THE ICON: Carol Wise
THE LEGACY: A child of the Depression whose mother was a social worker, Carol Wise said she always assumed she would work because her parents stressed she should be employable, according to an interview with www.NCJWneworleans.org. Armed with that self-sufficient mindset, she would go on to forge a career in real estate and marketing. Wise wanted to be active in the Jewish community, too, but she said she felt left out because the opportunities there were tailored for women who didn’t work outside the home. That prompted her to form a division of the local Jewish Federation for working women and to build a national network for those who, like Wise, wanted an outlet for their activism. Since then, she has surged ahead, holding leadership positions in a long list of community-service organizations — and leading the way for other, like-minded women determined to make a difference.
THE ARTIST: Alexandra Kilburn
THE INSPIRATION: “In anything you do, there are roadblocks. The challenge is always to not let them stop you. If you are positive in your approach, that approach will affect everyone around, and the bump in the road will be gone.” — Carol Wise, in a 2009 interview on www.NCJWneworleans.org