Spring Event returns to inspire women in an emerging post-COVID community

Stay tuned for Diane von Furstenberg's upcoming talk

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Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, philanthropist, and author, will energize women to follow their ambitions at this year's Spring Event.

"This year's Spring Event will be particularly meaningful in light of last year's cancellation due to COVID," said Women's Board Spring Event Chair Janna Berk. "The JUF Women's Division recognizes the opportunity this event represents for a collective lifting of the spirit, and we are truly excited to be planning an inspiring program celebrating women, women's empowerment, and the hope of tomorrow."

The hope this event inspires will be bolstered by the generous donations of Women's Division members. Last year, donors to the Women's Division of JUF gave over $14 million to the JUF Annual Campaign, which helps Jews and others in Chicago, Israel, and beyond.

The highlight of the event will be Diane von Furstenberg, who has received many honors -- including being named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2015, receiving the CFDA Swarovski Award for Positive Change in 2016, and getting inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2019 -- for her achievements. This includes creating her iconic wrap dress in 1974, which became a symbol of power and independence for women. She is also the author of Diane: A Signature Life and The Woman I Wanted to Be and her recent release, Own It: The Secret to Life .

"Diane von Furstenberg is a recognized fashion-industry icon whose fundamental desire to be a 'woman in charge' helped shape the course of her life's journey," said Women's City Council Spring Event Chair Lori Hess. "Attendees can look forward to hearing the story of a multi-faceted Jewish woman with an unwavering commitment to women's causes, and an ever-optimistic outlook about what is possible."

Women's Division Spring event is a program benefitting the 2021 JUF Annual Campaign. All women in the community who make an individual gift of $365 or more to the Annual Campaign are invited to attend. Stay tuned for registration information.

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