I was hesitant when I first applied to the leadership program. As an Israeli-Arab, I was aware of the significance of the location of the ILI and its strong Zionist leaning. But very soon I learned that I'm fully respected and warmly welcomed by all, and the importance of building bridges that create opportunities to all of us to cooperate, as young leaders in a society that has so many gaps. I see the ILI as a real "laboratory", creating a new "leadership language". One that all the graduates share, and are able to communicate with each other based on the values it represents. Helal Alosh, 29y/o, founded "The Social TV – Israel", and a writer.
My dream of many years to serve in leadership positions for the benefit of my state has become reality thanks to the empowerment and encouragement of the ILI team and faculty. Leaving a successful career in business for a role in the public life was a turning point, and the ILI was a source of confidence: the ILI's team encouraged me – being real partners and assisting me in every need. Leading today social projects with a clear vision seems only natural to me, as a raduate of the ILI. Rumi Zonder-Kislev, 41 y/o, mother of three. Rumi is a former director of the financial dept. at SanDisk. She is currently the director of cooperation initiatives at Etgarim organization for the Disabled.
The leadership program has enriched me far beyond my expectations. Acquiring leadership tools that can serve me in my social activity was the purpose I joined, but the Israel Leadership Institute gave my much more than this: the program enables a unique interaction between students from all backgrounds of the Israeli society. It has given us an opportunity to communicate, while respecting and learning to appreciate the other, even when so different from each other.
Henya Schwartz, 48 y/o, mother of six. Henya is Ultra-Orthodox, a civil activist and editor of a magazine.
My service for the residents of Haifa as a member of the city-council grew and improved thanks to the tools and knowledge I've acquired at the leadership program. It is simply outstanding that the ILI team continues working with us – the graduates – long after the training period. The personal mentoring and the professional guidance that The Israel Leadership Institute offers in our path to leadership are priceless. To me, the ILI is much more than a school – it is a real "home". Alex Shafran, 31y/o, is an elected member of the Haifa city-council (one of the youngest ever to be elected to the office in Israel).