Leadership Starts with You
Why are great leaders for Jewish organizations so hard to find? Opinions vary. Some think we don’t do a good enough job preparing the next generation of leaders to take the helm. Others think the culture of traditional Jewish organizations is not attractive to top talent. Both mindsets are right.
To ensure the institutions at the heart of the Jewish community will be around to support and nurture generations to come, we need to invest more in building a talent pipeline and developing organizations to make sure they are great places to work.
This is the call of Leading Edge.
What We Do
The vast majority of Jewish nonprofits—75% to 90% by some estimates—will need to hire new senior leaders in the next 5-7 years. The question is: where is the talent to fill those roles?
For a number of reasons, finding the right leaders to move immediately into these openings is already proving difficult.
Leading Edge—originally known as the Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance—addresses the root causes that prevent Jewish nonprofits from having the outstanding leaders it needs.
In 2014, we released an extensive report that explored the underlying issues and the actions needed for strengthening the pool of potential leaders for senior positions in the field.Download the Report
Leading Edge Programs
Our flagship programs focus on both the immediate and long-term leadership and talent questions facing our sector:
Aimed at easing CEO transitions, maximizing their contributions, and increasing retention rates. In cooperation with Leading Edge, launched in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation and other funders.
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Aimed at engaging the philanthropic community in understanding the importance of talent-building, and exploring how they can best support efforts to build a vibrant and solvent Jewish nonprofit sector.
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Aimed at helping create great workplace cultures that recruit, retain and support excellent people who are empowered to do their best work.
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Board & Staff
Leading Edge is an unprecedented partnership between Jewish foundations and federations to build a robust talent pipeline for Jewish organizations.
The Wexner Foundation
Sandy Cardin – President,
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Phyllis Cook – Managing Director,
Helen Diller Family Foundation
Deborah Corber – CEO,
David Edell – President,
DRG Executive Search
Barry Finestone – President & CEO,
Jim Joseph Foundation
Cambridge Leadership Associates
Rachel Garbow Monroe – President & CEO,
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Steve Rakitt – CEO,
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Rafi Rone – Program Director,
General Community Support and Older Adults, Israel, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Julie Sandorf – President,
Charles H. Revson Foundation
David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation
Jerry Silverman – President & CEO,
Jewish Federations of North America
Jacob Solomon – President & CEO,
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Jeff Solomon – Senior Adviser,
Andres Spokoiny – President & CEO,
Jewish Funders Network
Caren Yanis – Principal,
Former President, Crown Family Philanthropies
Alena Gomulina | Program Manager
Amy Born | Consultant on Leading Places to Work
Ted Farber and Dena Schoenfeld, TBF Consulting | Consultants on CEO Onboarding Program
Susan Ditkoff, Bridgespan | Consultant on Lay Leadership Commission
“At the most fundamental level, this work is about the future of Jewish nonprofits across North America and the contribution we hope to make collectively in ensuring our professionals, especially those leading the way, are the most dedicated, mission-committed, and highly-trained professionals they can be."
—Rachel Garbow Monroe,
President & CEO, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation