The Strong Women’s Club: Jewish women's stories, Jewish women entrepreneurs, Jewish women leaders, Jewish women in business, sports, and science

Join the Strong Women’s Club where Edie Berg interviews successful Jewish women who share the behind-the-scenes personal sides of their stories. Jewish women leaders whose life stories are fascinating, inspiring and will make you proud that you, too, are a member of The Strong Women’s Club. In the Strong Women’s Club, you will hear Jewish women talk about how they reached where they are today, and you will relate to their struggles, their small daily difficulties that sometimes feel insurmountable, and learn straight from one of our own members how they are able to reach their goals.
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Aug 26, 2015

Shira Abel is the CEO of her digital marketing company Hunter and Bard, located in silicon valley. Shira and her husband made the decision that although they both have full-time jobs, Shira would be the main provider for her family, after their son was born with special needs.

This led Shira on an unexpected career path and to where she is today, with a very impressive list of tech companies as her clients. Shira also makes time to do a lot of volunteering overseas, teaching entrepreneurial skills to groups in developing countries.

Resources mentioned in this episode include:
• TED: Amy Cuddy: Fake it till you make it
• Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
• Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock

You can find Shira Abel at:

Aug 19, 2015

Barbra Batshalom is the CEO and Founder of her two companies:
The Sustainable Performance Institute: Provides companies with assessment, education, consulting and certification regarding their sustainability practices and promises.
BuildingEase: the first global trade exchange for (green) construction products making B2B ecommerce easy for the building industry.

In this talk, you’ll hear:
• How Barbra is improving the world by institutionalizing sustainability
• How she is “future-proofing” with smart economic decisions, energy and water efficiency, health and community resiliency
• How she had a small idea, took action in her lunch hour, and built a company from it
• How it’s vital to know your strengths and your weaknesses - Michael Hyatt expands on this in his teachings
• How support from your partner and community is essential

Aug 12, 2015

Our featured member for this week is Dr Anat Loewenstein.
Anat Loewenstein is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Medical Center.
She is the Vice Dean at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Anat is also the Head of the Ethical Committee of the Israel Ministry of Health.
She sits on many boards, has hundreds of publications and presentations, among other positions she holds. Anat is a frequently invited lecturer.
It is really an honor to have her as a member of The Strong Women’s Club!

In this episode, you will hear:
• How busy is a frame of mind
• How there is always time for more, time management is essential
• How later in your career you have the luxury of choosing how you spend your time
• How your extended family and a supportive partner can enable a skyrocketing career
• How Anat’s mother’s expectations of her helped to form her career
• How she chose what she is good at, and used her natural talents
• How if you really work hard, you can achieve what you want
• How perseverance is the key
• Do things immediately! and then be ready for the next thing
• How setting realistic goals is essential
• How children absorb what you do, even if you don’t overtly push them
• How the busier you are, the more hours in the day you have
• How Anat has inbox = zero!
• How strict routines enable freedom
• How she loves helping people with her work, and finds it very rewarding
• How everybody has times when they feel overwhelmed
• How there is never a perfect time in your career to start a family, you just need to start

Anat’s advice: don’t give up, set a real and achievable target, come to peace with it, then fight to achieve it. And:
How at every moment, you need to do your absolute best!

Useful links and resources mentioned:
• How to Fascinate by Sally Hogshead
• Anat Loewenstein on LinkedIn
• Tel-Aviv Medical School
• Opthalmology Dept at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Aug 5, 2015

Pei was born in China, and studied to be a dentist while there. She was strongly influenced by her mother, who is a cardiologist. Pei’s mother was able to advance and support the family by moving to Japan to learn and save money, and ultimately she also encouraged Pei to do the same in America.

Pei successfully immigrated to the US, by herself. She completed her dental fellowship with the help of a caring mentor, and went on to build a successful endodontic practice. 

However, despite Pei’s success, she felt like she wasn’t growing enough, and turned to the online world, together with her husband Joel. Their company is called Relaunch, which provides an effective way to help people to find their voices, and they coach podcasters, speakers and authors.

In this episode you will learn:
• How sometimes a loving family asks you to move away, knowing it will be the best for you
• How learning a new language is a struggle, but essential
• How it’s ok to look for new challenges and beginnings, while still keeping a strong holding in your previous profession
• How women are influenced by their mothers and their grandmothers, even if subconsciously
• How it is possible and admirable to be able to reinvent yourself
You can find Pei at:






Jul 29, 2015

Tami Firon is one of the top lawyers in Israel, her firm is in the top 10 in the country, and she specializes in large real estate projects, including Construction Projects, Property Development and International Investments, Project Finance & Infrastructure Development. She has three teenagers, and she is one of those women who you wonder how she does it all, stays sane, and has a beautiful family as well!
In this episode you will learn:
• How often your very first client choices can dictate what you do for the rest of your life
• How a supportive partner and an extended family can enable women to thrive
• How Tami’s days have more than 24 hours
• How her family still manages to eat dinner together almost every night
• How in order to be super successful, you have to work a lot
• How it’s most important to like what you do!!

