Glass Leadership Institute

  • January 15, 2021

NOTE:  Due to meeting restrictions for COVID-19, the 2021 Glass Leadership Cohort will be meeting virtually, and for the first time with our colleagues in the New Orleans ADL region. 


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.  That meeting will be virtual, May 2, 2021.

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 (February – July) as well as the National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Glass Leadership Institute Requirements:

  1. Regular attendance at sessions which start February 10 and occur every three weeks.
  2. Attend the May 2, 2021 Virtual National Leadership Summit.
  3. Participants must make a tax-deductible contribution of at least $150 to ADL. The donation can be made at one time or in installments over the course of the year. All other expenses including program materials and other supplies for participants will be covered in the Heartland by the Staenberg Family Foundation.

Opportunities for Further Engagement with ADL:

GLI leaders are encouraged to virtually 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.