The Center for Leadership Initiatives

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

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Location: 1385 West 8th Avenue Suite 585 Vancouver -- Canada

Mission: Founded in 2006 through the initial support of Lynn Schusterman, the Center for Leadership Initiatives, Inc. (CLI) is a private operating foundation dedicated to supporting current and emerging leaders in the Jewish world.  The uniqueness of CLI lies in its ability to network key individuals and to listen to the needs they express in their leadership positions. Where CLI is able to offer opportunities for growth, programs are developed and implemented with a ‘braid’ approach that incorporates professional development training, networking sessions and Jewish content. 
Results: To date, the CLI offering includes the following gatherings and professional development programs: Insight Fellowship; Kivun Intensive; ROI Community for Young Jewish Innovators; Facilitation Intensive; Mid-Level Managers; Tzimtzum; Hazon International; The Conversation; REALITY Israel Experience for Teach for America Corps Members; Launch Pad Fellowship; Birthright Israel Next Staff Professional Development; and the Reut Institute Staff Judaic Studies Professional Development.
Geographic areas served: International (with offices in Vancouver, Canada & Jerusalem, Israel)
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

CLI is an immensely professional organisation with visionary goals with a team determined to get there. The ROI 120 programme is a feat of organisation executed with standards far above and beyond participants' expectations that inspires leaders to push themselves to the next level. As a former participant in ROI and also having worked with the CLI team in a professional capacity I am always inspired and motivated by their focus and drive, more so than with any other non-profit I have partnered with.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being inspired. They take an idea, clearly visualise and plan for it and then make it happen at a world-class level. They aim high and consequently have changed many young Jewish leaders' attitudes to their own work and role in their communities & beyond.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, driven and enthusiastic with the substance to back it all up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I have been an invitee to two Center for Leadership Initiatives programs. Through these events, my personal network of young, innovative Jews has expanded greatly. This has enabled partnerships and collaborations that have great potential to strengthen the Jewish community and beyond. CLI continues to foster these relationships long after the actual programs are over. I have no doubt that the people I have met, shared, and brainstormed with through CLI will play influential roles in future projects across all disciplines.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, multi-talented and forward-thinking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform and help ensure the future of the Jewish people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The CLI runs terrific programs in general and in specific, their ROI program is absolutely transformational. The vision of the Schusterman Center to invest in the "twenty-something" space puts them way way ahead of any Jewish organization on the planet as no one else is really looking globally at the next generation. In a world dominated by 20th century federation thinking, we are all at risk from a system that essentially in only interested in chopping down trees (fundraising from current donors) rather than the seedlings that must be planted for every tree cut down. We all agree that the environment should not be treated this way, and yet we are doing this to our own communities. The CLI is leading the way in creating the kinds of program and opportunities for idea exchanges that makes them not only innovators, but highly effective ones at that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how my staff member who went on ROI was so transformed by the experience that it has really impacted his whole approach to work in so many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would create similar programs for CEO's of Jewish non-profits so that they could be brought into the vision as partners and co-innovators.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could transform the next generation of Jewish leaders world-wide.

Ways to make it better...

they would have allowed more people to attend.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

CLI put on a tremendous conference in Israel that was instrumental in the development of my own initiative. Every aspect of the conference was meticulously crafted to suit the needs and interests of the participants. The staff and workshop facilitators were very informed and provided great insight into community building as well as achieving an impact.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and helpful.

Ways to make it better...

donors had participated in the workshops during the conference.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to participate in the ROI summit this past summer in Tel Aviv. The program was fantastic, the workshops were informative, and I walked away from the short experience with a wealth of knowledge that is continuing to benefit my organization, and the participants we serve! In addition, through the ROI community, this learning experience continues to grow. I'm still exchanging ideas, contacts and information with the friends and contacts I made during the program. The Jewish community needs more organizations like the CLI to enhance the quality and quantity of professional development opportunities for our communal professionals. Thanks CLI for running a great program!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by attending their program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge I was able to gain through their work, and the contacts I've made since attending.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, innovative, and some of the brightest minds in the Jewish non-profit world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an amazing impact on Jewish communal workers across the world

Ways to make it better...

I could have attended all of their workshops, and not had to choose between multiple ones.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

When I first started in Jewish nonprofit, there were no structures for developing young initiatives, or young professionals with an eye toward contributing to the Jewish world. CLI, through some of its initiatives, most notably Kivun, the ROI Summit and the network known as the ROI Community, are making solid investments in innovative minds and ideas, giving them the support structure to succeed and providing resources, training and development to enhance the overall package that each innovator brings to the communal table. Of equal importance, CLI connects these young innovators with their peers, encouraging them to cross-collaborate, information-share, and socialize. This opportunity to connect with people from other cultures and countries creates a wider understanding of global Jewish peoplehood. Additionally, it creates an international community of people who support each other, and embrace and develop the changes that will shape the Jewish community of today and tomorrow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal relationships, which have been immeasurably enhanced by my affiliations with ROI, and my professional realm, because CLI has connected me with people and projects around the world that seek my advice and help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the exposure to different cultures and experiences; it really helps expand understanding of what the global Jewish community looks like, what issues other communities are grappling with, & what steps they are taking to assert Jewish identity and meaning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top-notch, diverse, energetic, enthusiastic and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionize the structure of the Jewish world, integrate some innovations into existing organizations, train institutions to think more innovatively, arrange local gatherings for effective networking, provide support locally & internationally...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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