GAMECHANGERS will be the most definitive and extensive leadership programme ever undertaken by the Jewish community.
GAMECHANGERS was established by a special project board, chaired by Miles Webber, a senior executive at General Electric and the former chair of the UJIA Allocations Committee, as well as comprising senior leaders from across the community.
The programme is targeted at lay leaders in their 30s and 40s and is aimed at identifying and developing the next senior lay leaders from across the country. Twenty-Four participants will take part in the programme with names being nominated by communal organisations. Each applicant will go through an interview in order to identify the final list. There will also be a number of places available for prospective leaders who have not to date been involved with the community.
The year-long programme will feature two very distinct components: Immersion and Challenge.
The Immersion programme runs for six months and engages participants in the latest developments, thinking and strategy on leadership and communal affairs. In these sessions, participants will consider Jewish communal leadership in general and their own leadership in particular.
Following a short residential retreat, where the group focuses on a particular strategic challenge to the community, Challenge allows the participants to develop responses to the challenge, over the second six months of the programme, before spending a long weekend in Israel where they complete their strategic recommendations. On their return to the UK, the group will present their findings to the JLC Council.
GAMECHANGERS Chair, Miles Webber, who leads the cross-communal working group, said;
GAMECHANGERS will help develop a generation of leaders having had shared experiences, a common narrative about the biggest challenges facing our community and a vision on how to lead the UK Jewish community going forward into 2020 and beyond.
Nigel Layton, Chair of Lead and JLC Trustee, added;
GAMECHAGERS is the most important development in communal leadership for 20 years. The communal leaders of tomorrow now have an industry leading programme, fully supported by the current leadership, to ensure that they are fully equipped to lead our community in the years to come.
Mick Davis, Chairman of the JLC said;
Effective leadership is one of the key strategic priorities for the JLC and I am delighted that this project is underway which has my full support.
Lead was launched in November 2011 as a community wide leadership development resource to inspire and develop Jewish leaders. Lead was incubated by UJIA within its Leadership Development department and now operates as a division of the Jewish Leadership Council, symbolising the level of support for this work from the agencies which provide the infrastructure for UK Jewish life and is supported by the Community Chest, a project of the JLC.
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