Managing Minefields: The Lay/Professional Edition
At the core of effective nonprofit organizations is a healthy partnership between lay and professional/rabbinic leaders. When things work well, magic can happen. If the relationship is unhealthy, both lay leaders and their professional/rabbinic partners become disaffected and often walk away from the enterprise they care so deeply about.
In this workshop, executive coach, nonprofit CEO and Jewish communal leader Hal Lewis will explore the key components of healthy relations between nonprofit management and governance. We’ll discuss key roles and responsibilities, how to have difficult conversations, how to develop a meaningful communication strategy, and creating a context in which to manage conflict.
Dr. Hal M. Lewis
Dr. Hal M. Lewis is the Principal Consultant at Leadership for Impact LLC, a leadership-consulting firm serving the needs of nonprofit organizations. He served for a decade as the President and CEO of Spertus Institute in Chicago, where he is currently the Institute’s Chancellor and Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies.
Over a career of more than thirty-five years, Hal has held senior executive positions in a variety of nonprofit organizations, including as the President and CEO of the Columbus Jewish Federation. In addition, he has taught and written on the subject of organizational leadership in both the academic and popular press. His book Models and Meanings in the History of Jewish Leadership has been called “a must read for both current and future communal leadership.” And his work, From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership, has been hailed by scholars, communal professionals and clergy alike.
A master educator, he has taught and served as Visiting Professor at universities around the world. He currently serves as a member of the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.
His extensive experience as both a scholar and a practitioner gives him a unique perspective on not-for-profit organizations. His broad range and engaging style make him an often sought-after consultant, speaker and trainer.