Ilisa Cappell

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Ilisa believes that inspired, informed, and supported Jewish day school leaders are the key to healthy schools. As the Senior Vice President, Engagement at Prizmah, Ilisa works to help sustain and advance Jewish day school leadership through coaching and through serving as the director of YOU Lead, Prizmah’s signature leadership development program. Ilisa is a former head of school, an alumna of Cohort 4 of DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute), and a sought after leadership coach with over 18 years of experience in Jewish education. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and holds a master’s in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Ilisa earned her certificate of nonprofit board consulting from BoardSource and consults regularly with schools on governance. She is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile™ and earned a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University. Ilisa is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Ilisa is deeply committed to developing strong lay-head partnerships and creating conditions in schools where leaders can thrive.

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The Weight of Unspoken Expectations

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Governance, Prizmah Thought Leadership, Professional Leadership
Thanks to numerous leadership initiatives, there are more opportunities than ever before for committed Jewish leaders to gain the credentials and connections

Sharing a Sacred Responsibility

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Governance, Prizmah Thought Leadership
In this issue of Kaleidoscope, we have the opportunity to hear from leaders of our Jewish day schools and yeshivot. We thank

Partnerships for New Head Success

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Professional Leadership
The first year of the Jewish day school headship is a challenging and pivotal moment in a leader's career, and supporting new

YOU Lead at 10 Years: Shaping a Field of Adaptive and Empowered Leaders

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Professional Leadership
YOU Lead at 10 Years: Shaping a Field of Adaptive and Empowered Leaders

Prizmah Staff Reflect on Their Experiences in School Leadership

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Prizmah Thought Leadership, Professional Leadership
Although the work of school leadership brings tremendous rewards and satisfaction, it also often brings great stress and loneliness. Four Prizmah staffers

Winning Deep

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Professional Leadership

Hayidion Articles

Uncovering Pathways to Progress: Lessons from Prizmah’s Orthodox Women in Leadership Initiatives

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Unearthing Pathways to Progress: Prizmah’s Orthodox Women in Leadership Initiatives

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Leading from Within

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