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Pre-Assignments for the Wexner Gender Summit

To be completed before October 27, 2019


When the Summit occurs, we'd like all attendees to have the same knowledge of basic facts, figures and best practices about the current state of affairs in both Israel and the North American Jewish community regarding gender equity in the work place and some other thoughts on safety, respect and policy. The readings and assignments below will give you a common vocabulary and knowledge in order to enrich your conversations with one another. In that spirit we ask everyone to complete the following assignments in advance of the summit:


Estimated total reading and prep time to complete all 9 assignments will be approximately 2 hours



Please read these two articles:  

1.“The Gender Index: Gender Inequality in Israel, 2018," by The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS), Van Leer Jerusalem Institute  

2. “The Gender Gap At Jewish Non-Profits Is Bad — And Getting Worse," by Larry Cohler-Esses  



Please read this article: 

3. The SafetyRespectEquity (SRE) Coalition is a Jewish coalition working to ensure safe, respectful and equitable Jewish workplaces and communal spaces by addressing sexual harassment, sexism and gender discrimination. There will be more information at the summit for how your organization can commit to these standards and meanwhile, please click here to review them in advance of the summit. 

For Hebrew readers, this one too: 

"Employers Duties for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment According to the Israeli Law- Is there a Reason to Bother?" by Sharon Avraham Weiss



Please read this article:

4. “We Too," by Shifra Bronznick, Barbara Dobkin and Rabbi Joanna Samuels



As mentioned in our orientation call, we will have two sessions at our summit where outside faculty (from Inclusion Ventures) will help us learn more about bias, both conscious and unconscious, as barriers to equity in the work place.

Please read or listen to "Listening with your Eyes" from Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell:

         5. To read in English, Click HERE

         5.  To read in Hebrew, Click HERE

         5. Or listen to Malcolm Gladwell read the excerpt by clicking HERE  

6. Optional To Do: When you are finished listening to or reading the Blink excerpt, try one of these "Implicit Association Tests" from Harvard University: click here and choose one.


Inclusion Ventures Sessions

Think back on your life experience. How does it shape your view of the world? Your behavior in your workplace, leadership and social life? How might your worldview seep into the decisions you make and the initiatives you support? Most people know intellectually that inclusion and diversity are "good for business" not just mission. But how can you ensure your behaviors align with your intentions, in order to create an inclusive culture and optimal outcomes in your organization(s)? Our sessions together will help you gain the 3 C’s of inclusive leadership - commitment, competence, and confidence as we work to:

  •  Increase individual awareness around the impact of perspective and bias. Raise awareness of how our identities and perspectives influence our relationships, interactions, and work
  • Practice recognizing and implementing guardrails to counteract biases in daily work
  • Learn concrete frameworks, skills, and a shared language, and practice these in real-time
  • Make an actionable and measurable commitment toward creating a culture where everyone can thrive
  • Create a solid foundation for ongoing, meaningful interactions for the remainder of the Summit and well beyond.

Please read these 3 articles:

7. Intro to Unconscious Bias in the Workplace. This short and newsy handout provides an overview of some of the most prevalent biases that affect workplaces. As you read the handout consider where you see them showing up at work. You will use the information during a small group discussion.

8. Unconscious Bias Self-Study Overview. This document walks through the research on what unconscious bias is, how it shows up at work, and what you can do to mitigate it. We will incorporate your take-away's from this handout during our sessions.

9. Lenses. How we view the world and how others may view us impacts our work and interactions. Which lenses are at play for you? Review the document to learn more about lenses and their impact. During our time together, you will identify and share some of your different lenses. You will also see the impact of when various lenses are and are not present.

code of conduct:

10. Every participant will be asked to read and sign The Wexner Foundation's Code of Conduct at the Summit. Given the importance of this document and that each participant will be expected to adhere to its terms and conditions, we encourage you to read it in advance of the summit. 

In addition, we are starting an additional reading/resource list here (for extra credit) and encourage you to add to it by sharing articles and resources in our WhatsApp Group.