LEAD reflect on the recent graduation of the Adam Science programme 2011-2012 cohort
On 8th November, the 10 participants in the Adam Science Foundaton Leadership Programme 2011-2012 graduated in front of an audience of trustees, mentors, speakers, community stakeholders and family. Each made an inspiring speech, reflecting on their year on the programme, and outlining their future commitments to the community. Graduate Richard Jenkins commented “What the programme has done has started me on the journey, given me an insight into the potential avenues ahead and introduced me to the individuals who can help me get to where I need to be. It has shown me people and places and ideas that I may never have thought twice about. It has challenged me to engage with perspectives, identities and ideologies that no longer factored in my life or have actively avoided. I hope that in some small way I have shared with others my own world view and invited them to share my hopes and fears”. Following the graduation ceremony, the Adam Science graduates were invited to meet the leaders of 16 Jewish organisations at the 2nd Annual Lead/JVN Trustee Drive, who were hoping to find new talented leaders to fill their Trustee positions. At last year’s event, 75% of the leadership opportunities offered were matched. 2012 marks 20 years of the Adam Science Foundation which to date has 230 alumni involved in over 80 different communal organisations and initiatives. The ASFLP is now delivered by LEAD, the leadership development division of the JLC.