Original Article PDF : New York Lifestyles Magazine
In the New York City-Hamptons scene, the name Jean Shafiroff is synonymous with philanthropy. Named the First Lady of Philanthropy by Hello and Hola! Magazines, Jean has heard her calling and uses her vast professional and personal network to bring aid to individuals and organizations.
Jean Shafiroff’s philanthropy and advocacy span far and wide, both in regional and national positions, to make sure that the causes she finds deserving have a voice resonating with donors, influencers, and the less fortunate.
Jean’s beginnings, though, could be most aptly described as humble. Beginning her journey in a middle-class community on Long Island, Jean was influenced by her father—a music teacher—and the nuns at her Catholic school to begin a life of good works. She spent twelve years in Catholic school, where she was encouraged to start helping others.
Jean’s gown collection focuses on American fashion designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Mary McFadden, B. Michael, Zang Toi, Victor de Souza, and Malan Breton.
This motive compelled her to enroll at Columbia University’s College of Physicians
and Surgeons to study physical therapy. After graduating, Jean proceeded to work
as a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. Subsequently, Jean decided to return to the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. During this time, she earned an MBA in finance. She then applied her combination of innate business skills and keen attention to detail to succeed on Wall Street—an industry that was, and largely remains, male-dominated.→