ADL Glass Leadership Institute Develops Young Adults into Strong Advocates
Every month, a group of young leaders in Austin gathers to learn about Anti-Defamation League topics including bias, racism, anti-Semitism, extremism and online hate. This group is part of the ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for new and emerging advocates. In Austin, ADL has 26 participants in its 2017-2018 GLI class. Each month, a speaker presents to the group on a subject ADL works on either nationally or locally.
GLI has fostered broader engagement and trained thousands to become skilled ADL ambassadors. At the end of their year of classes, GLI participants graduate at a national conference. This immersive three-day meeting brings hundreds of young leaders from around the country to Washington D.C., where they connect with ADL leaders and partners from around the globe, meet with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill, and learn about the issues that demand their attention and action.
This year’s Austin GLI class is chaired by Lindsay and Jason Feuerman. Both are GLI alumni, and are passionate about ADL’s mission.
Lindsay Feuerman said, “GLI offers such a special opportunity to connect with others in the community, learn about pressing issues locally and globally and actively engage to address these timely topics. It has really helped shape our worldview and led to lasting friendships. We feel very lucky to be part of this amazing community.”
Current ADL Austin Board Chair, Jared Lindauer, first became involved with ADL through GLI. He also cites the importance of young leadership in Austin, specifically through the type of educational content that ADL provides.
“There is nothing more important than building leadership for the future,” Renee Lafair, ADL regional director, explained. “Over the last decade, GLI classes have been instrumental in providing board leadership and in advancing our mission in Austin. We encourage everyone with an interest in ADL to apply.” ■
GLI applications open in June, following graduation. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in GLI, contact the ADL Austin Office at 512-249-7960 or firstname.lastname@example.org.