A couple of days later, I approached NCJW/LA with the idea to create a community for Jewish women leaders across generations that focused on professional advancement. NCJW/LA provided me resources to launch the Emma Project.
I created the Emma Project because I had a strong desire to learn from other accomplished women in Los Angeles and increase the influence of women leaders in the workforce and Jewish community.
I developed the initial program model for the Emma Project as part of my doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. After being inspired by the Jewish Women’s Conference, I spent two months in 2012 interviewing more than 30 Jewish women between the ages of 27-77 to find out what they needed or wish they would have known in launching and advancing in their careers.
The Emma Project developed into a program that provides skill based training infused with Jewish values to help women build their skills and confidence to advance in their careers. The program has made an impact. One participant shared “After having my son, I felt isolated, overwhelmed by work and motherhood. Through the Emma Project, I got the confidence and peer support I needed to launch a new business and learned that I was not alone in my experience.
How is our program Jewish? We don’t use traditional text but rather we explore how an individual’s Jewish identity impacts their decision, personal and professional life.