A “philanthro-capitalist” changing lives through opportunity: Francine LeFrak (Episode 119)
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Two particularly powerful themes come through in Episode 119: how setback can be a transformational force even when it may not seem like it at first; and the power and value of providing work and an opportunity to those in need. Both of these themes have been life changing for my guest Francine LeFrak. Francine is an award-winning television, theatrical and film producer turned social entrepreneur whose focus and passion is empowering women and girls. A mid-career setback actually inspired her trailblazing approach to creating economic models that are self-sustaining and grounded in a core philosophy of opportunity and empowerment through work. To fully understand and appreciate Francine’s journey, you’ll have to listen to the episode. Trust me it’s worth it! You’ll find the amazing jewelry Francine and I discussed on the podcast at SameSky.com. Remember, all of the proceeds benefit the women that Francine and I talked about today. Note: From September 23-25, 2020, you’ll get 60% off of certain SameSky pieces. So, if you’re looking for ways to support the women we talked about, check it out! If you purchase, please share a photo on Instagram and tag us @LauraCoxKaplan @SheSaidSheSaidPodcast @SameSky and @FleFrak . And, if you enjoy the episode, please share a screen shot from your phone on Instagram as well! xo! The post A “philanthro-capitalist” changing lives through opportunity: Francine LeFrak (Episode 119) appeared first on She Said / She Said.
When your social issues film is canceled, the next logical step is to start a jewelry company to benefit female victims of genocide, right? It was for Francine LeFrak, a producer who has changed thousands of lives with her entrepreneurship and social justice leadership. On this episode, Angela Raub, CEO and President at Leadercast, launches the inaugural edition of Leadercast Legacy by interviewing one of the most influential people she knows: Francine LeFrak, Founder at Same Sky and Francine A. LeFrak Foundation. What we talked about: Francine’s legacy of social advocacy for women The earliest influencers in Francine’s life Stories that make Francine proud and what inspires her Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: Same Sky The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Check out the full podcast with Francine LeFrak by clicking here. If you don’t use Apple Podcasts as your audio player, you can find every episode of the Leadercast Podcast at this link.
Francine LeFrak is a social entrepreneur and women’s empowerment activist. In 2008, Francine founded Same Sky, a jewelry initiative that provides training and employment to women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide who are living with HIV/AIDS. Francine offers women a hand-up, not a handout, by providing them with the dignity of work and the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. In addition to work abroad, Same Sky now provides employment to women who have recently been released from HudsonCounty Jail helping them to re-enter society. Before her work as a social entrepreneur, Francine had a successful career on Broadway and as a social issues film producer where she garnered multiple Tony, Emmy, and Peabody awards. Francine also serves as CEO of the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Foundation, which supports institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and cultural institutions. She is a founder of The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and The Same Sky Foundation that aim to eradicate poverty through employment and encourage community-led solutions to promote women’s empowerment in the developing world and in America. In recognition of Francine’s commitment to empowering women, she has been honored with a number of awards including the UNWomen For Peace Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Franca Sozzani Award presented by Fashion4Development, the Women Together Award presented at the UN for micro-finance, and the “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor as presented by the French government. Francine is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post’s Impact and What’s Working sections where she is a leading voice in the ethical shopping movement. She is the Chair Emerita of the Women’sLeadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School, a body of influential women leaders that advance issues related to gender equality and gender research. Francine holds Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Manhattanville College and from Mount Ida College.https://www.falfoundation.org https://www.instagram.com/flefrak https://twitter.com/francinelefrakSubscribe to The Gemma & Emma Podcast on iTunes: tinyurl.com/gemmaandemmaFollow us on Instagram (@gemma_and_emma) www.instagram.com/gemma_and_emma/Follow Emma Forbes (@emmaforbeslifestyle) and Gemma Sheppard (@sheppardstyle)This episode of The Gemma and Emma Podcast was recorded by Rebecca Huston and produced by Daniel Lucas. Music by Rebecca Huston.