You can see Tami’s law firm here:

Jul 22, 2015

Miriam Schwab likes to call herself the Friendly CEO of Illuminea, which is one of Israel’s leading WordPress development agencies. 
Miriam has 7 kids (!) and is CEO of her own company.
How does she do it?
In this episode, you’ll learn:

• How it is actually possible to run a successful company and organize Wordcamps and have a big blog and a huge family
• How the WordPress community has grown and contributed to what the internet looks like today
• How being independent can mean working more than full-time hours
• How big companies can be completely virtual
• How good early education can positively influence you throughout your life
• How you can weave your job around your family's routine
• How women should choose lucrative areas to go into, and make sure you think carefully about what you are going to study
• How money is not a dirty word
• How there is never a right or a wrong time to have children. It is impossible to plan everything
• How being an entrepreneur is critical to be able to make a good living and have a flexible schedule for your family
• How mothers need to make sure that their daughters have all of the tools and support they need to be able to make intelligent choices
You can find Miriam at:
She tweets at: @miriamschwab
The fascinating Tim Ferris interview with Matt Mullenweg is here:

Jul 15, 2015

Today’s featured member on the Strong Women’s Club podcast is Ramona Pierson! Ramona is the co-founder and CEO of Declara, whose mandate is to change how the world learns.


At the age of 22, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver while running and spent 18 months in a coma and 11 years blind. She relearned everything from breathing and seeing to walking and smiling. From this experience arose the drive to build companies where personalized learning and relearning were the center of all products.


Ramona is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur, having created The Source in 2005; and founded SynapticMash, which was acquired by Promethean World. She entered UC Berkeley at the age of 16, and was recruited at the age of 18 by the Marine Corps for her brilliance in mathematics and uncanny grasp of data and algorithms.


In this episode of the Strong Women’s Club you’ll hear:

  • How we need to do more than talking, and start acting
  • How Declara is creating a disruptive approach to learning and getting ready for web 3.0
  • How people are trying to invent the future
  • How Declara strives to surface knowledge and drive the collective intelligence further out into the community
  • How all of us can teach something, and all of us can learn something
  • How learning should be open and free for everybody
  • How Ramona’s accident has formed everything she has done since then
  • How people can learn by doing, and be able to articulate their learning preferences
  • How Ramona recommends the book DRIVE
  • How people need to be autonomous learners and innovators.
  • How Ramona’s complex childhood taught her to be self-reliant, and how to experiment with knowledge
  • How Ramona was leatherneck of the year! And could do 100 pull-ups!
  • How her daily schedule includes waking up at 3:00am
  • How being blind freed her from her fear of heights, and rock-climbing gives her a sense of freedom
  • How being sent to a senior citizens home at the age of 24 was the best rehabilitation for her
  • How you need to have a sense of humor, never quit, and have others that believe in you
  • How we are our worse critics
  • How gamification is a powerful tool in helping people to gain skills
  • How regaining her sight was one of the hardest things to do
  • How life is about change, and being able to shift and adapt
  • How vision can get in the way of seeing
  • How Declara helps people to learn from people
  • How women entrepreneurs must be proactive
  • How you must seek out a mentor
  • How we need to empower women by purchasing products that are developed and created by women, invest and grow women’s economy and education
  • How this will make a better world for both men and women


You can contact Ramona Pierson at: or


You can also see Ramona Pierson’s TED talk here, and read about Ramona Pierson in this Bloomberg article


Thank you so much to Ramona for taking the time to be on The Strong Women’s Club podcast!


And thank you for listening!


You can hear more interviews with successful women on The Strong Women’s Club podcast at

Jul 9, 2015

 Today’s featured guest is Ashley Drake, she is the CEO of the Natural Grip;
And, she was on the Shark Tank and landed a great deal with Robert Herjevac;
And, she is a captain in the US Army, working full-time in Louisville;
And, she has a little girl;
And, she works with her husband at the Natural Grip!!
In this episode you will hear:
• How the army can teach you to be a great leader while paying your tuition
• How moms always know best!
• How life brings unexpected turns
• How a supportive spouse makes all the difference
• How working through lunch gives you flexibility
• How obligation and responsibility to your company takes away deliberation and doubt 
• How passion is important, but the “why” is what fuels it
• How work never stops. Sometimes it sucks. Sometimes it’s great
• How Ashley’s fearlessness made Shark Tank an obvious next step
• How calculated risks are great, but they can’t replace security
• How you can start a business with no money. At all. 
• How proof of concept is ultra-important
• How Shark Tank works
• How female entrepreneurs need to be aware of their leadership style
• How nothing replaces hard work

You can find Ashley and The Natural Grip at

Thanks again to Ashley for being a member of The Strong Women’s Club and coming on the podcast!

Please head on over to iTunes and review The Strong Women’s Club podcast. I’m super interested in getting your feedback and hearing your opinions. Thanks to you for listening!

Jul 2, 2015

For this first episode of The Strong Women’s Club podcast, I chose to interview Susie Dvoskin, who has make it her life's work to empower women and to prove to them that they can do whatever they really want to do.

Susie and her husband, Danny, organize the Israel Women’s Triathlon in Memory of Tamar Dvoskin, their daughter, who was killed in a hit and run accident when she was cycling and training for a triathlon, 19 years ago. 

In this episode you will hear:
How Susie teaches her motto “Every Woman is a Winner”, and how she uses that to bring women to accomplish what they thought they never could
How it’s ok for women to put themselves first, and make space to participate in serious athletic events, and how they can build support around themselves in order to succeed.
How reverse discrimination is necessary, to give women a protected environment where they can flourish
How positive energy is circular: if you give it, it goes to those around you, and comes backt to you.
How it’s ok to ask for help, and that asking for help doesn’t mean that you’re weak.
How Susie deals with her cancer, saying that she is “healthy with cancer”.
How teaching synagogue skills to women empowers them to take on roles that have been traditionally male dominated.
How a 50 year-old woman took what she accomplished in the triathlon, and got her PhD.

You will mainly be inspired by Susie’s energy and glow, which you can hear as she speaks.

You can find Susie at:


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