Leven Global Leadership Academy

What is the Leven Global Leadership Academy?

The Leven Global Leadership Academy (LGLA) prepares a cohort of Jewish teens from around the world with marketable leadership skills and experiences that are transferable throughout their lives. Designed as an online cohort, it’s based on the three pillars that define a leader—Understanding Leadership Strengths, Relationship Building, and Scaling Impact. These are intended to create a strong force of teens who are our future leaders, committed to a strong Jewish community and a better world.

As a member of the LGLA, you will take part in monthly cohort calls, learn from prominent entrepreneurs and leadership experts, be mentored by past cohort members, and complete projects designed to further develop your leadership skills (like cultivating your strengths, networking, public speaking, and managing a team, just to name a few). You will also deliver a TED Talk at International Convention, which you will develop through the guidance of our mentors, staff, and our friends at TED. You will exit the program with further developed leadership strengths along with skills in relationship building and leading a movement to leave a larger impact.

LGLA generally looks to engage high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16, though we’re open to other ages if it feels like the right fit) who have great leadership potential.

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Past Speakers & Guests

Learn lifelong leadership skills from top leaders across industries and begin building your professional network.

Shoshan Bloom

Global Chair of Limmud and Founder of LivLuv

Molly Dillon

Co-Author, Yes She Can and fmr. Obama Administration Policy Advisor

Ofo Ezeugwu

Founder and CEO of WhoseYourLandlord

Matt Grossman

Chief Executive Officer, BBYO

Justin Hefter

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of Bandura Games

Ashley Kolaya

Associate Program Director, TED-Ed

Liron Lipinsky

Associate Vice President of Jewish Enrichment, BBYO

Taylor Lustig

Sr. Manager, External and Government Affairs at PepsiCo; fmr. Obama Administration Policy Advisor

Iris Mansour

Journalist and Founder of EveryEpic

Marc Saperstein

Vice Chairman, BBYO Board of Directors

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Chief Executive Officer, Shalom Austin

Yolanda Savage-Narva

Director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Union for Reform Judaism

David Yarus

Founder, JSwipe

Ariela Lijavetzky

Youth Years Director, Ashoka Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay

Mike Leven

Co-Founder, Jewish Future Pledge

Rob Sadow

Co-Founder, Scoop Technologies

Jon Sadow

Co-Founder, Scoop Technologies

Hillary Klotz Steinman

Emmy Award-Winning Independent Documentary Film Producer

Elise Jordan

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, FedEx Express

Bruno Rodriguez

Co-founder, Youth for Climate Argentina

Andrew Moses

VP of Business Development & Marketing, MorganFranklin Consulting

2022 - 2023 Leven Global Leadership Academy Cohort

Lian Elimelech

Israel: Maccabi Tzair

Leven Global Leadership Academy Mentor

Lily Weinstock


Leven Global Leadership Academy Mentor

Logan Reich

Eastern: North Carolina

Leven Global Leadership Academy Mentor

Ruby Borer


Leven Global Leadership Academy Mentor

Abigail Thaler

Greater Jersey Hudson River: Central

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Daniel Bendavid


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Eial Hodara


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Eliya Liam Hajjaj

Israel: Maccabi Tzair

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Ella Rose Boolkin

South Africa

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Gal Rubel


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Hannah Lippe

North Florida

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Jakob Denesha

Great Midwest

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Jonah Zeitlin


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Lea Mordkovich


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Marcos Halabe


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Mica Kenigsberg


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Morgan Rodriguez

Gold Coast

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Sarah Begun

South Jersey

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Simon Conway

Greater Jersey Hudson River: Northern

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Sofie Glassman

Nassau Suffolk

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Spencer Kessler

Greater Jersey Hudson River: Northern

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Sydney Levin

North Texas Oklahoma

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Taylor Serotta

Connecticut Valley

Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Tomas Gorodetzky


Leven Global Leadership Academy Member

Quotes from Past Cohort Members

“I think that my communication and adaptability has improved so much more. GLA has allowed me to gain so much confidence and this has allowed me to expand my network as well as giving me the opportunity to do this on a global scale.” —Lauren Frankal, United Kingdom & Ireland, 2019-2020

“I have learned to see the bigger impact of what I do. Before GLA, I had only focused on what I could do for myself and not how my leadership affects others. Now, I have a greater understanding of what I can do to help others in my community.” —Gabriella Cohen, Northern Region East: Baltimore, 2019-2020

“If there is one thing I want to bring back to my community from GLA is that being a leader is not necessarily about learning new skills, but it is mostly about taking the skills you already have and sharpening them.” —Evan Forman, Lake Ontario Region, 2018-2019

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LGLA Important Dates

Explore the key dates for the Leven Global Leadership Academy cohort for 2022-2023. LGLA will have two different cohorts this year that will meet at different times during the same week and do the same content.

September 18

Call 1 | Orientation and get to know you.

October 23

Call 2 | Knowing Your Strengths

November 13

Call 3 | Relationship Building

December 4

Call 4 |  Scaling Impact

January 8

Call 5 |  TED: Surfacing & Developing Ideas

January 29

Call 6 | TED: Developing Ideas into Talks

February 18

Present Talks at International Convention

March 5

Feedback & Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

The Leven Global Leadership Academy is celebrating its fifth year as a highly regarded BBYO program. Learn more about the experience by exploring some common questions listed below.

What is the time commitment?

You should plan to commit five hours a month to the Leven Global Leadership Academy. These hours include monthly cohort calls that you will take part in as well as projects you will work on to further foster your leadership skills.

Who should apply?

LGLA is generally targeted toward high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) looking to build their skills and experience outside BBYO’s traditional democratic leadership model. We especially encourage applicants who do not hold any formal board position.

What does a cohort call typically look like?

As a member of the LGLA, you will participate in monthly cohort calls with all other LGLA teens. Calls generally fall into Leadership Sessions or TED Masterclass Sessions. Calls generally fall into Leadership Sessions (you’ll have three of these) or TED Masterclass Sessions (you’ll also have three of these).

Leadership Sessions are 90-minute calls that workshop one leadership pillar with notable leaders and coaches, helping you refine your skills. A typical call agenda might look like this:

  • Icebreaker/Introductions

  • Workshops

  • Time with Cohort Buddies and Mentorship Groups

  • Cohort Reflection

  • Upcoming Individual Projects

TED Masterclass Sessions are 90-minute calls where you’ll collaboratively develop the TED Talk that you’ll deliver at BBYO International Convention through feedback and coaching with your cohort.

How will I grow as a leader through LGLA?

LGLA looks for high school sophomores 10th graders with great leadership potential greatly interested in growing their skills including public speaking, story telling, team building, and goal setting.

Create your own leadership journey as you choose from a menu of projects that further develop leadership skills explored on the cohort call. These projects are intended to set you up for success in other leadership endeavors and to leave an impact on your community. Think: getting coffee with an alum, writing an article for the Shofar, and meeting with an executive in a field of interest. 

Click here for a peek at past LGLA projects.