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Business Plans for New Initiatives

Business Plans for New Initiatives

Monday, October 6, 2014 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This 4-session master class begins Monday, October 6.
Following classes meet October 13 , 20, and 27.
All sessions take place from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
$199 | $169 for Spertus members, students, and alumni

Or call 312.322.1773

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great leaders, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership launches the Center for Jewish Leadership, a programmatic center dedicated to the leadership development of Jewish communal professionals and volunteers.

This is one in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve. Although designed for those working with Jewish agencies and organizations, the content will be beneficial to anyone seeking to learn best practices, including those working in the nonprofit, for profit, and social sectors.

Developing a new program or initiative can be a daunting task. Beyond the evaluation of the need and the market and the development of content, it is imperative that a comprehensive business plan be created to tie it all together and provide the best chances for success.

In this four-session master class, taught by Alexandra Beygel, you will learn about the nature and function of a business plan, and then how to develop an effective plan for your own new initiative. 

Alexandra Beygel is the director of financial planning and analysis at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Prior to this position, she served as financial manager of the JCCs of Chicago and in various roles in finance, marketing, and eBusiness at Grainger. She is an alumna of the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program, in which she teaches.

The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants from the Crown Family and an anonymous foundation.
We are grateful for their support.

Learn. Lead. Inspire.

The Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and gain
the expertise to foster a vibrant
Jewish future.

Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish Leaders on Leadership series
  • An annual leadership symposium
  • A community mentoring program
  • Micro-grants for innovation and collaboration

Center for Jewish Leadership
Upcoming Programs

Entrepreneaurship, Innovation,
and Jewish Leadership

Inaugural symposium features Israel's tech industry superstar John Medved with an impressive panel of social entrepreneurs and innovators. MORE>

Master Classes
Writing for Social Media
Business Plans for New Initiatives
Jewish Values
Strategic Planning


Online Course
A Biblical Approach to Mental Health

Certificate Program
The Certificate in Jewish Leadership
A partnership of Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. MORE>

Graduate Program
Master of Arts in Jewish 
Professional Studies

Chicago cohort begins this fall. Milwaukee, Canada, and Israel 
begin in the spring. MORE>