[by Phyllis Shaikun]
Justin Sadle, teen and assistant camp director for grades 6-12 for the Jewish Community of Louisville at the Jewish Community Center and regional director of the Kentucky-Indiana-Ohio Region of BBYO, Inc. (formerly the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization until its separation from B’nai B’rith international in 2002), has added the word “student” to his list of duties and he couldn’t be happier about it. He grew up at the JCC and has been working there professionally since 2006.
As part of BBYO’s pledge to change the lives of Jewish teens and the lives of the professionals who work with them, Sadle was offered the opportunity to enroll in the organization’s new Professional Development Institute (PDI), which provides BBYO professionals with fully-funded Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees through a partnership with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (ranked 15th of all public and private business schools in the most recent Business Week MBA rankings). He also will earn a certificate in informal Jewish education from Hebrew College in Boston. Sadle currently holds a Master’s Degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky.
“I feel lucky to be able to participate in such a ground-breaking program in the Jewish community,” said Sadle, who began the three-year program this summer. “BBYO obviously cares deeply about the individuals who are responsible for running their programs and understands that by investing in us, they are investing in Jewish teens around the world. I am excited to take the knowledge I gain from the Kelley School and Hebrew College and apply it to my work with teens and the JCL (Jewish Community of Louisville) now. I look forward to the professional development I will gain from this program.” He has committed to work with BBYO for three years while earning his advanced degrees.
The PDI was made possible by a major grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco. The Foundation awarded BBYO up to $2.5 million to implement a major professional leadership development initiative intended to positively impact not only BBYO, but the entire Jewish professional ranks. BBYO launched the program in the summer of 2008 with a group of 14 professionals. Sadle is one of 11 colleagues making up the third and final cohort of the program.