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L.I. Women CEOs Share Their Keys to Success at Hofstra Event, Oct. 22

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The Frank G. Zarb School of BusinessCenter for International Financial Services and Markets together with the Financial Women’s Association-L.I. Chapter and J.P. Morgan will sponsor “Long Island Women at the Helm: CEOs Share Their Road to Success.” The event will be held at the Hofstra University Club, located in David S. Mack Hall on North Campus, on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This marquee event will feature a panel of three noteworthy female business owners on Long Island, who will share their successes, challenges and insights. Panelists include Susan Axelrod, founder and chairwoman, Love & Quiches Gourmet; Esther Fortunoff, founder and president, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry; and Betty Heiman, founder and CEO, Transparent Health Group.

“We are pleased to have these dynamic women share their experiences with Hofstra students,” said Nancy A. White, associate professor of finance in the Zarb School of Business and co-director of the Center for International Financial Services and Markets.

Attendees will learn how successful women build their careers, how to prioritize work/life balance issues, how to establish your own brand, and how to give back to your business and your community.

“J.P. Morgan is privileged to sponsor ‘Long Island Women at the Helm,’” said Michele Tabak, private banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Long Island, who will moderate the event. “Our firm has long been an advocate for women in the financial industry, most recently through our Women on the Move and ReEntry programs. We are proud to continue that tradition by supporting this important event.”

Tabak will ask the panelists a series of nearly 20 questions. Topics include how the panelists’ backgrounds prepared them for starting and growing a successful business; the most rewarding part of their job/position; how they achieved corporate success while juggling a family and kids; and the single, most important piece of advice they have for women in the business world.

The panelists represent corporate success across an array of industries. Susan Axelrod founded Love & Quiches Gourmet in her home in the early 1970s. Over a span of four decades, Axelrod has taken the company from its humble beginnings in her kitchen and turned it into a global brand, establishing herself as a well-known and respected entrepreneur within the food service industry. Today, the company is a leading manufacturer of bakery products, with a vast variety of offerings catering to the food service, institutional and retail trades worldwide. Axelrod has been honored with many awards throughout the years, including: the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Woman of the Year Award; three-time honoree, L.I. Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business; NAWBO’s Businesswoman of Excellence; Small Business Exporter of the Year 2014 by the Export Import Bank; and Corporate Citizenship Award 2014 by Long Island Business News.

A granddaughter of the founders of the Fortunoff retail chain, Esther Fortunoff launched in 2010. She built on her cyber success and opened Fortunoff Fine Jewelry in 2014 in Westbury, NY, nearly 50 years after the iconic retailer first set up shop on Long Island. Iconic Retailer Returns to Westbury with Opening of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry As a woman pioneer in the diamond jewelry business, she continues to direct the buying of precious gemstones, diamonds and pearls, and the design and manufacture of proprietary jewelry collections. She has received numerous awards and has served as director of Jewelers of America, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the National Color Diamond Association and the American Gemstone Trade Association Laboratory.

Betty Heiman’s Transparent Health Group is a unique health care access plan that has been credited for benefiting health care providers and patients alike with access to affordable health care and transparent, pre-negotiated fee schedules. Heiman has been widely quoted and featured in the media, and has won several awards for her contributions to the business and health care communities. She also has been a featured speaker for business and medical groups throughout the country.

RSVP for this free event here.

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