UG 018 – Josh Joseph on the Future of Education, Finding Our Element and Leveraging Values to Achieve Greatness

    Education today has a totally different paradigm: It is no longer confined to a classroom or a desk. It is no longer kept in the domain of the youth. Education can, and should be, utilized by everyone regardless of age. As education pushes past the boundaries where it has previously been constrained, it is changing what’s possible. In this podcast, I interview Josh Joseph, Senior Vice President of Yeshiva University, one of the best private colleges in the United States.

    Josh shares his insights on the future of education and its implication for each of us. We speak about the importance of pursuing your passions, honing your skills, and making your talents marketable. As an educator, Josh explains why each of us should “find our element,” and how a commitment to core values will enable us to achieve personal greatness.


    • Prepping tomorrow’s leaders in the growing phenomenon of continuing education (2:08)
    • Personalizing education for everybody (5:45)
    • Preparing for uncertainty by training to be an entrepreneur (10:38)
    • Balancing passion, talent and reality to earn a living (13:49)
    • Using education to evolve (18:02)
    • The Next Big Thing: Trends in adult education (20:58)
    • The future of universities (24:37)
    • How everyone can take advantage of the new education movement (27:43)
    • Changing academia paths (36:09)
    • Values, morals and ethics: What we need to focus on the most (38:22)
    • The value of values (41:42)
    • Majesty and humility: The two big components of Greatness (46:42)

    Yeshiva University
    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life by Ken Robinson The Road to Character by David Brooks Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

    Rabbi Josh Joseph, senior vice president at Yeshiva University, previously worked in a hedge fund, as a pulpit rabbi, and served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus. Before joining the YU administration, Josh served as director of special projects for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, where he developed his passion for social entrepreneurship that informs his daily work.
    A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Pennsylvania. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while simultaneously completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, sponsored by the Muehlstein Foundation and UJA Federation NY and Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education.


    • Am I busy writing my resume or eulogy?
    • What is my plan for continuing my education?
    • Do I use my skills and talents in the market?
    • Are my values leading me to greatness?

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