The ADL Leadership Institute was founded in 1998 to energize a new generation of committed activists to dedicate themselves to ADL’s vital mission.  The Southeast Regional office was one of the first to offer the Institute, which is now active in 24 other regions, creating a nation-wide network of young, dynamic leadership.


The Mission

The goal of the program is to provide a broad exposure to the Anti-Defamation League’s programs and resources and create a cadre of adults who will take on regional and national leadership positions in the ADL.  Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL’s activities and resources on the following:

  • Combating Anti-Semitism
  • Church / State Issues
  • Creating Anti-Bias Schools, Workplaces & Communities
  • Hate Groups & Extremism
  • Law Enforcement Resources, Support & Training
  • Legislative Initiatives and Advocacy
  • Security Awareness for Jewish Institutions and the Community
  • Support for Israel


What Makes a Glass Leadership Institute Participant?

The Glass Leadership Institute is made up of a specially selected group of individuals who are chosen by ADL and other community leaders, as well as past Glass Leadership Institute participants.  Participants are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership qualities in the Jewish and general communities as well as their interest in social and political justice.

Who We Are

The ADL Glass Leadership Institute is made up of a dynamic group of people between the ages of 25 and 45.  Members come from an array of professional backgrounds including law, medicine, education, marketing, technology, sales, politics, real estate, nonprofit, and human relations sectors.


What We Do

The Leadership Institute addresses front-page topics on the ADL agenda.  Top experts are brought in for in-depth discussions with participants.  The group meets monthly and the program is highlighted by attendance at the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.  Leadership Institute participants engage in high-level briefings with top government officials and decision-makers.  The participants also take part in advocacy on Capitol Hill with elected officials.


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