2010 Symposium Schedule
The 2010 symposium included career development sessions, a networking lunch, a diverse cultural policy panel, and a practice management session providing insight to the changing needs of art organizations business models.
The day concludes with the a keynote address by Ben Cameron from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and TCG, which is also the official kick off event for the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. A networking reception immediately follows.
EALS attendees will have the ability to sign up during the day for an optional dine-around networking opportunity with a host from the DC Forum for Emerging Arts Professionals at a nearby restaurant after the reception concludes.
Session 1 (Concurrent Sessions, participants will choose one.)
Career Development Panel 1 : The Art of Landing Your First Job
Landing your first job is no easy task, but it can define the rest of your career.
You have the skill set, you know your industry and you are confident in yourself as an arts manager, but your Mom isn't doing the hiring. So are you entry level or mid, and how do you know? What are ways to spin your artistic experience or time in another industry into something that gives you an edge? How do you get people to take you seriously? More than just "Getting a Job 101," this panel discussion tackles personal branding, using social media as a serious career tool, simple networking tips, and other tactics to package yourself as the type of person that must be interviewed. Panelists include Robert Pullen, Director of Special Programming at The Kennedy Center and an actor who transitioned to management with limited administrative experience; Margie Maddux Newman, an award winning PR Flack, social media guru and one of the "30 PR Professionals Under 30"; and Greg Stevens, Asst. Director of Professional Development at the American Association of Museums and another working artist who has used his experience and education to help emerging arts managers find their own paths.
Learn how to market your self and your skills to get your resume to the top of the pile—and land the job that will launch your career.
Career Development Panel 2: The Art of Advancing Your Career
Have you been working in the arts and are ready to move take the next step in your career? Are you looking to land mid-level job that will take your career to the next step?
Whether you've been working at an arts organization, or are making a career change, if you are ready to take that next step, this panel is for you. Hear first hand from a panel of seasoned arts managers who have worked their way up to the top, lessons and strategies they learned along the way and things they wish they would have known. Panelists include Nancy Petrisko, who, now a free lance arts management consultant, has held several executive level positions at organizations such as the Washington Performing Arts Society and the San Francisco Opera; and Patricia E. Williams, currently a principal consultant with the Cultural Resources Management Group, she previously served as the COO of Americans for the Arts as well as other executive positions with the American Association of Museums and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
These are people who have been in your shoes and on the other side of the desk. Find what they are looking for and how you can market your skills to take that next step in your career.
Cultural Policy: Art in Context
Discuss the interactions between the arts, government and society through a variety of lenses, including arts advocacy, policy-making and public diplomacy. How do key policy decisions open communications and access to the tools that facilitate creative expression? Moderated by Paula Cledgett of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, this powerhouse panel is certainly not to be missed.
Management Best Practices: There's No Business Like Non-profit Business
How many times have you heard the statement "non-profits should behave more like for-profit businesses?"
Do you know what that really means? That ambiguous statement leaves a lot to the imagination and provides very little guidance. In truth, dozens of "for-profit management best practices" developed in the non-profit sector. (Three words: Sarbanes-Oxley, Enron.) But we don't know everything. This final panel of the day explores the concept of the business standards which are common to for-profits but are a relative unknown to the non-profit sector. Moderated by Phillipa P. B. Hughes, Chief Creative Contrarian of the (forprofit) advocacy collaborative The Pink Line Project and a commissioner for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, participants will hear from two organization leaders who have assessed their organization and its standards for awards or industry recognition and from an expert who evaluates their final results in addition to advising other companies on strategies to do the same.
The symposium is co-sponsored by American University's Arts Management Program, Emerging Leaders Network, and the DC Forum for Emerging Arts Professionals.