With 20 years executive-level commercial real estate experience and a significant background in retail and manufacturing, Laura Pomerantz provides her clients with a breadth of knowledge from the corporate viewpoint in such areas as strategic and tactical planning and retail and office expansion nationally and internationally. Aside from her strategic corporate background Ms. Pomerantz has a longstanding commitment to the community and the arts. She is a member of the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees for 27 years, its Executive Committee and is Chairman of its Special Events committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Richard Tucker Foundation and former Board Member of Women In Need. Ms. Pomerantz was the recipient of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Equal Opportunity Award in 1990, and a 1992 inductee to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She and her husband John have had a life long commitment to Jewish causes such as UJA, AJC, NCJW, and Central Synagogue among many others. Given her involvement in the community and charitable initiatives, Pomerantz is the perfect candidate to be honored at this year’s 9th Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoring Women of Achievement.
- What is your job title and office location? Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Accounts at Cushman & Wakefield. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10104
- What is your hometown? Harrison, NY
- What is your Alma mater? Miami Dade College
- Name a woman whom you admire? Hannah G. Solomon, an advocate of women’s and children’s rights, assisting Jewish immigrants and advancing the social welfare and Jewish identity, and the founder in 1893 of the National Council of Jewish Women. More than a century later my eldest sister, Nan Rich, became the President of NCJW and following her tenure as President then became a State Senator of Florida, Minority Chair of the Florida Senate and recently ran in the Florida State primaries as a Democratic candidate for Governorship of Florida, and is presently a candidate for the Broward County Commission.
- What is the thing you love most about your job? First and foremost it is the people with whom I work, the balance of creativity and business it provides, the opportunity to create something enduring that can be impactful on a community in a physical form, and no day is ever the same!
- What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce? Choose something that affords you productivity, expresses your passion, enhances your self-image and provides an opportunity for expression, expansion, collaboration, and continued evolution as you grow and mature.
- With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life? I concentrate on each day at a time and prioritize what is most important in each one of those days, but, always cognizant of goals, deadlines and what is truly important to family and work.
- In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does? When families are affected by poverty and national disasters, when invaluable help and support is needed, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers provides hope and dignity to a diverse population of those suffering and in crisis. They are empowering and provide opportunities for people to progress.