The Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) consists of a specially selected group of individuals between the ages of 25-40 who are interested in learning about ADL’s mission to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people…and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” Glass members are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership qualities in the Jewish and general communities, as well as their interest in and commitment to social and political justice.

GLI provides broad exposure to ADL’s programs and resources and addresses front-page topics on the ADL agenda. Top experts, including senior ADL professionals, lead in-depth discussions with participants. Participants gain first-hand exposure to ADL’s activities and interests including:

  • Combating Hate, Bigotry & Prejudice
  • Fighting Anti-Semitism
  • Israel and International Affairs
  • Defending Civil Rights
  • Protecting Religious Freedom
  • Ensuring the Separation of Church and State
  • Teaching Diversity and Cultural Understanding

The Glass Leadership Institute begins each fall and concludes the following summer. Participants are expected to attend nearly all monthly meetings, as well as the ADL Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Washington D.C., where they engage in high-level briefings with top government officials and decision-makers, as well as meet their contemporaries from across the nation. Participants also take part in advocacy meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill.