Ann Bear Memorial Women of Valor Virtual Celebration

December 08, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Event


On Choosing Happiness

Registration opens soon!

Join us as we celebrate our Lions of Judah, Lion of Judah Endowment, and Pomegranate communities.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Rae Ringel.

We are pleased to be honoring Nancy Grand, recipient of the 2020 Judith Chapman Memorial Women's Leadership Award.

Guests will be asked to make their gift to the 2021 Annual Campaign. Your generosity at the Lion of Judah ($5000+) or Pomegranate ($1800+) level is especially crucial this year. Please join us in achieving our goal of 100% commitment of all guests to better our community!

Event Chair:

Claudia Felson*

Host Committee:

Lynn Bunim
Silvia Cheskes
Jean Colen
Adele Corvin
Sue Diamond
Amy Friedkin
Mimi Gauss*

Judith Goldkrand^
Susan Libitzky
Susan Moldaw
Jan Newman
Karen Kaufman Perlman*
Laura Rooklin
Nanette Rowe

Eileen Ruby*
Lynn Sedway
Karla Smith
Susie Sorkin*
Roselyne Swig
Carol Weitz*^
Kathy Roberts Williams*

*Lion of Judah Endowment 
^ National Women's Philanthropy Board Member

Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award Selection Committee:

Lynn Bunim**, Phyllis Cook, Adele Corvin*, Dana Corvin**, Sue Diamond**, Claudia Felson, Sunny Kaplan**, Gale Mondry**, Karen Kaufman Perlman, Varda Rabin**, Jan Reicher, Barbara Rosenberg**, Lynn Sedway**, Rita Semel**, Joelle Steefel**, Roselyne Swig**, Gina Waldman**, Marilyn Waldman**, Kathy Roberts Williams**

**Past Judith Chapman Memorial Women’s Leadership Award Recipient

Lion of Judah: A woman who embodies the spirit of tzedakah by contributing a minimum of $5,000 to the Federation’s Campaign in her own name.

Lion of Judah Endowment (LOJE): A woman who has endowed her annual Lion gift to the Federation’s Campaign. A Lion of Judah endowment perpetuates her gift, ensuring that the needs of the Jewish community will continue to be met for generations to come.

Pomegranate: A woman who generously contributes $1,800 or more to the Federation’s Campaign in her own name.

Minimum gift at the Lion of Judah or Pomegranate level required to attend.

Women’s Philanthropy empowers women and ignites their passion for meaningful giving, service, and leadership, in order to secure the vibrancy and well-being of the Jewish community.

Organized By: 
Women's Philanthropy
Event Contact Person: 
Robyn Carmel
Rae Ringel
Rae Ringel is a certified executive coach and the founding President of The Ringel Group. She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and founding director of their certificate program in the Art of Facilitation and Design. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas of coaching, facilitation and training across sectors. She enables a growing list of executives in some of the most successful Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies to become more effective managers and stronger communicators with a formidable leadership presence.
Rae offers deep experience in the areas of fundraising and board development. Prior to starting The Ringel Group, Rae was the Director of Professional and Volunteer Development at United Jewish Communities, a two-billion dollar annual enterprise that provides global humanitarian and development assistance. In this capacity, Rae devised an award-winning interactive web-based training program and myriad conferences in service of over 20,000 professionals and volunteers.
Rae is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and earned her Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and now holds a faculty position with the Wexner Foundation. Rae lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and four children.
Nancy Grand
Nancy Grand relocated to San Francisco from Detroit, MI in 2004. In Detroit, she chaired the local Federation’s Annual Campaign for a record three years. Upon moving to San Francisco, Nancy joined the Board of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, serving as Campaign Vice-Chair for the 2005 and 2006 campaigns and Co-Chair of the Annual Campaign in 2009. She also served as President of the Federation’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2013.

Additionally, Ms. Grand has served on the Board of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco as Development Chair and Vice President, and currently sits on the Executive Committee of Family House.

Nationally, Nancy is on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), currently acting as the Senior Vice President and Chair of the Second Century Campaign. She is also previously served as the Board Nominating Committee Chair, Resource Development Chair, and Board Engagement Chair.

Ms. Grand has taught mathematics, designed and implemented computer software, and instructed the Dale Carnegie Course in public speaking and human relations.

She and her husband, Stephen Grand, have two children, Russ and Lauren, and are proud grandparents of Alexis, Riley, and Jack.

Together, Stephen and Nancy’s philanthropy encompasses the local and global Jewish communities, as well as cancer research, alternative and renewable energy sources, the arts, job training for the homeless, and science and medicine—often stepping up to make the groundbreaking gift that allows a new, big idea to become a reality. A few examples include:

The Weizmann Institute of Science National Center of Personalized Medicine, which is creating one medical breakthrough after another.
The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which researches alternative energy sources and where Nobel Prize-winning research happened to create a medication that saved Stephen’s life.
Family House, which provides temporary lodging to low-income families of pediatric cancer patients.
And JDC’s Beit Grand Jewish Cultural Center, the first JCC in Odessa, Ukraine, which has been credited for the renewal of Jewish life in the city and across the former Soviet Union.
The best way to sum up Nancy’s devotion to the Jewish community is through her own words: “At the end of every day, you can say that what you did made a difference and gives you purpose.”