GLI 2020-2021 Program Expectations and Responsibilities 

ADL New York/New Jersey is proud to be able to provide you with an opportunity to participate in the Glass Leadership Institute (GLI), a nationally recognized leadership development program, designed specifically for a select group of young professionals as an up-close and personal opportunity to expand your knowledge about one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizationsThe purpose of GLI is to build a base of leaders who are knowledgeable about the organization’s work and are committed to ensuring the vitality of the organization. All applicants will have an interview, on a rolling basis, after submitting their application. Participants are selected because of their interest in ADL’s mission and our assessment that the individual is interested in learning the skills needed to be a leader in the community. 

As a participant, you will engage in a year of dynamic, interactive sessions exposing you to the full range of issues on the ADL agenda. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in June of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic permitting. Participants are expected to participate in all GLI sessions as well as attend other ADL events. After successfully completing the GLI program, participants will be able to continue their involvement with the organization as knowledgeable, active, and committed supporters of ADL. 

Leadership Institute Program Components: 

In order to provide you with this leadership opportunity and for ADL to continue “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all”, all GLI participants must agree to the following requirements and are expected to commit to various activities during the 10-month program as follows: 

  1. Be an Ambassador for ADL -The GLI program introduces a select group of young professionals to the important work of ADL and the full range of issues on the ADL agenda. The purpose of this 10-month program is to build a base of leaders who are knowledgeable about ADL’s work and committed to ensuring the vitality of the agency and its mission – to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all. 
  2. Attend Scheduled Sessions  Attend all monthly sessions scheduled on Thursday evenings from September through June. A calendar for the year will be sent before the start of the program. We recognize that emergencies and conflicts may arise and a session may have to be missed. If more than one session is missed without permission, you will be at risk of not graduating from the program. 
  3. Attend the National Leadership Summit  Attend National Leadership Summit (NLS) in Washington D.C. in June 2021. GLI young leaders from across the country are invited to attend ADL’s National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. Participants join over 500 fellow national GLI participants, board membersand leaders for 2.5 days of in-depth study and meetings with national leaders on ADL issues.  The conference includes presentations from national and international political and diplomatic leaders, as well as noted journalists and commentators.  Participants also have the opportunity to lobby our members of congress on Capitol Hill.  Past speakers at the conference have included: Congressman John Lewis, Eric Holder, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. 

There is a conference registration fee of approximately $300 (which includes hotel and meals). GLI participants are responsible for transportation to and from the conference. Please note, if we are unable to gather in personNLS will be hosted virtually.  

  1. Personal Financial Commitment  Participants are asked to contribute a minimum gift of $250 to the ADL NY/NJ 2020 annual campaign. Your $250 GLI participant gift will be collected in September. Installment payment plans by credit card or check are also available. This gift does not include the $300 registration fee & hotel stay at the 2021 National Leadership Summit. This fee will be collected separately from those attending the conference. Please contact Kelsey Kiser at, regarding scholarship opportunities.  
  1. Meet with your Peer-to-Peer Match – About halfway through the program we match each GLI program participant with one of our NextGen Advisory Board Members. We ask that each match connects at least once before the conclusion of the GLI program. This is a great opportunity to meet more members of the ADL community and learn about involvement opportunities beyond the GLI program!  
  1. Attend other ADL meetings and events – Attendance at these events will equip participants with hands-on knowledge of how the agency functions. These events are crucial to the development of ADL leaders, providing participants with additional opportunities to meet ADL senior leadership and will give participants an opportunity to find their niche in the organization. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ADL has cancelled all in-person events through December 2020. However, many virtual events are being hosted, which we encourage GLI participants to attend when able.  

Culmination of the Glass Leadership Institute: 

At the culmination of the program, participants will have a deeper understanding of the mission, goals, and work of ADL. They will have explored possibilities for future ADL involvement, with the help of staff and lay leaders. Relationships established during the program with ADL professionals, board members, and fellow participants provide the necessary support for ongoing involvement in ADL.  Our intent is that graduates will remain knowledgeable, involved and committed supporters of ADL, and serve as a volunteer and ambassador for ADL in their local communities.