Allowing her passion for communications, marketing and creativity to bleed into her professional and personal worlds, Melissa Grosser-Granite has had the privilege to do what she loves in her career and in Toronto’s active Jewish community for over a decade. At the start of her career, Melissa was the Communications Officer for the Consulate General of Israel for Toronto and the Western Provinces. Despite her professional departure from the Jewish community, she has continued to be an active member. Melissa was a two-time co-chair and founding committee member of JEDx – The House’s yearly marquee event, and has held volunteer positions at other organizations such as Ve’ahavta, the Jewish Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), Hoops 4 Israel and the Pitch for Israel. In addition to this, she has acted as a volunteer PR consultant for Second Harvest and the Toronto Humane Society. When she is not giving back, Melissa is the Canadian Consumer Integrated Marketing Communications Lead at Microsoft, where she is focused on creating and executing impactful consumer campaigns and launches for Surface Devices, Windows and Office 365. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, Leeor, family, friends and her adorable cockapoo Benji, as well as transforming her passions into interesting entrepreneurial projects.
“Ever since I attended my first event hosted by The House six years ago, I loved what The House stood for and enjoyed meeting many young professionals who share the drive to give back to our Jewish community as I do. After being the co-chair of JEDx for two years and one of the founding committee members for the event, I am excited to volunteer again and take on the leadership role as co-chair for Gamechangers. As a business professional with a great entrepreneurial spirit, I am looking forward to inspiring others through moving speakers and high quality programming and maintaining the incredible reputation that Gamechangers has gained since the series began.”
Kyle Lichtman has been an active member of the Jewish community for over 10 years, starting from his time as the President of Hillel at Western University and continuing in his current role as Co-Chair of UJA’s U40. Upon graduating from Western University, Kyle received the “Honours W Award” for outstanding contribution to the Community through volunteer and extra-curricular activity. Kyle also holds a Masters in International Business from the University of London, England. Kyle is involved with Chabad of York Mills, where he spearheaded a Shabbat dinner program for Young Professionals and in 2013 was awarded their Young Leadership Award. Kyle created ICRF’s Next Generation event, Revolving Tables, and received the 2012 ICRF Volunteer Award. He continues to be an ICRF Board Member. Kyle is a graduate of the Joshua Institute and has held several positions at UJA, from Co-Chair of the Birthright Madrichim in Training program to a number of Campaign Fundraising positions on the Young Leaders executive, currently as the Co-Chair of UJA’s U40. Kyle was recently honoured with UJA Federation’s 2018 Leadership Development Award. When not lending his efforts to the community, Kyle is busy leading the Cross Brand strategy at TELUS, as a Senior Marketing Manager, or enjoying life with his wife, Marli.
“I am excited to take on a leadership role with the House in co-chairing Gamechangers. I have been attending House events for years and find the Gamechangers program provides a great opportunity to learn from successful role models about how to balance success in the workplace, in the community and in their personal lives. I look forward to continuing to build on the success of Gamechangers and that of The House which continues to be one of the most instrumental and impactful organizations to the Toronto Jewish community.”