Harry Leibowitz is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of World of Children. Harry began his business career with the Procter & Gamble Company where he held numerous marketing management positions. He left in 1972 to join ESMARK and spent more than 8 years living and working abroad in Europe and Canada, and left as EVP.
He struck out on his own in 1981 founding Partners In Marketing, which he sold in 2002 to devote full time to World of Children.
Harry has BA and MA degrees from Brooklyn College, City University of NY and did his doctoral work at Wayne State University. He has been recognized for his work with children by receiving the P&G Alumni Humanitarian Award in 2007, The Reclaiming Youth International Child Advocacy Award in 2006, the Starr Commonwealth Child Advocacy Award in 1999, and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2012. He has been featured in AWEARNESS: Using Ordinary Resources To Do Extraordinary Things, The Humanitarian Leader in Each of Us: 7 Steps That Shape a Socially Responsible Life, and When Core Values are Strategic – How the Basic Values of Procter & Gamble Transformed the Leadership at Fortune 500 Companies. He is currently Co-Chairman of the Board of World of Children.
Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz is Co-Founder and Chair of World of Children. She is a leading fashion retail expert who currently sits on the Board of Directors of GUESS?, Inc. (NYSE). She is a former board member of Coldwater Creek (NASDAQ). She retired from management in 2003 after 10 years as the Executive Vice President and GMM of Victoria’s Secret (Limited Brands) and prior to that as Acting President of Banana Republic.
Kay’s career has spanned some 38 years in the fashion industry. Kay is a past Chair of the Advisory Board of The City University of New York Honors College. She has also been involved in philanthropy for a long time, having been an early supporter of Brian’s House for children with HIV/AIDS in Dallas, Texas.
Kay is married to the World of Children Co-Founder, Harry Leibowitz. She joined World of Children Board of Governors in 2001 and she currently serves as its Co-Chair.
Jim Gold is currently the President & Chief Merchandising Officer for Neiman Marcus, based in Dallas Texas. Jim joined Neiman Marcus Stores in 1991 and quickly rose through the ranks to hold positions of increasing responsibility. By 1997 he was promoted to Vice President, and in 2002 became Senior Vice President and GMM. He moved to Bergdorf Goodman in 2004.
Jim is a graduate of Tulane University and the Harvard Business School. Jim joined the World of Children’s Board of Governors in 2007 and now serves as the Vice Chair.
Ranjan Manoranjan is the Principal, Prime AE Group, Inc. and President of QuickAccountant, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. He was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 2005, by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) for his dedication to
his ethnic heritage through American society.
Ranjan currently serves on the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority. He also served on the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs and is currently on their Statewide Political Endorsement Committee. Appointed by the Governor
of the State of Ohio, he served a six-year term on the State of Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.
Ranjan earned his CPA designation from the Accountancy Board of Ohio in 1980. He holds degrees from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Columbo, Sri Lanka, and The Institute of Cost & Management in London, England. Ranjan joined World of Children’s Board of Governors in January, 2004.
Roberta Romberg received her B.A. with honors from Jackson College (Tufts University), her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an advanced diploma in graduate legal studies from the University of Stockholm (Sweden). She has over thirty years of experience as both outside and inside legal counsel and a senior executive for a wide range of businesses, ranging from mature Fortune 100 public companies to new ventures, as well as two periods of government service, focusing on general business and corporate law, securities, aviation and business aircraft, and labor and employment law.
Roberta currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and practices law there with the firm of Allen Matkins. Roberta joined the World of Children’s Board of Governors in 2007 and now serves as Secretary, and as a Member of the Executive Committee.
Peter Rosenthal is the President of Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc. (R&R), one of the largest privately-held factoring and finance companies in the United States with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai. R&R finances middle market companies in a wide array of industries, with a focus in the apparel industry. The firm also has an active real estate lending division. Peter is responsible for the company’s factoring and asset-based lending operations, and his leadership marks the third generation of Rosenthals to head the firm.
Prior to joining R&R, Peter worked as an analyst in the middle market lending group at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase).
Peter holds an MBA from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of Law Review. While in law school, Peter was a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York and a summer associate at Dewey Ballantine. Peter is a 1993 graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in History and Literature and was Sports Editor of The Harvard Crimson.
Peter is involved in a number of charities, including UJA Federation and World ORT. He served on the Board of Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) for 5 years. Peter joined the World of Children Board of Governors in September 2016.
Tim Adams became Chief for International Business Development at Macy’s, Inc. in 2015, working to develop international business opportunities for both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Previously, since February 2009, Adams served as Chief Private Brand Officer of Macy’s, Inc. and led the organization that designs, develops, sources and markets Macy’s highly successful portfolio of private brands. Concurrently, Adams served since 2010 as the company’s executive responsible for studying international retail store development. From July 2005 to February 2009, Adams served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s Home Store. Prior to joining Macy’s Home Store, Adams was chairman and CEO of Macy’s Florida in Miami since April 2001. Adams began his retailing career at Macy’s South in Atlanta in 1976. He joined Macy’s West in San Francisco in 1989 as a merchandise administrator, and held positions of increasing responsibilities. He was named president of The Bon Marché in Seattle in March 1997. A native of Atlanta, Adams is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in finance. He and his wife, Jeanette, split their time between New York City and Florida. Tim’s wife, Jeanette, is a nurse who has made many trips to third world countries as a medical volunteer. Tim joined World of Children in June of 2016.
Jill Beraud is currently a director for Levi Strauss & Co. She most recently served CEO for Ippolita and as executive vice president for Tiffany & Co. Prior to that, she held positions as CEO of Living Proof, chief marketing officer of PepsiCo and president of Starbucks/Lipton joint ventures. Jill spent 13 years at Limited Brands, most notably as chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret and executive vice president of marketing for their broader portfolio of specialty brands including Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Express and Limited Stores.
Jill holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from Boston University, and also serves on the leadership advisory board of the Wharton School’s Global Consulting Practice. She joined World of Children’s Board of Governors in April of 2009.
Devin Beresheim is a managing director and East Zone leader within Marsh’s FINPRO Specialty Practice. Devin has been with Marsh and FINPRO for over 20 years and has extensive experience in advising Marsh’s Fortune 500 clients. Prior to accepting responsibility for FINPRO’s East Zone, Devin was leading the South Zone for FINPRO, and prior to that, the Fortune 500 D&O Practice. He is a speaker at both the New York City and Long Island Chapters of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), as well as the New York City Bar Association. Devin currently resides in New York with his wife and three children. He joined the World of Children’s Board of Governors in 2013.
Molly Eldredge is a 3rd generation San Diegan. She was born and raised in La Jolla, CA and enjoyed a 17 year career in retail as both owner and operator of a number of boutiques in La Jolla and downtown San Diego. Most recently, she served as President of Regency Galleries and Gifts, Inc., and in 2005 she decided to leave the retail world and focus on her philanthropic goals.
Molly has been an active supporter of Project Concern International (PCI Global). As an active fundraiser for their Vulnerable Children’s Program in India, she also chaired the PCI Hands Across Borders Auction in 2014. She has held leadership positions for several causes including Outside the Lens and Rainforest Alliance. She holds a BA in International Affairs from University of Colorado.
Molly lives in La Jolla with her husband, Ted. They have three children; Maddy (Junior at Wake Forest University), Annie (Freshman at Santa Clara University), and Ford (Freshman at the Bishops School). Molly served on the Board of Trustees at the Bishop’s School and was President of the Parent’s Association, Chair of the annual auction, and helped to launch the Global Education Initiative, where she continues to remain active.
Francis L. Fraenkel is a native of New Orleans who has now lived in New York City for over 30 years. He is currently Managing Director of Neuberger Berman, a leading money management firm in NY.
In the 1970’s, Francis was a Partner at Loeb Rhoades & Co., and then joined Shearson American Express where he served in numerous positions until resigning as Chairman and CEO of the Lehman Management Co. in 1989. In 1991, he founded Delta Capital Management which was subsequently acquired by Neuberger Berman.
Francis is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Business where he was named outstanding Alumnus in 1983. Mr. Fraenkel joined the World of Children’s Board of Governors in 2007.
Adam Freede was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. In 2008, he graduated from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
In 2011, he co-founded MadaLuxe, one of the largest luxury fashion distributors in North America today. He currently serves as the president of both MadaLuxe and its parent company, P2F Holdings. In addition to being one of the leaders of the wholesale/retail industry in the United States, P2F is also an active early stage investor in multiple start-up companies that range from the energy to technology sectors. With offices in both Southern California (Orange County) and New York, he splits his time pretty evenly on both coasts.
Veronica Grazer is a dynamic and driven senior marketing executive with 20 years of experience successfully launching and growing brands. She recently started her own brand and marketing consultancy with a focus on social impact and innovation. With a wealth of both corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience, her goal is to bring a fresh outlook and high impact marketing expertise to both for profit companies and non-profit organizations by: crafting powerful communication platforms, igniting brand awareness, spiking consumer interest through storytelling, developing innovative ideas and campaigns, building high performance teams, identifying strategic partners and increasing ROI.
