LIZ SCHRAYER NAMED A 2014 “WOMAN TO WATCH” BY JWI

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WASHINGTON, November 18, 2014 /Jewish Women International-Press Release/ – Building on a tradition of showcasing Jewish women’s leadership, Jewish Women International has named Liz Schrayer, as a 2014 Woman to Watch. On December 8, the founder and CEO of Schrayer & Associates and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition will be honored for her work empowering people to find a voice in the political arena and for her commitment and time mentoring young women interested in political careers.

“JWI gets it right in their fight against domestic abuse,” Schrayer said, “and I am truly humbled to be among such distinguished women being honored.  But I am particularly thrilled to support their effort to inspire the next generation of young women who will be attending their upcoming Leadership Conference since we need these younger voices to bring their passion and energy to make our world a better place. Count me in to mentor and help them.”

“Women to Watch” events will kick off on Sunday, December 7th with JWI’s 2nd annual Sondra D. Bender Institute’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference.  Approximately 150 young women in their 20s and 30s will gather to speak with and learn from current and former Women to Watch honorees.

Throughout the years, Schrayer has developed political advocacy campaigns for a diverse range of clients including CARE and the education documentary Waiting for Superman. Her U.S. Global Leadership Coalition partners with the Gates Foundation to fight global poverty and promote engagement in the world through diplomacy and international development.

The former national political director for AIPAC, Schrayer serves on advisory committees for her alma mater, the University of Michigan and for George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Born and raised in Chicago, Il., she and her husband, Jeff Schwaber live in D.C. with their two sons. She has been a local member of the D.C. Jewish community, serving on numerous boards throughout the years, including the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and the JCC of Greater Washington. She has also been involved with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Schrayer is one of 10 extraordinary Jewish women leaders who are transforming communities and the lives of women and girls across the United States and who will be honored on December 8th.

“This year, JWI is honoring women who have been game changers in the worlds of politics, business, philanthropy, global hunger and poverty and Jewish life,” said the organization’s CEO, Lori Weinstein. “We have selected a magnificent group of 10 women leaders and role models who represent a diverse array of fields. Each is leaving her mark on her own community, on the country and on the global community of women JWI works to better every day.

JWI is the leading Jewish organization working to end domestic violence and empower women and girls. Over the past 14 years, the prestigious Women to Watch national leadership award has been presented to 140 women who serve as change makers and role models to young women. The event helps support JWI’s work to give women and girls strength, security and skills to be self-sufficient, both within and beyond the Jewish community.

This year’s honorees are individually profiled in the fall issue of Jewish Woman as well as at its website, www.jwmag.org.

Both the Young Women’s Leadership Conference and the Women to Watch luncheon & symposium will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Close to 1,000 attendees are expected. A limited number of seats are available to press. If interested in attending or covering, please contact Meredith Jacobs – 301-529-8591 or mjacobs@jwi.org.

Selected for their unique contributions across a wide array of professions, the 2014 honorees are:

Julie Chaiken, Marin County, CA

Founder of Chaiken, a San Francisco based clothing line, and Threadsuite, a business optimization tool that facilitates sales management and data analysis. She is a champion of reproductive rights and youngest board member at Center for Reproductive Rights.

Lisa Reiner Cohen, Washington, DC, Sondra D. Bender Community Leadership Honoree

Immediate past-President of Jewish Foundation for Group Homes and member of Board of Directors of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.

Gabby Giffords, Washington, DC

Former U.S. Representative known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus-building leadership in Congress. Founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with her husband.

Sharna Goldseker, New York, NY

Executive Director of 21/64, a non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. Serves on the Board of Directors of the Goldseker Foundation and is a member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing.

Jodi Macklin, Bethesda, MD

Interior designer featured in numerous magazines. She is also involved with many Jewish organizations, such as Israel Bonds Federation and the Hebrew Home.

Sunita Leeds, Washington, DC

Co-chairs The Enfranchisement Foundation, which focuses on breaking the cycles of poverty and intolerance in the United States as well as on women’s issues. Involved with many organizations, such as the League of Education Voters of America, NARAL, and the Executive Committee of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Roberta Levy Liss, Rockville, MD

Executive Vice-President of Leasing and Marketing at BECO Management, a premier, mid-Atlantic commercial real estate company. Recognized among an elite class of 13 Penn State University’s 2013 Outstanding Engineering Alumnae. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering.

Liz Schrayer, Washington, DC

Founding Executive Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm specializing in grassroots organizing. Currently serves as a member of Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.

Caryl Stern, New York, NY

President, US fund for UNICEF. Heads one of the largest non-profit agencies, currently leading campaign against child trafficking. Last year, Caryl’s book, “I Believe in Zero, Learning from the World’s Children,” was published to critical acclaim.

Rabbi Shira Stutman, Washington, DC

Director of Jewish Programming at Sixth & I. She is a scholar-in-resident at the National Women’s Philanthropy program at the Jewish Federations of North America and a member of the Board of Directors of Jews United for Justice and on the J Street rabbinic cabinet.

 

More information about Women to Watch is available at jwi.org/wtw.

Jewish Women International is the leading Jewish organization empowering women and girls through economic literacy, community training, healthy relationships education, and the proliferation of women’s leadership. JWI’s innovative programs, advocacy, and philanthropic initiatives protect the fundamental rights of all girls and women to live in safe homes, thrive in healthy relationships, and realize the full potential of their personal strength. Learn more at jwi.org,facebook.com/jewishwomeninternational and twitter.com/JewishWomenIntl.