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 and problem-solving. As with all Wexner Summits, regardless of topic, an underlying purpose is to connect Wexner Alumni to other extraordinary leaders across the Jewish world and Israel, drawing wisdom, insight and new collaborative possibilities from our network. We generally launch one summit a year and conclude a second summit in that same calendar year.
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.
We aspire to advance:
Summits are by application and include our most effective and robust Alumni.
Participants will include leaders in the Israeli public sector and in both the professional and volunteer ranks of Jewish life in North America. The active part of our Summits requires 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. In most cases, that is just the beginning.
The Wexner Summit on Climate Change will convene Alumni to advance their work on mitigation, adaptation and preparedness — individually, professionally, philanthropically, communally, and systemically, with an emphasis on larger systems. Additionally, the Summit will welcome new collaborations amongst participants.
The objectives of the Summit are as follows:
To date there have been six Wexner Summits fostering substantive action:
For the most recent Summit on Leadership Skills, we selected 170 participants from across our network to acquire and strengthen skills that are of use in their leadership efforts in the Jewish community and/or the Israeli public sector. A presentation to Summit participants by Harvard Business School Professor Dutch Leonard can be viewed here.