ADL presents the Deborah Awards annually to outstanding women whose leadership in their professions and civic contributions exemplify the qualities and ideals of the Anti-Defamation League. The Deborah Award is named for the prophetess Deborah, noted for her courage, wisdom and leadership.
This year’s event co-chairs are ADL leaders Jessica Babrick and Sharyn Nichols. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be NBC4 Investigative Reporter Joel Grover.
The event begins with a 6:00 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $400 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Advanced reservations are required.
2014 ADL Deborah Award Honorees
Lisa Bloom is a legal analyst for NBC, appearing frequently on The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, HLN and many other shows. Bloom is known for her in-depth analysis of headline-grabbing trials and her hard-hitting interviews. She is founder of The Bloom Firm, a general practice law firm, and is also an award-winning speaker and bestselling author. Her first book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, became an instant New York Times bestseller and her second book, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture, was also critically acclaimed. Bloom’s third book, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, was released this February. Bloom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA and received her law degree from Yale. She has two young adult children and is an animal lover, a lifetime vegetarian and a vegan.
Fung Der is Managing Director and Regional Executive for the Greater Los Angeles region of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She manages offices in Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, Century City, Pasadena, and Downtown Los Angeles, with revenues in excess of $125 million. Der has been with Bank of America for over 39 years. She graduated co-valedictorian Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from USC, where she received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Jewish Family Service and the Music Center in Los Angeles. She is also a member of Bank of America’s Los Angeles Executive Council. In 2012, Der was honored with the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Leadership Award. She and her husband have two daughters.
Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of tokidoki, is a serial entrepreneur. Tokidoki is her third company to date and, since debuting in 2005, it has amassed a cult-like following. The brand is known for its eye-popping aesthetic, criminally cute characters, and its partnerships with evergreen brands including Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Sephora, Marvel and others. Mohajer also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide with innovative products. In 1999, she successfully sold Hard Candy Inc. to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate. Mohajer received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and her B.A. from Vanderbilt University. In, 2013 she was honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Trailblazer of the Year Award.
Liane Weintraub is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tasty Brand, Inc., an organic food company that makes healthy snacks for kids. Since 2007, Weintraub has been on a “tasty mission” to improve the nutritional options available to families. A former television news reporter, Weintraub was inspired by her coverage of health and environmental issues such as Big Agriculture, the tainted global food supply, genetically modified crops, childhood obesity, and juvenile allergies. Her commitment to protecting children from the hazards created by previous generations is an integral part of Tasty Brand’s mission. Born and raised in New York City, Weintraub has a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the Annenberg School at USC. An avid philanthropist, she has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations including Center Dance Arts, Los Angeles Music Center, Natural Resources Defense Council and City Hearts. She and her husband have two children, Ava and Cole.