Laurada Byers

DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.

Laurada Byers

Laurada Byers is the founder of the Russell Byers Charter School (RBCS) which she opened in 2001 as a tribute to her late husband, a well-known Philadelphia columnist. By 2018, RBCS will serve 725 elementary and middle school students from approximately 42 neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

She currently chairs Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, an alliance of high-performing public charter schools in the city. She is the founder of the Philadelphia Film Festival which is celebrating its 26th year.

She has received wide recognition for her community service, including Philadelphia Magazine’s Volunteer of the Year Award and the Drexel University School of Medicine Woman One Award. She is the author of two Book of Blessings which have sold over 55,000 copies. She earned her MBA from Temple University and is a real estate broker. She lives in Center City Philadelphia and has two children and three grandchildren.

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