Shifra Bronznick
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Shifra Bronznick collaborates with social change organizations on deepening their impact. Shifra has provided strategic counsel to dozens of organizations including Catalyst, Medicare Rights Center, Educational Alliance, National Council for Research on Women, Women Donors Network, AUBURN, Building Movement Project, the Revson Foundation, Women Moving Millions, and American Jewish World Service. The leadership consultant to the White House Project for a decade, Shifra designed its National Women’s Leadership Summits, established its Corporate Council, as well as “Women Rule,” a partnership with Oprah magazine. Her long-term action research projects at the Nathan Cummings Foundation resulted in the establishment of a Jewish social justice “roundtable” coalition comprised of all the significant organizations in the field.

Founder and President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, she is co-author with Didi Goldenhar and Marty Linsky of “Leveling the Playing Field.” She has been selected three times by the Forward newspaper as one of the fifty most influential Jews, and most recently received the 2013 Leading Light Award from the Future Work Institute. Shifra teaches strategic leadership in the Executive Masters in Public Administration program and has created many leadership development programs. Previously, Shifra was Executive Vice President of Swig, Weiler & Arnow, a major commercial real estate firm in New York.

Semester Course
Fall 2012 EXEC-GP.1194.002 Exec MPA Seminar: Strategic Leadership for Public Service Organizations

Only open to Executive MPA students.

Strategic Leadership is an advanced seminar designed to equip mid-career students with the tools, perspectives, and frameworks for executing high-impact strategy within mission-driven organizations. Topics include conceptual frameworks for understanding high impact organizations and the role of strategic leadership, analytical tools for developing and assessing strategy, approaches to working with stakeholders to mobilize commitment, and methods for leading change and achieving scale. We will explore a wide range of sources from established approaches to strategic planning and management to emerging practices such as narrative leadership and a campaign approach to change and will draw heavily on the experiences students bring to the classroom as well.

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Date Publication/Paper

Shifra Bronznick and Didi Goldenhar 2008. 21st Century Women's Leadership Research Center for Leadership in Action, October 2008
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This report - the product of a partnership between the White House Project and RCLA - gives a glimpse into candid discussions among top women executives about leadership styles, ambivalence about ambition, and the role race plays as women confront not just a single glass ceiling but a series of challenges in "the labyrinth of leadership."