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For MBA Admissions Contact:

Dean: Rhoda Weisman, 310-440-1259,
Administrative Assistant: Lauren Jacobs, 310-440-1279,  

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Rhoda Weisman is Dean of the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management at American Jewish University (AJU). In this role, Rhoda takes the helm of the premier, values-driven, nonprofit MBA program in Southern California. The program educates and places the next generations of leaders dedicated to effecting social change through innovation, new skill sets, and an ever-growing knowledge base. Graduates progress into higher level leadership positions as well as becoming Executive Directors and C-Suite professionals. Increasingly, they are becoming founders of new organizations that meet pressing social needs of our time. The MBA program caters to working professionals who learn from outstanding faculty who, themselves, are leaders and change-makers in their fields.

Rhoda specializes in talent and leadership development in the workplace at all levels. She advises and coaches organizations to hire, train, retain and leverage their best talent, greatly increase their community impact, and plan for succession creatively. A recognized expert in “next generation” talent development, Rhoda has been at the forefront of innovation for the Jewish community.

Rhoda was the Founding Executive Director of the Professional Leaders Project (PLP), conceptualized in 2004 to address the talent crisis in the Jewish community. PLP became a model for developing and mentoring next generation leaders and “turning Jewish leadership over to the next generation.” Both the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times dubbed her a trendsetter in leadership training and development.

Previously, during more than a decade as Chief Creative Officer at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Rhoda envisioned and co-founded 15 national and global ventures for college students, and Gen X and Y alumni. Ventures included the inaugural Hillel Birthright Israel program and Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corp. Rhoda coached and trained thousands of professionals, students and volunteer leaders in community-building and engagement techniques still utilized and taught today. Graduates from the ventures Rhoda spearheaded are professional/volunteer leaders in Jewish and secular life across the globe.