Conference Resources

Mobilize and organize

Changing the Future – Now! (2013) – This conference marked AWP’s evolution from a catalytic intervention to a network of catalysts, connecting our partners and allies and identifying the next issues for advancing gender equity and shared leadership. Download program and agenda. 

The Conference for Change (2007) – AWP co-hosted this 24-hour strategy lab with the Center for Leadership Initiatives, the Berrie Foundation, and the Schusterman Foundation. Advocates, CEOs, professionals, academics, volunteers, and philanthropists developed action plans for greater equity, diversity, and inclusiveness for women, Jews of color, and LGBT Jews. Download program and agenda

Impact and Influence (2003) – Co-sponsored by Ma’yan, 90 influential women volunteer leaders came together to strengthen their leadership in the Jewish community.


Work-life issues

Better Work, Better Life Campaign: The 100 (NYC, TBD 2014) – AWP will host a celebration to honor the first 100 Jewish organizations that adopt formal flexibility and/or paid parental leave.

Work-Life Fit: A Candid Conversation (2013) – Nearly 100 professionals and volunteer leaders got started on policies for formal flexibility and paid parental leave, supported by AWP, the Wiener Educational Center of UJA-Federation of New York, and the Jewish Community Centers Association. Anne Weisberg, co-author of the best-selling book, Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today’s Nontraditional Workforce, was the lead speaker. Download program and agenda.

Working Together for Work/Life Balance: A Candid Conversation with Funders and Nonprofits (2012) – Professionals and funders explored the benefits of formal flexibility. This AWP gathering, co-sponsored with the Jewish Funders Network, featured talks by Yossi Prager, Executive Director and Deena Fuchs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, both at the Avi Chai Foundation, and by Rachel Monroe, CEO of the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. Download agenda.

Better Work-Life Policies (NYC, 2011) – Sari Ferro, HR Director of UJA-Federation-NY, and Gloria Nilson, HR Director of Jewish Federations of North America, shared their strategies for implementing formal flexibility. Cali Williams Yost, corporate work-life expert and Fast Company author, was the featured speaker. Download program and agenda.

24/7: Is It Time to Change the Way We Work? (NYC, 2005) was a “first” in the Jewish community, bringing together more than 100 professionals and volunteers from diverse organizations to explore these issues.


Network-building and skill development

The Bay Area Initiative – AWP partnered with the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and Jim Joseph Foundation on 2 conferences that cultivated a network of women professionals in the Bay Area Jewish community. Download program and agenda.

Leadership Strategies That Work (2010) sparked substantive discussion among 100 women leaders and communal professionals, along with intensive skill-building around negotiation and thought leadership.

Risk and Resilience (2012) gathered more than 100 women professionals for in-depth conversation and negotiation training with several generations of emerging and established leaders. Participants represented 52 foundations, JCCs, synagogues, Hillels, day schools, educational institutions, social justice organizations, cultural groups, and UpStarter organizations. Heather McLeod Grant, author of Forces for Good, was the featured speaker. Download related article.