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Juliet Goodfriend

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

In the midst of a successful business career, Juliet Goodfriend learned of the threatened conversion of the 1926 Bryn Mawr Theater into a fitness club.  She promptly enlisted the support of regional leaders and began a four year campaign to save it as a cultural resource for the community. In 2002 Ms. Goodfriend formally founded the Bryn Mawr Film Institute as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation to renovate, reopen, and enlarge the theater with a variety of film-entertainment and educational programs.  It has become the cultural and business magnet for the region and now ranks as one of the top art house theaters in the nation.

Prior to founding the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Ms. Goodfriend founded Strategic Marketing Corporation in 1979, which eventually became the largest global, custom- marketing research and consulting firm for the pharmaceutical industry.

Ms. Goodfriend is a frequent speaker for national programs, and has published papers for numerous journals. She regularly lectures on subjects that include women and business leadership, ethics, and disability issues. Ms. Goodfriend also developed  a course entitled “Business: A Liberal Art,” at Bryn Mawr College and is the founder of NELI, the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr college. She has long been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, spending a few weeks each year on college campuses around the country.

Ms. Goodfriend's contributions to business and the community throughout her career have been recognized with many awards.