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Anita M. Perlman Fellowship

Launched in 2020 as an opportunity to provide continued leadership and professional development to alumnae, the Anita M. Perlman Fellowship is a yearlong program for BBG graduates with 3-5 years of professional experience. Fellows attend in-person and virtual workshops with industry leaders, receive mentorship from highly accomplished professionals, and join together for immersive retreats throughout the year—building community and learning how best to advocate for themselves in the workplace.

Applications are due June 18, 2021 and include a short video submission in addition to a few short-answer questions. A select group of applicants will be invited to a 30-minute interview with our selection committee the week of July 26-30, 2021 and final selections will be announced by August 6, 2021.

The Fellowship is generously underwritten by the Anita M. Perlman Women’s Leadership Initiative, with the majority of travel costs and expenses covered, aside from a $250 fee due at the time of acceptance.
Please reach out to Rebecca Cohen at [email protected] to discuss a payment plan as needed.

Through the fellowship



gained knowledge, tools, and resources to help them become more successful professionals


feel better equipped to self-advocate


plan to continue a relationship with a fellowship mentor


earned a promotion or got a new job


negotiated for a higher salary

The fellowship was such a wonderful way to help my professional growth. Having an outlet for this type of growth was more important than I realized.

Julia Rubenstein
University Recruiting Associate, Grant Thornton LLP
Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region BBYO Alumna


Throughout the fellowship, alumnae learn directly from chief officers, global leaders, and key influencers across a variety of industries. Topics and speakers include experts in effective communication, network-building, self-advocacy, and beyond. Click to see all of last year’s speakers


Tara Schuster
Best-Selling Author and Former
Vice President of Talent and
Development at Comedy Central


Karen Katz
Former CEO, Neiman Marcus


Kemi Akisanya-Rose
Founder, Puravida Leadership Group

I felt the topics were directly relevant to my career and the skillsets I wanted to build.

Sophia Zisook
Director, Organizational Partnerships at Hello Alice
Great Midwest Region BBYO Alumna


  • Fellows will expected to be available for up to two hours for virtual sessions once a month during the weeks listed below. Meeting times will be finalized upon acceptance to the program.
  • Pending health and safety guidelines, Fellows will be required to travel to New York, Baltimore, and Dallas for the three in person retreats during the dates listed.
  • Fellows may need to spend time in advance of the session completing up to 60 minutes of pre-work, which may include but is not limited to connecting with another Fellow, watching a video, reading materials, identifying application of content to their professional setting, etc.
  • Fellows will be expected to participate in small-group sessions with an assigned mentor to process and identify personal applications for the content.
  • Fellows are encouraged to gain permission from their supervisor to participate in this experience, and gain support for the overall time requirement and anticipated time away from work for travel.
  • Fellows agree to both learn and contribute in all cohort sessions, and embrace people and perspectives of all backgrounds, denominational affiliation, gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, including those with a range of intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities.

In-Person Retreats


Virtual Sessions

September 1, 2021

Week of October 18th, 2021

Week of November 15th, 2021

Week of December 13th, 2021

Week of January 18th, 2022

Week of March 21st, 2022

Week of April 18th, 2022

Week of May 16th, 2022

Week of June 14th, 2022


"I loved these sessions because they created space for conversations we don't typically get to have in professional development settings. They explored beyond the career/workforce and provided activities that helped us either create something or discover something about ourselves and the people we surround ourselves with.


Lindsay Goodman
Senior Public Health Consultant, Guidehouse
New England Region BBYO Alumna



Social Strategist, Ogilvy

I spend my days looking for insights from research that I can turn into stories I tell on behalf of brands. I spend my energy on work, and then I leave to spend time with my people all over New York. I spend my favorite moments with my family and friends discovering new food, art, books, or parks. I spend the money I earn mostly on rent and food, and then I spend what's left over on travel. I spend my could-be-savings on travel to expand that at home discovery to reach into other cultures, languages, and people. I spend so that I can avoid being spent. My spending makes me richer.


