Business Leadership Council
Interested in connecting with like-minded Jewish business professionals?
The Business Leadership Council (BLC) provides opportunities to expand your network and learn from experts while supporting our Jewish community. BLC offers speaker panels on topics ranging from 'Investing in Israeli Businesses' to 'Commercial Real Estate Market Update,' volunteer opportunities, Business Referral Communities, as well as our annual fundraising breakfast with its established reputation for dynamic speakers and stellar networking.
Offering a wide variety of educational, networking, and volunteer events.
BLC members are active professionals from many fields of practice who meet regularly to network, discuss industry trends, and conduct philanthropic work. Some examples include:
Speaker Panels and Forums – Gain insight on how to approach professional challenges, share wisdom, and find solutions while meeting leaders in your own field and areas of interest. Recent panel topics include Investing in Israeli Start-ups, Disruptive Investment Strategies, and SF's Office Real Estate Market: Vibrant yet Volatile.
Networking – Schmooze, make referrals, find employees and new career opportunities, and get advice from other Jewish business professionals. BLC hosts annual facilitated networking events in both San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Business Referral Communities – Are you looking to grow your business? If your response was "yes," a Business Referral Community may be for you. Modeled after leading professionals networking groups, BLC members* gather together monthly to share leads and help each other with business challenges.
Business Leadership Breakfast – The community's premier business networking event for supporters of Federation's campaign. Past keynote speakers include Jonathan Kaplan (CEO, The Melt), Randi Zuckerberg (CEO, Zuckerberg Media), Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), and Larry Baer (CEO, San Francisco Giants) with Harris Barton (Founder, H. Barton Asset Management; Co-Founder, Champion Charities; Former Offensive Lineman, San Francisco 49ers). Honorees include Harry J. Saal, Bobby Lent, Richard N. Goldman, z"l, Richard Rosenberg, and John Osterweis.
Volunteer – Share your expertise to help the Jewish community. BLC offers volunteering opportunities at local organizations. One example is helping edit résumés at job-seeker workshops, and lending your expertise for pro bono consulting.
*For members who donate $500 or more to the Federation’s Annual Campaign
BLC Steering Committee 2015-2016
The Committee members are the volunteer leaders of BLC and act as connectors to Jewish business professionals. They are dedicated ambassadors of Federation's work and its impact locally and worldwide. The Committee works together to cultivate connections amongst business professionals while supporting the Jewish community.
Danielle Pener, BLC Chair
Talia Bennick, Co-Chair, Finance Committee
Gregg Ficks, Past Chair and Member-at-Large
Daniel Frankenstein, Chair, Israel
Alan Levins, Past Chair and Member-at-Large
Deborah Lopez, Co-Chair, Networking and Collaborations
Alex Rayter, Chair, Business Referral Communities
Anthony Rozenvasser, Co-Chair, Finance Committee
Micah Yairi, Co-Chair, Networking and Collaborations
Tony Zucker, Chair, Pro Bono and Community Engagement
Interested in learning more about how to get involved with BLC? Please contact Jeanne Miller, Director of the Business Leadership Council.
Join BLC to meet some of the Bay Area’s most influential business leaders, learn from notable speakers, access network opportunities, and give back and support the community.
When you build your network through BLC, you’ll meet professionals who share common values and the desire to build a more affordable and inclusive Jewish community that cares for the most vulnerable among us in the Bay Area, Israel, and around the world.
Membership starts with your first gift to the Federation, with special benefits provided to those contributing at the following BLC levels:
All donors who make gifts of $500-$999 to the Federation’s campaign ($365-$499 for those age 36 and under). Benefits include:
- Member-preferred pricing for BLC speaker panels and networking events
- Access to BLC’s new Business Referral Communities
- Access to BLC Mentorship and Leadership opportunities
- Membership in BLC’s LinkedIn Group
- Opportunity to serve on BLC sub-committees
- Complimentary Leadership Development training sessions
- Invitations to exclusive and limited-size speaker sessions
- Subscription to the J Weekly
All donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more to the Federation’s campaign ($500+ for those age 36 and under). Benefits include the above, plus:
- Access to the Business Leadership Breakfast, the Jewish community’s premier business community networking event
- BLC Steering Committee Leadership opportunities
- Additional opportunities to connect with other Federation volunteer leadership
Watch videos of some of our prominent speakers and honorees.
Past Business Leadership Breakfast speakers include Jonathan Kaplan, Randi Zuckerberg, Charles Bronfman with Jeffrey Solomon, Mitch Kapor, Larry Baer with Harris Barton, Sheryl Sandberg, Shai Agassi, Marc Benioff with Warren Hellman z"l, Larry Brilliant, and Terry Semel. Federation has honored the following philanthropists with the Business Leadership Award: Harry Saal, Bobby Lent, John Osterweis, Richard Rosenberg, and Richard Goldman z"l.