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WEXNER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Leadership development for Jewish communal professionals in graduate schools and the field

WEXNER HERITAGE PROGRAM

Jewish learning and leadership development for volunteer leaders in North America

WEXNER ISRAEL PROGRAMS

Leadership development for mid-career and senior leaders in Israel's public sector

The Wexner Foundation focuses on the development of Jewish professional and volunteer leaders in North America, and public leaders in Israel.

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The Alumni Network Has Been Challenged #ALSIceBucketChallenge

At this year's Wexner Graduate Fellowship Summer Institute in Stowe, VT many of our fellows, staff a…

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BLOG

With Thanks to Craig Taubman, We Bring You One of This Week’s "Jewels of Elul"

 Sometimes reading from the Torah at a bar mitzvah becomes a Jewish boy’s coming of age m…

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VIDEOS

“There is Still Time! Preparing for the Days of Awe for Real” with Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

The Wexner Foundation has launched a new way for our alumni, members, and fellows to meet, learn, di…

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"Now that you know your stuff, do you really care about the people you serve and do they believe you care?”

- Les Wexner

"I can't find a leader today who isn't curious, relentlessly determined to find out what people are thinking."

- Les Wexner

“Will what got us here get us there?”

- Les Wexner

“Nobody remembers who was the richest toga salesman in Rome.”

- Les Wexner

"Leaders lead."

- Les Wexner

"A Leader is teacher.
A Leader is pacesetter.
A Leader is not always a friend."

- Les Wexner

Leaders talk to themselves a little bit differently.
They ask, "Do I really like who I am?"

- Les Wexner

"Once when I thought I didn't get it right my dad said to me, "go home, draw the drapes, put a pillow over your head and worry."
"Or," he offered "take control and focus, think about how to get yourself back on track."

- Les Wexner

"I am really proud of the development of the people on my team as they grow in purpose; they like what they see in the mirror."

- Les Wexner

"Hindsight gives one insight."

- Les Wexner

"Leadership is about taking your team to a place where, but for your leadership, they would not go."

- Les Wexner

"You have to know what you know -
You have to know what you don't know."

- Les Wexner

"When all is said and done, more is said than done."

- Les Wexner

Leaders constantly wonder, "What makes you tick? Why do you care about the things you care about?"

- Les Wexner

"Ask yourself: What forms the decisions you make? What is it that gnaws at you? What are your crucible moments?"

- Les Wexner

"What are you running from? What are you running toward?"

- Les Wexner

"Do you listen for understanding or are you listening in judgment?"

- Les Wexner

"Most leaders have a pretty good "internal risk calculator."

- Les Wexner

"The quality of your leadership is determined and measured by the good decisions you make."

- Les Wexner

"Leaders are always dancing between business today and the five year plan. People who are successful get that balance right."

- Les Wexner

"Curiosity is a habit and creating a community where curiosity is part of the culture is very difficult."

- Les Wexner

"To go from notion to motion is very difficult."

- Les Wexner

"You have to have sensible fear of failure, but you can’t be paralyzed by it.”

- Les Wexner

“You’re not going to be a 1.000 hitter all the time. You’re going to be more wrong than right. You just have to correct your errors as quickly, as economically, as possible.”

- Les Wexner

“I remember my dad and I were in a Woolworth’s, and someone was giving a waitress a hard time. After this person left, my dad said, ‘That wasn’t right. The waitress was in a vulnerable position. If you pick on somebody, always pick on someone your own size.’  ”

- Les Wexner