letter from the founder
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Protect Our Daughters program.
I started this program as a way to empower women to take control of their own safety. The idea is to give women and girls a foundational level of knowledge and to build confidence in their abilities. The catalyst for the program was when a friend of mine’s daughter was threatened by a stalker at college. She felt insecure and afraid and quickly lost her self-confidence. I wanted to help and, through research, learned that there were no simple, straightforward programs where women and girls could learn very basic self-defense techniques, without committing to a full intensive self-defense course. So I got her trained with simple techniques from a Navy Seal. Her confidence came back, she told her friends about the program, and pretty quickly word spread. Soon I had people everywhere asking me to facilitate a training.
Simultaneously, I’ve always been a supporter of our armed forces and I appreciate the protection these women and men provide for us. It seemed a natural fit; We could train women to protect themselves while supporting veterans’ organizations via a nonprofit organization.
We’re so excited about this program because it’s unique. The data shows that basic safety tips and simple responsive moves can make a huge difference in protecting yourself. This program is new and is built differently than most training programs because it is intentionally very concise and focused on empowerment. The Protect Our Daughters program teaches girls and women how to defend themselves against acts of violence and aggression. The program also benefits corporations by promoting social good engagement and demonstrating their commitment to veteran’s issues and women and girl’s empowerment.
Protect Our Daughters, Founder and CEO
Georgette Mosbacher, Founder and CEO
Georgette Mosbacher was born in Hammond Indiana, has a BS Degree from Indiana University, and honorary doctorate degrees from Bryant College and the International Fine Arts College. She is the Chairman and CEO of Borghese, Inc., and former owner and CEO of La Prairie, both global personal care companies – the latter she sold to Beiersdorf, Inc.
She is on the Boards of the Atlantic Council, The Fallen Heroes Fund, Business Executives for National Security (BENS). She is on the Advisory Boards of Brasilinvest, RUSI International, The Dilenschneider Group, and WALL STREET WEEK.
Georgette is Senior Advisor to: Skybridge Capital, Haymon Sports, LLC and WISeKey. She is founder of the New York Center for Children, and served for a decade as New York State’s Republican National Committeewoman. She has served as member of the US Advisory Board for Trade Policy and Negotiations (Presidential appointment) and as a New York Commissioner of Racing (Gubernatorial Appointment) and Trustee of the New York Hudson River Park Trust (Mayoral Appointee). She has authored two best-selling books: Feminine Force (1993) and It Takes Money Honey: A Get Smart Guide to Total Financial Freedom (1998).
Georgette served as national co-chairman of John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign and is co-chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee. She was the first woman to serve as the general chairman of the Republican Governors Association. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation, and the Distinguished Humanitarian Award from Brandeis University.
Georgette is dedicated to U.S. military veterans and their families, to women’s and children’s issues, and the furtherance of public-private partnerships to solve societal problems.
Asli Ali, Board Member
Asli is the Managing Partner of US Policy Metrics, based in New York. This follows Asli’s previous experience at UBS, as a Senior Client Relationship Director and Deputy to UBS Vice-Chairman where she developed a rare blend of a policy expertise, truly global work experience and a capability of handling senior relationships with business leaders, financial regulators and policy makers.
At UBS, based in London and New York offices and working literally all over the world, Asli has contributed to UBS success in winning prestigious and multi-billion dollar mandates like the Telstra follow-on public offering, the largest privatization transaction; the Visa IPO, then the largest IPO in American history; the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China follow-on offering; the China Merchants Bank IPO and the sale of 20% of Akbank to Citibank, among many others.
Before moving to New York, Asli worked on various public-to-private transactions in the consumer and retail sector in Europe and spearheaded UBS’ investment banking coverage for Turkey, landing prestigious mandates like Vodafone’s $3.4b acquisition of Telsim, which substantially expanded UBS’ economic footprint in the country. Asli began her career at Schlumberger International, working in Egypt, India, Venezuela, Trinidad &Tobago, right after she received her engineering degree at the age of 19. She later worked for Procter & Gamble as a Brand Manager in Central and Eastern European region, running a flagship brand with $100m+ revenue line at the age of 25.
Asli has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BSc with high honours in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University. She holds various financial licenses in the UK and the US and is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.
In 2011, Asli has been selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders. Asli is the Chairman of Young Society Leaders of the American Turkish Society, a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, co-Chairman of Harvard Republicans in NYC. She is also a board member of the Thomas Cole Museum and a member of the Committee of Hearts of Hedge Funds Care, a charity that is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse.
Asli speaks French and Turkish. She is married and has two sons, Alexander and Adrian.
Julie Opperman, Board Member
Julie Chrystyn Opperman is the Chairman of The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation. She is also the owner and Chairman of Phoenix Books, Inc.
A native of Croatia, Julie was granted political asylum in the United States at the age of nine.
She is a former ghostwriter and author and is currently a publisher and philanthropist.
Mrs. Opperman's husband was the late Dwight D. Opperman, President and CEO of West Publishing Company and creator of WestLaw. Mr. Opperman is an iconic figure in the American legal and judicial community, and was a noted philanthropist.
Mrs. Opperman resides in Los Angeles. Her philanthropic endeavors, both personally and through the DDO Foundation are primarily low-key or anonymous. She does not join boards, but for the love of her friend Georgette, and for her on-going support of the military, she is honored to participate in this tremendous effort.