The National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section’s 38th Annual Women in Power Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Michael’s on East. Networking begins at 11:30a.m with lunch served at noon. The event will honor four women whose accomplishments mirror NCJW’s focus on social justice by improving the lives of women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Closed Captioning will be available at the event. Please contact co-chairs Jessica Rogers or Jo Rutstein to inquire about Sponsorships.
Award-Winning Journalist and Civil Rights Legend
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an Emmy and two-time Peabody award-winning journalist whose career spans almost 60 years. Prior to her professional journey, Hunter-Gault became an active part of the Civil Rights Movement as one of the first two African American students to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961. Upon graduation, she began her journalism career at The New Yorker
She is married to Ronald Gault and is the Mother of two children, Suesan, a
KATHY CONLEY SCHERSTEN
Women’s Resource Center and Hispanic American Association Leader, UnidosNow Member, Capital Campaign for St. Jude Chair – 15 Years
Kathy Conley Schersten grew up in the Mardi Gras capital of New Orleans, where she graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican College as a Spanish/English major. Her interest in anything and everything Hispanic led her to study at the National University of Mexico, and to teaching positions in Colombia, Venezuela and Spain. She moved to Sarasota in 1978, in time to join the ERA movement, lobbying in Tallahassee with the American Association of University Women and holding a courthouse
SANDRA (SANDI) STUART
Non-Profit Board Member, Stuart Murray Group Founder and President, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense
Sandra Stuart is the Founder and President of the Stuart Murray Group (SMG) LLC. Prior to the formation of SMG in 2008, Stuart served as
In the private sector, she represented clients in a variety of public policy areas, including technology, international relations, and nonprofits. Stuart served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense (DOD
Non-Profit Event Leader, Past President of the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, Original Caseworker for the Children Protection Team in Sarasota
Patti Wertheimer moved to Sarasota with her family from Cincinnati, Ohio in 1960. After graduating from Florida International University, she began her career as a juvenile and family caseworker in Dade and Sarasota counties with the Department of Health and Children Services and was one of the original caseworkers at the Child Protection Team in Sarasota. From 2003 to 2008, Patti combined her passion for youth and Israel when she lent her professional expertise to The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. She spearheaded the Bob Malkin Young Ambassador teen leadership program, an initiative that helps local teens nurture a connection to Judaism and Israel while strengthening leadership skills. Wertheimer also served as chair of Israel@65, celebrating Israel’s 65th anniversary. Patti has served on the boards of Temple Beth Sholom, the Martin & Mildred Paver Religious School, the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, was most recently President of the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation. Patti has volunteered for numerous community efforts over the years, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Children First’s Fairy Tale Ball and All Faiths Food Bank’s Bowls of Hope. She has been happily married to her husband David for 36 years and they have three grown children, Brian (married to Vena) Steven, Sarah and one adored granddaughter, Rebecca!