JFNA’s Kathy Manning on list of 10 ‘extraordinary’ women


NEW YORK (JTA) — Kathy Manning, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, was named to Jewish Women International’s annual list of 10 “Extraordinary Women to Watch.

The list featured in the organization’s Jewish Woman magazine began in 1998.

Along with Manning, the 2011 list cites Mia Bauer, the founder of Crumbs Bake Shop; Abby Greensfelder, a television producer; Kim Morris Heiman, the vice president of Standard Textile and a philanthropist; Alexis Kashar, an advocate for the deaf; Rynthia Manning Rost, vice president of public affairs for GEICO; Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly; Ellen Stone, senior vice president of marketing at Bravo Media; and Abbie Weisberg, CEO of the nonprofit Keshet.

The women will be honored at a gala on Dec. 5. Esther Newman, the founder of Leadership Montgomery, will receive JWI’s Community Leadership Award. 

“Women today are making an immeasurable difference in the world, and these Jewish women, who have accomplished so much in their fields, serve as role models to the next generation of Jewish girls looking to make their way,” JWI Executive Director Loribeth Weinstein said in a statement. “We are thrilled to honor these worthy women and to give them and their accomplishments the spotlight. This is how we ensure the proliferation of women’s leadership.”


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