The UJA-Federation of New York’s Professional Women’s Philanthropy hosted Women of Influence. The event honored four remarkable women for their professional and philanthropic accomplishments and for being role models for future generations of professional women:
Elana Drell-Szyfer, chief executive officer, AHAVA North America and deputy chief executive officer, AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories
Bonnie Fuller, founding president and editor-in-chief, HollywoodLife.com
Leandra Medine, author and founder, The Man Repeller
Charlotte Ronson, fashion designer
Elana Drell Szyfer
In addition to her role as CEO/GM of Ahava North America, the leading global innovator in Dead Sea mineral-based skincare products, Elana Drell Szyfer has been named Deputy CEO of AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories, the parent company located in Lod, Airport City, Israel.
There, she oversaw all marketing and strategy activities for the companies’ largest division and was responsible for the brand’s skincare, makeup and fragrance categories and new media efforts. Among her accomplishments while at Estée Lauder, she led the efforts for the upgrade and re-launch of the brand’s cult product, Advanced Night Repair, and introduced it to a new generation of women. This effort helped to double the brand’s annual sales and leading franchise annually.
The event took place on Tuesday, May 7th, at JW Marriott Essex House New York in Manhattan.
Bianna Golodryga, Good Morning America weekend co-anchor and ABC News Business correspondent, served as emcee, and Donny Deutsch, advertising executive and television personality, moderated a panel discussion with the honorees about their careers and issues affecting women in the workforce.
The event was chaired by Maggie Gallant, Patricia Miller, and Lyss Stern. Guests included Yigal Azrouël, Claire Distenfeld, Ann Dexter-Jones, Ramy Sharp, Shoshanna Gruss, Dani Stahl, Erez Sabag, Alison Brod, Keri Glassman, Tanya Zuckerbrot, and more.
Women of Influence: The event ticket proceeds go to UJA-Federation of New York‘s annual campaign that helps sustain a network of nearly 100 health and human-service agencies in New York, in Israel and around the world. Additional donations go to the Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund, a program administered by the Thypin Oltchick Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at FEGS Health & Human Services, a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York.
About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, almost 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world – to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.
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