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Leading Edge announces third cohort of Leading Executives

by Leading Edge

Meet the next Jewish nonprofit leaders chosen for Leading Edge’s preeminent executive leadership development program.

The tide is turning — more and more, we see evidence of increased commitment to leadership development across the Jewish non-profit sector. We have heard of new CEOs negotiating that their first contracts will include support for applying to Leading Executives. We have heard of boards who are hiring new leaders negotiating that the new leader’s contract will specify that the leader has an executive coach. Leading Executives offers powerful learning and peer support, and the field has taken notice. 

Now, Leading Edge is announcing 19 senior-most executives leading Jewish nonprofits who will become the third cohort of the program Leading Executives. From August 2023 through January 2024, these leaders will learn dynamic leadership practices, receive constructive personalized feedback to speed and deepen their growth, and connect with a cohort of peer leaders for mutual support long after the formal program is complete. 

The following leaders will participate in the third cohort of Leading Executives: 

    • Aimee Baron MD (I Was Supposed To Have A Baby) 
    • Paul J Blatt (Gesher Human Services) 
    • Aaron Dorfman (A More Perfect Union) 
    • Rabbi Aderet Drucker (the Den Collective) 
    • Adam Eilath (Wornick Jewish Day School) 
    • Eleyna Fugman (TischPDX) 
    • Kai Yael Gardner Mishlove (Jewish Social Services of Madison) 
    • Darah Golub (JBS - Jewish Broadcasting Service) 
    • Rabbi James Greene (Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts) 
    • Melanie Gruenwald (Kabbalah Experience) 
    • Eric Lightman (Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley) 
    • Naomi Reinharz (American Society of the University of Haifa) 
    • Rabbi Stacy Rigler, RJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators) 
    • Elana Rivel (Jewish Learning Venture) 
    • Deb Rosen (Jewish Family Services of Rochester) 
    • Jesse Rosen (Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches) 
    • Naomi Sage (JCC Harlem) 
    • Alan Scher (Kaiserman JCC) 
    • Mx. Ariel Simms, Esq. (RespectAbility) 

Leading Edge’s research into the experience of Jewish nonprofit executives shows that CEOs earlier in their tenure can benefit significantly from more support. CEOs are overwhelmingly likely to feel favorable about their relationships with their boards, but less likely to feel favorable about the board’s performance of their core functions — fundraising, giving useful evaluation feedback to the CEO, and being partners in setting a long-term vision and strategy.

Leading Edge’s data also reveals that leaders find connecting with other leaders to be one of the most helpful factors contributing to their success. As one alum has said, “Because of Leading Edge, when I’m lonely as a CEO, there’s always someone I can call.” 

Are you interested in future cohorts of Leading Executives, or do you know someone who should be? Don’t miss information about future cohorts when it becomes available; sign up for the interest list for Leading Executives here and for Leading Edge’s newsletter at leadingedge.org/contact-us/

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