Veronica previously served as the CMO for SBE, a global hospitality and entertainment company that boasts a lifestyle collection of hotels, casinos, residences, restaurants and nightlife. She joined SBE in 2012 and was responsible for the global vision, strategy and execution of all marketing for sbe and it brands including the SLS Hotels, Casinos and Residences, The Redbury, Katsuya, The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Hyde. She oversaw the company’s Global Brand Strategy and Communications, CRM and loyalty platform, Public Relations, Creative Services, Digital Marketing, Events and Catering and Partnership Marketing.
She also served as Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Brand for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas where she developed the company’s overall strategic brand and communications platform. Before joining Caesars, Veronica led the marketing of several media properties as VP of Marketing for Integrity Multimedia Company.
Prior to this, she lived in New York City and spent nine years with Procter & Gamble in the Brand Management Track, including Global Brand Manager for the company’s largest hair color brand.
Veronica is very passionate about social causes focused on children and women. She serves on the board of March To The Top Foundation, a non-profit focused on vulnerable children in Kenya. She is a Global Ambassador with Mothers 2 Mothers, a non-profit organization aimed at eradicating pediatric HIV. She has been a Delegate at the Skoll World Forum for social entrepreneurs in Oxford, England in both 2014 and 2015.
She earned a BA from Georgetown University with a double major in International Business and Finance. She earned a degree in International Finance and French from the Universite de Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France. Ms. Grazer completed the Harvard Business School “High Potential Leaders” Executive Education Program in 2011.
She resides in Santa Monica with her husband, Hollywood Producer, Brian Grazer. She joined World of Children’s Board of Governors in May 2015.
Bertan Kalatchi was born in Istanbul, Turkey and was educated at Tel Aviv University in Israel. When he came to the United States he partnered with John Paul Beltran in starting up a fashion wholesale business called JohnPaulRichard where Bertan currently serves as the CEO. He lives in Malibu, California, and spends a good part of his time in New York City.
Stephanie March is an actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of the makeup salon Rouge NY that she founded with her longtime Law and Order SVU makeup artist, Rebecca Perkins. Stephanie is best known for her role as ADA Alex Cabot on TV’s hit series, Law & Order SVU and most recently starred on Adult Swim’s Neon Joe. She has appeared in 30 Rock, Happy Endings, Rescue Me, Grey’s Anatomy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Treatment, Predisposed, and Innocence and has been seen onstage in the critically acclaimed revivals of Death of a Salesman, Talk Radio, and Boys’ Life.
Stephanie spends a significant amount of time traveling globally in her capacity as an activist for causes benefiting women, children, and education. She is on the advisory board of OneKid OneWorld, an organization very dear to her heart. Through her work with OneKid OneWorld, Stephanie has traveled to Kenya and Latin America helping to provide a foundation for education in impoverished communities. Stephanie served on the board of directors of Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, for five years.
Her travels with World of Children have taken her to Ukraine, Nepal, Argentina, and Chile to see firsthand the work of Honorees treating pediatric burn patients; repairing cleft lips, congenital heart defects, and limb differences; and rescuing and rehabilitating children trafficked into slavery. Most recently, she wrote about her experiences in South America for Huffington Post.
She has been a spokesperson and advocate for World of Children since 2010 and graciously served as a Co-Host or Presenter at World of Children’s Awards Ceremony from 2010-2016. In November 2015, she rang the NASDAQ opening bell for World of Children with Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz and long-time supporter Alina Cho.
In October 2016, World of Children honored Stephanie with our prestigious Board of Governors’ Award for her extensive work and continuous support of our mission to improve the lives of vulnerable children worldwide.
Sandy Sholl launched her first company, Instinct Fashion, in 1988 providing design and production sourcing to top fashion companies. She then launched her first international company, Focus [HK] Co., based in Hong Kong, which provided marketing, design and sourcing for the global market. In 1990, Sandy co-founded P2F Holdings, which along with its successful divisions, became a leader in the wholesale / retail industry. The most recent addition to Ms. Sholl’s portfolio is MadaLuxe. Founded in 2011, MadaLuxe has assembled a carefully selected group of global luxury brands which represent a philosophy of curated, modern luxury.
Sandy is equally dedicated to philanthropic efforts and is an active contributor to various causes. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tikva Children’s Home, which cares for homeless and abused Jewish children within the former Soviet Union. Sandy joined the World of Children Board of Governors in May 2012.
Susanna Steinberg retired from a 27 year career in retail human resources, which included training, development and recruiting responsibilities. She received her BA from Brooklyn College in 1960 and attended the New York University graduate school of Business Administration. Her current philanthropic and community activities include serving as a trainer in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Board member of the Smuin Ballet. Susanna resides in San Francisco, California with her husband Michael. She joined the World of Children’s Board of Governors in 2007 and Chairs the Compensation Committee, and serves on the Development Committee.