The Glass Leadership Institute 

The Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute (GLI) is a nationally recognized leadership development program designed to give a select group of young professionals an up-close and personal view into the programs, policies and expertise of the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations organization. This ten month program serves as a comprehensive introduction to ADL and a chance to become part of an impressive circle of young professionals in the Washington, DC region.

Founded in 1997 in Orange County, California as the Steinberg Leadership Institute, GLI was later endowed by Sherwin and Shirley Glass of Atlanta, Georgia in honor and memory of their daughter, Shana, and renamed the Glass Leadership Institute. Today, GLI is now in 24 regions across the nation and has engaged over 3,700 individuals who are knowledgeable about ADL’s work, committed to ensuring the organization’s vitality and effectively advocating the mission of ADL – to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all.

GLI participants engage in nearly a year of dynamic, interactive sessions on a broad range of ADL topics. The culmination of GLI is the annual National Leadership Conference in Washington DC, where participants have the opportunity to hear from national ADL leaders and partners from leading civil rights and human relations organizations, as well as meet with legislators on Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of the League. The National Leadership Conference is attended by hundreds of GLI participants and ADL leaders from across the country.
ADL invests over $2,500 in each GLI participant to take part in the National Leadership Conference and attend monthly sessions and regional events.


The Glass Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.

Over the years, the Washington, D.C. GLI program has engaged hundreds of young leaders in the mission of ADL. Our alumni have gone on to serve in leadership roles within and outside of the organization. From Washington, D.C. Regional Board members to award winning thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and legal superstars, GLI continues to attract Washington, D.C.’s best and brightest.


The Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum of the Glass Leadership Institute includes:

  • Monitoring, Tracking & Combatting Hate Groups, Terrorism & Extremism
  • Anti-Semitism: Local, Regional, National & Global Incidents and How ADL Responds
  • Church/State Issues: Separation of Church & State, Faith-Based Initiatives, Religion in Public Schools & More
  • Anti-Bias and Divsersity Education in Schools, Workplaces & Communities
  • Policy Development & Legislative Initiatives
  • Law Enforcement Resources, Support & Training
  • Security Awareness for Religious Institutions and the Community
  • Interfaith and Intergroup Affairs
  • Support for Israel


Special Topics

Sessions will also cover special topics of ADL. Special topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Media Relations
  • Cyber Hate and the Internet
  • Immigration
  • Holocaust Education
  • Leadership & Development
  • Islamic Affairs