From the Co-Presidents of the Women’s Division, Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter
In 1953, a group of New York City women came together to help build an inclusive medical school that would conduct world-changing research. Two years later, these pioneering women—later dubbed the Women’s Division—took part in the groundbreaking on what became Einstein’s campus.
Throughout the Women’s Division’s storied past, generations of members have raised more than $100 million to fund investigations into breast cancer, translational medicine, molecular cardiology, and more. Today, we write with pride as co-presidents of the Women’s Division—a group that has since expanded tremendously while staying true to our mission of funding science.
Einstein’s history carries a common theme: We can repair the world with enough passion, persistence, and people. We remember one of those leaders with great fondness—Burton P. Resnick, who served on the Einstein Board of Trustees for more than four decades. His clarity of purpose, foresight, and inspiring generosity helped shape Einstein into the research powerhouse it is today.
In this edition of Motivations, you’ll read about others who share this mindset. Dr. Rachel Katz’s family scholarship has helped propel aspiring doctors’ careers since 2001. The Feinberg family has partnered with Einstein researchers who have made promising strides against an important type of cancer. And the John H. Gutfreund Fetal Heart Program, launched in 2017 in memory of former Montefiore trustee and father of current trustee J.P. Gutfreund, addresses critical cardiac concerns for hundreds of mothers and infants in the Bronx each year.
From those stories we learn that the path toward a healthier future is possible, and where there is no path, we can forge one. On behalf of the Women’s Division, we appreciate your willingness to join us on this journey.