Chaya Pomeranz-Sherman

Chaya Pomeranz-Sherman is a community builder and social entrepreneur. She has proven experience in founding, managing, and growing community-centered non-profits, as well as five years of senior-level experience in customer management and engagement. In her day job, Chaya serves as Global Operations Manager at MassChallenge overseeing the Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico Programs. Chaya is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper where she served as Curator of the New York City Hub, and currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Boston Hub. Chaya is also a Rotary International member, and a Jewish Diplomat for the World Jewish Congress. Chaya sits on the Board of the Am Yisroel Foundation and after a two-year term as an Alumni Committee Member of the Coaching Fellowship (20170-2019) now serves as the organization’s New England Chapter Coordinator. Prior to this, Chaya served as CEO of ARINGO Consulting, an educational consulting company (2014-2019). She worked as a Political Consultant for international affairs, was elected Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students, WUJS (2012-2014) and was founder and President of the Israeli Model UN Association, IMUNA (2010-2012) – Israel’s Model UN Umbrella organization. For over a decade, Chaya has been actively involved in a variety of civic action and diplomatic organizations, including the UN, EU, and Israel’s diplomatic missions. She has worked closely with young leaders from across over 80 countries on areas relating to women empowerment, interfaith, migration, and cross-cultural development. Chaya sat on the boards of several large international Jewish Organizations, representing Jewish youth to the international community. Chaya holds a Masters degree in Political Communication and Bachelors degree in Political Science and Communications (Summa cum Laude) from Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of the ‘HOW Institute for Society NXT-GEN Fellowship for Moral Leadership’, the Jewish Statesmanship Center for Strategic Planning, an alumnus of the Microsoft Ventures Tapsa MBA Program, The Tikvah Institute, and a professional cake decorator.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

I am in the process of developing an initiative to support young healthcare providers and physicians and provide them with the soft-skills and financial planning skills to help them be the best at their jobs while simultaneously leading a balanced, and financial savvy lifestyle. Physicians typically go through 5-7 years of rigorous schooling followed by 3-5 year residency programs and fellowships. Regardless of how they pay for their high tuition (student loans or family support), they typically do not reach financial independence until their late 30s and receive little to no guidance on how to manage their lives, relationships, finances, and friendships. While they receive intensive medical training, this often does not include sufficient (if any) training relating to networking, connecting, and the impact that developing connections within their industry (and outside of it) can have not only on their respective careers but on the healthcare industry and society as a whole. I hope to work to change this.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

In the long term, I hope that medical schools incorporate this training into their curriculum and learn to support their medical students not only in becoming skilled doctors but also in developing soft skills, understanding the constraints that they will face in their desire to provide optimal care to their patients, developing meaningful connections, and creating a healthy work-life balance. In the short term, I hope to create a space or platform that can support young physicians as they transition from their schooling to "real-life".