Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein believes in the power of individuals and groups to adapt and to creatively respond to challenges and opportunities they face in their work and lives. She draws on her expertise in Adaptive Leadership, Design Thinking, improv theater tools, and story-telling to create unique environments in which participants become willing to take risks, and experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving.

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She is the founding co-director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership’s Certificate in Facilitation, where she co-designed the curriculum and is on faculty. Maya is a founder of UpStart Lab, an incubator that supports innovation in nonprofit settings. In her decade of work at UpStart, she helped build the organization from inception to a now-thriving national nonprofit organization. She is currently on faculty of the Wexner Foundation, the Masa Leadership Center in Jerusalem, and Yeshivat Maharat, a womens Rabbinical school. Maya publishes widely, online, and in print, on the topic of innovation and change. She has lived and worked with communities in Israel, Belarus, China, and Germany. She graduated from Columbia College and has a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and is a 2012 recipient of the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize. Maya and her family live in Yonkers, where she steals time to swim, juggle, and write poetry.