Young Women's Leadership Network

JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network, funded in part by the Sondra D. Bender Community Leadership Institute brings together Jewish professional women in their 20s and 30s to grow as leaders in their workplaces, their communities and their personal lives.  

The YWLN connects members to a network of inspiring role models from a diversity of fields. Our young women are inspired to be great by doing good, participating in social action events and meeting with philanthropists. Building on JWI's financial literacy expertise and commitment to preventing domestic violence, YWLN monthly programs include economic security and healthy relationship offerings. And of course we have fun with events like happy hour, baking workshops and group exercise.

But most of all, we're building a community. At the heart of the YWLN is a group of amazing young women becoming their best selves with a network of friends. 

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Big news! YWLN is expanding to New York City and Denver! 

2016 Events

Babka Bake
February 29, 2016
YWLN DC had a demonstration from kosher chef and best-selling cookbook author Paula Shoyer on baking the perfect babka, with dashes of wisdom on work-life balance and connecting with our Judaism!

Advice in a Jar
February 17, 2016
YWLN NY made their own JARS with JARS by Dani founder Dani Beckerman while learning about launching a company as a young woman.

Unique Blends
January 20, 2016
YWLN DC enjoyed a conversation with Rabbi Sue Shankman on how to weave Jewish traditions into our adult lives - with roommates, friends, partners, etc.

2015 Events

Young Women's Leadership Conference
December 6, 2015
Over 120 young women gathered for the third annual conference, which featured a panel discussion, two rounds of workshops and speed networking all led by current or former JWI Women to Watch. 

YWLN NY in the "Executive Sweet"
December 9, 2015
Cathy Steen, SVP of Belvedere LVMH, talked with YWLN NY about real-life challenges and advice you about making it (as a woman) in corporate America.

Philanthropy Power Lunch
November 23, 2015
The D.C. Network gathered at Schusterman Family Foundation headquarters to hear from Lisa Eisen of Schusterman and Simone Friedman of the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies about tikkun olam and the power of giving.

Potluck Shabbat Dinner
November 20, 2015
The brand-new New York YWLN hosted a potluck Shabbat dinner to share their favorite dishes and traditions.

YWLN Launch in New York City
October 22, 2015
To kick off the YWLN in New York, JWI's Board of Trustees and former Women to Watch mingled with 125 young professional Jewish women at Mark Miller Gallery on Orchard Street.

Meeting with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
October 21, 2015
YWLN had the privilege of meeting with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a lively discussion about women in public service. 


Community Service Event for Martha's Table
August 30, 2015
YWLN kicked off the new Philanthropy Series by making sandwiches for Martha's Table, which provides healthy food to those in need and encourages children and their families to make healthier choices.

YWLN Potluck Shabbat Dinner
July 10, 2015
YWLN Board Member Kerry Brodie hosted a gathering where recipes and traditions were shared, connecting YWLN members with ideas for hosting their own creative, meaningful Shabbat dinners.

June Happy Hour (Celebrating Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!)
June 24, 2015
YWLN members and friends showed appreciation for Ginsburg (Notorious RBG!) while networking, schmoozing and sipping RBGinAndTonics at Blackfinn Ameripub in D.C.

Cakepops and Entrepreneurship
May 14, 2015
Yael Krigman, corporate lawyer-turned-cakepoppery proprietor, told her story to YWLN members and gave tips on being an entrepreneur - as well as a lesson in making delicious cake pops!

Boot Camp and Smoothies
April 20, 2015
YWLN members and guests got their sweat on with a boot camp style workshop led by certified personal trainer Lior Diklshpan and rehydrated afterwards with homemade smoothies.

Budgeting Workshop
March 18, 2015
The third in a financial literacy series, this workshop helped attendees identify plans for their money and the principles of managing their money.

Tax Prep Workshop
February 18, 2015
Ellen Kessler, C.P.A., brought YWLN clear and helpful tips on preparing for tax season.


Investing and Financial Planning Workshop
January 13, 2015
Attendees learned how to create an investment portfolio and why it's important, and how to start planning for retirement and creating a savings plan that works.

2014 Events

Young Women's Leadership Conference
December 7, 2014
More than 100 young professional women gathered in Washington, D.C. for insight and skill-building workshops led by JWI's formidable network of current and former Women to Watch honorees.

Resumes and Riesling
November 13, 2014
JWI's YWLN hosted a resume-building workshop with Jessica Frohman Lubetsky of Pew's Clean Energy Program, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Happy Hour and Children's Book Drive for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 14, 2014
Young professional Jewish women gathered to network over drinks while raising awareness of domestic violence and donating children's books to the JWI library at the House of Ruth shelter.

Challah Baking Workshop with Meredith Jacobs
September 3, 2014
Meredith Jacobs, author of The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat, shared the secrets to her famous challah recipe with attendees seeking to master bread-baking before the holidays.  

POWER LUNCH with Robyn Altman of Discovery Communications
September 17, 2014
Young professional Jewish women in the D.C. area gathered for drinks at Duke's Grocery to catch up on YWLN events and grow their professional and social networks. 

