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Jewish Community Networking Night
Jewish Community Networking NightTuesday, April 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm
What happens when you bring together
people from all the organizations
that serve Jewish Chicago?
On April 21, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership was privileged to host a special evening for those who work for and with the many important organizations that serve Jewish Chicago. We networked with colleagues, recognized innovation and collaboration, and awarded leadership. Most importantly, together we learned and discussed ways to ensure the future vibrancy of our community. To those who were able to join us, thank you.
The topic for the evening was leadership, particularly consideration of this recent finding:
Did you know?
The vast majority of Jewish nonprofits — 75% to
90% by some estimates — must find new executive
leadership in the next 5-7 years. Yet many
organizations don't yet have the capacity or
expertise to cultivate the necessary talent.
— The Leadership Pipelines Initiative 2014
To help us frame the conversation, we enjoyed a rare opportunity to hear David Edell, who joined us from Development Resource Group (DRG) in New York. Audio from his remarks is available above. As a take away from the conversation, here are some questions and comments to consider for the future:
For futher discussion
What qualities do our next generation of
organizational leaders need?
Does your organization have a staff member
(or members!) qualified to be the next CEO?
How do Jewish organizations attract and
How do we make the Jewish community a
great place to work?
Favorite quotes from the evening
"Competence and character are not substitutes
for each other."
— Dr. Hal M. Lewis
"[Organizational] culture eats strategy for breakfast."
— David Edell