Guidance for Governance Leaders: Navigating Your Orchestra through Troubled Times
Designed for current board chairs and chairs-designate, this seminar will focus on those skills unique to the governance leadership role in today’s turbulent economy. Topics to be covered include: navigating the challenges of the economic recession; defining the board’s critical role in responding to financial challenges and risk management; engaging and empowering the board to focus on issues that really matter in times of crisis; standing committees vs. task forces; developing the “right” role for the Executive Committee; learning how the Executive Committee can add value without becoming an elite “board within a board” that disenfranchises the other trustees; developing and leading your institutional vision; board, staff, musician and music director roles; and partnering with the executive director. Participants will learn how the board chair and executive director can be true partners in difficult times, and techniques for including your musicians in a collaborative governance model. The importance of continuity in leadership will also be addressed, sharing some of the best practices related to how long the board chair should serve and how to groom your successor.
Orchestra Leadership Academy seminars are made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Argosy Foundation, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Con Edison, and Target.