The Jewish Executive Leadership Conference, sAN FRANCISCO


Join San Francisco's largest interactive networking forum for Jewish graduate students, young executives, and industry leaders.

The Jewish Executive Leadership Conference is San Francisco’s largest interactive networking forum bringing high-level Jewish executives together with Jewish MBA and law students, young professionals, and entrepreneurs. Join hundreds of graduate students as they gather to hear experienced executives, who are also community leaders, impact upon them their career successes and the importance of young community leadership.

Our 1st JEL Conference SFwill be held on January 26, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. This year’s Conference will features keynote speakers along with approximately 50 other executive panelists representing leaders in the finance, legal services, entertainment, startup, technology, and real estate industries.


The JEL Conference SF


Keynote Speaker

We're excited to announce our keynote speaker for the 2020 conference. Mr. Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement.

In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in areas that include trustworthy journalism & information security, voter protection, women in technology, and veterans & military families. At its core, all of Newmark’s philanthropic work helps to strengthen American democracy by supporting the values that the country aspires to – fairness, opportunity, and respect.

Newmark serves on the board of directors of a number of organizations, including Blue Star Families, the Center for Public Integrity, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, Girls Who Code, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American, Poynter Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, VetsinTech, and Women in Public Service Project. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review and on the advisory board of nearly twenty other nonprofit organizations, including DonorsChoose.org, EFF, New America Foundation, Voto Latino, Wikimedia Foundation, and Women Who Tech.

In 1995, Newmark started curating a list of San Francisco arts and technology events, which he personally emailed to friends and colleagues. People were soon calling it "Craig's List," and when Newmark turned it into a company, he monetized it minimally, opting for a business model that prioritized "doing well by doing good." In 2015, craigslist received an award from the FBI for collaborating with the bureau to help prevent human trafficking. Today, more than 5 billion ads have been posted on the site, the vast majority for free. Newmark has not been involved in the day-to-day management of the company since 2000.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Newmark earned degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in San Francisco and New York City and enjoys birdwatching, science fiction, and Dad jokes. Newmark travels the country speaking about the initiatives he supports, and he uses Twitter to further get the word out – and share photos of birds.

Our Speakers

Presenters have included such A-list luminaries as Shari Redstone (Viacom), Ron Meyer (NBCUniversal), Alan Horn (Disney), Gene Simmons (KISS), Scooter Braun (SB Projects), Elaine Wynn (Wynn Resorts), and Craig Newmark (Craigslist).

To view an extensive list of some of our past speakers, click the link below.

View Past Speakers


2020 Panelists


In addition to our featured VIP speakers, the following attorneys and executives are slated to attend our Networking Hour exclusive to Conference participants:

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The JEL Conference SF proudly showcases a full range of San Francisco’s premier Jewish nonprofits, such as and others, who present volunteering and leadership opportunities to conference participants.

In this way, the JEL Conference SF represents the pinnacle of JGSI’s trademark fusion of Jewish community leadership with business acumen, effectively inspiring Jewish graduate students and young professionals to become active leaders of the Jewish community while simultaneously helping their own careers through the speakers’ invaluable advice.


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