The classic model of the one brave charismatic leader—usually a man—may be convenient for media, but it is the wrong model.
Fortune put Theo Epstein top of its “Great Leaders” list after he powered his Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory since 1908.
Schumer will have to use his skills with the press next January, as he becomes Senate minority leader in a town where both houses of Congress and the presidency will be controlled by Republicans.
The administrators and institution builders are often the stars of the Jewish communal world. But Jay Michaelson writes it’s the soulful, quirky creative types who are the leaders we can’t live without.
Alison Levine is one of only 40 people to ski to the north and south poles and scale Everest. The world-class adventurer credits her father with teaching her to tilt at windmills.
Three years ago, Tara Sophia Mohr, who earned an MBA at Stanford, was working as a senior planner at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and working toward her life-coaching certification on the side. Three years later, her blog and Huffington Post column are followed widely, and hundreds of women have enrolled in her 6-month online course on leadership and professional development, “Playing Big.”
While attending a Jewish Funder’s Network conference 15 years ago, I received a monograph on Jewish social justice. The powerful essay, written by Leonard Fein, lifelong champion of many social justice issues, had a major flaw. It did not refer to a single woman activist.
It’s nice to see influential men increasingly protest the absence of women presenting at major Jewish events.
The collapse a year ago of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, in which Hadassah had invested $40 million and assumed it had $90 million to withdraw, was actually the second blow to an organization dependent on donations for its survival. The global financial crisis was the first and more significant.
On the heels of a Forward survey revealing that fewer than one in six Jewish communal organizations are run by women, and that those women who do occupy top jobs earn less than their male counterparts comes an essay by Rabbi Rebecca W. Sibru about her personal experience with sexism during rabbinical school and in Jewish workplaces. Sibru, who attended the Jewish Theological Seminary during the 1990s, recounts the following decidedly inappropriate remarks from her professors: