Scottsdale’s Jewish Federation launches Ladies First initiative

From left is Abbie Fink, Ilana Lowery, (submitted photo)

From left is Abbie Fink, Ilana Lowery, Julia Rosen and Denise Resnik. (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale-based Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix announces the launch of Ladies First: Jewish Women Leading the Way, a new initiative geared toward professional women.

Ladies First is an informational networking and learning series featuring panels of dynamic women who are leaders in both their career and the local community.

Each event offers participants the opportunity to learn from women who share how communal involvement has impacted their lives and who provide advice to aspiring leaders. Peer networking is also an important focus, according to a press release.

“The Federation is constantly working to inspire a new generation of Jewish leaders, and the women who will be featured at Ladies First will provide a unique perspective that is sure to motivate women of all ages to get involved with their community,” said Stacey Cohen, senior director of Federation’s NowGen programs, in the release.

The new program launches with its inaugural event, Leading in Career and Community, at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 29. Panelists will share how they have maintained their busy professional lives while maintaining a deep commitment to community.

Panelists include Abbie Fink, vice president/general manager of HMA Public Relations; Denise Resnik, CEO and founder of DRA Collective; and Julia Rosen, managing director of Global Launch at Arizona State University. Ilana Lowery, editor of The Phoenix Business Journal moderates.

“The idea of giving back and volunteering in the community is something that was instilled in me as a young girl,” said Ms. Fink in the release. “This same philosophy is evident in my professional life as well through volunteering, supporting local organizations personally and providing opportunities for the members of the HMA team to do the same thing for organizations they are passionate about.”

Other upcoming Ladies First events include Making Your Own Path featuring female entrepreneurs who have balanced starting their own businesses with their volunteer leadership role and Rising to C-Level, highlighting women who have risen to the highest ranks both professionally and communally.

“Being involved in the community is a big part of my identity, my passion and my pleasure. It’s afforded me opportunities to learn, grow and connect in different ways with many remarkable people,” said Ms. Resnik in the release.

Tickets for each event in the series are $10 per person with pre-registration, or $18 at the door. Price includes wine and appetizers, raffle prizes and complimentary child care through Valley of the Sun JCC Youth Department.  All events are hosted on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

To learn more and to register, visit

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