Student, Marymount University

I grew up in Cary, North Carolina, where I was a member of Shaina BBG. My time in BBYO helped me discover my passion for leadership and feminism - which would carry into my future values and aspirations. As I have moved through college and graduate school, I’ve further tailored a passion for social activism, women's rights, equality, diversity and inclusivity.

I am a graduate of Elon University (‘19) with a B.A. in Psychology and Minors in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Criminal Justice Studies. Throughout my time at Elon, I remained dedicated to the multi-dimensional well-being of my peers, serving as a Wellness Peer Leader and Educator. Through this position, I created numerous campus wide programs and events, including ""Consent Week,"" ""Take Back the Night"" and ""Thanks Birth Control Day.” At Elon, I became certified in suicide prevention via Counseling Services and sexual violence prevention via Title IX training.

I currently live in Arlington, Virginia. I am an M.A. candidate in Marymount University's Forensic and Legal Psychology Program (‘21). I have a spirited interest in the criminal justice system, and the intersection between sexual violence and psychopathology.

I currently advise Lahat BBG in Northern Region East.


Field Enumerator, U.S. Census Bureau Student, Virginia Tech

I am currently a senior studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Throughout my time in college I have had several internships in engineering, research, and finance. I am also involved in a variety of organizations at Virginia Tech. I am active in Hillel at Virginia Tech, I am an analyst in Bond And Securities Investing by Students, and I served as the Conference Coordinator for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers. Upon graduation in May, I will be joining Citigroup as a Markets Analyst in their Securities Division. In my free time, I am an avid traveler and part-time woodworker.


Consultant, Guidehouse

My name is Lindsay, and I'm currently a healthcare management consultant in Washington, DC. I'm a proud double alumna of The George Washington University where I earned a masters of public health degree in 2018. Before moving to DC, I grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island and loved the time I spent as a part of BBYO's New England Region. Outside of work, I'm a member of GW's Young Alumni Network and the Jewish Women International's Young Leadership Network DC chapter. In my free time, I enjoy attending theater performances at the Kennedy Center, exploring DC, and making it my mission to taste the ice cream in every city I visit.


Business analyst, Capital One

I work as a business analyst at Capital One, where I support the Walmart credit card team by driving analyses on customer behavior that inform how we should be communicating with and servicing the customer. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2019 with a degree in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Organization & Strategic Management. At Wash. U., I was involved in several women’s leadership organizations and worked at the Career Center, where I helped students and alumni navigate the process of finding employment or applying to graduate school. I live in Arlington, Virginia (just outside of Washington, D.C.) where I like to bake too many cupcakes, read YA novels, run whenever I can, and write in my bean bag.


Courier Growth Associate, DoorDash

My name is Renee—I am originally from Atlanta, went to college in Nashville, and moved to NYC almost 3 years ago to start my career! My first job out of school was at Morgan Stanley in HR, and about 4 months ago I switched roles to work in strategy & ops at DoorDash (quite a big change going from a bank to tech). Outside of work, I love to travel, work out (huge ClassPass fan), spend time with friends/family, and try new NYC restaurants.
BBYO has made such an impact of my personal and professional life, and I am thrilled to be able to continue learning and growing with the organization.


Student, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies/Hebrew College

I'm currently a student at Pardes Institute of Jewish studies, where I learn Talmud and Torah by morning, and study for my Masters in Jewish Education through Hebrew College by evening. I've just completed the application process for rabbinical school, and plan to begin in Fall 2020.


Tax Accountant, Ernst and Young

I am originally from Indianapolis and currently live in Chicago. I attended Indiana University where I studied Accounting and Operations Management. I graduated in May 2018 and am in my first year at EY as a tax accountant. I spent part of last year living in Jerusalem and studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. I continue to apply what I learned at Pardes through being involved in the Jewish community in Chicago. I love to meet new people, listen to podcasts, travel, and hang out with my dogs. I am excited to be a part of the fellowship to grow my professional skill set and network.


