at delivering projects resulting in seven figure return on investment stats for Fortune 250 companies across the globe.

Sidney has filled many prominent leadership positions in support of women in technology, with an emphasis on driving mentorship programs for young professionals. This includes a stint with the American Association of University Women as a campus chapter President. During her time at First Data, Sidney also held several enterprise-level leadership positions as a member of the YoPro (Young Professionals) employee resource group. Sidney was also recently nominated by the USA Women in Payments awards committee and a group of her peers, as a coveted “Rising Star in Payments” 2019 award recipient.

In addition to her extensive work in the technology sector, Sidney is also a published author with both an Honors Thesis and an award winning philosophical essay to her credit published by ScholarWorks & Misericordia University’s Journal of Living Philosophy. As a result of her academic excellence, Sidney was awarded an official state resolution by the State of Georgia’s House of Representatives in praise of her dedication to exemplary academic scholarship.

Sidney holds a BA in Philosophy & Political Science (Pre-Law) along with Honors, Advanced Honors & Research Honors from Georgia State University.

Karina Rabayeva

Scoragon Capital
Founder

Karina Rabayeva founded Scoragon Capital in 2017, a long/short equity fund specializing in biotechnology investments. The fund invests in promising companies across the biotechnology space, primarily focusing on novel therapeutics. Investments range from early clinical-stage to more mature commercial-stage companies across different indications.

Previously, she served as a Portfolio Manager for Daniloff Capital and has more than 7 years of experience investing in the financial markets with an event-driven focus on biotech. Over this period she has made numerous amount of successful investments. Most companies analyzed and invested in have received US FDA Approvals, positive Clinical Trial results and successful drug launches, many of which have been acquired.

Karina received her MA in Biotechnology magna cum laude from Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in October 2017 and graduated with honors in Business, Management & Finance from Brooklyn College (CUNY). She also received a certificate in Premed/Biotechnology from Columbia University, School of Professional Studies (SPS).

Liora Rez

Jewish Chick
Founder

Liora Rez started her social media platforms “Jewish Chick” back in 2014 as a way to connect to the outside world as she transitioned from the corporate finance arena to being a stay at home mommy. Fast forward five years, Jewish Chick Media has grown to be one of the most influential, bi-partisan grassroots efforts on the global stage advocating against antisemitism and support for the State of Israel.

Liora was born in the former Soviet Union (Kaunas, Lithuania) and immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio with her family as a young child. Growing up in a secular home, Liora’s strong connection with Judaism began shortly after she was married and started a family. From lighting candles on Shabbos to hearing the Megillah on Purim, Liora loves to shares her traditional take on Judaism with her combined audience of nearly 200,000 people from all over the world and inspiring others to the openness and beauty of the Jewish religion.

Sally Roubeni

Levine & Blit, PLLC
Senior Associate

Amy Wagner

ALTRESS
Chief Financial Officer

Amy Wagner is the Chief Financial Officer of ALTRESS, a sustainable, on-demand, and customizable womenswear company that is revolutionizing the fashion industry. In this capacity, Amy leads the finance, accounting, tax, and legal functions and is generally responsible for the Company’s commercial and corporate strategy with the Company’s CEO.

Prior to ALTRESS, Amy co-founded and was the Chief Financial Officer of Exusia, Inc, and a member of the Board of Directors of Exusia’s entities in the U.S., India, Brazil, South Africa, and Canada. In this role, Amy lead the firm’s global finance, operations, legal, compliance, and human resources functions as well as its corporate strategy.
Prior to Exusia, Amy was an investment banker and original team member at Greentech Capital Advisors and an investment banker at Citigroup. During this time, Amy completed over $30 billion of transactions and several landmark deals including the $14 billion acquisition of Barclays Global Investors by BlackRock, the largest asset management transaction to date, and the $11 billion leveraged buyout (LBO) of SunGard Data Systems, which was the second largest LBO, the largest technology LBO, and the highest levered LBO completed at the time of announcement.

Amy graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a citation in Spanish and is an avid supporter of educational programs, medical research, and animal rights. Amy has served on the New York regional board of Reading Partners, a non-profit that enhances literacy through in-school programs, and has been a tutor and mentor for at-risk students for over fifteen years. Amy has also served as a foster parent for rescue canines prior to adopting her own.

Sarah Williams

Societe Real Estate
Founder

Sarah Williams is actively involved in the downtown Jewish community of New York, working as an advocate for female collaboration with a focus on bonding through the framework of Jewish values. She is a real estate veteran of ten years and Founder of Societe Real Estate, a boutique real estate brokerage in Manhattan featuring Jewish female leadership.

Karen Zabarsky

Kushner
Creative Director

Karen oversees Design, Marketing, and PR for Kushner. She began her career in design overseeing the business development and marketing for architecture firms in New York City, including the boutique STUDIO V Architecture (Empire Stores, Macy’s Herald Square), and SHoP Architects (Barclay’s Center, South Street Seaport). She independently co-founded a pro bono civic advocacy effort called the Tanks at Bushwick Inlet Park, a design proposal aimed at preserving historic industrial structures on the Brooklyn waterfront, which she continues to oversee. Karen joined Kushner in 2015 where she focuses on the design development and positioning of new acquisitions and ground-up projects, as well as the enhancement of existing assets through design, culture, partnerships, and programming. Karen graduated a Presidential Honors Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa from NYU in 2013, with a degree in Urban Design and Architecture/Business. She is the lead singer of Local Law (locallawmusic.com).

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