After 12 years working in PR Agencies, Leah has founded her own consultancy - Natiiv Facilitation.
Starting a company focused on encouraging leadership and bringing people together makes complete sense, considering the path Leah’s life and career have taken so far. She led her high school band as a drum major, quelled the constant drama of a dormitory as a college RA and braved rowdy crowds as a stand-up comic. During her decades in the rough-and-tumble world of PR, colleagues recognized her knack for leadership and frequently turned to her to run focus groups, review agendas or chair all-employee meetings. As the head of Natiiv Facilitation, Leah harnesses this singular combination of skills honed with marching bands, open mics and board rooms, to benefit your company.
Leah keeps busy outside the Natiiv office—she’s a co-founder of TBD Minyan, active member of Emanuel Congregation, a Wexner Heritage Fellow and member of the ROI Community. She’s shaved her head for St. Baldrick's to help fund childhood cancer research, walked to raise funds for breast cancer research, and chaired the Being Black at School 2017 launch event. What’s more, Leah occasionally takes the stage as a storyteller in Chicago's live lit community. She has a Master's in Health Communication from Northwestern University.
Leah has been a member of the ROI Community since 2007 when she was accepted to represent the project Itza Mitzva. Itza Mitzva aimed to provide a context for adult, Reform Jews to learn about the mitzvot with a rabbi, but outside of a synagogue. For five years we met in bars and cafes across Chicago with Rabbi Michael Zedek and other rabbis as needed to talk about everything from mikva to abortion to interfaith marriage. The project was transitioned to the Sydney Shure JCC.
After transitioning Itza Mitzva to the JCC, Leah co-founded TBD Minyan in 2010 to provide a lay led, progressive Jewish community on Chicago's northside. The group meets once a month for shabbat and joins together for holiday meals. The group has many interfaith couples and is in the midst of a baby boom, which will change how we plan our events and community in 2017.
Leah is a member of the Chicago '17 Wexner Heritage Fellowship cohort which will begin in summer 2017 and continue through July 2019.