Excel identifies and empowers the future leaders of the Jewish community and
encourages them to start making change today.
Excel is an enriching program that continues to engage its fellows long after the summer program ends. After completion of the Excel summer program, each Exceler becomes part of a global Excel Network, an ever-expanding community of passionate and driven people interested in a multitude of diverse interests.
With each passing year, the Excel community grows larger. Birthright Israel Excel aspires for Excel fellows to continue to be leaders in their fields, guided by Jewish values and with a committed support for Israel. Each and every Excel fellow is empowered to shape the future of the US and international Jewish community and to strengthen his/her connection to the State of Israel.
Excel fellows actively drive various forms of engagement, including fellow-organized professional events, philanthropic ventures, and social gatherings. Sample initiatives have included the following:
• Planning social impact trips and a national day of service
• Collaborated on startup initiatives
• Dialoguing around “Big Ideas” and societal challenges
• Meeting with regional business and technology advisors
• Planning and attending the annual Excel Alumni Leadership Conference
• Building a peer-to-peer global webinar series
• Spearheading local sponsored events
• Leading Birthright trips
• And so much more.
Excel Alumni...Where they are now
After graduation, Excel Fellows utilize the skills they learned at their internships
in Israel to navigate the world and continue to make a mark on their
alumni are working at the following companies:
Accenture | Amazon | Bain Consulting | Barclay’s | Citi | JP Morgan |
Bill of Rights Institute| Blackstone | Caesar’s Entertainment | Deloitte |
Epic Systems | Ernst & Young | Exxon Mobil | McGraw Hill| Mercer |
Morgan Stanley | Oliver Wyman Consulting |Vintage Investment Partners | Silver Lake
you have any further questions, please email us at info@BRIExcel.com.
North American Excel Leadership
The Excel fellowship experience is shaped by involved and passionate community members. Our current North American Fellows - Executive Board is comprised of the following individuals:
Benjamin Birnbaum, Mc Graw Hill Education, Excel Board Chairman
Rebecca Haft, Deloitte Consulting, Excel Board Vice Chair of Engagement
Avery Rosin, Lead Edge Capital, Excel Board Vice Chair of Excel Initiatives
Zachary Goldstein, Amazon.com, Excel Board Vice Chair of Strategic Partnerships
Rachel Kamenir, PwC, Excel Board Vice Chair of Board Operations
Ashley Bender, Arnold & Porter LLP, Excel Board Chair of Communications
Ethan Goldsmith, Roland Berger, Excel Board Chair of Philanthropy
Michael Weiss, Johns Hopkins University, Excel Board Chair of Professional Development
Brett Levine, Anchorage Capital Group, Excel Board Chair of Global Community and Recruiting
Benjamin Goldhaber & Leslie Liberman, Google & University of Texas, Excel Board Chairs of Social Initiatives
Todd Arfman, Silver Lake Partners, Excel Board Chair of Finance
I LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING WHAT I HAVE LEARNED HOME TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSSIONS STARTED IN ISRAEL WITH MY PEERS, AND HOPEFULLY HELP TO RESOLVE SOME OF THESE ISSUES THROUGH MY INVOLVEMENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE.
About the Annual Leadership Conference
The annual Excel Leadership Conference forms the nexus of the ongoing leadership development and relationship building available to the Excel community. Through the conference, fellows are given the rare opportunity to meet and hear from prominent business leaders, politicians and educators who have made a lasting impact on the world. Past conference speakers have included Howard Lutnick, Seth Merrin, Jane Rosenthal, Cory Booker, Michael Steinhardt, Dennis Ross, Bennett Golub, and Yossi Vardi to name a few.
In addition to being inspired by world-class speakers, the conference encourages and enables Excel fellows to take an active role in community leadership by exploring Jewish identity and Israel connections, imparting values and discussing social responsibility, and providing professional skills workshops and networking opportunities. All Excel fellows are expected to make attending the annual conference a priority and to plan accordingly.
View a sample conference event schedule
The biggest impact that Excel had on me is that it helped me to be introspective about my career goals and personal values. Learning from each of the speakers has been nice, and networking has been relevant, but the most valuable piece has been about setting values within my career goals.
Excel has challenged me to be more involved philanthropically. I have always been “involved” but that used to only mean networking. Now I do good things for other people just because they are good things. It has also helped me build a stronger connection to the Jewish community, which I am certain would not have happened without Excel.
– Excel Fellow