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 through leadership development of BBG alumni.

WLI EVENT SPOTLIGHT:
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

Each year at BBYO International Convention, members of the WLI Advisory Council come together to connect, learn, and hear from an array of speakers on topics related to empowering women’s leadership. This year’s slate of events included “Burnout in the Workplace,” featuring author Rebecca Soffer; “Pathways to Resilience,” a powerful panel of expert speakers on self-care and adaptability; and “Bringing It All Together,” an opportunity to engage with recent BBG alumni on mental health and wellness.

 

WLI Advisory Council

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP

Tracy Kalik

Tracy Kalik


Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Attorney, Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC

Ms. Kalik is a Partner at the Washington, DC law firm Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC having devoted more than a decade to representing and obtaining judgments for American victims of terrorism in numerous cases against sponsors of terrorism including Libya, Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Palestinian Authority as well as against banks which are accused of funding terrorism. Her firm served as co-lead counsel in Litle et al v Arab Bank, PLC, the first case in the United States in which a jury found a bank was found liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act for knowingly supporting terrorism. In 2016, she along with her partners, were named Trial Lawyers of the Year by Public Justice, for their work in that case.

In addition to her work on behalf of American victims of terrorism, Ms. Kalik concentrates her practice on complex litigation including class actions on behalf of consumers. She and her firm have served as co-lead counsel in consumer class action cases against Johnson & Johnson, Garmin and Microsoft, among others.

Ms. Kalik received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University National Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Emory University. She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the States of Maryland and Missouri.

She is married to her husband Greg, and is mom to Allie, former member of the 2017-2018 BBG International Board and now a second year student at the University of Wisconsin. In 1988-89, Tracy served as the International N’siah of BBG.
Sara Littauer

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.
Dana Sandweiss

Dana Sandweiss


Vice Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Attorney
Board Member, ACLU-MO and Planned Parenthood STL

Dana is a licensed attorney in Missouri and currently serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, and is a founding member and of Planned Parenthood STL's Women's Leadership Circle. Dana is on the Board of ALCU-MO and Coeur Academy, a school that helps students with special needs to achieve individualized goals through a child-led approach, combined with research-based methods and new ideologies. Dana serves on the Advisory Boards of It Starts Today Missouri, a crowd-funded political initiative to fund Missouri's Democratic state legislative nominees with small monthly donations from individuals throughout the state, and Progress Women, which is a collection of community leaders formed to help empower women for equality, justice, civil rights. Dana is a founding member of Access MO, a state-wide political action committee, inspired by Jewish values, that supports candidates in Missouri who publicly embrace and advocate for reproductive healthcare and freedom.
Claire Blumenthal

Claire Blumenthal


Young Professional Chair, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council
Product Manager, Door Dash

Claire Blumenthal is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting advising retail companies on digital strategy, product management, and customer experience programs. During her years at Deloitte, she has worked on projects for consumer-facing clients focused on marketing, merchandising, store operations, and inventory management. She served as the Co-Chair for the Deloitte Analyst and Consultant Action Committee leading personal/professional development initiatives for over 700 consultants. Outside of Deloitte, Claire gained e-commerce experience working at Yoox Net-A-Porter in the Office of the CEO team. She has also worked in strategy & operation roles for several early-stage startups including direct-to-consumer femtech company Callaly. Claire co-founded ShieldWear to provide care homes and corporates with high quality face masks and personal protection equipment during COVID-19. She continues to advise ShieldWear as the company has seen dramatic growth flying millions of units of equipment to Europe and supplying high volume orders across 17 countries. Claire received her BS with honors from Cornell University and MBA from London Business School.

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

 

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.

CONTACT US

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