Sara Shapiro Plevan
As the CEO and Founder of Gender Equity in Hiring Project (GEiHP), Sara is all about relationships. Her essential focus: considering the way relationships influence the ability to improve our practice, understand our work, and engage effectively with others as we build sustainable communities and workplaces. Sara consults primarily with Jewish organizations to develop a networked, collaborative culture, support alignment with vision, and shift from hierarchy to flatter, networked organizational structures. As part of her work, Sara coaches individuals and teams as they imagine change, inextricably intertwined with the continuum of relationships and connections that make up our communities and workplaces.
Sara is the founder of Rimonim Consulting and is a doctoral candidate in The William Davidson Graduate School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her work and research aim to enable individuals, teams and communities to understand how they best work in relationship so that they might begin to shift their capacity to work in a productive, connected way to realize their–and their communities’–hopes and dreams. A passionate network weaver and facilitator, Sara works to build relationships to both cultivate and leverage connections to catalyze and generate positive change.
She holds a BA in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University and an MA in Jewish Education from JTS, and was a fellow in the Senior Educators Program of the Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora at Hebrew University. She is a mikveh guide and volunteer at ImmerseNYC, New York’s Jewish community mikveh, currently serves on the board of the Network for Research in Jewish Education and serves on the steering committee of the Jewish Community Consultants Network. Sara serves on the advisory committee for Ta’amod: Transforming Jewish Workplaces, which seeks to help Jewish communal institutions and all who work, learn, or worship at them develop cultures of safety, respect, and equity. She also serves on the advisory committee of Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network.