Professor, University of Cincinnati
Arna Poupko Fisher, who has lectured in over 130 North American Communities, is on the faculty of the Judaic Studies department of the University of Cincinnati where she teaches Bible and Jewish Thought, and is presently serving as guest faculty at the Hebrew Union College. Professor Fisher has over 25 years of experience both teaching and working in the Jewish Community. She was the first individual to serve as a permanent, full-time scholar in residence for a Federation, when she began her pioneering work as the Judaic Consultant of the Montreal Federation. Graduating from Yeshiva University with degrees in both Jewish education and Medieval Jewish philosophy, Ms. Fisher continued her graduate work in the Doctoral programs of both the University of Toronto, and McGill University. She teaches and has published on subjects pertaining to the relationship of Jewish Law to contemporary society and well as the nature of effective leadership. For over 23 years, Professor Fisher has served on the core faculty for the Wexner Heritage Program and is a frequent Scholar in Residence for synagogues, campuses and Federations throughout North America.
Partner, KONU: Growing and Provoking Leadership
Netaly Ophir Flint is a Partner at KONU – an international consultancy for leadership development and change management that specializes in the art of Adaptive Leadership. At KONU, she works with mission-driven individuals, executives, and organizations to help them adapt and thrive as they tackle complex challenges in a rapidly changing world. Until recently, Netaly served as the CEO of the Reut Institute Group – a 21st Century think tank and leadership group designed to address the most pressing issues facing Israel and the Jewish people. In the past, Netaly led Reut’s groundbreaking work on the changing relations between Israel and world Jewry, specifically focusing on the Israeli Diaspora as a catalyst for Jewish Peoplehood. Netaly holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Israel Fellow and a dual MA in International Relations and Conflict Management and Resolution from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is also a certified mediator and facilitator. Netaly currently lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and their three children.
Deborah (Deb) Friedman has focused her entire career on Jewish organizations that look to strengthen their infrastructure for growth and sustainability. Deb was a senior executive for 25 years, most recently at The Jewish Education Project in New York. She was instrumental in leading the successful merger of two legacy organizations into The Jewish Education Project. Deb focused her work on organizational advancement in various areas, including redesign of the brand, building the strategy for the expansion and implementation of marketing, communications and development/fundraising work. Deb found great satisfaction in her work around board and volunteer development. From identifying, recruiting and leveraging the skills of volunteers, she looked to find the blend and balance that would benefit the board member and the organization. Deb has a keen understanding of the elements necessary to develop and run a successful not- for-profit. Having attended Long Island University and NYU, previously, Deb served as Executive Director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County and subsequently of SAJES on Long Island. Her volunteer work included the Executive Board of ADCA – the Association of Central Agencies, the Federation Agency Executive Committee of UJA- Federation of New York, the National Board of License and the National Youth Commission of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. She has also consulted on merger opportunities for other organizations. Throughout her 40-year career, Deb embraced every opportunity to encourage and support young adults thinking about or working in Jewish education and Jewish communal service. Deb and her husband currently reside in North Carolina and Florida.
Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The Shalom Hartman Institute
Eliot Goldstein is the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He leads the effort to develop the strategic vision for bolstering philanthropic revenue and building strategic relationships with the funder community to deepen the Institute’s impact in Israel and across North America. Prior to joining the Institute, Eliot was the Executive Director for Global Resource Development at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC or JOINT). His professional background is international development serving in key leadership roles focused on strengthening Jewish life and providing humanitarian assistance in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Latin America and enhancing the social service innovation arena in Israel. Eliot earned a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management at the Wagner School of Public Service of New York University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies and Hebrew Literature from the University of Michigan. Eliot’s community and educational background provided the foundation for his commitment to the Jewish community. He was raised in the Habonim Dror Labor Zionist youth movement and continues to be involved in a lay capacity with various Jewish educational and leadership initiatives including M², the LA Pincus Fund for Jewish Education and the Hand-in-Hand Bi-Lingual School in Jerusalem. Eliot lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Rebecca Bardach and three children.
