She is known for her work as a producer on some of television’s biggest shows, as a manager for A-list celebrities such as Mariah Carey and for working alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. But what many don’t know is that Stella Bulochnikov is a proud Jew, avid philanthropist and fierce advocate for women’s rights.
Her passion for philanthropy and personal strength stems from childhood guidance she received from her grandmother.
“My grandmother was my role model and my mentor. She worked every day of her life up until 95-years-of age and that work ethic, that drive and refusal to fail was something she imprinted upon me,” Bulochnikov said.
Bulochnikov immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, amidst the massive Operation Exodus. A child from Russia, her family escaped during the fight to free Soviet Jewry. Half her family moved to New York and the other half fled to Israel. Her early life was full of challenges, things that she says motivate her to try to help others.
“I came from an immigrant family. We were very poor and didn’t have the opportunity for a higher education. My goal, is to give people opportunities, the types of opportunities that I never had,” she continued.
She does this through her work with numerous philanthropic venues. She is a member of the Step UP! Program, an organization dedicated to building leaders and helping others, and Janie’s Fund, Steven Tyler’s initiative that aims to “bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.”
“I make time for my professional and charitable work all as a single mother of two daughters. I learned that work ethic from my grandmother and I hope to pass it to my daughters,” Bulochnikov said.
“I passionately support charities that focus on mentoring young women. I want to do my part to help raise and help develop the next generation of strong, powerful women.”
The grandchild of holocaust survivors, Stella’s grandmother had to endure the Russian pogroms and her grandfather was forced to perform hidden Shabbat, Bulochnikov’s ties to her Jewish faith have remained intensely strong.
She played a vital role in bringing the Golden Globe Award-winning show Boss, which she produced, to Israeli airwaves and also encouraged her then client Mariah Carey to host a concert in Israel for the very first time.
“I was proud to bring entertainment and support to the land that my people call home,” she said.
After attending Yeshiva of Flatbush, Bulochnikov enrolled in Brooklyn College and despite roots firmly spread across New York City, she always intended to make her way to Los Angeles. Young, alone and without any connections or support, Bulochnikov fought to obtain an agency training job at the prominent firm ICM Partners. It was there where she learned the skills she would take with her throughout her professional career.
“In Los Angeles I knew nobody. I had to build myself up and make something of myself all on my own,” Bulochnikov said.
“And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the strength and courage I received from my grandmother.”