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Federation Celebrates Young Leadership

December 27, 2007
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Federation Board Chair Leonard Barrack (left) and Ira M. Schwartz, Federation president and CEO, congratulate 2007 Young Leadership Award winners Adam Laver, Melissa Johnson and Wayne Kimmel.

Three committed community young professionals were honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia recently for their leadership expertise.

Missy Johnson, general counsel and vice president of human resources for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, received the Mrs. Isadore Kohn Young Leadership Award.

Johnson is a longtime Federation volunteer who currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She is vice president for Women's Philanthropy and co-chairs Team BGS. Johnson is a past chair of Federation Super Sunday, and its Business and Professional Women's Division.

The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Young Leadership Award winner is Adam Laver, vice chancellor of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Laver serves as vice chairman of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and as co-chair of the Jewish Law Day Committee.

A member of Federation's Board of Trustees, Laver is a third-year member of United Jewish Communities' National Young Leadership Cabinet. He currently serves as communications co-chair for the Cabinet, and is responsible for the publication of Nachshon.

Wayne D. Kimmel, a managing partner of ETF Venture Funds, is the recipient of the Jack Goldenberg Young Leadership Award. His Federation involvement includes chairmanship of both the Men's Cabinet and the Renaissance Group, and membership on the board of directors. He also serves on the boards of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network and the Jewish Relief Agency.

Kimmel, who is an attorney, was selected as one of the Philadelphia region's "40 Under 40" young business leaders. In 2000, Philly Tech honored him with its "30 under 30" award.

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