How many times on these pages have we suggested to JFNA Board Chair Kathy Manning and CEO Jerry Silverman that JFNA recreate the federations' Oak Brook, Illinois "Retreat" convening federation leaders, academics, the Streams and thought leaders from outside the system? I count five times. And how many times have we been ignored...I would guess...five times. A leading thought leader, Steve Windmueller had an even more detailed construct for JFNA -- he was ignored as well.
So who/what is holding a Future of Jewish Nonprofit Summit? Well, it ain't JFNA. With confirmed speakers ranging from "Eliyahu HaGiloni, Prophet, ProphetWanderer," to Kosha Dillz, Rapper, Shamspeed Records. (I am not making this up), to Steve Clark, SVP, British Airways (?), Rabbi Motti Seligman, Media Relations, Chabad, to Wiliam Daroff (you know him -- apparently invited as the major Tweeter in the Jewish nfp world), it should be interesting and very "cutting edge."
I know -- many of you still think that I am making this up -- oh you skeptics -- go to http://www.fojnp.com/ and read the speakers list, the Schedule and register -- then attend and hear Daroff serve on a Panel on "Social Media Successes;" and see the Topics Currently Planned including "Government Data Opening While Jewish Data Is Closing" (huh?), "How to Hire, Fire & Motivate. Plus the Gen Y Phenomenon" (this is a must just to observe how these topics are tied together); and other even more relevant Topics. If you don't wish to go to the website, just tweet William Daroff.
I know -- I am a dinosaur but, Jeez, Kosher Dillz, Rapper, and William Daroff?? Forget I ever suggested a leadership conclave -- this is the real GA.