Global Leadership Academy

What is the Global Leadership Academy?

The Global Leadership Academy (GLA) prepares an elite 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 Alephs and B’nai B’rith Girls who are our future leaders, committed to a strong Jewish community and a better world. 

As a member of the GLA, you will take part in monthly cohort calls, engage with prominent entrepreneurs and leadership experts, be mentored by past cohort members, and complete projects designed to further develop your leadership skills. You will also develop and deliver a TED Talk at International Convention. 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.

GLA generally looks to engage high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) who have great leadership potential but may not necessarily hold formal leadership positions. GLA intends to provide an alternative leadership experience beyond the experiential training offered by board positions. This application is now closed.

Meet This Year's GLA Cohort

Lauren

Frankal

United Kingdom and Ireland

Cohort Mentor

Victor

Vernick

Liberty

Cohort Mentor

Gonzalo

Zilberman

Argentina

Cohort Mentor

Marnie

Bloom

Red River

Cohort Member

Bianca

Cherry

Pacific Western

Cohort Member

Opal

Cohen

Northern Region East: Northern Virginia

Cohort Member

Yael

Cuperman

Colombia

Cohort Member

Nicolás

Elman

Argentina

Cohort Member

Sarah

Galindo

Colombia

Cohort Member

Alix

Gilkarov

Austria

Cohort Member

Edmond

Khalifah

Mexico

Cohort Member

Rachel

Mattison

Northern Region East: DC

Cohort Member

Madison

Miederhoff

Mid-America: St. Louis

Cohort Member

Oliver

Mizrahi

Denmark

Cohort Member

Daniela

Naschelski

Chile

Cohort Member

Moises

Nousairi

Mexico

Cohort Member

Mia

Peretz

South Africa

Cohort Member

Dalia

Pupkin

Chile

Cohort Member

Michael

Reifman

Greater Jersey Hudson River

Cohort Member

Josh

Rutman

Lonestar

Cohort Member

Aiden

Sack

South Africa

Cohort Member

Bryan

Schecter

Liberty

Cohort Member

Maya

Schlanger

North Texas Oklahoma

Cohort Member

Elana

Sunshine

North Texas Oklahoma

Cohort Member

Lucia

Teicher

Argentina

Cohort Member

Zohar

Tsemeret

Mountain

Cohort Member

Zuzanna

Weiwióra

Poland

Cohort Member

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

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

GLA Important Dates

Explore the key dates for the Global Leadership Academy cohort for 2020-2021.

August 11

Global Leadership Academy application launches.

August 31

Global Leadership Academy application closes.

September 13

Call 1: GLA Orientation + Cohort Bonding

October 18

Call 2: Leadership Session A | Understanding Strengths

November 8

Call 3: Leadership Session B | Relationship Building

November 22

Call 4: Leadership Session C | Scaling Impact

December 6

Call 5: TED Masterclass A | Surfacing and Developing Ideas

January 10

Call 6: TED Masterclass B | Developing Ideas into Talks

January 24

Call 7: TED Masterclass C | Delivering Talks

February 13

Present TED Talks at International Convention

March 7

Call 8: Feedback and Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Leadership Academy is celebrating its third 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 between one and two hours a week to the 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?

GLA is generally targeted toward high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) who are 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 GLA you will participate in monthly cohort calls with all other GLA teens. 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

  • Workshop 1: Jewish Educator

  • Intro to the Leadership Pillar

  • Workshop 2: Leadership Pillar Speaker

  • Cohort Reflection

  • Upcoming Individual Projects

TED Masterclass Sessions are 45-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 GLA?

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 GLA projects.