By Cindy Chazan [Cindy retired earlier this year after spending almost 18 years with the Wexner Foundation. This is the final lecture she gave to the Alumni of The Wexner Graduate Fellowship.] I grew up in Montreal in an immigrant family - my father was the first to be Canadian born and my extended family continued to live the European experience in Canada. With this background came both incredible stories and huge challenges. I am a … [Read more...] about Making a Difference
By Daniel Stein After the 2018 Leatid Top Leaders seminar I realized that many of the participants have much broader responsibilities and have to overcome very critical challenges. Knowing that helps me keep a “low profile” regarding my own challenges. Here are some of the ideas I brought back to my community: Our Jewish community is not limited to our edifice, as in the past. The community faces the challenge to capture the interest of … [Read more...] about Ideas & Challenges for the New Year
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis I once heard a would-be politician address a campaign rally with the following quip: Every time I point a finger at someone else, he said, I still have three fingers pointing back at me. He lost his election and I never heard of him again, but I never forgot the saying either. While not the most profound observation ever uttered, it “points” to something we in the Jewish community should be thinking about all year-round and … [Read more...] about What’s My Piece of the Mess?
By Suzanne Feinspan In her recent piece “Reflections on Leadership and Unconscious Bias,” Gali Cooks of Leading Edge bravely highlighted an important truth about unconscious bias that all of us in leadership in the Jewish community should take heed of: Even if we have the best intentions of being equitable and inclusive of the full diversity of the American Jewish community within the work that we do, unconscious bias can cause us to act … [Read more...] about Strategies to Address Unconscious Bias in Our Leadership
By Dr. Shira D. Epstein, EdD and Dr. Andrea Jacobs, PhD We have all experienced the typical gathering of Jewish educational leaders and funders many times over: Launching the day with a keynote speaker, notepad and pen provided, followed by creation, in small groups, of bullet points on large Post-its smacked askew to the walls. Sneaking out during a breakout session to chat with an old friend, as it is the only opportunity for connection. We … [Read more...] about Reimagining Expertise: Curiosity, Shared Purpose, and Who We Invite into the Room