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 12-month Fellowship


Applications are now closed. Thank you to all those who applied.


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

Marci Horowitz
Global Client Director, Dun & Bradstreet

Rebecca Howard
CEO, Paylink Direct

Debra Siena
President, Midtown Athletic Clubs

Candice Silver
Vice President/Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Chase

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 a period of 12 months

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 Elizabeth Abrams at eabrams@jccchicago.org for more information.