The Leadership Academy
Impactful Leadership Development Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom
Connect with Other Incredible Young Jewish Professionals
The Leadership Academy has been specifically designed for Jewish young professionals, 21 through 35 years old. In the Academy, you will develop life-long friendships through engaging and immersive learning activities. Participants will experience a program that is meaningful, life-changing, impactful and fun.
Hear from World-Class Leadership Experts
Academy fellows hear first-hand from prominent business, community, and government leaders through monthly fireside chats. Fellows will hear personal stories of how they achieved success, and how being a mensch was not an afterthought, but rather an integral reason for their success.
Engage and Learn through Learn-By-Doing Experiences
The Academy curriculum incorporates established learning theory that impactful learning is created through experiential, learn-by-doing experiences. This hands-on approach to learning creates learning experiences where learners interact with each other in order to adapt and learn.
The Best of Both Worlds: In-Person and Virtual
The J Leaders Leadership Academy is a blended learning program that combines cohort-based face-to-face and virtual learning, along with opportunities for individual self-paced learning. The Academy begins with an in-person retreat the second weekend of October. Virtual (Zoom-based) sessions are held every other Wednesday evening, starting on October 20th from 7 – 9 pm PT. The program concludes with a graduation the evening of Wednesday, May 4th.
Two Weekend Retreats
Last year’s Academy was held during the Covid-19 Pandemic and was 100% virtual. And honestly, we all missed spending time together and getting to know each other in-person. An all virtual program just isn’t the same. For the 2021-2022 Academy, there will be a weekend retreat at the second weekend of October, with a second retreat scheduled for the first weekend of February. Retreats are expected to go from Friday evening through Sunday mid-day.
Skill Development Workshops
One of the core components of the Leadership Academy is the learn-by-doing skill development workshops. Each workshop is 2 hours long, and composed of some pre-work (i.e. an article, a video, an assessment, part of a book, a podcast), an interactive learn-by-doing experience, reflection activities, and a roadmap for additional learning.
The Leadership Academy curriculum is built around five foundational skill areas:
- The Art of Leadership
- Knowing Yourself
- Strategic & Critical Thinking
- Effective Communication
- Building & Leading High Performance Teams
Fireside chats feature one or more leading Jewish leaders, and are intended to expand on skill workshops. Fireside chats provide an opportunity to have a conversation with successful leaders from a range of sectors, including start-ups, large companies, government, VCs, and non-profits. These sessions include introductory remarks from our VIP guest, followed by Q and A. Examples of fireside chat presenters form last year’s inaugural Leadership Academy can be found below.
Impactful Leadership Development Illuminated by Jewish Wisdom
Judaism is multidimensional. It is sometimes described as a civilization, combining religion, culture, ethnicity, peoplehood, nationality, a value system and a way of life. Judaism embraces the totality of diverse Jewish beliefs and practices. However you define and express your Jewish identity, you are welcome. Jewish wisdom and culture are woven into the fabric of the entire Leadership Academy experience. Core to this vision is the importance of empowering today’s generation of Jewish young adults to be prepared to step-up as value-driven leaders in the community today and in the future. <For More>
The 2021-2022 Silicon Valley cohort will be co-facilitated by Rabbi Hugh Sied-Valencia, Director of Collaborative Leadership and Jewish Engagement at Jewish Silicon Valley.
Small Groups & Community Impact Projects
The J Leaders’ small groups process uses project-based learning to re-enforce Academy concepts and skills for fellows. Small groups are a critical component of the Academy. Small groups of 4-5 will select their own a community impact project. A mentor will be provided to support each small group. Small groups do most of their work on their project outside of regular Academy sessions.
How did J Leaders develop the 2021-2022 Academy curriculum?
The J Leaders 2021-2022 curriculum development process started with listening to our inaugural cohort of 2020-2021 fellows through their extensive session evaluations and focus groups. We then interviewed ethical business and community leaders – successful leaders who are themselves are mensches and successful leadership role models. We asked these leaders. We asked…. “what were the specific skills that they’ve found to be most important to succeed as a leader? “
The 2021-2022 Academy curriculum was developed in the Spring of 2021 through a learning design sprint which included experts in learning design, leadership development, executive coaching, communications, marketing, HR, and Jewish education: Dan Abouav, Ray Bareiss Ph.D., Greg Clifford, Kyla Schneider, Harold Goldberg, Peter Hoffman, David Kanter Ph.D., Karen Treiger, and Tina Rosenblum Ph.D..
We are deeply appreciative of the expert guidance of the world-renowned learn-by-doing performance improvement company Socratic Arts, and the visionary support of Founder and CEO Roger Schank Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer Ray Bareiss Ph.D., and Senior Vice President of Design Tammy Berman Ph.D..
2021-2022 Leadership Academy Presenters
Last Year’s Leadership Academy Presenters
What Leadership Academy
Fellows are saying ….
The Academy organizers have thoughtfully put together a line up of speakers and activities that will enrich the next generation of leaders. Being a part of the Leadership Academy has given me the opportunity to learn from the best of the best. It has also connected me with an amazing cohort of peers. I have no doubt that these friendships will follow me for years to come.
Abigail Gavens2020-2021 Academy Fellow
The experience has been great, the speakers have been very insightful and willing to share great stories. The leadership team has also done a fantastic job of providing content and activities and presentations to keep everyone engaged. You can really tell how much effort everyone has put into making this successful.
Kevin Sloan2020-2021 Academy Fellow
In a time of social distancing, this has been a phenomenal way to make new meaningful connections and feel like we’re a part of a community. The valuable skills we are learning can be applied to both our professional and personal lives, so there is a broad spectrum of helpful information that can be applied on a daily basis.
Andrew Gelman2020-2021 Academy Fellow
The emphasis that this program has had on reinforcing personal values, understanding the strength of one person and their influence on a community, and recognizing that we all have an obligation to actively promote social change, has already rendered itself in multiple ways. The Academy has galvanized my thoughts on personal advocacy and helped me be more centered in being an expressive person as a force for change, even in controversial or uncomfortable social and political contexts. I appreciate J Leaders’ efforts in building an approachable and inclusive environment.
Eddy Seetho2020-2021 Academy Fellow
The professionalism and organization of the Academy is excellent. Every session has been well-planned and organized. The Academy leadership keeps the scholars engaged and well-connected through many channels, encourages active participation and facilitates collaboration through Slack, social events, study partners and the small groups. In addition to the community of high-achieving scholars, the speakers have also been high-caliber experts in their fields, offering unique perspectives on what it means to be a leader.
Michelle Bogen2020-2021 Academy Fellow
Like a muscle, the brain must be trained, and I feel like the academy is helping me to build better and more mindful habits in life.
Evan Lachman2020-2021 Academy Fellow
Community Partnerships: Bring The J leaders Leadership Academy to your Area
One of guiding principles of J Leader’s is partnering with other Jewish organizations towards are our shared vision of empowering and engaging Jewish young adults through values-based leadership development. Community partners believe that their own local community – and the larger Jewish community – is better off when next-gen emerging leaders are given encouragement , leadership skill development, and the opportunity to build relationships with others in their local Jewish community.
J Leaders is committed to partnering with local Jewish communities to bring The Leadership Academy to their geographic area. The cost of the 9-month Academy cohort is shared among the local community, Academy fellows, and J leaders itself. Local community funders can include the local Jewish Federation, individual donors, local businesses, private or community foundations, donor-assisted funds, and national and locally-based Jewish organizations. This shared investment allows the 7-month program cost of $2,500 per person to be offered at a subsidized cost of $360 per fellow. Individual scholarships are also provided based on financial need.
We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about bringing The J Leaders’ Leadership Academy to your area. For more information on bringing The Leadership Academy to your area, please contact us.