Nooshin Felsenthal, a University of Wisconsin alumna, has been an instrumental force behind the 62 Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award, curated by the Children’s Service Board, a philanthropic organization that works to help sick and underprivileged children in the Chicago area.

Felsenthal, who graduated in 2005, is an investment sales broker at Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate corporation. There, she has closed approximately $6 billion investment sales transactions for JLL.

Besides her work at JLL, Felsenthal is a strong contributor to the community through her work with the Children’s Service Board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

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Tom Donda, a spokesperson for the GCFAS, said CSB is “one of the most active and successful philanthropic organizations” that supports the hospital in “healthcare excellence.”

Using her fine-tuned business skills, Felsenthal said she is constantly seeking out corporate sponsors for benefit events the hospital holds.

Felsenthal attributes her success and desire to help others to her time at UW.

“The quality of the education the UW provides is unlike anything else,” Felsenthal said. “The college fosters a love and curiosity for learning versus a purely task-oriented education process.”

UW has a goal of creating students who will go on to contribute to their communities, something which is expressed in “The Wisconsin Idea,” Felsenthal said.

Felsenthal said she is appreciative of this aspect of UW’s approach to education because it has made her a more conscious citizen in her community.

“The school also emphasized that we are all responsible citizens who need to have an active role in our community to make society better as a whole,” Felsenthal said.

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Felsenthal said she found a community of friends based on genuine love and mutual support which were fostered through the UW’s energy.

The genuine love found in these friendships, Felsenthal said, translated to an even stronger desire to give back to her community in her adult life.

Being a contributor to CSB for the past five years has allowed Felsenthal to apply the lessons she learned at UW to making children healthier and happier each day, something which Felsenthal said is extremely rewarding.