Doe Deere Fashion Institute of Technology

On the topic of immigrants coming to America in search of a better life, entrepreneur and fashion visionary Doe Deere has some personal insight into the subject. Born in Russia in 1981, the moniker Doe Deere had not yet come into creation. Still going by Xenia Vorotova, Deere was just a teenager living in Russia who had only heard about America from what was portrayed in music and movies. She dreamed about living in America and at age 17, her dreams came true when her family moved to New York City.


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Doe Deere and her family knew life in New York City would be hard as struggling immigrants and were prepared to put in the effort to make their new lives become a reality. Although her mother had been an accountant in Russia, the slow transfer of records made getting work hard so the family, including Deere, took on whatever odd jobs they could find. It wasn’t long before Deere and her family found themselves at a homeless shelter, full of uncertainty. Through all of this, Doe Deere never gave up on her original American dream and continued to keep notes on her ideas as a fashion designer and future entrepreneur.

In 1999, Doe Deere’s family caught the eye of a social worker with Sanctuary for Families, changing their fate forever. The organization helped Doe Deere’s mother gain work as an accountant and assisted in getting Deere into the Fashion Institute of Technology after seeing her design sketches. Although their luck was changing, their move from the shelter to the projects was still rife with uncertainty and fear. However, they kept plugging away at their lives and never complained. Deere attributes these experiences as a young woman scraping by in America as the key to her success as a business owner of the hugely successful makeup brand Lime Crime as well as fashion brand Poppyangeloff.

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Adam Milstein serving the Israel Defense Forces

Born in Haifa, Adam Milstein once served in the Israel Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War. He moved to the United States in 1981 to pursue an MBA in the University of South California but never went back to Israel. He ventured into commercial real estate business where he is a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties till this day.

In 2007, Adam Milstein co-founded the Israeli American Council in Los Angeles and is now the national chairman of the board. The council has grown all over the United States and helps Americans with Jewish origin to preserve their heritage and connect with Israeli roots. He dedicates much of his time promoting Israel and Jewish culture through charitable courses. He spends most of his time in non-profit activities together with his wife, Gila.

Through the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation, Adam Milstein and his wife are actively involved in charitable activities such supporting pro-Israeli organizations as well as helping high school students attend the America Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference annually. He believes that the Israeli Americans are best placed to be spokespeople for the State of Israel. They face the challenge of funding for their non-profit business because it’s difficult to find sources and keep the flow of funding.

Adam Milstein and his wife Gila always work hard to ensure that the causes they support succeed which mostly include providing social and material resources through their foundation. They have set up a donor forum to make funding for the pro-Israeli course easier. The forum allows organizations to have 15 minutes of presentations over lunch to pitch their courses which in turn accelerates the funding process. A committee pre-screens the organizations that are allowed to present before the donors. The donor forum method has been single-handedly pioneered by Mr. Adam Milstein, and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if others followed it because in many cases he has always led and others followed.

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