Leading the way: Bunnings executives explore Israeli innovation

August 24, 2023 by J-Wire News Service
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The UIA Victoria Women’s Division has held a panel discussion with speakers Leah Balter and Irit Harris, senior Bunnings executives, moderated by Gabi Crafti.

Leah Balter and Irit Harris, senior Bunnings executives, and Gabi Crafti.

They spoke about a business mission they led to Israel for non-Jewish Bunnings executives and leaders to seek out innovation and creativity from the start-up nation. The discussion was inspiring and thought-provoking.

UIA’s Women’s Division is part of a community of committed Jewish women with active campaigns across 40 cities globally. The UIA Women’s Division brings together powerful and visionary women united by their common love and passion for Israel and the Jewish people.

Supporting projects that are family-focused and female-led, this year, the Women’s Division is supporting Heartbeats, an early intervention program that supports babies at risk over the first 1,000 days of their life and their parents in Israel. Israel has one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in OECD countries, with over 1 million children being classified as at risk. Heartbeats offers parents – many who have been referred by welfare services – the support that they need.

Located in 11 locations around Israel’s periphery, this unique program assists over 600 families. With early intervention, the ultimate goal is that children in this program will require less or no further intervention as they continue to develop. UIA Australia Women’s Division is funding the development of the 12th centre in Dimona.

UIA Victoria Women’s Division Co-chairs Amanda Smorgon and Elissa Sharp said: “We pride ourselves on providing the community with meaningful engagement opportunities. This event linked the values and passion of the Women’s Division – empowering female leadership and a connection to Israel.”

The event was held at the home of Serena and Rotem Rotenberg.

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