While we believe every SDT sister is notable in her own right, we are honored to have some very distinguished alumnae whom we call sister.
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Named the founding mother of media psychology, Dr. Brothers worked in radio and television and wrote a syndicated newspaper column which was printed in over 300 newspapers; she published several best selling books.
Alpha Rho-New York University
International President, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Gloria traveled the world to discuss Jewish women’s issues with the heads of state in Morocco, Jordan, Romania, Bulgaria,Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. She also held the position of Vice President of MERCAZ, the political arm of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
Alpha Eta-Washington University
Social Welfare advocate for Children, Prisoners and Mental Health
2004 SDT Outstanding Alumna
1984 SDT Achievement Award
SuEllen was instrumental in coordinating the philanthropic partnership between SDT and Prevent Child Abuse America. Her involvement with PCAA, serving as President and creating several programs, earned her a lifetime member appointment to the Board of Directors. Early in her career, her passion for dance led her work as a dance therapist at a psychiatric hospital, then she went on to become the president of the Kansas Mental Health Association. While there, she was involved in reviewing programs at the state’s prisons. SuEllen went on to found Reaching Out From Within, a rehabilitation program for prisoners. In 2015, she received the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Award for this program. She was also listed on George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light Foundation list.
Emmy Award Winning Producer
Acclaimed producer in television and theater, recognized for her groundbreaking work in the Soviet Union and China at the height of the Cold War, Lucy (Howard) Jarvis became one of television’s top-ranking producers in the 1950’s and 60’s, at a time when few women worked in news production. She served as an associate producer for NBC’s The Nation’s Future. Her 1963 documentary The Kremlin was recognized with an Emmy Award. In a career that spanned decades, she produced the documentary A Golden Prison: The Louvre which was recognized with six Emmy Awards in 1965. She produced several Barbara Walters specials for ABC and her production company produced a number of films and television movies. In 2017, she was recognized at the United Nations with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Pioneer Award.
Previous CEO of Paramount Pictures: First female to head a Hollywood studio. Named one of the most powerful women in America.
Current head of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, committed to making the world a better place by funding and raising awareness for cancer research, and by supporting education, art and culture.
Kappa-University of Illinois
Social Entrepreneur, Coach, Speaker, Author
Lynn is a Thinking and Accountability Partner, guiding groups and individuals as a personal coach and inspirational speaker. She is the founder of Camp To Belong, a summer camp to reunite siblings placed in separate foster homes and an award winning author.
Emmy Award Winning Anchorwoman – CBS
Marilyn is founder and President of Strategic Communications Services. She was the first woman to solo anchor a newscast and later created the first all women’s television news program in the United States.
Phyllis Satinsky Sudman
Gamma-The Ohio State University
2014 SDT Outstanding Alumna
2014 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth – National Woman of Worth Winner
Director of Client Services for eBay Enterprise
Simon’s Fund Co-Founder and member of the Board of Directors
Phyllis has been honored for her work in launching and maintaining Simon’s Fund, an organization which raises awareness about sudden cardiac arrest death in children. She was awarded the 2014 Alumna of the Year award in July 2014. In December, Phyllis received the L’Oreal Paris National Woman of Worth award at a star-studded event in New York City.
Chi-University of Michigan
Author and Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnist
Terry is co-host of a daily morning television show in Chicago, featuring talk about money, the markets, business and sports. She is a best selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television shows.
Chi-University of Michigan
2014 Jewish Women International Woman to Watch Honoree
Since launching the Washington D.C.-based Schrayer & Associates in 1994, she has developed numerous political advocacy campaigns and strategic plans to affect public policy for a wide range of clients including the Children’s Hospital Association, CARE, and Waiting for “Superman,” a documentary film about America’s failing public school system. She’s also the founder and president/CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which partners with the Gates Foundation to fight global poverty and promote engagement in the world through diplomacy and international development. Today, the 19-year-old coalition consists of over 400 top businesses, non-profits and leaders from across the political spectrum.
National President, National Council of Jewish Women
Phyllis served as leader of the NCJW, a volunteer organization of 90,000 members nationwide. Phyllis has been named to the Forward Fifty, a list of the most influential members of America’s Jewish community, for her work spearheading National public policy initiatives.
Alpha Nu—University of Wisconsin
2018 SDT Outstanding Alumna
Allee was a songwriter who came to fame for co-writing Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September” and “Boogie Wonderland.” She won two Grammy Awards for Beverly Hills Cop and The Color Purple. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for writing “I’ll Be There for You,” the theme song for the hit TV show Friends. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.