Rethinking Leadership for Gender Equity

January 28th, 2021 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Online Web Meeting

This series of workshops, intended for those who work in the congregational space, will examine leadership through the lenses of gender and equity. Participants will be registering for the series of three workshops.

Session 1 Web Meeting: Power – facilitated by Fran Sepler
This link will take you to a Zoom recording of Session 1 Web Meeting. 

Resources from the Web Meeting:

Recommended Readings from the Web Meeting:

Registration Closed

Teams and individual participants will be pushed to explore questions related to power, equity, communication, and other factors that inform their work experiences. They will consider how different forces come together to shape their workplace experience, their interactions with colleagues, and their own identity.  

Rabbi Mary Zamore will serve as Master Facilitator throughout the series, drawing connections throughout and between each workshop, which will be led by individual experts in their field. Our facilitators will ask participants to think about big-picture, systemic questions, and their day-to-day practice. Participants will take away both theory and practical skills that they can implement in their workplace.   

These workshops are an opportunity for teams of congregational leaders to experience professional development that is both targeted to their setting, and specific to their roles. We welcome congregational education directors, family educators, youth professionals, clergy, executive directors, lay leaders, and other synagogue professionals to be a part of this learning.  

Participants will be able to: 

  • Reflect on their own experiences as a member of a congregational team 

  • Identify some of the ways gender influences team dynamics 

  • Recognize the ways that power and gender are part of the congregational structure 

  • Improve communication skills 

  • Improve negotiation skills 

  • Make individual and group moves that promote equity in the congregation 

  • Consider how gender and education are linked 

Participants commit to attending all three sessions when registering for this series. 

Dates: Wednesday, January 13th, Thursday, January 28th, & Thursday, February 11th 

Time: 10:00 AM - Noon ET 

Who: Education Directors, Clergy, Executive Directors, and Lay Leaders 

Master Facilitator for the series: Rabbi Mary Zamore 

Session 1: Power – facilitated by Fran Sepler 

Session 2: Communication and Negotiation - facilitated by Prof. Andrea Schneider 

Session 3: Strategizing for a Different Future - facilitated by Dr. Elana Stein Hain 

Generously funded by SRE Network. 

About the Facilitators:

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Rabbi Mary Zamore | Rabbi Mary L. Zamore is the Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, a partner organization of the Reform Movement. For over 40 years, WRN works to narrow the wage gap, create safer, respectful Jewish communities and promote equity for all. Rabbi Zamore is the co-leader of the Reform Pay Equity Initiative and heads WRN’s Clergy: Safe Employees and Employers program, which focuses on a harassment-free Jewish community.  

She is the editor of The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic (CCAR Press, 2019) and The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic (CCAR Press, 2011), designated a finalist by the National Jewish Book Awards. 


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Fran Sepler | For thirty years, Fran Sepler has assisted public and private organizations throughout the country create comprehensive initiatives to understand, prevent, identify, investigate, and remediate misconduct in the workplace and the academy. Ms. Sepler has designed training programs focusing on respect for organizations nationwide and was selected to design the groundbreaking training programs “Respectful Workplace,” and “Leading for Respect” by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has conducted training in every sector including corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofits, medical, educational and financial services sectors and for people at all organizational levels.  

Ms. Sepler is the author of “Finding the Facts: What Every Workplace Investigator Needs to Know,” published in 2008, which includes a chapter on assessing systematic and cultural roots of harassment. She has written book chapters on relational aggression, implicit bias in investigation, credibility assessment and organizational culture. She speaks on these topics throughout the United States. 


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Andrea Kupfer Schneider | Andrea Schneider is a Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School where she has taught Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, Ethics, and International Conflict Resolution for over 20 years.  She is the Director of Marquette’s nationally-ranked law school dispute resolution program and last year became the inaugural director of Marquette’s new Institute for Women’s Leadership.  She frequently publishes law review articles and book chapters on negotiation, gender, international conflict, and dispute systems design and has co-authored several leading legal textbooks on ADR, Negotiation and Mediation.   She is a founding editor of Indisputably, the blog for ADR law faculty and started the Dispute Resolution Works-in-Progress Annual Conference in 2007.  She was named 2009 Woman of the Year by the Wisconsin Law Journal and, in 2016, gave her first TEDx talk entitled Women Don’t Negotiate and Other Similar Nonsense.   She was named the 2017 recipient of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work.  Her most recent book is Smart & Savvy: Negotiation Strategies in Academia.  She has served in the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in numerous roles including Women’s Philanthropy President, Campaign Chair, and Board Chair.  She was a member of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet and Women’s Philanthropy Board, and is currently on the JFNA Board of Trustees.  Recent negotiation trainings include those for the Women of Reform Judaism and the Women’s Rabbinic Network, in conjunction with the Reform Pay Equity Initiative. 


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Dr. Elana Stein Hain | Dr. Elana Stein Hain is Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and oversees the content of lay and professional leadership programs. Elana also co-leads the Created Equal research team with Joshua Ladon.

A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana earned her doctorate in Religion from Columbia University with a dissertation on the topic of legal loopholes in rabbinic law. She is an alumna of the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) and the Consortium in Jewish Studies and Legal Theory Graduate Fellowship.  Elana also served for eight years as a clergy member on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at both Lincoln Square Synagogue and the Jewish Center, and taught at the Wagner School at NYU.

Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her family.


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