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Hear from thought leaders, top consultants and educators on new trends, best practices and the specific skills needed for success.

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Meet colleagues and build your network with other professionals committed to strengthening their work and advancing Jewish communities.

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Gain insights and motivation from dynamic presentations and passionate conversations on the issues and values that matter

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Sharpen skills and expectations for career advancement and community building

2016 JPRO Conference Schedule

Schedule in formation.

  • Sunday05/22/2016
  • Monday05/23/2016
  • Tuesday05/24/2016
12:00pm

Registration Opens

2:00pm

Preopening Session

"How to Network Successfully" -
Deborah Grayson Riegel, MyJewishCoach Speaker and Consultant

2:30pm

Opening Keynote Session - Creating Your Personal Field of Dreams

Welcome -
Jacob Solomon, President JPRO Network, President & CEO, GMJF
Co-Chairs:Jeff Solomon, Senior Advisor, Chasbro Investments
Audra Berg, VP, Leadership Engagement and Board Relations, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

Special Guest Speaker: Leslie Wexner, Founder, Chairman & CEO, L Brands

"Creating Your Personal Field of Dreams" -
Jonathan Greenblatt, National Director and CEO, Anti-Defamation League
"Data on Jewish Community Professionals" -
Susan Ditkoff, Partner, The Bridgespan Group

"My Best Day At Work"
Brenda Gevertz, Executive Director, JPRO Network

Facilitated Table Discussions

6:00pm

Wexner Center for the Arts Reception

Festive celebration of our field
Wexner Center for the Arts

7:00am

Shacharit/Powerwalks

7:00am

Zen Yoga with Kelly

Need a break from the conference? Bring a pillow and towel and join for some relaxing yoga with Kelly Martin, Yoga/Meditation student and teacher at the JCC and other Columbus facilities.
Kelly specializes in Restorative/ Zen type yoga. Combining Yoga & meditation, taking your time to bring awareness to the body as it warms and flexes to poses, never going over on own edge. She believes that Yoga was never meant to be a competitive sport and that every body is a Yoga body! Come and wake up, relax, and greet the day with Zen Yoga!

8:00am

Breakfast Buffet/Registration

8:00am

Registration

8:30am

Conflict in Consensus Organizations

Morning Greetings:
Ari Shavit: Israeli columnist & author

Jerry Silverman, President & CEO, JFNA

10:00am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by JFNA

10:15am

Breakout Sessions - Creating Transformation and Change

"What's Jew Got to Do with It: The Jewish Lens on Professional Communal Leadership" - Arna Poupko Fisher, Lecturer and educator
"Managing Difficult Conversations" - Deborah Grayson Riegel, MyJewishCoach
"Communications at the Center" Part 1 - Gary Wexler, Executive Manager, The Third Space Initiative, USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
"Adaptive Leadership in Challenging Times" - Seth Winberg, Executive Director, Hillel Metro Chicago
"Advocacy Strategies for Community Building" - David Bernstein, President & CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs & Melanie Maron Pell, Associate Director, Department of Regional Offices and Director of Regional Engagment, AJC
"Utilizing Mediation Skills" - Deborah Corber, CEO, Federation CJA

12:00pm

Luncheon Plenary

JPRO Business
Leading Change & Transitions
Rabbi Elka Abrhamson, President, The Wexner Foundation
Keynote: Eric Fingerhut, CEO & President, Hillel International
Responses: Nigel Savage, President & CEO, Hazon
Nancy Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women

2:15pm

Breakout Sessions-Sharpening Your Leadership Toolbox

"Using Metrics to Maximize Your Impact" - Judith Samuels, Managing Director, Impact and Performance Assessment, UJA-Federation of NY
"Solicitation Without the Tzuris" - Deborah Grayson Riegel, MyJewishCoach
"The Role of Boards and Committees in Capacity Building (aka Re-Boot)" - Amy Schiffman, Founder, Giving Tree Associates
"Creating a Professional GPS: Accelerate Your Career and Your Skill Development" - Stefan Teodosic, Executive Director, B'nai B'rith Beber Camp, Perlman Camp
"Engaging Constituents and Communities with Strategic Storytelling" - Michael Hoffman, CEO, See3 Communications

3:45pm

Conference Conversation

"Hal Lewis in conversation with Steve Nasatir"
Hal Lewis, President & CEO, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Steven B Nasatir, President, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

5:00pm

Optional Statehouse and Holocaust Memorial Tour &/or Affinity Groups Career Management Opportunities

Steve Edelstein, Executive Director Emeritus, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Memorial

5:00pm

Affinity Group Meet-ups

"How to Build and Connect Your Professional Community"
Alisha Goodman, Development & Finance Director, Schechter Day School Network
Marci Mayer Eisen, Director, Millstone Institute, Jewish Federation of St. Louis

Jewish Evaluation Network Meet-up
Judith Samuels, Managing Director, Impact and Performance Assessment

6:30pm

BBQ & Music

Performance by Naomi Less, Director of Storahtelling, Lab/Shul
Naomi Less

9:00pm

Young Pro Social

7:00am

Shacharit/Powerwalks

7:00am

Zen Yoga with Kelly

Need a break from the conference? Bring a pillow and towel and join for some relaxing yoga with Kelly Martin, Yoga/Meditation student and teacher at the JCC and other Columbus facilities.
Kelly specializes in Restorative/ Zen type yoga. Combining Yoga & meditation, taking your time to bring awareness to the body as it warms and flexes to poses, never going over on own edge. She believes that Yoga was never meant to be a competitive sport and that every body is a Yoga body! Come and wake up, relax, and greet the day with Zen Yoga!

8:00am

Breakfast with Champions

Join John Ruskay, Ruth Messinger, Jeff Solomon, Chip Edelsberg, Cindy Chazan, and David Edell for breakfast and conversation.

9:00am

Morning Plenary

"Jewish Values: Creating Social Change"
Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service

9:45am

Breakouts - Career Opportunities

"Leading Places to Work" - Gali Cooks, Executive Director, Leading Edge
"Recruitment/Retention of Staff" - Scott Kaufman, CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
"Building Your Social Media Presence" - William Daroff, Senior VP for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office, JFNA
"Communications at the Center" Part 2 - Gary Wexler, Executive Manager, The Third Space Initiative, USC's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
"Building Your Career in the Jewish Community" - Linda Kislowicz, President & CEO, Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA
"Holocaust Survivor Sensitivity Training" - Gilda Katz, LCSW

11:30am

Closing Plenary

Envisioning Our Professional Field of Dreams
John Ruskay, CEO Emeritus, UJA-Federation of NY

Closing Remarks-
Audra Berg & Jeff Solomon


Meet our speakers

Ari Shavit
Ari Shavit
Speaker

Ari Shavit, an acclaimed Israeli reporter and writer, is Senior Correspondent at the Israeli newspaper…

Ruth Messinger
Ruth Messinger
Speaker

Ruth W. Messinger, a tireless activist and social change visionary, is President of American Jewish World…

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