Jewish Community Center launches ‘Women inPower’ | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Community Center launches ‘Women inPower’


The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is launching a pilot program, Women inPower, to provide mentorship and professional development opportunities to leading women.

The pilot program is supported by the JCC Association of North America, modeled after a program at the 92Y Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York.

“Milwaukee has a wealth of talented, passionate and creative female leaders,” said Sarah Siegel, chief program officer for the JCC and leader of the program. “It’s time we provide this emerging class of leaders with the resources and relationships so that C-suites throughout our community reflect that.”

“C-suite” typically refers to an organization’s top executives, which can include people with the word “chief” in their title.

The twelve-month fellowship will begin in March and feature a mix of formal and informal engagements focused on skill building, peer-to-peer mentoring, network building, and ongoing development with executive leaders throughout the community. 

Applications for Women inPower are open to emerging female professionals who are Jewish – or work professionally in a Jewish field – and live in the greater Milwaukee area, have 15 or more years of professional work experience, and are seeking career advancement in the next five years.

“We’re working to connect creative, ambitious, and community-minded leaders from all sectors and provide them with meaningful experiences to best prepare them for their next leadership role,” added Siegel.  “Like everything we do at the JCC, it will be built on partnership, inclusion, and an absolute commitment to equity and justice.”

Joining the JCC in this effort are Women inPower Steering Committee members Andrea Schneider (Marquette University), Linda Gorens-Levey (General Capital Group), Betsy Brenner (retired, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Miryam Rosenzweig (Milwaukee Jewish Federation), and Patti Gorsky (Make-A-Wish Foundation), who will work with Siegel to identify mentors, build programming, and develop the inaugural cohort of the Women inPower fellowship.

Application for interested fellows is available at and will be available through Feb. 10, 2020.