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Responsibility in a Global Age: Leadership Lessons from a Lifetime

Responsibility in a Global Age: Leadership Lessons from a Lifetime

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00 pm

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni

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Hear leading human rights activist Ruth Messinger share leadership lessons gleaned from her decades on the front lines of global issues.

What are a leader’s most important characteristics? What challenges do leaders of social and political institutions face—and what are the skills to solve them? In today’s global world, when must leaders take broad responsibility for driving change?

Ruth Messinger AJWS photo by Christine HanRuth Messinger served for 18 years as President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international human rights and development organization promoting social justice in the developing world.

Under her remarkable leadership, AJWS grew exponentially—granting more than $270 million to promote human rights in the developing world and launching campaigns to end the Darfur genocide, reform international food aid, stop violence against women and LGBT people, and respond to natural disasters around the globe. In her current role as AJWS Global Ambassador, she continues her crucial work of engaging rabbis and interfaith leaders to advocate for global social justice.

Messinger is a member of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative Task Force to End Extreme Poverty. She works to advance activism in the Jewish community as the inaugural Social Justice Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Social Justice Activist-in-Residence at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

She was named one of the 10 most inspiring women religious leaders by The Huffington Post and cited as the sixth most influential Jew in the world by The Jerusalem Post.

A discussion and reception follow the presentation.

Image top: Ruth Messinger in Haiti. Photo by Morgan Soloski/AJWS.

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