Jewish Executive Women's Leadership
Applications for Summer 2024 are now open!   
Next cohort begins May 19th 2024!

Jewish Executive Women's Leadership (JEWL) is a cutting-edge initiative of JGO, exclusively by women, for women.

This competitive program empowers an elite cohort of female Jewish graduate students, alumni, and young professionals--together with top female Jewish executives, attorneys and nonprofit leaders--through mentorship, leadership training, education, and community service. In this way we will help close the gender gap in lay leadership in the Jewish community and cultivate the next generation of Jewish women executives, lay leaders, and philanthropists.

Participants meet for eight sessions featuring unparalleled access to an exclusive set of Jewish female leaders from both the executive and nonprofit worlds. Past speakers include:

Amy Friedlander-Hoffman (former Head of Business Development & Experiential Marketing; Uber)
Randi Grossman (West Coast Director; Chai Lifeline)
Jeri Harman (Founder & Chairman; Avante Capital Partners)
Ariella Lowenstein (Deputy Regional Director; Anti-Defamation League)
Michele Nadelman (CFO; Warner Bros Records)
Julie Platt (Board Chair; Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles)
Larraine Segil (Founder, Chair and CEO; The Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation)
Becky Sobelman-Stern
(Executive Vice President, Chief Program Officer; Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles)

Session topics include:

--Where Leadership, Judaism and Psychology Meet
--The Power of the Feminine
--Lead from Within: Your Personal Mission Statement
--The Trajectory Toward Self-Mastery
--Decision Making and Growth Through Adversity
--Key Traits of Jewish Leadership

The program includes group-building activities and exclusive social events with female mentors. Each participant will also embark on a community service volunteering project with the Jewish philanthropic organization of their choice, actualizing the lessons learned during JEWL into concrete impact.

Jewish Executive Women's Leadership is a proud winner of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ Cutting Edge Grant.

Selected Testimonials:

“I felt so lucky to learn genuine, 'tried and true' career advice from people who were three to four levels above me on the corporate ladder. These types of opportunities are difficult to come by in most workspaces so to have this experience through JGSI programming was very special”
-Rojean Kashanchi, MPH

“The JEWL program was an incredible experience for women looking to become stronger, better versions of themselves...The opportunity to converse with brilliant minds in various industries was both informative and inspiring.”
-Taylor M. Smith, Esq.

“By incorporating Judaism as a framework through which to view spiritual, ethical, and practical leadership, the JEWL program has helped me to find ways in which I can increase my impact on the world around me. The program has also created a wonderful community of professional women and mentors who have been extremely supportive when I've asked for advice and guidance.”
-Laura Strauss, MBA

“JEWL provided a unique platform to engage with career oriented and like-minded women in meaningful conversations on a vast variety of topics in Judaism..This program has been paramount in my self-growth and spiritual exploration as it made me self-reflect and realize how important it is that Judaism play a larger role in my day-to-day life.”
-Danielle Roth, Esq.

Eligibility Requirements and Application

JEWL Applicants Must:

Be Jewish women between the ages of 22 and 35
--Have demonstrated leadership experience (professional, communal, or academic)
--Be committed to the Jewish community and personal growth
--Be able to attend all weekly sessions
--Primary consideration will be given to Los Angeles residents; however those outside Los Angeles are still encouraged to apply

Email Jamie Kleinman with any questions.

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open!   APPLY NOW!

About The Foundation:
Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving, and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, it has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.