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      May 1, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

      364 Manville Road
      Pleasantville, New York 10570

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      UJA-Federation of New York Westchester Women's Symposium

      UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester will convene the first-ever Westchester Women’s Symposium on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville. The Symposium will feature fourteen women who live or work in Westchester who have turned ideas into action by founding and/or leading a variety of non-profit organizations. The opening speaker will be Abigail Pogrebin, noted author, columnist and freelance journalist.

      The speakers are women who drive change to improve the lives of others in a number of fields including mental health, education, the homeless, cancer, LGBTQ teens and the arts. They will share their stories through interviews, panel discussions, and TED Talk format presentations. The event chairs are Elissa D. Hecker of Irvington, Laura Kleinhandler of Rye Brook, and Vivian Sklar of Scarsdale.

      “We are thrilled to be bringing these amazing women together to share how each identified a need and created a program to meet that need. It’s very fitting that this program is being convened by UJA-Federation of New York. Like these women, UJA is a change maker and problem solver, identifying and meeting the needs of vulnerable New Yorkers and Jews everywhere,” said Hecker.

      The speakers and their organization are as follows:

      Carola Otero Bracco of Mt. Kisco, Executive Director, Neighbors Link

      Robin Bronk of New Rochelle, CEO, The Creative Coalition

      Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq. of Mt. Vernon, Chief Executive Officer, My Sister’s Place

      Edie Demas of Pleasantville, Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center

      Stephanie Marquesano of Ardsley, Founder & President, the harris project

      Marjorie Madfis of White Plains, Founder and President, Yes She Can Inc.

      DeLauné Michel of Tarrytown, Founding Producer, Spoken Interludes and Author

      Wendy Nadel of Stamford, CT, Founding Executive Director, Yonkers Partners in Education

      Caren Osten Gerszberg of Larchmont, Life Coach and Writer

      Genevieve Piturro of Irvington, Founder, Pajama Program

      Abigail Pogrebin of New York City, Author, Columnist, and Freelance Journalist

      Joan Raiselis of Tarrytown, Architect & Consultant, Raiselis Sustainability Consultants

      Sandy Samberg of Rye, Co-Founder and Executive Director, SOUL RYEDERS®

      Jane Veron of Scarsdale, CEO and Co-Founder, The Acceleration Project (TAP)

      Diane Werner of White Plains, Founding Chair, Mosaic of Westchester

      A light breakfast will be served. The cost of the event is $118. $100 of the cost per person – the value of the event – is not tax deductible. Registration is required at

      WHAT: UJA-Federation of New York Westchester Women’s Symposium

      WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

      TIME: 9:00 am -12:30 pm

      WHERE: Jacob Burns Film Center
      364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, NY

      MEDIA Lisa Itzkowitz, UJA-Federation

      R.S.V.P.: 914.385.2103 (office) 914.584-5607 (cell)

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      Photo Caption
      (l-r) Marjorie Madfis, Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Elissa D. Hecker (Chair) Genevieve Piturro, Joan Raiselis, Wendy Nadel, Diane Werner Sandy Samberg, Vivian Sklar (Chair), Laura Kleinhandler (Chair)

      Seven of the fourteen women who will speak at UJA-Federation’s Westchester Women’s Symposium on May 1, pictured with the event co-chairs.

      About UJA-Federation of New York

      For more than 100 years, UJA-Federation has brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Through UJA, more than 50,000 donors impact the issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching the lives of 4.5 million people each year. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at

      Cost: Payment required - . The cost of the event is $118. $100 of the cost per person – the value of the event – is not tax deductible. Registration is required at

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