Millstone Institute plans leadership seminar, workshop series

Ellen Kagen Waghelstein

The Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership is sponsoring IMPACT: Enhancing Organizational Leadership, a series for board members, professionals and volunteers in the St. Louis Jewish community. The program includes a half-day seminar and choice of three workshops, each of which will be offered at two different dates/times to accommodate schedules.  

The seminar, “Leadership with Impact,” will be facilitated by Ellen Kagen Waghelstein, director of the Georgetown Leadership Program. Participants will learn tools for decision-making and ways to create authentic change in their organizations and businesses. The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 and again from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 4.

The three workshops include:

• “Communicating for Impact,” presented by Joan Denison, executive director of Covenant-CHAI Apartments; from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 and again from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 Participants will learn how to craft a message, eliminate excess words and tap into emotional content. Denison spent 20 years as a corporate trainer before becoming a nonprofit executive.

• “Relationship Building for Impact,” with Ed Reggi, project manager at the Nine Network of Public Media and actor, activist and teacher at COCA; from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 and again from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 15.  Reggi will show ways to energize meetings, develop creative ideas and strengthen commitments to their organizations.

• “Fundraising for Impact,” presented by Rae Ringel, executive coach and national leadership trainer with the Ringel Group; from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23 and again that evening from 7 to 9 p.m.  Ringel will share how volunteers and donors can live their passions while fulfilling their organization’s mission. 

The half-day seminar costs $35 and includes lunch.  All workshops are free of charge.  All events will be held at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. To register for one or all programs, go to For more information, contact Marci Mayer Eisen, Millstone Institute Director, at 314-442-3810 or [email protected].

Millstone Institute for Jewish Leadership programs are made possible by support from the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Millstone Foundation, Mont and Karen Levy and the Bill Solomon family.