Julius Porges (b.
ca 1890 Tucensky Svaty Martin near Bratislava?) married
Stephan Porges (b. 1917 Tucensky Svaty Martin
near Bratislava, d. 1975) married on 9/7/40 in pre-Israel Palestine
where they met on Kibbutz Ramat David : Inge
Yael Winterfeldt (b. 7/30/22 Berlin, Germany, d. 08/06/2007 NY). The US Holocaust
Museum includes Tucensky Svaty Martin among the towns that were
wiped out during the Holocaust.
Karen-Shelly "K. Shelly" Porges (b.
1953 Tel Aviv Israël) married
(1) Ovidiu Pasternak (b. 6/24/48 Bucharest, Romania)
Richard Wilhelm (b. 5/17/46 in NYC)
She lives in the U.S.A.
Stephen Benjamin Pasternak (b. 6/13/86 Toronto, Canada)
Speaker - K. Shelly Porges '74 K. Shelly Porges co-founded Global Payments Experts llc. in 2003. With deep domain expertise in the payments and financial services industry, Global Payments Experts llc. provides business strategy, risk management, marketing, and product development consulting to deliver bottom line results.
Global Payments Experts llc. professionals have worked with
leading companies such as Accenture, American Express, Ameritech,
Bank of America, BB&T, Bell Canada, Capital One, Chevron, Citigroup, Diners Club, ETrade, First Data Corp., GE Capital Card Services, H&R
Block, Hewitt Associates, Household International, Innoventry
Corp., KeyCorp., Livecapital.com, MBNA, NexTag, Inc., Paymybills.com,
PPS, Inc., Providian, Star Systems, Inc., thinkSmart llc.,
ThirdAge Media, Thomas Weisel Partners, U.S. Bank, Verizon,
Visa U.S.A., Visa International, Wachovia, Washington Mutual,
Wells Fargo, and Zurich Scudder Investments.
is a recognized expert in marketing and strategy development
with a significant track record in launching products, brands
and companies. As an advisor, she has consulted with various
Fortune 500 company executive teams on achieving breakthrough
results. As an executive, she has led some of the nation’s
leading financial institutions in developing powerful strategies
in both start-up and turn-around environments, as well as
in re-energizing growth in existing businesses.
Ms. Porges’ career highlights include a ten-year stint at American Express, culminating as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada. She then served as Senior Vice President of Retail Product Management for Bank of America during its historic turn-around in the late 80’s where she helped the bank move from #23 to #1 in consumer lending in the country, as well as from last to first in deposit and revenue growth among the nation’s
major banks. Following this, as founder and CEO of Porges/
Hudson Marketing (PHMI), a strategy advisory firm, Ms. Porges
led one of the most well-known, well-respected boutique firms
in the financial services industry.
also held executive positions in a number of start-up ventures
including Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing
for a subsidiary of Wachovia (then First Union) Bank, the
6th largest bank in the country, where she ran a strategic
alliance business, and launched an internet lending business
which grew to over $100 million in its first full year of
operation. She then served as Executive Vice President-Marketing
for Third Age Media, the leading Internet portal site for
baby boomers, where she was responsible for the record-setting
growth—over 400%-- in both visitors and registered users at Third Age in 1999. In January 2000, The Industry Standard named Third Age one of the Top Ten Most Popular Sites on the Web based on growth in unique visitors. She also served as Chief Marketing Officer of Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a specialty investment firm, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners, at the time, the country’s
fastest growing investment bank, and Zurich Scudder Investments,
one of the largest asset managers in the world.
has served on both corporate boards, including Renaissance
Holdings Corp. and Pueblo Corp., as well as a variety of
non-profit boards, including the United Way of the Bay Area,
the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco and the Jewish Community Federation. In 1996, she was named the Financial Women’s Association Distinguished Member of the Year for launching the Financial Woman of the Year Event which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for women’s
scholarships over the years. In 1997, she was recognized
for her volunteer leadership by being awarded one of only
40 fellowships by the Wexner Heritage Foundation.
holds both a BS and MS degree from Cornell University and
serves on the Cornell University Council, on the Entrepreneurship
and Personal Enterprise Program Advisory Council and on the
President’s Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), of which she was a founding member. Ms. Porges is frequently quoted in a variety of industry publications such as the American Banker, Credit Card News, and Fortune magazine and was a contributor to such business books as The AMA Handbook of Services Marketing, If It Ain’t
Broke, Break It!, and How to Run a Small Business.
Ms. Porges’ most
proud accomplishment is being the mother of her two children,
Ariel and Stephen.
Just wanted to make you aware of an exciting new development
in my life. Beginning Monday, August 29, I will become the
new head of the State Department's Global Entrepreneurship
Program. Below this email is the announcement that went out
Friday from the State Department.
The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) is a U.S. State Department-led
effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world.
Announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the
Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010, the
GEP highlights the Obama Administration’s commitment
to use America’s entrepreneurial culture to advance entrepreneurship
in emerging markets and developing countries. The program is
managed as an interagency team, which includes USAID, the Overseas
Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) the Millennium Challenge
Corporation, among others, and is led by the U.S. State Department’s
Bureau of Economic Affairs/Office of Commercial and Business
The Global Women's Business Initiative, which I have headed
since March 2010, will be folded into GEP, and I have already
hired a Franklin Fellow to take my place in leading it.
As an element of our 'smart power' strategy, entrepreneurship
is a critical part of leveraging the best of America's values
and innovation to the benefit of all nations and I am excited
about leading this effort going forward.
K. Shelly Porges
Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program
Office of Commercial and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Blue and silver
Getting ready for the Festival of Light
Chanukah. Hanukah. Hanukkah. ...
At the Porges family home in Greenbrae, 11-year-old Ariel Porges picked out her Noah's Ark chanukiah when she was still a little girl.
When she was in fourth grade, she made her own at school. "Hanukkah is my favorite Jewish holiday," she says.
like a lot of the food -- like sufganiot (jelly doughnuts)
and latkes (potato pancakes).
Mom and I make them together
with sour cream and applesauce." Shelly Porges, a native of Israel and Ariel's mom, said she's made it a priority to teach her children about the traditions of Hanukkah. "Oftentimes
people don't know what it is, much less how to celebrate
So I've made myself sort of a proselytizer among Jews
in that way.
And over the years we've spurred on more of
our friends to decorate and throw parties."
"My mother is a woman who speaks
with her life as much as with her tongue."
E. Noda, Author
It is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that early this morning on
June 8, 2007, our beloved mother, Inge Yael Winterfeldt Porges, passed away. As
you know, she had suffered in recent years from both vascular dementia and Parkinson's
Disease such that this passing, while sad, comes as a relief. In our grief,
we are happy that her suffering has ended.
A memorial service will be held at at the graveside on Sunday, June 10 at 11am
prior to her burial next to my father, at New Montefiore Cemetery,
Farmingdale, NY. We will be sitting
shiva at Sandy's house, Sunday directly after the burial.
Our mother was a remarkable and independent woman, full of life and love. She
was a talented artist, a gifted linguist and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Even
in her youth, she was accomplished as both a Junior Olympic gymnast and a gifted
student. While she grew up in Berlin, Germany, she faced the horrors of
the Holocaust with great courage. An ardent Zionist even at the age of
sixteen, after Kristallnacht, as her family prepared to flee to the US, she chose
instead to emigrate to pre-Israel Palestine to help build the Jewish homeland. Not
knowing if she would ever see her family again or even arrive safely, she embarked
on what would be a life-altering journey. There, she met our father, Stefan
Porges, of blessed memory, the love of her life and together they built a home,
a family and a life.
Throughout her life, our mother was an ardent supporter of Israel, and returned
there in 1977 after our father's death in 1975. There she married her devoted
second husband, Baruch Zur, of blessed memory. While in the US, she was
a lifetime member of the Hadassah Women's Organization because its Youth Aliyah
arm saved her from Nazi Germany and its Hospital in Jerusalem did life-saving
Through all these years, she was someone who savored life in all its nuances
and strove for excellence in all she did.
She loved to travel and infected
her children with the travel bug. She was a wonderful cook, homemaker and
hostess whose mark is left indelibly on her children who all love to eat (as
well as cook). She was a sophisticated appreciator of the arts and introduced
us to museums, theater, dance and music whenever possible. It's no wonder
that each of us has incorporated the arts somehow into our lives. And,
most of all, she created a beautiful and comfortable environment for her family
Among those who will miss her loving presence are her grandchildren: Emily,
Nick, Lucy, Stephen and Ariel and her great-granddaughter, Corey.
As we come together to celebrate her life and mourn her passing, we will cherish
the memories of happier times that she made possible. It is how she would
have wanted it.
These next few days, weeks and years will certainly seem emptier without her
soul in this world but her wisdom and her love will guide us.