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June 18: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Workshop for Northern Israel's Future Leaders


Ken Walters

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Workshop
For Northern Israel's Future Leaders    

PITTSBURGH—Future Arab and Jewish leaders will join together at Carnegie Mellon University June 17–26 for the GaliLead Project, an ambitious effort to educate and develop a new generation of leaders for the Galilee region of Northern Israel.     

The project hopes to foster social change and reform that improves the quality of life in the region for Arabs and Jews. Carnegie Mellon helped to design and deliver the leadership workshop curriculum, along with Arab and Jewish leaders in Israel, and with leaders at the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh and United Jewish Communities.    

"Education brings peoples and cultures together, and this project is a great example of that," said Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon's provost and senior vice president. "The workshop offers leaders a place where they can learn and develop different ways of resolving conflicts and create positive social change for the region."    

The workshop offers sessions in several areas, including cultural change in leadership, the influence of social networks, negotiation and conflict resolution, and leadership assessment and improvement.

"Carnegie Mellon has experience in developing educational programs and fostering social change in many international settings, including Latin America, India, Singapore and Qatar," said Paul Goodman, the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Tepper School of Business. "Our organizational researchers have a wealth of expertise in leadership, change negotiation and conflict resolution."    

The program will be attended by 21 students who are first-year fellows in the GaliLead Project. In addition to attending the workshop, students will tour Pittsburgh, visit with local leaders and talk about how the project can promote social change in Galilee.