Mayberg Center Past Events


Conversations That Matter

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  • Dr. Erica Brown, Director, GWU's Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Imam, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
  • Senior Pastor Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, Foundry Methodist Church

The Freedom of Forgiveness: Perspectives from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

September 2020

Moderated by David Gregory, Former Host of NBC's "Meet the Press"

The Mayberg Center hosted a "Conversations that Matter" event where experts discussed what our faith traditions can teach us in this difficult moment for our nation. 

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Leadership Lunches


Conversations on Inclusive Leadership

Hosted by Dr. Erica Brown, [former] Director of the Mayberg Center and moderator of the Take Your Soul to Work Podcast

Fitzgerald Haney

Ambassador Fitzgerald Haney
"Negotiating a Black Jewish Identity in Complex Times" 
March 17, 2021

Ambassador Haney served as the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017. He has had a distinguished career as an American Diplomat and international businessman and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and conversational French. He has served on a number of non-profit and community boards such as the Foundation of Jewish Culture (co-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer); Ayecha, a resource organization for Jews of Color and as an appointed member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. 

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Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann
"Being Heumann: Promoting Everyone's Abilities" 
April 7, 2021

Judith Heumann International Disability Rights activist. Author (with Kristen Joiner), Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. Featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production. Senior Fellow, at the Ford Foundation (2017-2019), wrote “Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media”. Served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations.

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Isaiah Rothstein

Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein
"Working for Diversity" 
May 10, 2021

Isaiah Rothstein is a Jew of Color born and raised in Monsey, NY. Isaiah is pulled towards building platforms for Jews of all backgrounds to celebrate their identities and affinities-together. Isaiah received rabbinic ordination and master of social work from Yeshiva University. During his spare time, Isaiah enjoys writing music, biking and philosophizing about the future of American Jewry Currently, Isaiah serves as the Rabbi-in-residence for Hazon and Be’chol Lashon and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Academic Engagement Network
through its Improving the Campus Climate Initiative (ICCI)


Previous Leadership Lunches

Marty Linsky

Dr. Marty Linsky

"Leadership and Maintaining a Sacred Heart"

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Marco Greenberg

Marco Greenberg

"Going Primitive: A New Theory of Leadership"