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Jill Zarin

Celebrity, Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Mother & Best-Selling Author
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Biography

No ordinary Real Housewife, New York City-based celebrity, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and "ultimate Jewish mother" Jill Zarin brings her effervescent persona and ability to connect with a wide demographic to speaking engagements resembling intimate sit-downs with the reality TV sensation turned businesswoman and personal branding guru.

As one of the original Real Housewives of New York City, Zarin helped establish the Bravo franchise as must-see TV, bringing the same moxie and chutzpah on display in that show to presentations targeted to universities, corporations, women's groups, and international and religious organizations. With more than a million followers on social media, she has the unique ability to connect with a broad cohort eager to hear her stories of balancing family life with a successful career.

Tailoring her conversations to virtually any audience, Zarin imparts valuable life lessons and entrepreneurial wisdom culled from her years of experience in the television and business worlds. Sharp, shrewd and savvy, she reveals the secrets of a stellar post-Housewives career including forays into home decor, shapewear and jewelry design. Potential topics (among many) include influencing, networking, building a personal brand in the post-reality TV landscape and setting yourself up for the real world whether you're a college student, business owner or working mother.

Topics

Secrets of a Jewish Mother

In this presentation designed for general — and multi-generational — audiences, Real Housewives of New York City cast member Jill Zarin discusses her bestselling book Secrets of a Jewish Mother (co-authored with her mother and sister, who also appear in select talks) about what it means to be the ultimate mother. Subjects culled from the book include a mother's take on friendship, dating, beauty and health, education, career, marriage, family non-negotiables, money, parenting, superstitions and clichés.

Be Your Own Brand

For the past ten years, Jill has focused on building her family of brands including Zarin Fabric Warehouse, Skweez Couture shapewear line, Jill Zarin Home Bedding Collection and Jill Zarin Jewelry Collection. She is also a brand spokesperson for Streit's Matzos, the 90-year-old family business that began on New York City's Lower East Side, and Stages of Beauty, which she promotes on social media as well as on her personal website. Having appeared on The Real Housewives of New York City for four seasons, Jill is frequently asked how the show affected her. In a professional capacity, it helped give her brands national and even international visibility — even in reruns, as the show streams for new generations of viewers on platforms like Netflix and Amazon. In this presentation, Jill discusses branding oneself using a media outlet and how her personal brand only grew after her four-season tenure as a RHONY cast member. She also reveals the importance of social media and sponsorship, using her many successes and partnerships as examples to follow.

Jill Zarin's Five Tips For Graduates Before Leaving College

The future is something to prepare for. In this presentation tailored to colleges, universities and graduates in particular, the ultimate mother offers life lessons and advice for the future in the form of tips Jill Zarin wishes someone had told her. She discusses the importance of internships, reveals what to include in the perfect résumé, advocates creating simple and inexpensive calling cards, demonstrates how a personal website can give grads an edge over other candidates entering the job market (as well as provide additional income for those in between jobs) and stresses the importance of sending thank you notes after any job interview. Through practical advice delivered with candor and humor, Jill sends kids off into the real world as only she can, with the wit, wisdom and warmth of a true original.

Creating Balance & Having It All

In this presentation centering on her personal credo of "you can have it all, just not all at the same time," Jill Zarin talks about how she became an original member of The Real Housewives of New York City, and how she parlayed her celebrity into a lucrative empire of namesake products including shapewear, jewelry and home decor lines — while still finding time to be a wife and mother. Tailored to women's groups and professional organizations, Jill shares tips and advice for creating balance and having it all, starting with the simple prioritization of three crucial areas — juggling work, staying fit and healthy, and finding quality time for both yourself and your loved ones.

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