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Will Schneider, Director of Slingshot, a non-profit that promotes innovation in Jewish life, will discuss how to attract, inspire and preserve innovation in our community.

Mon., Feb. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
Tues., Feb. 7, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth in Clayton

(St. Louis, January 11, 2012) The Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership will host a two-part Inspiring Leaders Speakers Series featuring Will Schneider, Director of Slingshot, a non-profit that promotes innovation in Jewish life through a resource guide and next-generation funding.

Schneider will point out how young adults are changing the face of the North American Jewish community. The first program, “Creating a Framework for Innovation Within Our Organizations” will take place on Monday, Feb. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building. The next morning, Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Schneider will discuss, “Engaging the Next Generation of Funders” at the offices of Armstrong Teasdale, 7700 Forsyth in Clayton.

The Slingshot organization is funded by a group of 20- and 30-somethings who pool their financial resources and brainpower to create Slingshot:A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation, an annual listing of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America. A limited number of grants are then allocated to organizations featured in the Guide. Participants in the Fund undergo donor education and come together on Slingshot Day to announce grant recipients. The annual Slingshot Day gathering brings together the funding community and non-profits to discuss new ideas and learn from some of the most creative minds in the secular non-profit world. Slingshot has featured St. Louis’ own Jewish Rock Radio and Moishe House.

Both programs are free and open to the community. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 2, by contacting Karen Sher, 314-442-3824 or ksher@jfedstl.org

The Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership is a community-wide approach to engaging and inspiring volunteer leadership and professionals in the St. Louis Jewish community. Programs are made possible by generous support from the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and the Millstone Foundation.