Female Leadership In Philanthropy 22.05

First Conference of Its Kind “Female Leadership in Philanthropy” Led By the Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University  – Dafna Meitar Nechmad, an alumna of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University

On May 22nd the “Female Leadership in Philanthropy” conference was held. The conference was led by Dafna Meitar Nechmad, the chairwoman of the Board of Governors, board member at the JFN, from the initiators of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University and an alumna of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University.


The conference, which had many inspiring leading females in attendance, was held by the initiative of Tel Aviv University’s Alumni Organization,  headed by Sigalit Ben Hayoun and by and the university's global next-generation leadership community  under the Alumni Organization & managed by Adva Oren, in collaboration with the JFN. Many panels regarding trends in philanthropy today, social gender issues and support of feminist organizations and leading women were held.


The conference was opened by  the Israeli President’s wife Mrs. Michal Herzog, an alumna of the faculty of law in Tel Aviv University and the founder of the alumni community at the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University.

After that, Dafna Meitar Nechmad said a few words. After her Major General Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi, the Chief Military Prosecutor and an alumna of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, went up to say a few words.

Amongst her speech the Major General mentioned: “In marking 7 months to the Swords of Iron war, it can be said that this is an unprecedented war on several levels. One of the biggest aspects is it being the most ‘legal’ one we’ve known. The legal issues we are witnessing, such as the request of the ICC prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, and South Africa's claim against Israel in the ICJ, keep us busy. We, at the military prosecution, have been and will continue to work, independently, to make sure that the IDF is a law keeping army, and that deviations from the law are handled professionally, and without fear. Another big aspect in this war is the role that women play in it, we’ve seen the undeniable contribution women have made as warriors , in the field, in technology, in the intelligence, in medicine and much more. The women of this war have proved us the necessity and impotence of their presence in the army and in the Israeli society. As a member of the General Staff Forum, and as a commander, I am proud of the women’s contribution to the fighting at war ”.

The first seat was regarding “Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis and The Role of the Academia in Reducing Gaps in Israeli Society”, this seat was held in a TED talk style and was divided into two parts: Society and Academia, and Internationality and Academia. Amongst the speakers were:

Professor Neta Ziv – VP, equality, diversity and community, Tel Aviv University

Professor Drorit Noyman – Dean of the Dean's Office for Student Success, Tel Aviv University

Professor Tova Milo – Dean of the Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Professor Gali Cinamon – Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University

Professor Milette Shamir – Vice President of Tel Aviv University, in charge of International Academic Collaboration

ADV. Ayelet Nahmias Verbin – Chairman of JReady and the fund for victims of terrorism of the Jewish Agency, former member of the Knesset,an alumna of the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv

in the picture: Dafna Meitar Nechmad, Anat Ramaty Shashua, Linda Streit and Tamar Ish Shalom. picture by: Shay Fireshtein

The second seat held two panels:

Trends in Philanthropy and Gender in Life Today with Sharon Dwek – Director of Membership at JFN, regarding ‘the gender lens’ and dr. Hila Oren CEO of the Tel Aviv Foundation,  an alumna of the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Management and School of Education, Tel Aviv University, regarding ‘cracking the code for innovation’. The moderator of the seat was attorney Galia Pitt – Director of the Law and Philanthropy Institute, Buchman Law Faculty, Tel Aviv University.


The second panel was held regarding ‘The Transformations and Changes that are happening in the field of Philanthropy and Support for Feminist Women's Organizations’ under the direction of Elah Alkalay, chairperson of the Women's Lobby in Israel,an alumna of the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University

The speakers of the panel: Michal Beinisch, Co-Founder & COO at Grain, Member of the board of directors of the ‘Brothers and Sisters of Israel’ citizen watch room, an alumna of the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University, Lee Hoffmann Agiv, Field Operations Manager ‘Bonot Alternativa’,an  alumna of  the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University, and Pnina Pfeuffer, CEO of the state ultra-orthodox public organization, an alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University.


The last seat held was regarding ‘Women in Leadership’and included the following leaders  :

Dafna Meitar Nechmad the chairwoman of the board of governors at Tel Aviv University, Anat Ramaty Shashua President of the ‘Shashua Family Foundation’, Chairman of the Orr Shalom organization, Member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University and an alumna of the Faculty of Humanities and the School of Education at Tel Aviv University and Linda Streit, President of the Daniel Howard Foundation and member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University.

The inspiring panel was hosted by the journalist and the Saturday news anchor for channel 13, Tamar Ish Shalom, an alumna from the faculty of Humanities and the faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University.

in the picture: Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Dafna Meitar Nechmad and Adva Oren. picture by: Shay Fireshtein

The conference ended with the singing of the ‘Tikvah’ played on violin by Lora Borla Sasson,an  alumna from the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University

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