ORT America welcomes 14 participants to its new National Leadership CohORT Program, an exclusive 18-month leadership development, learning and mentoring opportunity for the organization’s future leaders.

“Having new faces join our ranks as we embark on our 100th year will energize our base and ensure the highest level of support for our students and educators in more than 30 countries around the world,” said Howard Lanznar, chairman of the board of directors.

Upon completion of the program, participants will gain a deeper understanding and connection to ORT and the Jewish community with the tools needed to be strong advocates and supporters.

Emphasis will be placed on strengthening skills and understanding of the crucial role of American Jewish philanthropy to prepare and excite them about their future roles in their local communities, as well as nationally and internationally.

“I feel a great sense of responsibility and commitment to ORT and look forward to taking an active role while continuing my family legacy,” said participant Emily Korotkin of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “I’m also fortunate to have the chance to meet like-minded people from across the country and form new professional and personal relationships.”

Emily Korotkin. Credit: ORT America.

Participants will learn from field experts about philanthropy and nonprofit management, in addition to engaging with ORT board members and leaders from across the spectrum of American Jewish life. They will also be invited to travel on a mission to an international location to visit an ORT program and engage directly with students and educators.

“The new CohORT is our way of investing in the future of the organization and doing our part to build Jewish communal leadership more broadly,” said Barbara Birch, president and CEO of ORT America. “We believe this program and these leaders are essential to our growth and success, and that they will make their mark on Jewish life in the years to come.”

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