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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Glass Leadership Institute was founded in 1998 to energize a new generation of committed activists to dedicate themselves to ADL’s vital mission. The Southeast Region, along with more than 20 other ADL regions, offer the program annually, creating a nation-wide network of young, dynamic leadership.


The Mission

The goal of the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) is to provide broad exposure to ADL’s programs and resources and to create a cadre of young professionals who will take on regional and national leadership positions within the League. Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL’s activities and interests including:

  • Combating Hate
  • Bigotry & Prejudice
  • Fighting Anti-Semitism
  • Israel and International Affairs
  • Defending Civil Rights
  • Protecting Religious Freedom
  • Ensuring the Separation of Church and State
  • Teaching Diversity and Cultural Understanding


Who are Glass Leadership Institute Participants?

The Glass Leadership Institute consists of a specially selected group of individuals between the ages of 25-40 who are interested in learning about ADL’s mission “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people… to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

Glass participants are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership qualities in the Jewish and general communities, as well as their interest in and commitment to social and political justice.  Glass leaders are expected to attend monthly meetings, as well as the annual Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.


What We Do

The Glass Leadership Institute addresses front-page issues on the ADL agenda. Top experts, including senior ADL professionals, lead in-depth discussions with participants. The Glass program is highlighted by attendance at the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Washington, D.C., where participants engage in high-level briefings with top government officials and decision makers. GLI leaders also take part in advocacy meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill.

Know an amazing young leader? Nominate them to be in our next class!

Nominations for the 2014-2015 Glass Leadership Institute are now open. Click here to download and complete nomination form!