AFTER two years of virtual program delivery, the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) will be bringing 70 leaders from across diverse Jewish Australia together for the inaugural LaunchPad Leadership (LPL) Alumni Retreat.
“I’m so thrilled to be able to finally connect in person with all the impressive people LPL attracts. How indulgent to be taken away, to focus purely on ourselves, our personal growth … and eating,” said CEO and founder of Pathways Melbourne Leah Boulton.
Thanks to the support and vision of Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies (USA), Herrman Rich Fund and Hakhel (a collaboration between Hazon and the Israel Ministry of Diaspora Affairs), the retreat will be taking place from November 20 in the rolling hills of the NSW Southern Highlands. For three days participants will be learning, connecting, and exploring new ideas and opportunities for cross-communal collaboration.
The program has been designed with interactive activities, masterclasses and workshops on topics such as impact measurement, community building and storytelling, as well as plenty of time for peer networking. Each morning participants will be able to take part in running groups, personal training sessions, krav maga, yoga or meditation – all led by their fellow peers.
The keynote address will be delivered by the inspiring Hannah Diviney – leading writer, disability and women’s rights advocate – who will be in conversation with co-chair of Philanthropy Australia (and LaunchPad’s own) Amanda Miller.
AJF community and innovation manager Rebecca Adler said, “One of the greatest achievements of the program has been stimulating collaboration across organisations and cities, strengthening Jewish life. Now with an in-person retreat, there is no doubt participants will walk away with even stronger connections and partnership opportunities, benefiting the Australian Jewish community for years to come.”