Women and Leadership

Finding Your Voice and Your Vision


April 4,2011, 9am - 11am

"As a woman executive who came up through the ranks, beginning my career at the Educational Alliance as a union social worker, it was critical that I find my voice and my vision for moving the organization into the 21st century. When I became the senior professional officer of the organization the agency was in serious financial trouble. In this workshop I will outline my evolution from being a soft spoken family therapist and clinical supervisor to becoming a strong manager, board developer, fundraiser, public speaker, and agency visionary. I will discuss how I evolved from being an introvert comfortable in groups no larger than a handful to the organization’s primary spokesperson. I will discuss what it took to bring the Educational Alliance from a $20 million dollar agency primarily dependent on government grants to a $34 million dollar agency that is successfully completing a $47 million dollar capital campaign, tripled their private philanthropic support in the past 5 years and has increasing presence in the media."

The Educational Alliance, is a network of community centers offering social, educational, cultural and recreational services, programs, and events to the diverse population of Downtown Manhattan for 122 years. Ms. Bernstein has been with the agency for 23 years, starting as a social worker and then holding a number of key senior management positions. She became President and CEO in 2000.

The Alliance has remained vital under Ms. Bernstein's leadership by keeping its finger on the pulse of Downtown Manhattan, and then having the flexibility and strength of purpose to adapt. With a richness that mirrors the diversity of our neighborhoods, The Educational Alliance offers early childhood education, after-school offerings, health & fitness programs, art classes, addiction and mental health services, senior housing and more to 50,000 people every year.

Ms. Bernstein holds an M.S.W. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration and an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was the director of the Rivertowns Family Center of the Yonkers Jewish Community Center, and was a therapist with Chicago’s Jewish Family and Community Service, Red Cross and Travelers Aid Society, and a psychotherapist in private practice. She is a board member of The United Jewish Council of the Lower East Side.

The registration fee for this event is $35. To register, please see the links below.