Fellowship Criteria

Women inPower is open to female leaders across all industries, for- and non-profit. To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Jewish woman or woman who works for a Jewish agency
  • Live in the Chicagoland area (city or suburbs)
  • 15 years or more of work experience
  • Seeking career advancement in the next 5 years
  • Open to exploring new ideas and perspective
  • Uncompromising in commitment to professional advancement
  • Eager to learn new strategies for professional and personal success
  • Willing to share experiences and insights with the cohort of Fellows
  • Committed to participation in the 9-month Fellowship


Jodi S. Cohen

Reporter, ProPublica

Stacey J. Dembo

Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC

Pamela Handmaker

Sr. Director, Product and Innovation, Voluntary Benefits at Trustmark

Alissa Luck

Chief People Officer | CHRO at Q-Centrix

Efrat R. Schulman

Partner, Jones Day

Leslie Rosen Stern

Managing Director | Meeting Your Mission

Stephanie Tuchten

HR Business Partner | Northwestern Medicine

Amy Dordek Dolinsky

Director of Business Development | Lucas James Talent Partners

Carol Atkins

President | A.M. Real Estate Communications, LLC

Amy Galvin

Managing Partner | Luxury Living Chicago Realty

Steering Committee

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Mayor of the City of Chicago; Honorary Co-Chair, JCC Chicago’s Women inPower 2020 Steering Committee

Danielle Claman Gelber
President and Executive Producer, Acoustic Productions, Inc.

Addie Goodman
President/CEO, JCC Chicago

Alison Gutterman
CEO/President, Jelmar

Gerri Kahnweiler
General Partner, InvestHER Ventures

Lisa Reisman
CEO Azul Partners Inc & Co-Founder MetalMiner

Phyllis Tabachnick
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Women inPower Includes:

Regular meetings:
Gathering regularly over 9-months.

Meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month from Noon-1pm.
Meetings will be held virtually, until it is safe to do otherwise.

Cross-sector mix:
Connecting women from different backgrounds and industries

Skill building:
Providing opportunities for self-growth and learning

Peer-to-peer mentoring:
Creating the space where women guide and support each other—either peer-to-peer or by matching women with more senior mentors

Socializing and friendship:
Offering fun events that allow for shared experiences and lasting connections


Please contact Hillary Wenk at hwenk@jccchicago.org for more information.