Lerman-Neubauer is a trustee of the Neubauer Family Foundation and owns a boutique communications practice. A corporate communications specialist, Lerman-Neubauer has always been interested in the nexus of art, technology, and commerce. She created the first private television network in the financial services industry (before the internet) for Merrill Lynch; launched Unisys globally, after the merger between Burroughs and Sperry; and helped Time Warner to introduce the DVD. She began her career as a documentary filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. She currently writes special event speeches and consults on strategic and marketing communications.
In 2012, Lerman-Neubauer and her husband Joseph Neubauer enabled the creation of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, which creates new communities of inquiry through faculty research projects, a global fellows initiative, and exhibitions, and explores novel approaches to complex human questions. Although the Collegium was initially focused on stimulating innovative research in the humanities, scholars were so interested in its multidisciplinary aspect that, eventually, all faculties on campus participated, including the law school, business school, and medical center.
Lerman-Neubauer has served on the Board of the Metropolitan Opera since 1999, and she is a strong advocate for innovative audience development. The Neubauer Family Foundation is the founding sponsor of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts, which now reach opera fans in more than 70 countries, enabling approximately 350,000 people to enjoy the same live broadcast at the same time.
Lerman-Neubauer also serves on the Board of the Jewish Museum of New York, and has served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Brandeis University. She was honored in 2013 as a University Medalist by the University of Chicago, and upon the recommendation of Pope Francis, was named a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory in 2016.
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