Glass Leadership Institute

  • November 9, 2020

NOTE:  Due to meeting restrictions for COVID-19, the 2020 Glass Leadership Institute went virtual. The National Leadership Summit, instead of bringing together 700 participants in Washington, DC, brought them together through Zoom. For a brief overview:


ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) was founded to energize a new generation of activists dedicated to ADL’s mission, “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all.” GLI is the cornerstone leadership development program for ADL, empowering new leaders to fight hate and bigotry in their own communities and providing unique opportunities to explore ADL’s mission.

The Mission
The goal of GLI is to provide broad exposure to ADL programs and resources and create a cadre of young professionals to adopt regional and national leadership positions within ADL and the region at large. Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL activities and interests including:

  • Combating hate, bigotry and prejudice
  • Defending civil rights
  • International affairs and immigration
  • Protecting religious freedom
  • Teaching about diversity and cultural understanding
  • Fighting anti-Semitism
  • Understanding domestic extremism and hate crime

What We Do
The Institute addresses front-page issues on the ADL agenda. Top experts lead in-depth discussions at monthly sessions. The year is highlighted by participation at the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, to engage in high-level briefings with top government officials and decision makers.  GLI leaders also take part in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill.

Who are GLI Participants?
Participants are specially selected individuals interested in learning, chosen for demonstrated leadership qualities as well as their interest in, and commitment to, social and political justice. Leaders of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Glass participants are expected to attend all monthly meetings (January- July) as well as the National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. [The 2021 GLI cohort will begin online and evaluate whether in-person meetings can happen after March 2021.]

Glass Leadership Institute Requirements:

  1. Regular attendance at sessions which start January 20 and occur every three weeks.
  2. Attend the National Leadership Summit. Guests across the country attend ( and if in person, registration and hotel costs are covered by ADL for those who have attended the minimum number of sessions throughout the year). The Summit convenes Board members, Institute participants and ADL staff for 3 days of workshops, meetings and lobbying on Capitol Hill. Participants only need cover the cost of airfare to DC. [As of November 2020, no decision has been made about an in-person Summit.]
  3. Participants must make a tax-deductible contribution of at least $250 to ADL. The donation can be made at one time or in installments over the course of the year. All other expenses, including dinner for each session, program materials, and relevant fees are covered by the program.

Opportunities for Further Engagement with ADL:

GLI leaders are encouraged to attend other ADL meetings and events (regional board meetings, community gatherings etc.). These opportunities are crucial to the development of ADL leaders, providing participants with venues to meet ADL and community leaders, network, and allow participants to find their niche in the organization.

Prior to acceptance, ADL may use application information to conduct a background check.