Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
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L’dor v dor Non-Profit Leadership
Women of Jewish Not-For-Profits & Educational Organizations

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Why the Jewish Non-Profit Leadership Retreat?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy commented on a survey taken by the Young Non Profit Professional Network, in 2007, of their 10,000 members (over 1650 respondents) noted that ”More than 70 percent of those surveyed said that job experience was what they needed most in order to prepare for a higher-level position. Getting coaching or guidance from a mentor was the second-most-cited need, followed by opportunities to learn from peers, graduate degrees, and professional workshops.” Due to financial constraints, most nonprofits have not been able to prioritize professional development. This is particularly true in the world of Jewish Communal non-profits and educational organizations.

Idealistic young people, particularly women who have entered the world of Jewish communal organizations and education are not able to receive the training that will help them remain and lead in this important sector. The inability of nonprofits to provide leadership development for their staff was consistently cited as oneof the major reasons that these young leaders were moving into private industry.

The survey proactively recommended that it was necessary to ”bring together young nonprofit professionals with similar experience and help connect them to leadership opportunities.” Our donor has recognized this need. Through their generous support the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership is pleased to offer women who have been identified by their prospective organizations as having true leadership potential it’s proven ethical leadership and practical skills training program.

This three day program will bring together 20 future leaders from the Jewish communal non-profit and educational world to connect, network, obtain the skills that they need to lead, and grow together from strength to strength.

The program will be housed our retreat facility in Ancramdale, New York. The program will begin on Friday at 2:30 pm and conclude on Sunday at 3 pm.

There will be dedicated times for non-mandatory Shabbat Services. We hope to work with participants prior to the program to solicit participation in the design and leading of services. (please let us know if you are intrested in being involved in this!)Candles, challah and kiddush will be available – Suddah Shleshe will be served and Havdalah will be scheduled. The program has been created so that there is no writing requirements during Shabbat. Lights will be left on in bathrooms and hallways however, the use of electricity in individual rooms is up to the participant.The kitchen will be kashered, all dishes pots and pans and utensils are being purchased new and will be separated for the use of these retreats only. Food will be all vegaterian, dairy and fish – all dairy products will have ou  or kav k heksher – milks will not be cholov yisroal.  There is no meshgiach on the premises. There is also no Torah on the premises. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

Core Curriculum:

A)Our program begins by teaching the basic practical skill sets that are essential in assuming a leadership role in all areas of life.
Financial literacy
Conflict resolution
Writing for change
How to run a meeting
How to give a stump speech
Emotional Intelligence skills
How to advocate for self and for causes
B) Throughout our presentations we utilize the process of reflection and self awareness, to develop the ethical dimension of these topics and strengthen our ethical muscle.

Our program is designed so that the women can exchange their ideas about ethics and ethical development, in an emotionally safe environment, and we encourage them to bring their voices into discussion, to share their values and ideas and for us all to find the common ground in our differences, in the pursuit of solutions and ideas. Woodhull works to provide the students with an open space for gentledebate about questions that have to do with values, principles and how they are applied to leadership in a world of deepening complexity and rapid change.

We believe that ethics needs to be the common currency of a connected world. Ethics is not about telling someone how to live their lives, but about having a shared responsibility for our communities and an inclusion of others. Ethical decision making is a process that can be learned. We can be more self aware, more sophisticated, better equipped to deal with different situations, rather than just following a fixed set of rules. Students can learn to think through competing moral principles and to understand that there may be times when mercy is better than justice or when loyalty is not a virtue. Students learn, through reflection, conversation and working through ethical dilemmas, to identify their true values from other internal voices and outside pressures. Regardless of the form of Judaism that one follows, ethics, values and principals are a central component to living a Jewish life. We will incorporate Jewish texts and discussions that will illustrate

C) Use insights about gender to get young women comfortable with power and using power for good. We have found an inside/outside approach is tremendously effective in helping young women feel enthusiastic in having young women feel confidentabout stepping up to the plate to make the world better. That is why we always have a psychologist experienced in the psychodynamic issues unique to young women on site at all times. Harvard Law School can teach young women how to debate – but we have found that you also need to deal with the feelings that arise in young women when they are confronted with the influential use of their own voice.

Wharton Business School can teach young women to invest but their lives are not fully transformed unless you deal with the conflicted emotions that young women often have – whatever their backgrounds – with money. Each of our modules is tailor-made to ease young women into the idea of seeing themselves as powerful agents of positive change – rather than merely reproducing a model of power or status based leadership that often leaves young women cold.

Participation and Acceptance:
Examples of Qualified Applicants may be:
Educators or Administrators at Jewish Schools or Colleges
Students involved in a Jewish Organization or Hillel
Students who plan to be employed by a Jewish Organization or School upon graduation
Professors who teach Judaic Studies, Holocaust Studies, or Israeli Studies
Students who major in Judaic Studies, Holocaust Studies, or Israeli Studies
Individuals who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to Jewish Culture, Community, or Politics
*This is not an exhaustive list. Please do not disqualify yourself from this tuition-free event by not applying!

Participants will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. Jewish communal organizations and educational facilities are welcomed to nominate up to 2 candidates for this program. Please send completed application to wjagerhyman@woodhull.org or fax it to 646-290-5709.

Admissions will be granted on a rolling basis; we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. All expenses for the weekend (other than transportation to the retreat center) have been covered by a generous donation from a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Sinkman, Program Coordinator, at LSinkman@woodhull.org or Wende Jager-Hyman, Executive Director, at wjagerhyman@woodhull.org if you have any questions or require any further information.