Applications For 2020 Statland Leadership Institute Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Dr. Harry & Alice Statland Leadership Institute (SLI). The program is open to young Jewish professionals who are looking to explore their Jewish identity, develop their leadership skills and connect with the Jewish community in a meaningful way.

A collaborative effort between Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and TribeKC, SLI is a concentrated, six-month program. It offers participants the opportunity to work through the steps of becoming a Jewish leader, from breaking down barriers to getting involved to taking action and building a community that is represented by all generations.

“The professional development sessions were great because they tied our development to Jewish themes, like tikkun olam,” said Courtney Landy, a 2019 SLI participant. “They really helped us understand our leadership styles, motivation and networking acumen.”

The program also includes experiential opportunities such as volunteering with a Jewish organization, networking and connecting with community leaders, shadowing a board meeting and meeting one-on-one with a community leader.

In addition, SLI provides the opportunity to meet and engage with leaders outside of the Jewish community. Earlier this year, U.S. House Representative Sharice Davids spoke with SLI participants about her leadership journey and the challenges she faced as a freshman member of Congress.

“Our inaugural program was very successful, and we received great feedback from our participants,” said Molly Hess, TribeKC’s Community Connector. “We’re looking forward to further shaping and growing Statland and what it has to offer young professionals.”

The SLI 2020 session will run from January to June. Applications are open now through November 30; they are available at The program is limited to 15 participants. Participants will be selected based on their application and interview. For more information, contact Hess at or 913.353.6779.