Transcripts and Powerpoint Presentations


General Session 1: How Labor and Management Came Together at the Ford Motor Company

The United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company have achieved a new level of constructive and collaborative labor relations. Sacrifice and flexibility were required from everyone, and the benefits to the company and union seem amply evident. Hear from the union and management leaders who were in the forefront of this effort, and take away key lessons in building strong relations. 

Marty Mulloy, vice president of labor affairs, Ford Motor Company  (Bio)
Jimmy Settles Jr., vice president, United Auto Workers



General Session 2: Driving Innovation: a Roadmap for Practical Implementation

What does it mean for a symphony orchestra to innovate? Jeff DeGraff, a leading innovation guru, shared his bold perspectives at the League of American Orchestras' National Conference during a general session open to all delegates on the afternoon of Thursday, June 7.  

Brent Assink, executive director, San Francisco Symphony
Jeff DeGraff, author, Innovation You: The Book, executive director, Innovatrium Institute for Innovation, managing partner, Competing Values Company; 


Jeff DeGraff’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here and he can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


General Session 3: A Call to Action

We share a belief in the power of music as a force for good. Clive Gillinson
will issue a “call to action” for an integrated approach to our organizations
as ones that serve music and our wider communities as a single unified

Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director, Carnegie Hall 


Annual Meeting and Breakfast

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk by Jesse Rosen

Transcript available here >>

Toolbox Sessions 

Inclusion and Diversity: A Big Tent View

For orchestras to remain vital, they must be authentically diverse institutions – onstage, and in their staff, and boards. Inclusion and diversity, while critically important, is not always easy to achieve. This toolbox is designed to help orchestras advance their work, including around audience, musicians, staff and board, repertoire, and guest artists -and create the culture needed to sustain your orchestra’s commitment to diversity and inclusion over time. 

Aaron Dworkin, founder and president, Sphinx Organization; Errika Flood-Moultrie, consultant, Clarkson Davis;  Jessica Schmidt, director of education and community engagement, Boston Symphony Orchestra   


Changing the System: A Strategic Approach to Making a Difference

While orchestras deliver programs that make a real difference to their audiences; ultimately having a true, lasting impact on the wider community often requires systemic changes to the culture; affecting resources, and expectations of community partners and funders. Successful change agents share how strategic alliances, smart planning, and political heft can convert great community programs into enduring civic resources.     

Gigi Antoni, president/CEO, Big Thought; Elizabeth Merritt, founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Association of Museums; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Dalouge Smith, president and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory


A Discussion with Robert Flanagan

Robert Flanagan’s recent book, The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras, offers an analysis of the economic challenges facing orchestras in the U.S. He explores interrelated strategies around performance revenues and expenses; and increasing non-performance related income to suggest a pathway to greater economic security for orchestras.

Dr. Robert J.Flanagan, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Labor Economics and Policy Analysis, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Hugh Long, chair, Louisiana Philharmonic (moderator)