Leading In Session Two: Raising Your Profile

After the successful launch of Leading In on 20th March, we are delighted to invite you to the next Leading In session on 30th May. Leading In was created in response to the desire and need for more leadership skills training, expressed by alumni of Lead’s programmes as well as employers within the community. Lead believes that Jewish communal leaders need both a deep understanding and knowledge of the UK Jewish Community as well as a core range of leadership skills. Leading In is the new programme for leadership skills training allowing lay and professional leaders to learn, discuss and network with colleagues from across the community.

If you were at the last Leading In session, or if you weren’t – some of the workshops are now online for you to view. Larry Shulman’s workshop on strategic planning is now available to watch on both our You Tube Channel and on the JLC’s website as is Mick Davis’ key note presentation.

Please see below for the full programme - a choice of one out of 3 workshops and a key note from Debbie Klein, chair of JW3

Looking forward to hearing from you, if you have any queries, please be in touch with [email protected] or call 020 7242 9734.


Workshop 1: Fundraising

Is it always good to ask on your first date, how long should you take getting to know one another?

Jeff Shear is one of the leading UK fundraisers, specialising in Major Donor campaigns. Jeff has led many successful fundraising campaigns and, since becoming a consultant, has worked with a wide range of charities across the UK. Well-known to both donors and fundraisers, Jeff’s unique expertise helps charities enhance their major donor programme. He provides practical help and assistance to ensure that major donor fundraising becomes a natural part of the fundraising mix.

*Please note that the Fundraising sessions will function as a series of 3 sessions or as stand alones.

Workshop 2: Leadership in the Digital Age: Conversing, Commenting and Creating Meaningful Relationships


Intelligence. Presence. Charisma. Humour. A prevailing sense of justice, a commitment to purpose, a passion for driving change. These are the qualities that most effective leaders start with - but motivating a committed team and mobilizing available tools are what help drive leadership toward  real impact.

Using case studies, tools, and overall social theory, we'll delve into social media culture , learning how social media can help you promote your initiatives, develop deeper relationships with your constituents, amplify your message beyond any imagined reach, and empower your team to mobilize their own talents and strengths in achieving project goals. Bring your questions for crowdsourcing and learn new tips and best practices from our speaker.

Esther D. Kustanowitz, a Los Angeles-based writer, consultant and Jewish communal professional, has written and consulted on Jewish innovation, pop culture and social media for many Jewish publications and organizations. A longtime consultant for the ROI Community of Jewish Innovators, Esther also works part-time as Program Coordinator for the NextGen Engagement Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She has been named to four major lists of Jewish social media influencers, and she blogs at http://myurbankvetch.com. Esther is currently writing a book about grief as a personal and communal experience, tentatively titled "Nothing Helps (But This Might Help): A Guide to Loss and What Comes After."

Workshop 3: Inside the Mind of a Leader – how successful people think


Leaders are constantly in the Goldfish Bowl – they are always “on show” and people around them will take their lead from the way they act and conduct themselves. It is therefore vital to set the right tone. They need to be someone that people trust, someone who is resilient, positive and a role model for their organisations values. Of course, they need to be able to deliver ever more challenging objectives and outcomes however they also need to achieve this in a way that inspires and motivates people to willingly go the extra mile. Attitude and mindset is critical to the success of the modern day leader – it has repeatedly been shown to separate the very best leaders from the rest. This session will therefore share some of the key drivers of a successful leadership mindset. People attending will walk away with powerful tools they can use immediately to lead their teams in a way that inspires and motivates them to achieve even greater heights.

Jeff Wolfin specialises in the design and delivery of leadership and coaching programmes. He spent 18 years in commercial and senior management roles with NCR, AT&T and PA Consulting and now runs his own successful training and coaching business, Humanicity. His particular emphasis is on enabling leaders to demonstrate the mindset, attitude and skills that inspire and motivate others to want to work for and follow them. He combines a thorough working knowledge of the latest leadership approaches with an ability to make them practical and applicable to real world challenges – working with businesses across the globe as well as with organisations in the Jewish Community such as Jewish Care, JAMI and JCHA.

Key Note: Debbie Klein - My top 5 Jewish Community Leadership Lessons

Debbie Klein became Chief Executive of Engine in 2010, having been Joint Chief Executive for the previous 2 years.  She oversees the 10 partner companies (which include disciplines such as digital communications, advertising, direct marketing, public relations and strategy consultancy), leading key Client relationships as well as ensuring the attraction and retention of the best talent in the industry. She was Chief Executive of WCRS from 2005-2008 and continues to be involved as Chairman of the advertising agency. She was a founding partner in the management buyout of WCRS in 2004. Prior to that she was Head of Planning at WCRS for five years and started her career at AC Nielsen and Saatchi and Saatchi. Engine was named one of the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Debbie has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Centre for the past 3 years and is closely involved in the plans for the opening of its JW3 building in September 2013. She is also a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.