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Arna Poupko Fisher
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.
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.