An advertising executive taught me to always stand up for my religious beliefs.
by: Judith Rosenbluth for Fresh Ink for Teens
Editor’s Note: Judith Rosenbluth was a finalist for The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. Nearly 70 contestants from around the country answered the following question: “Choose a living or deceased Jewish-American woman and write about her legacy in any field such as law, medicine, sports, politics, entertainment, and more. Why are her accomplishments meaningful to you?” The contest was sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group.
According to published statistics, only 14.5 percent of business executives in the United States are women. Sarah Hofstetter is one of a very small group of women who has risen to the top of a male-dominated field. The 38-year-old Jewish mother of two is the CEO of 360i, an award-winning advertising agency. Hofstetter received the 2012 Stevie Award for “Female Advertising Executives of the Year,” has been named one of Ad Age’s “40 Under 40” marketing leaders and has landed some major clients such as Coca-Cola and OREO. What makes her amazing, though, is that throughout her career, she continues to observe the Sabbath every week, keep a kosher diet and proudly identifies as a Jew.