The Harry Kay Leadership Institute has selected 30 leaders to make up Cohort XI of its prestigious leadership development program for Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Jewish Federation and St Paul Jewish Federation, in partnership with the Harry Kay Foundation, are pleased to announce the members of Harry Kay Leadership Institute (HKLI) Cohort XI:
“This cohort is made up of an incredible group of proven leaders,” says Lauren Kaplan, Director of the Harry Kay Center for Leadership Excellence. “These are 30 people with diverse backgrounds and interests who are all very passionate about the Twin Cities Jewish community and continuing to develop their leadership skills. We’re very excited to see their leadership grow and interests expand over the next 18 months.”
Drawing from a competitive pool of 58 applicants from Minneapolis and St. Paul, HKLI selected 30 exceptional leaders for Cohort XI. These leaders range in age from 30-45 and represent 9 congregations and many Jewish and secular organizations from across the Twin Cities.
Starting in October 2023, the group will meet monthly through May 2025 for leadership development sessions led by local and international experts. During the first half of the program, participants will begin developing deep, lasting relationships with their cohort, explore their Personal Leadership Plans, and dive into learning about the local and international Jewish communities. The second half of the program will focus on personal and organizational leadership development which encompasses concrete skills, tools and frameworks rooted in Jewish values and through a Jewish lens. In May 2024, the group will travel on a meaningful, leadership-focused 10-day mission to Israel.
For more than 30 years, the Harry Kay Leadership Institute (HKLI) has inspired emerging leaders and given them the knowledge, tools and networks needed to address the issues and challenges facing Jews as a community and individually. The program has strengthened community ties across the river and has supported leaders of Jewish organizations here in the Twin Cities and around the world. Having graduated nearly 350 leaders in its more than 30-year history, HKLI has truly changed the face of leadership in the Jewish community.