Yoga and Meditation Class
July 27, 2014
2013 Woman to Watch Lisa Eisen led a weekend Jewish-inspired yoga and meditaion class, with a bagel and mimosa brunch to follow up!

Public Speaking Workshop
June 25, 2014
Executive speech coach Sarah Gershman led a workshop that helped build attendees' public speaking skills for a variety of settings.

Summer Kick-Off Happy Hour at Duke's Grocery
June 11, 2014
Young professional Jewish women in the D.C. area gathered for drinks at Duke's Grocery to catch up on YWLN events and grow their professional and social networks. 

Workshop on Homebuying
May 14, 2014
JWI's Young Women's Leadership Network hosted a workshop full of essential information about the homebuying process from start to finish. It included tips for choosing your home, how to work with realtors, mortgage financing and appraisal, contract of sale, home inspections, getting to settlement and what happens post-purchase. 


Breakfast with Ilyse Hogue of NARAL
March 27, 2014
Attendees learned about Ilyse's experience at the helm of the pro-choice movement and her career running campaigns. The event was an opportunity for an intimate conversation with a nationally recognized leader with a passion for social change and progressive work.

An Evening of Art and Networking
January 29, 2014
George Hemphill and Shira Kraft of Hemphill Fine Arts hosted the YWLN to offer tips for developing an eye for art and starting to collect, even on a budget. The short program was followed by wine, appetizers and networking.

2013 Events

Young Women's Leadership Conference
December 8, 2013
This half-day conference brought together some of the most dynamic Jewish women leaders in America to discuss major issues and topics important to women today. The featured speakers were current or former honorees of Jewish Women International’s annual Women to Watch gala. The conference featured an opening plenary, skills building workshops and a wine and cheese reception. Participants learned professional skills and connected with a vibrant community of peers.

An Evening of Mexican Cooking with Chef Pati Jinich
November 21, 2013
JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network hosted our first culinary event with Mexican Jewish chef Pati Jinich, cookbook author and star of PBS’ new show, "Pati’s Mexican Table." Pati led a cooking demonstration for the group, prepared a sampling of desserts and sat down with us to answer all of our questions, from cooking to career-related. 

POWER LUNCH with Jaime Matyas, Executive Vice President and COO, the National Wildlife Federation
November 6, 2013
As the Executive Vice President and COO of the National Wildlife Federation, Jaime oversees over 300 staff members located in 10 offices around the United States. She also manages the day-to-day operations of her organization, initiates integrated marketing efforts and identifies new revenue and fundraising efforts. Jaime will gave us an inside look into her professional path, the responsibilities in her current role and advice for young women pursuing nonprofit and management careers. 

POWER LUNCH with Marne Levine, Vice President of Global Public Policy, Facebook 
October 29, 2013
JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network hosted its second POWER LUNCH with Marne Levine of Facebook, recently named one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women by Washingtonian magazine. During this event, attendees learned about Marne’s career path, her day-to-day responsibilities as a senior member of the Facebook team and her advice for young professional women.

Networking Happy Hour at the Entertainment Software Association
September 10, 2013
More than 20 young professional women gathered at the Entertainment Software Association to play video games, network and nosh.

POWER LUNCH with Aviva Rosenthal of the U.S. State Department
July 11, 2013
On July 11th, the Young Women’s Leadership Network hosted its first POWER LUNCH with Aviva Rosenthal, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department. This POWER LUNCH was the first in a series of three small lunches featuring women leaders in the policy, business and nonprofit arenas. Aviva gave participants an overview of her career in the nonprofit, government and business sectors, offered professional guidance and shared personal advice for balancing work and family.

Happy Hour at Public Bar
June 19, 2013
This summer, young professionals gathered on the rooftop of Public Bar in Dupont Circle to attend JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network’s happy hour. Over 25 women attended this happy hour to expand their social circles, meet the Young Women’s Leadership Network board and learn about upcoming programming.

Salary Negotiation and Professional Communication Workshop with Rae Ringel
May 9, 2013
Over 40 young professional women gathered in JWI’s conference room for a workshop on salary negotiation and professional communication from the featured speaker, Rae Ringel. Rae, a certified executive coach and leadership trainer, works with mid to senior-level executives to teach them how to become more effective managers and public speakers and chart their personal and business growth. In this interactive workshop, Rae taught participants how to use effective communication techniques to make requests in the workplace, especially related to salary negotiation, and meet their professional goals.

Happy Hour at Science Club
April 25, 2013
JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network hosted a happy hour at Science Club in Dupont Circle that attracted more than 35 young professional women. Attendees networked with one another and learned about upcoming Young Women’s Leadership Network programming.

The Art of Networking event with Emily Pearl Goodstein
February 20, 2013
JWI’s Young Women’s Leadership Network hosted its first event of 2013 on “The Art of Networking” featuring Emily Pearl Goodstein. Emily, a nonprofit online marketing guru and expert networker with over 10 years of grassroots organizing and fundraising experience, gave a lively presentation that included networking advice and tips for personal branding. Afterwards, the more than 50 participants participated in a question and answer session and networked with one another.

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