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VSAE ConneXions

Virginia Society of Association Executives

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An original podcast series focused on the interconnectivity of Virginia’s association community, engaging in conversations with VSAE members about life, work, and the communities they serve.
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Exploring our close links with Israel and delves into the news behind the news and aims to provide detailed analysis of important current political, social and cultural issues to do with Israel. In collaboration with experts from all walks of life, who specialise in various aspects of Israel’s political life, arts and culture you can hear in depth interviews delving into issues affecting Israel, on topics to do with Israelis and their involvements around the world.
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The Inspiration North Podcast

James Eves and Michelle Minnikin

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Inspiring stories from inspirational people, who have found their passion: their true north! Take inspiration from people who have been there, experienced the same, and taken action to create a more fulfilling life in line with their values and passion. Learn about what helped them and what they did to create the momentum. Change takes time but listen to our weekly episodes for a shot of inspiration! There are so many toxic messages around what success looks like, which can leave us feeling ...
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) has reported a 738% increase “in antisemitic attacks on Jewish Australians” since Oct 7th. I speak with Alex Ryvchin, co-CEO of the ECAJ about the avalanche of antisemitism we are experiencing in Australian society today. (0:31-37:10) Air Doctor connects travelers to a global network of over 25,000 p…
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The situation on our university campuses has worsened with anti-Israel protests continuing unabated. I speak with Ilya Somin, who is a law professor at George Mason University, the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and a blogger for the Volokh Conspiracy He has written a couple of articles Student Movements Are …
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In this episode, we talk to Michelle Runge, CAE, director of chapter relations with the American Inns of Court and VSAE board member. Michelle shares her journey into the association profession, highlighting her dedication to fostering community and hospitality. We delve into her involvement in VSAE and the significance of being part of this organi…
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Many countries including Canada and Australia have now resumed funding UNRWA, despite all of the explosive revelations about UNRWA's complicity with Hamas. Both my guests this week are involved in initiatives to redress this injustice. Richard Marceau is Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJ…
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The Australian Academic Alliance Against Antisemitism (5A) comprising a network of 250 academics, working across 26 Australian universities and medical centres, from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, cultural identities, and religious affiliations, aims to counteract antisemitism in the tertiary sector and medical and research affiliates through ed…
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John Lockwood, the chairman of an Australian pro-Israel Christian organisation called Kingdom Builders, is partnering with Jewish community organsations and the Global Israeli Leadership. John founded the Southern Cross Alliance for Israel, which started 5 years ago in an effort to bring Jews and Christians together in support of Israel and to comb…
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Ralph Seliger has been a left-wing Zionist activist since the 1980s. He's edited and written widely for print and online platforms, usually on Israel and Jewish-related topics. His current focus is as co-editor of The Third Narrative, a website dedicated to a nuanced perspective on Israel, defending its existence and security, while also advocating…
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism happens to be Professor Ben Saul, Challis Chair of International Law, Sydney Law School and Elected Academic Fellow, The University of Sydney Senate. In this complete interview with Professor Ben Saul we wrestled…
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Eitan Drori OAM joined me in the studio live speaking with Ahal Besorai, an Israeli Certified Forum Facilitator and Coach and British lawyer, who currently lives in the Phillipines. Ahal, born in Kibbutz Be'eri, is a former officer in an IDF Navy Commando unit and a chairman of the Young President Organization (YPO) London Chapter. Ahal's younger s…
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The recently appointed CEO of the Zionist Federation of Australia Alon Cassuto is responsible for leading the organisation through the most challenging times being faced by Australia’s Jewish community. Cassuto is an accomplished lawyer and management consultant. Born and raised in Jerusalem, the former youth movement madrich (leader), AUJS and Isr…
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Born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror Darwish is an internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker. His extensive body of work spreads over multiple topics and forms - character-driven journeys, experiment biographies, investigative docs, and historical epics, have won him international recognition an…
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Understanding the world is harder than ever. There is too much information, too much propaganda, and too much virtue signalling. Moral Clarity: Truths in Politics and Culture is a vehicle to speak truth to nonsense. Nachum Kaplan holds a degree in politics from Monash University in his native Australia and has spent 30 years working as a journalist…
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Born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror Darwish is an internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker. His extensive body of work spreads over multiple topics and forms - character-driven journeys, experiment biographies, investigative docs, and historical epics, have won him international recognition an…
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In this episode, we talk with Sam Richter, one of the world's foremost sales intelligence and digital reputation experts, award-winning speaker and bestselling author. As the closing keynote speaker at this year's VSAE Annual Conference, May 5-7 in Norfolk, Sam provides insights into gaining intel secrets to grow your organization. Tune in for a sn…
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𝐋𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐊𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 - is the acting Head of Philanthropy for the Victor Smorgon Group and the Founder of Impact Outfit, a family office advisory group. She has just returned from a trip to Israel. Lillian is passionate about working with individual investors and family offices to help them align their personal values with their philanthropic and business…
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Israel had to change its entry for Eurovision because its original selection 'October Rain' was deemed to be too political. Now Eden Golan will be singing 'Hurricane' and I spoke with Israeli Eurovision expert Amir Alon about Israel's prospects at Eurovision 2024. Alon Amir was slated to be a judge before the Estonian pre-Eurovision contest, a posi…
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Dr. Dan Diker is president of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs and a Senior Fellow and longtime Director of the Counter-Political Warfare Project at the Jerusalem Center, former Secretary-General of the World Jewish Congress and Research Fellow of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism at Reichman University (formerly IDC, Herzliy…
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Joseph Braude is a Middle East scholar and author, who is the founder and president of the Centre for Peace Communications, which works through media, schools, and centres of spiritual and moral leadership in the Middle East and North Africa to roll back divisive ideologies and foster a mindset of inclusion and engagement. A year ago I spoke to Jos…
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Gidi Grinstein is an Israeli societal entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Reut Group), a non-partisan not-for-profit research, strategy and leadership group. He helped to found TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers, a global nonprofit that aids the disabled, elderly and poor. Gidi has been involved in peacemaking in the Middle East region since 1995 and is ab…
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Gidi Grinstein is an Israeli societal entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Reut Group), a non-partisan not-for-profit research, strategy and leadership group. He helped to found TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers, a global nonprofit that aids the disabled, elderly and poor. Gidi has been involved in peacemaking in the Middle East region since 1995 and is ab…
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𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑮𝒂𝒛𝒂 𝑾𝒂𝒓 (Lessons from Oslo) Gidi Grinstein is an Israeli societal entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Reut Group), a non-partisan not-for-profit research, strategy and leadership group. He helped to found TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers, a global nonprofit that aids the disabled, elderly and poor. He has been involved in peacemaking i…
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In this episode, we talk with Anne Bonney, a courage ignitor, two-time author, and a renowned authority on change management. As the opening keynote speaker at this year's VSAE Annual Conference, May 5-7 in Norfolk, Anne provides insights into the challenges and opportunities we collectively encounter. Tune in for a sneak peek into Bonney's keynote…
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Sarah Leah Whitson is the Executive Director of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN). Previously, she served as executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division from 2004 – 2020, overseeing the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and investigativ…
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Professor Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and public policy analyst, professor at Columbia University, where he was former director of The Earth Institute. He is known for his work on sustainable development, economic development, and the fight to end poverty. We locked horns over Israel's war in Gaza. (0:50-26:42) An excerpt from a Times of…
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There has been much happening in Australia related to the Israel-Gaza war with a policy investigation suggesting that 'Gas the Jews' was not uttered at the infamous protest outside the Sydney Opera House on Oct 9th and the arrest now of two men in Melbourne for the Burgertory arson attack in November. Yesterday an article appeared in the Fairfax/Ni…
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Professor Edward Luttwak is an American author known for his works on grand stategy, military strategy, geoeconomics, military history, and international relations. We discuss his article Israel is still winning the political war and hear his views on how Biden might tackle Iran following the drone attack in Jordan that killed 3 American service-me…
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Professor Edward Luttwak is an American author known for his works on grand stategy, military strategy, geoeconomics, military history, and international relations. We discuss his article Israel is still winning the political war and hear his views on how Biden might tackle Iran following the drone attack in Jordan that killed 3 American service-me…
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In this episode, we talk to Bailey Kasten, CAE, executive director of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. Join us for a conversation centered around the challenges and opportunities of managing a small association, leadership qualities, providing opportunities to women and young professionals, mentorship and the importance of being a part of …
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Independent Senator David Pocock tells me how he perceives the Israel-Gaza war, bemoaning the loss of civilian life in Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and approving of the move by South Africa to take Israel to the ICJ for a judgement on whether Israel is committing genocide See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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Supporters of Israel have found themselves under pressure as Israel's war with Hamas continues. The legitimacy of Israel's efforts to eliminate Hamas and the right to defend itself after the barbaric atrocity of October 7 are being questioned. Independent Senator David Pocock tells me how he perceives the Israel-Gaza war. This is just an excerpt of…
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Raheel Raza is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, author of the book ‘Their Jihad – Not My Jihad’ and an award-winning journalist, public speaker, and activist for human rights. She is recipient of Canada’s Sesquicentennial commemorative medal for ‘exceptional contributions to Canada’, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for…
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In this episode, we talk to Bruce Whitehurst, president and CEO of the Virginia Bankers Association. Join us for a conversation centered around leadership, including Bruce's leadership journey, his leadership style and its evolution in the last 15 years, influential leaders and mentors that have shaped his career, advice for aspiring leaders, culti…
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Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP for Higgins in Victoria spoke at a pro-Israel rally in Kings Domain in Melbourne. Michelle Ananda-Rajah and another Labor MP Josh Burns are currently touring Israel with Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham, visiting the site of a Hamas massacre that took place on 7 October. (1:22-6:52) Dr Jason Thomas is t…
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Rabbi James Kennard, principal of of Melbourne’s largest Jewish school, Mount Scopus Memorial College, said that pro-Palestine rallies have left the Jewish community feeling vulnerable and unsafe and "there is every reason to fear that young people attending a School Strike for Palestine would be exposed to the current surge in antisemitism, thereb…
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Aharon Ariel-Lavi is a rabbi, economist and community builder and a thinker who believes Judaism can inspire and inform all walks of life. He lives with his wife and their five children in Garin Shuva a “Jewish eco-mission-driven community” on the Gaza border. Aharon is also working to identify elements in the moderate Muslim world that oppose extr…
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Students on university campuses are facing unprecedented attacks from anti-Israel elements that have come out in force following the outbreak of Israel’s war in Gaza. Ilan Sinelnikov is the founder and president of the international Students Supporting Israel movement, a speaker, blogger, and a coach on the topics of Israel, campus advocacy, and gr…
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Professor Avi Bell, an Israeli Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law and at Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law, affirms that Israel has no obligation to provide anything to Gaza under the current conditions of war and has written Israel has the right — and the duty — to besiege Gaza. In a media briefing Professor Bell prov…
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Brent Nagtegaal (Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology) worked alongside the famous Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar on all of her excavations in ancient Jerusalem. Now he works at Hebrew University in collaboration with the Armstrong Institute of Biblical Archaeology, having worked on excavations at the southern wall of the Temple Mount and…
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Founded in 2003 by David Lange, Israellycool has become the largest English-language blog in Israel, and one of the largest focused on Israel in the world. It is a project of Israellycool Israel Advocacy, a registered Israeli non-profit. (0:59-37:56) Latest report from ABC 'The World Today' (38:03-42:30) The Australian Greens show their contempt fo…
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