Prominent business leaders and educators will convene in New York City this weekend for the Birthright Israel Excel Fellows fourth annual retreat.
Ninety-five Excel Fellows will engage students in such topics as leadership, business and the global economy, community and social responsibility, and Jewish identity, at the conference titled, “Global Connections: Building Business and Community.”
Birthright Israel Excel is a highly competitive leadership program that selects 40 talented business and technology students each year. The Excel fellows spend 10 weeks during the summer in Israel and intern at a prominent multinational, global Israeli company within a wide range of industries including finance, venture capital, consulting, high-tech, bio-tech and social media.
Throughout the summer, the Excel Fellows engage with distinguished Israeli leaders from the business, technology, political and philanthropic arenas. They also get to spend the summer with talented Israeli peers, who are either officers in the IDF or students from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Upon completion of the summer programming, the Excel Fellows enter the post-fellowship stage of the program in the United States, where their network expands to include leading American business people, as well as Birthright Israel Excel Alumni through the annual leadership conference, a mentoring program and additional opportunities throughout the year. The program currently consists of 130 alumni in the US and Canada and 130 Israeli Peers alums.
Featured speakers include: