Australian chosen for prestigious leadership program

April 21, 2016 by J-Wire
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The US-based Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation has selected 29 outstanding Jewish professional and volunteer leaders from around the world for the second cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship including Australia’s Brandon Srot.

Brandon Srot

Brandon Srot

Srot  is a director at Sydney’s The Shalom Institute and am a Gestalt-informed psychotherapist as well as a Jewish LGBTI activist.

Brandon Srot told J-Wire: “I see The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation at the heart of best practice, innovation and excellence when it comes to leadership development and capacity building within the Jewish world. As such, to be selected to their top-shelf leadership development program is an enormous honour and privilege. I found myself re-reading the acceptance five times before realising that it was true.
 I am hoping to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with great intention to evaluate, sharpen and amplify my leadership presence and effectiveness so that I can be of greater service to our Jewish community and beyond.
Srot says he is enormously proud to be part of the Australian Jewish community saying “I owe much of the leader I have become today because of the opportunities and access points that this community has afforded me over the 16 years that I have lived here since I moved from Cape Town.”
The Fellows hail from Jewish and secular organisations in five countries across North America, Israel, Australia, South Africa, and Europe.

The Fellowship is an executive-level leadership program that features custom-built professional development experiences and supports Fellows in pursuing initiatives to address specific needs within their organisations.

Through the program, the 29 Fellows will gain critical leadership skills, form a strategic network of peers and maximize their potential for fostering Jewish organisational and societal change.

“As we look to the second year of the Fellowship, our goal remains the same: to nurture and invest in talented individuals who we believe can take on critical leadership roles in the Jewish community, Israel and beyond,” said Lynn Schusterman, founder and co-chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. “The Fellows are diverse in their interests and passions, yet they all see Jewish organisational leadership as a pivotal way to create positive change in the world.”

Each Fellow will receive a personalised leadership assessment; participate in individualised and cohort-based learning; work closely with an executive coach to create a customised leadership development plan; receive a stipend to participate in leadership advancement programs; and create a plan to address a pressing challenge in his or her organisation.

“The Fellowship is designed to work in partnership with existing best-in-class leadership development providers to match Fellows with opportunities that maximise their skills and grow their capacity to lead,” says Abby Saloma, the senior program officer overseeing the Fellowship program. “Our hope is to create a powerful ripple effect in which Fellows are able to apply what they are learning in real-time to advance the missions of the organisations and communities they serve.”

Brandon Srot is the only Australian to be selected for the program.


One Response to “Australian chosen for prestigious leadership program”
  1. Michael Barnett says:

    Mazal Tov.

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