The Network in Action
The Wexner Foundation is proud to offer Wexner Summits: The Network in Action. These Summits offer platforms for select North American and Israeli alumni across five of our programs to engage in deep dialogue, learning, problem-solving and collaborative work. Additionally, what we aspire to advance is a deep sense of community based on real knowledge and understanding across differences in worldview and experience, an abiding commitment to the principle that our alumni have much to learn from each other. Allowing our network of leaders in the Israeli public sector and in both the professional and volunteer ranks of Jewish life in North America to leverage one another, Wexner Summits empower and mobilize a cadre of change agents who work in teams over the course of a year to address major challenges facing the Jewish people and Israel. In most cases, that is just the beginning.
To date there have been five Wexner Summits fostering substantive action, and we just launched our brand new summit for 2020 (see below):
• (Re)Imagining the Israel-North American Jewish Community Relationship (launched 2016)
• Social Justice (launched 2016)
• Civil Discourse (launched 2017)
• Accelerator (launched 2019)
• Gender Safety and Equity (launched 2019)
Recently, we launched a Summit on Leadership Skills, selecting 170 participants from across our network, which will be book-ended by two in-person events, both to be held in Cambridge, MA and using faculty from Harvard University and others: Part A, March 29-31, 2020 and Part B, March 14-16, 2021. The intervening year will be a time for applying the skills learned at Part A and continuing the networking, mutual support and relationship building among Summit participants.
October 27th, 2019 we launched our Summit on Gender: Safety and Equity in the Jewish and Israeli Work Space and Life, which kicked off a year of work, and participants will reconvene in Israel in November, 2020. We generally launch one summit a year and conclude a second summit in that same calendar year. To see examples of the kind of work participants will be engaged in, click here.
Summits are by application and include our most effective and robust alumni. The active part of our Summits require a commitment to a year of work, book-ended by participating in two gatherings: one at the launch and the other at the conclusion of the year. During the intervening year, participants double down with strategic partners to advance work that speaks to the challenge of this Summit. Often this work continues on well beyond the year.
For more information about Wexner Summits contact Angie Atkins, Director, Wexner Heritage Alumni.
To see what Vice President Jay Moses says about The Wexner Foundation's leveraging our most precious Jewish leadership resource through these Summits, click here.
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