Spanx CEO to discuss ‘shaping the world’

Spanx CEO to discuss ‘shaping the world’

Spanx CEO Laurie Ann Goldman will be guest speaker at the annual spring luncheon.
Spanx CEO Laurie Ann Goldman will be guest speaker at the annual spring luncheon.

Come shape your community and shape your world on Thursday, May 13, at the annual spring luncheon of the Women’s Campaign of United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks.

This year’s luncheon, at the Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville, will feature Laurie Ann Goldman, CEO of the “shapewear” clothing company Spanx and an active member of Atlanta’s Jewish community.

The event will also honor former federation associate executive director Linda Cohen with the Woman of Valor Award; Cohen left the organization several months ago after 10 years.

“All the women of the community look forward to this,” said Jackie Orr of New Hope, Pa., who is cochairing the event with Joanne Berman of Princeton. “It’s fun, light, and very inclusive. It brings women together in the community to enjoy each other’s company and, of course, learn about federation.”

Orr said Goldman was selected as a speaker because she is “dynamic, active in her own Jewish community, and has taken her company to the top in the corporate world.”

Under Goldman’s leadership, Spanx has become a $350 million business, selling slimming undergarments and bathing suits. Goldman holds leadership roles in a variety of community, philanthropic, and professional development organizations, including The Committee of 200 (C200), the Jewish Federation of Atlanta, and Pace Academy. She is also an active volunteer in the Atlanta community, was named one of Jewish Women International’s Top Ten Women to Watch, and represented the American Jewish Committee before Israel’s Minister of Defense.

The luncheon will include a reception and the Chances for Treasure raffle featuring such prizes as spa treatments, gift certificates, and fine jewelry from area vendors.

The spring luncheon, which over the last decade has attracted more than 200 women annually, raises money to support social service programs — such as job counseling, hospice care, and food pantries — locally, in Israel, and in more than 60 countries worldwide. It responds to such crises as the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti and helps build Jewish identity by providing scholarships for camp and Jewish educational programs.

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