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BBYO Honors Janice Lehrer-Stein and Bruce Zimmerman with Alumni of the Year Awards

February 14, 2014

Dallas – BBYO is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 BBYO Alumni of the Year Awards. Janice Lehrer-Stein received the Anita Perlman Distinguished Alumna Award and Bruce Zimmerman received the Sam Beber Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Each year, two renowned BBYO alumni are chosen by current BBYO members to receive these awards established in honor of Anita Perlman and Sam Beber, founders of the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), BBYO’s renowned leadership development program and high school sorority, and the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), its brother program.

Bruce Zimmerman, a graduate of Duke University and the Harvard Business School, is chief executive and chief investment officer of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), one of the largest university endowments in the United States. Janice Lehrer-Stein is a National Trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, board member of Disability Rights Advocates – a non-profit law firm working to improve access and secure the civil rights of individuals with disabilities – and past member of the Board of Directors of Medical Research Charities. Lehrer-Stein was appointed to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and the nation on matters related to national disability policy, by President Obama in 2010 and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2011.

Lehrer-Stein and Zimmerman were chosen because they embody the qualities that Anita Perlman and Sam Beber possessed and valued: sisterhood, brotherhood, tzedakah (charity), loyalty, honor and compassion. Exemplary leaders during their time in AZA and BBG, Zimmerman and Lehrer-Stein served as Grand Aleph Godol, International Teen President of AZA, and International N’siah, International Teen President of BBG, respectively from 1974-1975. Now, as BBYO alumni, they use the leadership skills learned then to contribute to and affect change in society.

“My BBG experience provided me with the skills necessary to make my way as a female professional during the turbulent decades that marked the emergence of women executives,” said Lehrer-Stein. “Growing up in Saskatoon, the cultural and geographical diversity offered everyone who participated in BBYO the opportunity to develop compassion and respect for differences of all kinds, teaching us the power and potential of working together to affect positive change and social justice – which so many of us, alumni and current members, continue to work towards today. I am honored to be receiving this distinguished award, which highlights the continuity between current members and alumni.”

Said Zimmerman, “I am thrilled to have been named one of BBYO’s alumni of the year. Growing up in the Lone Star State, my involvement in AZA shaped the values that I espouse to this day. It is truly special to receive this honor in my home state where I have so many great memories of my time in BBYO.”

Lehrer-Stein and Zimmerman received their awards on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 while addressing more than 360 of BBYO’s top teen leadership, professional staff, International Advisor Network and volunteers at BBYO’s International Convention (IC) in Dallas, Texas.

About Janice Lehrer-Stein

Janice is an alumna of Northwest Canada Region (Saskatoon, Canada). Janice is a former labor and employment discrimination litigator in San Francisco, California, and Washington, D.C. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 1982 leaving her legally blind, Janice has devoted her life to championing efforts that guarantee rights and quality of life to those living with any type of disability. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Janice to the National Council on Disability, and she was confirmed by the United States Senate in 2011. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of Medical Research Charities -- a national federation of research-focused non-profits, which solicits and directs employee donations to the Combined Federal and State Campaigns. She is a National Trustee of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and was Chair of the 2010 and 2011 Dining in the Dark dinner in San Francisco, which increased awareness about people with blindness and low vision. A board member of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit law firm working to improve access and secure the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, Janice holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale.

About Bruce Zimmerman

Bruce is an alumnus of Lonestar Region and a past Grand Aleph Godol. Bruce Zimmerman is chief executive and chief investment officer of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), one of the largest university endowments in the United States. A graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, he began his career at Bain and Company and served in a variety of management roles at Texas Commerce Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Before joining UTIMCO, Bruce served as CIO of Citigroup’s pension plans. Bruce and his wife Nancy reside in Austin, Texas.

About BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

Please note that BBYO should not be referred to as the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, but rather as “BBYO.”

For more information on BBYO, please visit www.bbyo.org

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