Vice President of The Wexner Foundation
Or Mars is a Vice President of The Wexner Foundation where he focuses on the development of Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America, and public leaders in Israel. Or has worked in many different Jewish organizations (JCCs of Los Angeles, the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Family Services and the JCC of Manhattan) and has studied at various Jewish organizations (Hebrew University, the Pardes Institute, the Hartman Institute, The Jewish Theological Seminary). He currently sits on the board of the JPRO Network and Or Halev (Jewish Meditation). He is volunteer facilitator for Encounter. Or is a trained Jewish Meditation teacher (Institute of Jewish Spirituality) and founder of the Jewish Meditation Project of Columbus and leads family services at Temple Israel. Or holds an MSW in Planning and Community Organizing from the University of Southern California and an MA in Jewish Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College. Or is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program and the Jerusalem Fellows and was formerly the Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. From 2000-2006 he served as the Executive Director of North Carolina Hillel during which time he helped students and the North Carolina Jewish community create awesome Jewish life on campus. In 2004 he was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award – a top honor in the Hillel profession. Or lives in Columbus, Ohio and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder and CEO, Kiosite
Michael Novack serves as the Founder and CEO at Kiosite, a St. Louis-based firm working to match talented individuals to meaningful career opportunities on a more transparent, more accurate, and more efficient basis. The company’s work seeks to improve the lives of individual job seekers, the productivity of private sector businesses, and the efficiency of public sector workforce initiatives. Dubbed a “Wiz Kid” by the St. Louis Business Journal and named a “30 Under 30,” Michael has extensive entrepreneurial leadership experience and regularly presents on a variety of business, hiring and development-related topics. Prior to his current work, Michael worked as a technology consultant through a firm he founded. Michael serves as an advisor or director at a variety of non-profit and corporate boards in St. Louis, New York, and Israel, and attended Washington University in St. Louis.
Founder and CEO, High Clarity
Steve Shulman is the founder and CEO of High Clarity – a technology company specializing in website strategy, development, design and marketing. In addition to High Clarity, Steve is actively involved in a number of additional technology start-ups in San Diego. Steve is the co-founder of LeadActivate – a technology company that allows businesses to respond instantly to new business leads. Steve is also the CTO for Green Kid Crafts – an eco-friendly monthly gift subscription service for children ages 3-10. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Software Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. After moving to Boston, Steve completed a certificate of advanced graduate study in business and management from Harvard University. In 2013, Steve graduated from the Founder Institute startup accelerator program in San Diego. After moving to California in 2004, he has been an active leader at the Jewish Federation of San Diego and has served on a number of committees. Steve currently resides in San Diego with his wife Danielle, two children Josh and Zach, and the family dog, Waffles.
Executive Director, Bronfman Fellowship
Rebecca Voorwinde is Executive Director of the Bronfman Fellowship. Becky oversees the strategic planning for all aspects of the Fellowship in Israel and the US, including working closely with the global alumni community of over 1,200 and selects incoming fellows. An alumna of Bronfman, Becky served as a volunteer member of Bronfman’s Alumni Advisory Board before taking the full-time position of Director of Alumni Engagement in 2008. Becky’s professional experience includes work in the Corporate Responsibility Group at Ernst & Young LLP, where she led the roll-out of an employee volunteer program focused on increasing access to higher education for disadvantaged students, implemented a greening and socially conscious element into all of Ernst & Young’s meetings and conferences, and created a social enterprise track at the company’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Previously she worked at a non-profit human resources consultancy, Diversity @ Work in Melbourne Australia. Becky graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College with a B.A. in American Studies. In addition to serving on the board of M², she also serves on the board of JPro and as an Advisory Committee member for UJA-NY’s Brooklyn Initiative. Additionally, she is an Advisor to YidLife Crisis, an award-winning Yiddish web series and growing global Jewish cultural brand. Becky resides in Brooklyn with her husband Michael and their two daughters.
CFO, Optima Dermatology Partners
Moshe Zaghi currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Optima Dermatology Partners, a dermatology services organization whose mission is to help patients live longer, healthier, and more confident lives. Optima is owned by Alpine Investors, a people-first private equity firm. Before joining Optima, Moshe was a Senior Manager at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he advised a range of retail, technology services, and utility clients on growth strategy and performance improvement. Moshe holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Yale Law School. He graduated Yeshiva University as valedictorian of the Sy Syms School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting.