JEWISH WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF NEW YORK
Paula Zahn Pays Tribute To
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
highly motivated women have proved that with talent and hard work
you can overcome glass-ceiling obstacles and reach the heights in
the profession you choose.
Lisa Dennison served for many
years at New York’s prestigious Guggenheim Museum. She was hired as
an exhibition coordinator in 1978, promoted to assistant curator in
the 80s, collections curator in 1991, curator of collections and
exhibitions in 1994, and deputy director and chief curator two years
Today Dennison is chairman of
Sotheby’s North and South America, responsible for international
Freya Schnabel said when she
decided to go into medicine, there were only doctors and nurses,
"and you know where I fit in." She spent 51 years in a male
dominated profession, and today she’s on top in her career. Dr.
Schnabel is director of breast surgery at NYU Medical Center and
professor of surgery at NYU School of Medicine.
Caryl M. Stern has been a vital
activist in civil rights, having served as chief operating officer
and senior associate national director of the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL). Today she is president and chief executive officer of the
U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
She’s proud of a tetanus
campaign she made with
in March 2008 in Sierra Leone. After that Stern went on alone to
promote breast feeding in Africa.
She urged more women to engage in
this work. "We need to feel empowered to bring our abilities to the
table," she said.
Marlene Barasch Strauss has been
giving lectures for 25 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
New York and the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida,
and also on cruise ships. What could be better?
For their accomplishments,
these four women were honored by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of
New York at a luncheon at the Pierre Hotel. President
Lynn Tobias presented the awards while
Paula Zahn served as emcee. Zahn,
on WNET/13, is developing a magazine show to premiere in the fall on
the Investigation Discovery Channel.