Levy Fellows: Fall 2023 Board Development Program

Note: Nominations received after September 6, 2023 will be placed on a waiting list. 

Join a cohort of board leaders of Jewish organizations throughout the St. Louis region.

  • Be inspired and motivated to advance leadership roles.
  • Learn tangible skills to enhance effectiveness and long-term impact.
  • Incorporate values that provide a foundation for decision-making.
  • Establish personal connections through a new community-wide network.

Facilitated by: Leslie Peters, MBA, Elements Partnership

Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis.



Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 11, 7 pm–8 pm, Private Home

Three Core Sessions: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
• Wed, October 18: Personal Leadership in Times of Change and Uncertainty
• Wed, November 1: Building Board Engagement, Trust, and Shared Commitments
• Wed, November 15: Big Thinking and Generative Decision-Making: Co-Creating the Future

Millstone Presidents’ Circle Concluding Reception and Recognition: Wed, November 29

The core sessions and Presidents’ Circle will take place at the Kaplan-Feldman Complex, Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

The program is limited to two participants per Jewish organization with a maximum of 20 participants. Participation requires nomination by the CEO/executive, senior Rabbi, or board president.

About Leslie Peters





Leslie has provided counsel and training in organizational development, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership to for-profit and non-profit organizations for more than 25 years in St. Louis and across the country. She helps people and organizations unleash potential and create competitive advantage through leadership development, organizational values, and clarity, and adding big thinking and creativity to the work of boards. Leslie offers a fresh, innovative approach to reimaging generative decision-making, redefining organizational lay leadership, and elevating engagement at all levels of an organization. Leslie is also the author of Finding Time to Lead which combines what she has learned from having partnered with all kinds of leaders in all kinds of organizations, and what she has gleaned from reading LOTS of books about leadership, systems, community development, coaching, and about people and their stories. She also shares her own personal leadership journey, including her experience as president of a nonprofit board. Leslie’s advice and highly interactive training are practical and accessible, while also being challenging and thought-provoking. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Nomination Form

Note: Nominations received after September 6, 2023 will be placed on a waiting list.

Levy Fellows Nomination Form 2023

  • Nomination #1

  • Nomination #2


Application for Levy Fellows: Pilot Program, Fall 2023

  • Please verify your availability for the following sessions:

    Please note: The "Core Sessions" and the "Concluding Reception" will take place at the Kaplan-Feldman Complex, Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
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Q & A

What is the preferred number of participants for the pilot program?

  • 18 to 20 participants.

Who should participate?

  • Each organization decides who will be the best fit to participate and will benefit from being part of the 2024 cohort. Participants will range from new board members to experienced officers. We anticipate a wide range of roles, backgrounds and experiences.

 When are applications due and when will participants and their organizations be notified.

  • Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis

 Is there a plan to offer the Levy Fellows again in 2024?

  • Based on the level of interest and feedback, we hope that this program will continue into the future.

 What if the person I am nominating cannot attend all five sessions?

  • While we understand that emergencies happen, priority will be given to those who can attend at least the three core sessions.

What if the person nominated cannot follow through on participating after being accepted, can the organization nominate someone else?

  • Yes.

 Are there additional expectations of the participants?

  • We encourage participants to reach out to each other outside of the program, especially where there are common interests and roles.

Are there additional expectations of the senior managers or board presidents?

  • Everyone will be invited to the November 29 Presidents Circle and we hope that the organization’s Levy Fellow(s) will be invited to share their experiences with staff and the board.

 Is there a cost to the organization or the participants?

  • Levy Fellows is provided free of charge as a service of the Jewish Federation and thanks to support from Mont & Karen Levy and the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Resources and complimentary light meals will be provided to the participants at each of the three core sessions.
About Mont Levy





Mont Levy was president of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis from 1999-2001. Prior to board president he held the positions of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A decade later Mont launched the Federation’s Millstone Leadership Institute as the founding advisory committee chair, continuing to this day to advise staff on the importance of volunteer lay leadership development and board governance.

Locally with the JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) Mont served on the board and was one of the first members of the Jewish Fund for Human Needs. He also served as the Vice Chair of the National Interreligious Affairs Commission for the American Jewish Committee and chaired the regional office. Mont has shared his leadership on behalf of the Jewish community and interfaith endeavors locally, nationally, and internally.

In addition to significant service to the Jewish community, Mont has a passion for the arts. He is immediate past Chair of the Regional Arts Commission and has been a board member of the Opera Theater of St. Louis for over 10 years, is a longtime board member and past chair of the board for the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, and was an early board chair of Craft Alliance. He has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and has been an advocate for policies and training in all areas, especially taking a leadership role for equity and accessibility for all to participate in the arts.

Mont is also devoted to educational opportunities including board commitments to John Burroughs School board and Forsyth School. In his home community of Clayton, Mont was a board member of the Clayton Century Foundation. Professionally Mont worked for Buckingham Asset Management as a Principal and Wealth advisor for 23 years until his retirement. Prior to Buckingham, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Grand Center. Mont has been honored for his leadership, including by NCCJ with their Brotherhood-Sisterhood award. Both Mont Levy and his wife Karen Levy, also an active community leader, are both graduates of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Once Mont is engaged, he stays engaged both through public leadership roles as well as behind the scenes, offering his wisdom and supporting his passions through leadership and philanthropy.

Millstone Leadership Initiatives of Jewish Federation of St. Louis are made possible by the support of Mont & Karen Levy and the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.