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Compassion in an App

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Lindsay Feldman

In 2015, the 30th Anniversary celebration of The Wexner Foundation in Columbus, Ohio was a hard reset for me. Change leaders Patti Bellinger, Sasha Chanoff, Jonathan Greenblatt, Mike Feinberg and Foundation Co-Chairman Abigail S. Wexner championed transformative leadership, utilizing resources to launch social venture initiatives and tackling problems by practicing systemic thinking,  using leadership skillsets to work together to solve problems…

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Heard Round WexWorld: The GA

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 by Judy Altenberg, David Bryfman, Aaron Dorfman, Josh Feigelson, Melissa Weintraub, Stefanie Zelkind

WGF Alum Aaron Dorfman (Class 14)   Loved the Wexner party for Cindy because she said, "I printed my remarks in large font so you could hear me better." Yogi Berra couldn't have delivered it with greater aplomb. We'll miss you, Cindy!       WHP Alum Julie Platt (LA/Bear Sterns) and JFNA GA Co-Chair   "I am always rejuvenated and re-energized being with people for whom this is the way they want to spend three days.  The kind of person whose priority it is t…

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A Summit Project to Help our Seniors

Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2017 by Yaron Felus

A year ago we met at the Wexner Summit on Social Justice. We each arrived with skills and connections, our particular interests among the vast field of need in the world and a desire to collaborate with other Wexner alumni to help the world in some small (or big) way. We went through a series of open space rounds, narrowing down the possibilities by voting with our feet and having a lot of fun getting to know each other in the process.   In the end, I spearheaded a group to better the li…

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Women Inspiring Women

Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2017 by Dawn Strauss

Last January, I had the honor of hearing Jeannie Opdyke Smith tell the story of her late mother, Irene Gut Opdyke, who rescued 12 Jews (13 when you include the baby born in captivity) by hiding them in the basement of a Nazi officer's home. When she finished her story, my first thought was, "There are too many people who have not heard this story. I need to change that."   One of my biggest take-aways from my Wexner learning is to think big and to think globally. I wanted to do an event …

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The Sanhedrin Trail

Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2017 by Kamil Sari

Wexner Senior Leaders (WSL) participate in an executive program geared to getting us to use our positions in the Israeli government to innovate projects that will make Israel a better place to live.  We are high-level government civil servants working in ministries that don't often collaborate to get things done, and therefore we call these projects XBC's, or Cross Boundary Collaborations.  The formal part of the WSL Program lasts a year beginning with our first meeting — a creat…

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Learning Is Not a Priority. Or Is It?

Posted on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 by Yelena Kutikova

A little over a year ago, I started my role at the Wiener Center for Leadership and Learning at UJA-Federation of New York as Director of Learning and Development.  I became a professional in the Jewish nonprofit sector after spending more than 10 years in corporate America working in human resources, with a specific focus on learning and development.  I decided to switch gears and join the Jewish nonprofit sector to give back to the community that gave me so much.  Since I made t…

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Smart Mobility

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Shai Soffer

Wexner Senior Leaders (WSL) participate in an executive program geared to getting us to use our positions in the Israeli government to innovate projects that will make Israel a better place to live.  We are high-level government civil servants working in ministries that don't often collaborate to get things done, and therefore we call these projects "XBC's," or "Cross Boundary Collaborations."  The formal part of the WSL Program lasts a year beginning with our first meeting — a c…

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It's Who You Know

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Ruthie Warshenbrot

I was recorded for a podcast episode of "It's Who You Know," which tries to bridge the gap between Jewish leaders and those who follow them in an accessible, engaging way that allows for increased awareness and understanding of the current Jewish landscape. The host, Michelle W. Malkin, interviews Jewish professionals who make the decisions that influence our Jewish world on topics in the news, advocacy issues, recent research, Jewish organizations and congregations, education, youth, aging and …

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5 Miracles I Saw at Camp Newman Last Week

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Ruben Arquilevich

I have had endless words and feelings and thoughts going through me this past week.  None is more meaningful than the expressions from tens of thousands of you, from young children to older adults – sharing poetry and songs, prayers, stories and support from all over the globe.  They reflect several universal themes: deep loss and sadness, gratitude for what camp has done for their lives, perseverance and endurance.  The stories remind me that our camp years represent some o…

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