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Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Jewish Leadership

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Jewish Leadership

Center for Jewish Leadership Inaugural Symposium

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
brought together a panel of impressive, innovative leaders from the business world and social sectors to address what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what organizations wishing to innovate need to know.

Howard Tullman (above), CEO of 1871, Chicago's acclaimed entrepreneurial hub for digital startups, kicked off the day's activities with opening remarks about innovation and leadership. An inspired entrepreneur and enthusiastic educator, he has served as founder, director, or CEO of an incredibly wide range of companies including Kendall College, The Princeton Review, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy, and In 2012, Inc. magazine called him "the most accomplished, best-connected entrepreneur you've never heard of" (the last part of which we believe is no longer true). 

"The businesses he has launched, led, invested in,
or turned around are too numerous to list”
Chicago Tribune

Jon MedvedJon Medved is the CEO of OurCrowd, a crowdfunding platform for Israeli startups called "one of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet" (Forbes) was the featured presenter. Mr. Medved has invested in 140 startups, bringing 12 to values in excess of $100 million. A passionate speaker, he appears regularly on CNN and CNBC.

"[an] engaging, visionary, pioneering venture capitalist”
George Gilder in The Israel Test

Howard Tullman and Jon Medved were joined by an impressive panel of social entrepreneurs and innovators.

Ariel BeeryAriel Beery is co-founder/CEO of MobileOCT, a biophotonics startup enabling mobile phones to detect cancer. Until recently, he served as the Global CEO of the PresenTense Group, a social venture accelerator.

Jay GoltzJay Goltz is founder/CEO of the Goltz Group. With Artists Frame Service and Jayson Home, he pioneered Clybourn Ave's evolution into a premier Chicago retail destination. He is a small business blogger for The New York Times.

Dr. Hal M. LewisDr. Hal M. Lewis is president/CEO of Spertus Institute and an expert on the leadership of Jewish organizations. His books include From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership.

Toby RubinToby Rubin is the founder/CEO of UpStart, a national nonprofit that accelerates projects of Jewish social entrepreneurs and fosters entrepreneurship in established Jewish organizations.

Symposium Schedule

Following the presentation, participants formed small group discussions based on suggestions from the presenters and questions from attendees.

Center for Jewish Leadership

This symposium was the inaugural
event for Spertus Institute's new
Center for Jewish Leadership.

Designed for professionals and volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership presents
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and be
equipped to harness the power
of Jewish communities in the
21st century. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish Leaders on Leadership series
  • An annual leadership symposium
  • A community mentoring program
  • Awards for innovation and collaboration


The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.