Kaye Popofsky Kramer
Kaye Popofsky Kramer founded Step Up Women’s Network in 1998, inspired to make a difference by her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis. The national nonprofit, for which Kaye serves as a board member, provides after-school mentorship programs for teen girls from under-resourced communities. Kaye earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, then joined United Talent Agency as an agent, later becoming a production executive with Interscope Pictures. She has worked in marketing, new business development, and online research. In 2004, she co-founded Nurseryworks, a Los Angeles–based furnishings firm. Over five short years, she grew its distribution to 300 domestic stores and 12 countries before selling Nurseryworks to Million Dollar Baby in 2010. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy, and their three children.
Mary Kumble was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Los Angeles in 1996. She worked in television and film production before co-founding her own business, Swoon Candles. In 1999, she became involved with One Voice, a local nonprofit that aids the working poor, and she has since planned numerous successful fund-raisers. In 2006, Mary created and co-founded the annual Kidstock Music and Art Festival, which has raised more than $2 million for the One Voice Scholars Program. She has chaired galas and auctions for Temple Israel of Hollywood, where her children Grace, Beatrice, and Charlie attend school. In 2011, Mary began working as a consultant with Hudson Jeans, helping to guide its charitable initiatives.
Julie Solnit graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. She worked as a publicist before opening her own public relations and marketing firm. Her clients included Toshiba, Oracle, and Apple Computers, where she was part of its initial product launch. Julie joined McGraw-Hill, eventually leading their Southern California sales team and earning Salesperson of the Year. Now a full-time real estate agent for Sotheby’s International, Beverly Hills, Julie is a devoted mother to two teen-age sons. In addition to volunteering for her children’s school, Julie is active in many community affairs and charitable organizations, including Children’s Hospital/Los Angeles, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Children’s Sports International, and the Jewish Federation
Hillary Lynn Goldsher, PsyD, MBA
Dr. Hillary Lynn Goldsher is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills. She works with adults, couples, and adolescents in various capacities. Among her specialties are eating disorders, couples therapy, fertility issues, relationship/family issues, and self-growth. She came to her career through an atypical route. She graduated from Indiana University, where she studied business and psychology. She went on to earn her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has worked for more than a decade in sales and marketing with several medical supply corporations. Hillary obtained her master’s and her doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology.
Cookie Markowitz is committed to finding a cure for cancer and puts that commitment into action with game-changing support for research and education. Philanthropy is in her DNA—her parents and grandparents fostered a long tradition of giving, dating back to Mount Sinai Medical Center. Now an executive member of the Board of Governors, Cookie is a past president of STOP CANCER, which funds scientists doing innovative cancer research. She and her husband, Ron, established the Cookie and Ron Markowitz Breast Cancer Tissue Bank and then in 2009, the Cookie and Ron Markowitz Endowment for Cancer Research Education, both at Cedars-Sinai. In addition, Cookie is co-chair with her daughter, Tracy Forester, of the 2013 What a Pair! Benefit Concert for breast cancer research and education at Cedars-Sinai.