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Driving Jewish Community Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Driving Jewish Community Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CJL Inaugural Symposium Speakers

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Help Launch
The New Center for Jewish Leadership

The pioneering Center for Jewish Leadership officially launched at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on October 26, 2014, with a groundbreaking symposium titled Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Jewish Leadership. The impressive panel of presenters transcended the line between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, a scope that was equally reflected by those in the audience.

Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, Chicago's acclaimed hub for tech startups, opened the program with inspiring remarks about how entrepreneurs make the impossible happen. Howard Tullman's talk was titled
Innovation and Leadership.
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Building startups has become Israel’s national sport. — Jon Medved

The featured speaker was Jon Medved, CEO of the venture capital firm OurCrowd. He spoke about what organizations and businesses worldwide can learn from how Israel — the “Start-Up Nation”— cultivates a culture of successful, problem-solving start-ups. Jon Medved's talk was titled Using the Secret Sauce of Israeli Entrepreneurship to Energize Jewish Communal Leadership.
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Sow a thousand seeds. — Ariel Beery

Ariel Beery, the CEO of one of those Israeli start-ups, had flown in the night before from Haiti where the technology produced by his firm, MobileOCT, is making it possible to test for cervical cancer using mobile phones. Previously the Global CEO of Jewish social venture accelerator PresenTense, he shared on-the-ground experience from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Ariel Berry's talk was titled Genesis: New Venture Creation—Entrepreneurs Create. Who Creates the Entrepreneurs?
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Social entrepreneurs are reimagining and expanding Jewish life.
— Toby Rubin

Toby Rubin, Founder/CEO of UpStart, spoke about using design theory to accelerate projects of Jewish social entrepreneurs. She also announced some excellent news: UpStart is coming to Chicago! Interested applicants can find out more on the UpStart Chicago Facebook page. Toby Rubin's talk was titled Entrepreneurship as Applied to Redesigning Jewish Life.
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Success is not about income. It’s about outcome. — Jay Goltz

Local entrepreneur Jay Goltz drew chuckles from the crowd when he stated “there’s a fine line between ‘visionary’ and ‘delusional.’” He shared his own story of becoming a successful business owner at a very young age and then learning on the job to be a leader who keeps and cultivates strong employees. Jay Goltz's talk was titled Improving the Odds for Success in Entrepreneurship.
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Whether we are employees or philanthropists, board members or professionals, we must take Jewish teachings and apply them to the rapidly changing, often volatile world of 21st-century Jewish life.
— Dr. Hal M. Lewis

Spertus President/CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis wrapped up the symposium with a challenge to attendees: to take a hard look at the organizations and institutions that serve our Jewish communities and seek ways they can innovate and evolve to serve the future. Hal Lewis' talk was titled Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Jewish Leadership.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Symposium speakers (left to right)

Ariel Berry, Jon Medved, Howard Tullman, Toby Rubin, Jay Goltz, and Hal Lewis.