The Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) introduces a select group of young professionals to the important work of ADL and the full range of issues on ADL’s agenda. The purpose of this program Institute is to build a base of leaders in communities across the Heartland region who are knowledgeable about ADL’s work and committed to ensuring the vitality of ADL and its mission. By engaging with community leaders and ADL experts, GLI participants will be presented with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively combat antisemitism and all forms of hate, bias, and prejudice.


Requirements and Expectations for Participation

1. Attend hybrid meetings either in person via ZoomKicked off with a welcome retreat, the meetings serve as a vehicle to educate participants on the full range of ADL issues and programming from a variety of community leaders and ADL experts. Attendance is mandatory and participants can only miss a maximum of two sessions if they wish to graduate from the program. [Click here for the GLI Schedule]

2. Participate in ADL’s National Leadership Summit (NLS)This conference has been a highlight for GLI participants. The conference convenes over 400 board members, professionals and GLI participants from ADL’s 25 regional offices in-depth study and meetings with national leaders on ADL issues. Past speakers included former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the late Senator John McCain to name a few.

3.  You are asked to make a personal and meaningful annual gift to the Anti-Defamation League.  There is a $180 minimum recommended contribution for each participant.  Throughout the course of GLI, you will learn how gifts from ADL’s leadership impact ADL’s core work. If this is a concern prohibiting you from applying, please contact ADL staff for further discussion.

4.  Attend other ADL meetings and events. Attendance at these meetings will equip participants with hands-on knowledge of how the agency functions. These meetings 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. Offerings will include virtual committee meetings, webinars, and more.

The Staenberg Fellows

GLI graduates can continue with the Staenberg Fellowship. Funded by the Staenberg Family Foundation, the Fellowship was developed particularly with the Glass Institute in mind, to continue developing the future leadership of ADL Heartland. Activists in the community can have a hands-on experience that has infinite influence on education, community relationships, public policy, and security. It begins with those who are willing and committed to taking the reins and becoming the ADL advocates of the future. Through additional interactive programming, and through hands-on project-based work, the Staenberg Fellows will be those advocates. Staenberg Fellows have represented ADL at community meetings, presented unique movie festivals, attended the US Attorneys Hate Crimes Task Force, participated in interfaith dialogue, hosted parlor meetings at their homes on ADL issues, and created program outreach for the A World of Difference® Institute. Fellows serve on the Regional Advisory Board. New project opportunities can be created as Fellows desire.