New York Conference - November 2014 : Compass Award Honorees

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Loreen Arbus, President, Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President, Stuart Weitzman
Lisa Oz, Host, The Lisa Oz Show

Loreen Arbus, President
Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.


Loreen Arbus is currently the President of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., The Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation. She is widely recognized as an advocate for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She has established a well-respected, solid and exceptional track record as an executive in network television, pay and basic cable, syndication and the print media. This wide array of experience and talent has made her a much sought after consultant to several established and new cable networks. A prolific writer, she is the author of six books and numerous magazine/newspaper articles.

Arbus began her entertainment tenure as a Story Analyst at ABC, where she quickly rose through the ranks to Program Executive and onto Executive Producer of Variety Specials, Movies, Late Night and Early Morning Programming. As Vice President of Original Programming at Showtime, she initiated cable’s first made-for-pay movie, cable’s first scripted comedy series and cable’s first co-production(s). Subsequently, as Senior Vice President in charge of program development, production, acquisition, scheduling and on-air promotion for Cable Health Network/Lifetime, she helped launch the twenty-four hour network. In just three months, she spearheaded development, initiated production commitments, and negotiated all related deals for 1,671 half hours of programming (424 acquisitions and seventeen original series). Thereafter, she supervised program development/production for Viacom’s network and first-run syndication divisions. Concurrently she was a contributing editor Los Angeles Magazine, syndicated by Copley, and has been a free lance writer for many national publications.

Arbus left Viacom to become an independent producer. Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. focuses on non-fiction programming for network, cable, syndication and new media. She has received two Emmy nominations and a documentary made the short list for an Oscar nomination.

Arbus is a tireless advocate for a variety of non-profit causes, and is a leading national advocate for persons with disabilities. She focuses her philanthropy on women and girls, minorities, media initiatives, medical research, animal rights, the arts and global peace.

She’s committed to the work of the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) organization, co-founded by her parents, Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder/Chairman of ABC* UCP is the 5th largest health agency in the U.S., and is one of the nation’s leading providers in serving and supporting the needs of over 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Ms. Arbus facilitated a partnership between UCP and Children’s Rights which resulted in stronger advocacy for the nation’s abused and neglected children. That historic union fostered ISABELLE’S KIDS, whose mission addresses the needs of hundreds of thousands of children of all ages with disabilities both in and outside foster care.

She presently serves on over a dozen non-profit boards, including: The Paley Center for Media; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; The Women’s Media Center; Muslim Women’s Fund; New York Women’s Forum; NAWBO L.A. Enterprise Institute; United Cerebral Palsy; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School Advisory Committee for Neurobiology; The Weizmann Institute of Science; Town Hall Los Angeles, and is a member of the Brookings Institution, and Women Moving Millions.

Arbus has served as a two-term Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; on the boards of the Producers Guild, The Caucus For Producers, Writers and Directors, Women In Film, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and as Chair of Women In Film International. She is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Authors Guild, SAG, and AFTRA.

She was Co-Founder and for seven years Co-Chair of the Lucy Awards for Women In Film (Los Angeles). She is Founder and Co-Chair of the annual UCP/NYC Luncheon, “Women Who Care,” and she was among the core group of Founders of the Los Angeles Donor Circle of The Women’s Foundation of California.

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Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President
Stuart Weitzman


Jane Gershon Weitzman was the Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and the first Vice President of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on the brand’s website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Jane serves on the executive committees and boards of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Greenwich UJA. She is also the author of "Art & Sole".

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Lisa Oz, Host
The Lisa Oz Show


Lisa is a writer, producer and entrepreneur. She is host of the Lisa Oz Show on Veria Living TV and hosted her own radio show on Sirius XM. In addition to authoring the New York Times bestseller US: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most, Lisa co-authored five New York Times bestselling books, including the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series. She is also Editor at Large of the new Hearst magazine, Dr. Oz, The Good Life.

With her husband, she helped found HealthCorps, a peer-mentoring, non-profit which delivers a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental resilience to over 32,000 teens in at-risk communities across the country.

Lisa and her work have been featured in O magazine, Redbook, Esquire and Shape. She has appeared on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Access Hollywood Live, Good Day LA, The Joy Beyhar Show, Extra, The Wendy Williams Show and The Chew.

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