Rena Joy Olshansky '56
CEO, Rainmaker, Inc.
Alumni Term Trustee, 1978–83
Rena Joy Olshansky is CEO of Rainmaker, Inc., a corporate advisory organization in the areas of media, business, politics and health.Olshansky is on the Board of Directors for the Providence House crisis nursery, Playhouse Square Foundation, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and American Cancer Society. She is the co-founder and member of the National Advisory Board of Women's Studies at Brandeis University, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Boston Jewish Community Women's Fund. Additionally, she is ambassador of the New England Division for the American Cancer Society.
Olshansky has won numerous awards and honors including the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993, the Alumni Leadership Award at Brandeis in 1993, and the Ohio Governor’s Award in 1983. At Brandeis, Olshansky was elected as fellow in 1993 and coached the undefeated women's basketball team from 1955 to 1956. She was inducted into the Brandeis Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
She is also the author of "Headstrong: A Story of Conquests and Celebrations...Living Through Chemotherapy," which details her battle against cancer.
Olshansky earned her B.A. from Brandeis University and was awarded an L.H.D. from Baldwin Wallace College in 1987.