Heather Paperman

Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair, 2015-2017

President, Women’s Philanthropy 2015-2017

As the current President of Women’s Philanthropy, I can reflect on my term to date, but I can also look forward to the future and to the power of community and possibility. When I think about the Women’s Division as it was when I first got involved, 25 years ago, to where it is today, the words that come to mind are “12 month engagement,” which encompasses both campaign and tikun olam. I have learned about what happens when we open new doors and encourage women to walk through them. It is important to respect past leadership, while planning and engaging women for the future via leadership development programs such as ATID. The TOV programs which relate to children, such as the Yom Yocheved Clothing Giveaway and Lunch for a Bunch, are especially meaningful to me. It is my hope that in the future every needy child will have a school lunch every day and new winter clothes. I was so proud to be a part of the Mosaic cookbook project, a three year labour of love, which raised funds for women in need. I look ahead to the launch of another lasting legacy – the Centennial Hagaddah – one hagaddah for one community for 100 years. 2017 will be a year of celebrations and I am so honored to be a part of it. I look forward to celebrating our legacy, honoring the women who created it, uniting our community at the holidays and leading by example, for my children and future grandchildren.

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