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Women in Business 2020

Ivy Harlev

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Chief Executive Officer, Siegel JCC

Photo courtesy of Ivy Harlev

The first woman to hold the CEO position since Siegel JCC was established in 1901, Ivy Harlev has been with the organization since 1998.

She was named to the JCC’s top spot in 2006, but at the time her title was executive director. Harlev lobbied for a name change. “A lot of women are executive directors, and a lot of men are CEOs,” she says. “I didn’t care about it for myself, but it matters for young women who will follow my generation.”

During Harlev’s tenure, the JCC has expanded its facilities and its membership while remaining true to its mission of serving the community, especially vulnerable populations. “The JCC is about creating and maintaining connections, a need accentuated by COVID,” Harlev says.