Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She also consults for non-profits and serves as the community scholar for The Jewish Center in Manhattan. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she directed its Jewish Leadership Institute. She also held that position at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, is a recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education and the 2012 Bernie Reisman Award (Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University). Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She lectures and writes widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership and lives with her husband and children in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Erica is the author of 11 books. Her forthcoming book is Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet (fall, 2017). She is the author of Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership (Simon and Schuster, December 2015) and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books are Leadership in the Wilderness (OU/Koren), Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and co-author of The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (all through Jewish Lights), In the Narrow Places: Daily Inspiration for the Three Weeks (OU Press/Koren) and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (OU/Koren) and Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada (OU/Koren). She writes a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week and London’s Jewish Chronicle and has blogged for JTA, Psychology Today and Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day @DrEricaBrown. She also writes Weekly Jewish Wisdom. Access her articles at ericabrown.com.
Lynda Katz Wilner, a Corporate Communication Specialist and Maryland licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and founder of Successfully Speaking which is located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan are. . She is a Preferred Trainer with LDS & Associates providing professional training in Accented Speech and is certified by the Institute of Language to conduct training with the Compton P-ESL program. In 2006, Lynda and her colleague, Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, formed a joint venture, ESL RULES, LLC, to present workshops and produce and distribute their unique training materials for accent modification and communication training. Lynda is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been working with clients for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Science from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), ATD-Maryland (American Society of Training and Development), CHRA (Chesapeake Human Resources Association), ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association), MSHA (Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association), and was the Vice President of CORSPAN (Corporate Speech Pathology Network) from 2005-2006.
Shira Levy, NCSP, MAPP is the founder of Baltimore Thrives (BMORE Thrives) http://www.bmorethrives.org/, a local Maryland-based organization which aims to improve professional wellbeing and thriving, through workshops, coaching, counseling, and organizational consulting. She has been a school psychologist for the past 11 years and received her Master of Applied Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania, founded by Dr. Martin Seligman, the “Father of Positive Psychology.” Her passion is helping to create flourishing individuals and positive organizations.