CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES WINS 2009 LEADERSHIP FORMATION AWARD
Recognized for inspiring and educating current and emerging Jewish leaders
Vancouver, BC, Canada—December 16 – The Center for Leadership Initiatives (CLI) announced today that it was named the 2009 Leadership Formation Award recipient at the 8th annual gala dinner of the Harvard Club of Israel, the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Israel (HBSAAI), the Penn Club of Israel and the Wharton Club of Israel. The award is given to individuals and organizations that are nurturing a critical mass of young leaders likely to positively impact the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people.
“We are honored that this preeminent business community has chosen to recognize CLI’s efforts to nurture a new generation of Jewish leaders,” says Rabbi Yonatan Gordis, executive director of CLI, a private operating foundation founded in 2006 by philanthropist Lynn Schusterman. “The award is a significant endorsement of our vision for empowering young leaders to create communities in their own image through programs that are relevant to, and resonant with, their constituencies.”
With a global reach that has thus far involved more than 2,000 participants from over 30 countries, CLI takes a multi-faceted approach to leadership development and professional growth, one that includes crafted gatherings, professional peer networks, fellowships and a host of online resources. All of these are carefully designed to help those who participate in CLI programs—including ROI and the Kivun Intensive, among others—to translate the knowledge and skills they gain into greater impact in their communities.
“CLI was chosen unanimously by the boards of the clubs,” says Isaac Devash, founder and president of the HBSAAI and the Wharton Club of Israel. “We feel strongly that the Schusterman family has developed a powerful, unique model and network that is much bigger than the sum of its parts in its ability to empower many capable Jewish leaders around the globe.”
CLI accepted the award before more than 100 Ivy-League university alumni who came together for the gala dinner at which Meir Brand, director of Google Israel, was the keynote speaker. Past recipients of the Leadership Formation Award include The Center for the Development of Sport Giftedness at the Wingate Institute; LEAD-Israel Youth Leadership Development; MASA-Israel Journey; Taglit-Birthright Israel; Wexner Israel Fellowship Program; Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation – IcExcellence; and ATIDIM Program.
“I am so proud of the recognition CLI is receiving for its work with young Jewish adults,” says Lynn Schusterman. “We believe that engaging and connecting leaders who can work together to build meaningful, exciting Jewish communities for themselves and for their peers are the keys to the Jewish future. We invite others to join CLI in this important work.”
Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Jerusalem, Israel, CLI is part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network, which also includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Schusterman Foundation-Israel.
About the Center for Leadership Initiatives
Founded in 2006, the Center for Leadership Initiatives (CLI) is a private operating foundation dedicated to catalyzing the power and potential of individuals to lead organizations and communities to higher vision, meaning and effectiveness. Through a weave of skills trainings, coaching, conferences and retreats, as well as online networks, CLI seeks to cultivate excellence, leadership and vision in the Jewish non-profit world. www.leadingup.org
About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (CLSFF) was established in 1987 as a private foundation dedicated to helping the Jewish people flourish by supporting programs throughout the world that spread the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning. The Foundation also provides assistance to non-sectarian charitable organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, especially in the areas of education, child advocacy and community service. www.schusterman.org