Nearly 100 women gathered for Federation’s first Women’s Philanthropy event of the New Year. “On Air” featured Wolf Films Executive Vice President Danielle Gelber, one of the top women executives in television.
Gelber recounted her remarkable career rise, from answering phones as a “temp” for Aaron Spelling, to her current position with legendary TV mogul Dick Wolf, which includes serving as Executive Producer of Chicago Fire. In the years since her less than auspicious start, she has been involved with the development or production of numerous iconic series, ranging from Dynasty to Beverly Hills 90210 to Weeds.
The audience sat in rapt attention as Gelber shared tales of how she achieved such tremendous success in a system that was traditionally male-dominated – particularly in her early years. She shared inspiring professional insights as well as fascinating inside stories, and dazzled the entire audience.
The program was rounded out by a presentation by Kasey MacNair, coordinator of Jewish Family Service’s Employment & Career Services program. MacNair explained the program’s efforts on behalf of those who receive assistance with finding employment and developing their careers. Her presentation, which highlighted the important efforts of one of Federation’s historic partners, complemented Danielle Gelber’s story of building her career with a moving example of Federation’s commitment to a caring community.
Mandy Danzan, Federation Campaign Director said - “We are happy to be able to provide programming for women of all ages in the Jewish Community to engage in the work of Federation. In working with our partners locally, in Israel and overseas we are able to help those most in need and engage our community in this effort.”
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