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HISTORY OF THE GLASS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Sherwin Glass, a leading businessman and philanthropist in the Southeast, turned to ADL for help in 1966, when a public school teacher in rural Georgia, where he lived, crossed the line separating church and state. Over the next four decades, he became one of ADL’s strongest supporters.  In 1991, his daughter, Shana Amy Glass, was introduced to ADL when she attended the National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. She returned to Atlanta excited about ADL. To honor the memory of Shana, who died tragically in 1993, Sherwin endowed ADL’s Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

Around the same time, Leigh Steinberg, a nationally renowned sports agent and ADL lay leader from Orange County, California, wanted to provide that region with a leadership training program for young professionals in an effort to strengthen the Regional Board. In 2000, Leigh, happy with the outcome of that leadership program, increased his involvement with ADL by providing support for the Steinberg Leadership Institute in nine of ADL’s regions around the United States. Based upon the program’s success in 2001, he increased his funding for the Institute, which allowed the program to be operational in 20 ADL regions.

In 2004, shortly before Sherwin passed away, he committed to underwriting ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute so that emerging leaders throughout the country would be educated on ADL’s mission and agenda. Today we have programs in 21 ADL regions and continue to grow.
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