April 8, 2007

Developing the Leadership Pipeline

This year's Americans for the Arts Convention is themed Risk and Reward and what better city to take risks and perhaps be rewarded than Las Vegas. We will be there June 1-3 and I am presenting a panel called Developing the Leadership Pipeline.

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Finding qualified successors to aging baby boomers has become a critical concern for many arts organizations. At the 2006 Annual Convention, Americans for the Arts posed Art in Changing Communities as its theme, setting the stage for addressing the field’s impending leadership transition. This concern is further complicated by U.S. census data that indicates a shrinking labor pool in the next 10 years, as more Americans than ever before hit retirement age. For many in this career stage, an executive director position is perceived as the only viable leadership pathway. Join this interactive session as we launch a dynamic dialogue that will explore strategies for attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining midcareer professionals.

Amy Kweskin Duncan, Principal, Arts Management Consulting
Shannon Daut, Associate Director, Programs, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
Brechin Flournoy, Director of Public Relations, Quinn & Associates
Essence Newhoff, Director of Major Gifts, Folger Shakespeare Library
Eric Wallner, Cultural Affairs Supervisor, City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division