Program Associate, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

I am currently a Program Associate for US Jewish Grantmaking at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, where I provides support and technical assistance to a portfolio of grants shaping diverse, inclusive Jewish communities, deeply connected to Israel and committed to making the world a better place.

Prior to joining the Foundation, I supported development activities and corporate sponsorship acquisition at Ochsner Health System, and worked at other organizations in the Greater New Orleans area in tech, economic development and Jewish community.

I graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Communications and Jewish Studies and a minor in Management. I am planning to begin an MBA part-time in the DC area this fall, and in my spare time, you can find me traveling, trying new restaurants, going to concerts and exploring DC.


Product Manager, Google

Originally from Seattle, I attended the University of Pennsylvania where I earned an undergraduate degree in Business from The Wharton School and a Masters of Computer and Information Technology from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. I currently live in San Francisco, where I work as an Associate Product Manager at Google.


Risk Advisory Staff, Ernst and Young

My name is Alyse Weinstein, and I'm 22 years old originally from Cleveland, OH and now living and working in Cincinnati. I work in Risk Advisory at EY, consulting in technology risk for financial services organizations. I love spending as much time outdoors as possible (mountains over the beach always), went on a solo cross-country road trip this past summer, and can eat ice cream every day and never get tired of it. I was active in BBYO across the board in high school, and got involved post-grad as an advisor just about as soon as I could. While I'm happy with my job and the company, I don't really know where I want to be and how I can best utilize my skills and passions, and hope this experience can help me uncover a bit of those insights. I know I'm not the only person going through these feelings, so I'm excited to meet others who are currently and have been in similar positions and find myself a little.


Merchandise Analyst, Kohl's Corporate

Hello! My name is Molly Wertheimer and I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I studied Retail Merchandising and Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and now I work at Kohl's Corporate as a merchandise analyst in Women's Activewear. I'm passionate about retail and all the things that come with it: consumer behavior, visual merchandising, supply chain, sustainability, etc. In my free time I love to read, try new restaurants, go to concerts, and travel.


Services Market Leader, IBM

I joined IBM from Ernst & Young in 2016 in Denver, Colorado. I am a Services Financing Leader for IBM Global Financing, responsible for growing services financing revenues for the US geography for Telecommunications, Cloud Managed Service Providers, Media & Entertainment and Utilities. I’m currently responsible for building key relationships with both internal key stakeholders and clients, while strategically designing deal structures to meet client requirements.

I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Colorado and received my Master’s Degree in Accounting from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. I currently live in Denver, Colorado and enjoy skiing, traveling and volunteering.


Partner Success Manager, Kiva

I am a Licensed Social Worker and the Midwest Regional Manager of Kiva, a nonprofit that works to create a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives. In my role at Kiva, I provide support in setting up, maintaining, and building off of local partnerships around the US with like-minded organizations that want to bring financial inclusion to their communities.

I am the chairwoman of the board of directors for Everybody Dance Now (EDN), a nonprofit organization that provides free dance classes to underserved youth. Previously, I was the Founding Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of EDN, becoming the fastest growing chapter in the organization's history.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master's in Social Work at the University of Chicago. I am an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge, an Accenture Innovate for Good Finalist, a recipient of DePaul University's James R. Doyle Outstanding Leadership and Women of Spirit and Action student awards and DePaul University's Women of Substance alumni award. Through each of my ventures, I works to dismantle the systems that disenfranchise communities.

For more information about the fellowship, please contact Rebecca Cohen, Director of the Anita M. Perlman Women's Leadership Initiative at [email protected].


Applications due June 18, 2021

Application Timeline

  • Application Due: June 18th

  • Interviews: Week of July 26th

  • Notification of Selection: By August 6th