THE ANITA M. PERLMAN WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

Launched at BBYO International Convention in February 2019 in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the B'nai Brith Girls (BBG), the Anita M. Perlman Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) enhances leadership and mentorship opportunities for young women through BBYO. The WLI Advisory Council, featuring successful women at varied stages of their lives and careers, actively works with BBYO to inspire and empower young women, and the Anita M. Perlman Fellowship offers an exclusive opportunity for continued leadership and professional development to BBG alumni. Both are integral elements of the Women's Leadership Initiative.

WLI EVENT SPOTLIGHT:
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Each year at BBYO International Convention, members of the WLI Advisory Council and the WLI Fellowship come together to celebrate the power of BBGs worldwide with a remarkable slate of events – panel discussions with industry pioneers; workshops celebrating women leaders and discovering what’s next for women in the workplace; and roundtable discussions with teens on the power of mentorship.

 

WLI Advisory Council

Launched at BBYO International Convention in February 2019 in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of B'nai Brith Girls (BBG), The Anita M. Perlman Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI)  enhances leadership and mentorship opportunities for young women through BBYO. The Advisory Council for WLI features highly successful women, at varied stages of their lives and careers, who actively work with BBYO to inspire and empower young women through WLI. Advisory Council members guide WLI strategy; participate in special experiences; support teens, alumni, and advisors; and inspire and empower young women worldwide.

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP

Diane Greenwald

Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Scarsdale, NY

Diane Greenwald is a trained designer, communications professional, and art historian who ran the marketing department for a major architecture firm early in her career. After returning to school to complete coursework in museum education, Diane acted as a docent in NYC museums, focusing on sharing art with families and children and ran an arts education program in her local elementary school for a decade. Now parenting teens, Diane finds herself fortunate to be a full time philanthropist and volunteer, supporting the communications needs for many local organizations. Committed to life long learning, Diane served as a trustee for the Scarsdale Public Library and has been a central champion of a $20 million building renovation helping transform the Library for the 21st century. Diane has served on the League of Women Voters Board, The Greyston Foundation Board, and serves as an elected member of a local nominating committee charged to select school board members. Active in politics, Diane is the 2019 recipient of the “Westchester Women Make A Difference” Award, presented by Eleanor’s Legacy, for her work to identify, train, support and fund Democratic, pro-choice women candidates for political office.

Giselle Weismann

Vice Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Consultant, Self-Employed
Rye, NY

Giselle is a professional consultant with extensive experience working with both large and small organizations in the areas of strategy, leadership and board development. On the volunteer side, Giselle works with The Acceleration Project providing consulting services for local businesses. She also serves as a Graduation Coach for Yonkers Partners in Education, where she mentors high school students.

Growing up in Denver, Colorado BBG played a key role in developing Giselle’s Jewish identity. She credits BBG with giving her the skills to take on leadership roles in other organizations and become part of a Jewish community of doers! Giselle continues to be passionate about Jewish continuity and Israel and is involved in many organizations including sitting on the boards of several local and national Jewish organizations.

Spending time with her family is one of her true joys, especially dragging them on many obscure trips. When they are not travelling, they can be found playing competitive Catan and baking lots of delicious challah.

Sara Littauer

Vice Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Vice President, Transformation, Epiq
New York, NY

Sara Brooke Littauer is the vice president, transformation at Epiq, a global legal services firm. Ms. Littauer leads the Transformation Office, which is responsible for the oversight and execution of strategic initiatives for the organization including post-merger integration, enhancing business analytics, and driving efficiency and effectiveness across the enterprise.

Prior to Epiq, Ms. Littauer was the director of development and training at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. She led the design and implementation of an innovative, strategic talent management program which included a competency-based performance management model and a new compensation system. She also led WilmerHale’s Women’s Leadership initiative, legal project management program and recruiting. Prior to WilmerHale, Ms. Littauer was the director of attorney development at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She developed their partner leadership and coaching program.

WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN

Members of the WLI Advisory Council have the opportunity to serve as mentors to young women participating in the WLI Fellowship, a yearlong leadership development program for BBG alumnae with 3-5 years of professional experience, as well as to current BBYO teens and within the Council community itself. Council members are also invited to join Fellowship and BBG events as speakers and program facilitators, sharing their professional and personal experiences with rising women leaders.

 

FEATURED WLI EVENTS

Over the year, the Advisory Council hosted a series of events featuring prominent women in leadership. In conversation with teen leaders, these women shared lessons and insights gleaned from their personal experiences, exploring topics from financial empowerment to the impact of the #metoo movement to the challenges of balancing work and personal life.

OUR FOUNDER’S LEGACY

"My grandmother was a huge role model for me in how to be in the world as somebody with opportunity. Even when she didn’t have the resources monetarily to contribute philanthropically, she always gave of herself in ways that she could; in leading organizations and volunteering her time and energy...Our whole family [is] so fortunate to be of service with our talents, not just with the resources we can offer. It’s been a privilege to carry her legacy forward."  

—Ruth Perlman, BBYO International Board of Directors and granddaughter of Anita M. Perlman

 

Anita M Perlman WLI 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 for the next cohort of Fellows will open in May 2022.

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.

 

Impact on past fellows

 

REFER A FELLOW

EMPOWERING WOMEN LEADERS

"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."  

—Julie Rubinstein, University Recruitment Associate at Grant Thornton LLP & Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region Alumna

 

CONTACT US

For more information, please contact Rachel Krueger, Associate Vice President of Community Engagement, at [email protected].