COO, CIVIC AND PHILANTHROPIC LEADER, AUTHOR, INVENTOR & MENTOR
JANELLE FRIEDMAN is often described as a modern-day Renaissance woman. She is an expert at balancing her career, civic and philanthropic leadership, and her roles as author, inventor and mentor. In addition, she has raised six children.
As COO, she manages the day-to-day business operations of Friedman & Feiger, LLP, an award-winning, Dallas-based law firm. She has been the law firm’s Chief Operating Officer since 1986 and is also a certified paralegal.
Janelle handles all business aspects of the company from marketing and new business development to revenue and finances as well as personnel and day-to-day problem solving.
She has invented a three-dimensional makeup mirror called Kiss My Lash. The mirror is uniquely-designed to allow women to put on their own eyelashes by seeing the tops of their eyelids. In addition to Kiss My Lash, she is in the process of developing a natural skin care line that will also be launched under her GoodJanes brand this August.
Janelle created the curriculum and continues to lead an etiquette program for students who attend Texans Can Academies, a non-profit, dropout recovery high school system. Through her etiquette classes, she teaches students how to properly handle job interviews, proper listening skills, telephone/texting etiquette and how to have confidence without arrogance.
Texans Can Academies has adopted her program in all of its Texas campuses, and the program is now named the Janelle Friedman Etiquette Program.
She has also instituted an intern program at Friedman & Feiger which provides opportunity for these disadvantaged students to learn a strong work ethic and to experience hands-on professional experience.
Janelle is the author of You Are Invited which takes readers through some of Janelle’s biggest parties including a destination wedding, a fundraiser for one thousand guests and her “One Night Only” event filled with celebrity entertainers plus open houses and family holiday celebrations.
She is the founder of Essential Energy, a community service concept that provides opportunity for women in business to network, grow businesses and to learn professional success tips from motivational business leaders and celebrities.
Janelle is an active member of the community and generously donates her time to worthwhile causes.
Recognized for exemplifying family and community leadership, Janelle and her husband, Larry, were honored this year at the Texans Can Academy Cares For Kids luncheon for their generosity and dedication to helping children overcome obstacles.
The F&F Foundation was founded by Janelle and Larry as a charitable organization which benefits children. Each year, Friedman & Feiger, LLP donates time and fund-raising for notable charities. Millions of dollars have been raised through the F&F Foundation for worthy charities such as Wednesday’s Child, Children’s Medical Center and the Salvation Army’s Gene and Jerry Jones Center For Children, among others.
She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center and the Dallas Opera. She has also served as a Stradivarius member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She was also Co-Chair for the Opening Ceremonies of the Dallas Macabee Games, Co-Chair of the opening of Congregation Anshai Torah Synagogue and is a KidneyTexas lifetime member.
She commits her time, talent and monetary donations to the Wheel To Survive benefit to find a cure for ovarian cancer, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Gilda’s Club, Paws Cause, the SPCA, the Fur Ball, the Epilepsy Research Foundation, the Jewish Community Center, the National Kidney Foundation and Texans Can Academies, among many others.
KidneyTexas honored Janelle with the Sue Goodnight Award in appreciation of her passion for KidneyTexas and her efforts to help charities. She was also awarded the Women That Soar award and the NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin Playmaker Community Service Award. The Dallas Business Journal named Janelle “a business leader to watch.”
A native of Dallas, Janelle was raised in a large family in which “good manners, great style and the highest integrity are our most important values.” She attended Hillcrest High School and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Today, Janelle lives in Dallas with her husband. They have six children and two grandchildren.