Leadership Initiative for Israelis

WEXNER SENIOR LEADERS

Intensive leadership development program for leaders in Israel.

The Wexner Senior Leadership (WSL) Program, an executive model leadership initiative, aspires to leverage The Wexner Foundation’s long established partnerships with the Israeli Government and Harvard University, with the goal of strengthening Israel’s public service leadership.

The program aims to strengthen skills and design strategies for leading transformative change, acquiring new tools for better decision making, and developing strategies to be employed by some of Israel’s most promising and influential senior leaders in the public sector. The program prepares a select cohort each year to exercise collaborative leadership within and across organizations and sectors.

Registration for class 2023 will open in June 2022.

Program Overview

The executive program includes the following modules:

  • Three-day introductory seminar in Israel
  • Four weeks in-residence at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Two-day implementation seminar in Israel

Staff
Sivan Shani, Program and Network Director
Sharon Zini, Program Coordinator

Who Can Apply

Please note: the eligibility process is now closed.

  • Senior level positions within Israel’s public service sector, including the civil service, local government, government agencies, and security forces.
  • Seniority rank of 42-44 at least (סגל בכיר מוביל)
  • Priority will be given to positions reporting to the Director General.
  • Public service employment expectancy of at least three years. (Candidates must commit to continue working in Israel’s public sector for at least three years following graduation from the program).
  • Masters degree or higher.
  • Function comfortably in an academic, English language setting.
  • Candidates must have the approval and recommendation of their Director General.

Diversity and Inclusion are a core value of The Wexner Foundation. We strive to select cohorts that represent the broadest possible representation within Israel’s civil service.

Selection Process

This program has a three-part selection process:

1. Eligibility Form


In the Eligibility Form, candidates will provide personal and career information that enables the Foundation to determine whether the candidate meets the criteria for applying to the program.

JUNE 14, 2021 – AUGUST 16, 2021

2. Application


In the Application Form, candidates will provide personal and career information, references and a letter of approval from the public service employer in order to participate in the program.

Candidates will be required to pass an internal English language competency test.

Deadline to submit is OCTOBER 3, 2021

3. Cohort Selection (Round Tables)


Interviews in a round table format will be held in order to assist the selection committee to select a diverse cohort. The final cohort will be announced shortly after.

OCTOBER 25 – 26, 2021

Program Dates

Residential Prep Seminar in Israel: December 14 – 16, 2021


Residential Program at Harvard Kennedy School: February 13 – March 13, 2022


Residential Closing Seminar in Israel: June 8 – 9, 2022


ALUMNI COMMUNITY

Upon graduating, the participants join the Foundations’ alumni communities in Israel and the U.S. for further shared learning and significant activities for the public and society in Israel.

The alumni community and senior leaders network include over 500 members, most of them serving in senior key positions in Israel’s public service: Director Generals of government ministries, senior officers in the IDF, judges, hospital directors, municipality and third sector NGO’s director generals, etc.

The alumni community activities include annual institutes, networking and tutorial groups, forum gatherings for peer consultation, summits with U.S. alumni and work teams to promote professional cross-boundary collaborations, adaptive leadership workshops, accelerator workshops and more.

Meet Our Alumni