Events

Jun
22
Tue
Round Table: Leading Today’s Work Force in a Post-Pandemic World @ Webinar
Jun 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Facilitated by our Business Volunteers for the Arts® and other skilled individuals, Round Tables will offer conversations on a variety of management and leadership topics. If you are looking for a space for connection, empowerment, and processing the difficulties of the moment, Round Tables are for you.

The pandemic, of course, will end. But the world will look much different, which means workforces, organizations, and leadership will need to be quite different. Recovery won’t be easy. Leaders will have to weigh tough choices and make even tougher decisions. And though we can anticipate the changes, a lot still remains unknown.

With something like normal now in sight, we are all thinking about and planning for what exactly that might mean. We’ll explore hiring, retaining, motivating, and managing talent; and next generation leadership development.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are supported by Aon.

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Jul
14
Wed
Learning Lab: Media Power & Equity – Using Digital Storytelling to Support Your Mission @ Webinar
Jul 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Throughout 2020, about 72% of  U.S. arts and cultural organizations indicated that they would be transitioning some or all of their programming online. As arts organizations continue to increase our online and digital presence, it’s important that digital content has a strong, equitable understanding of how stories are shaped. This participatory workshop focuses on effectively utilizing film, media, and art to implement better digital programming and outreach. We’ll discuss how storytelling frameworks and media literacy are important guides in understanding institutional systems of oppression and current social justice issues. Participants will learn practical tools and best practices in the communication strategies that best serve their organization and their communities.

In this Learning Lab we will discuss:

  • Understanding film, media, and art as necessary branding tools in the digital age
  • Developing your media literacy within the context of systemic power, oppression, and privilege
  • Moving from micro to macro: how to utilize storytelling to better understand your organization within the context of emerging issues in the non-profit field
  • Implementing digital programming, outreach, and for your unique constituency and funders
  • Storytelling Frameworks 101: logistics, best practices, & common themes

Presenters: Caullen Hudson / Founder & Executive Director / SoapBox Productions and Organizing
David A. Moran / Multimedia Director / SoapBox Productions and Organizing

Registration: $35

Jul
27
Tue
Round Table: Trust and Equity @ Webinar
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

This month our Round Table for Senior Leaders will discuss organizational development & leading change in a post-pandemic world.

We’re seeing the need for both coming out of the pandemic.  In our session we’ll explore the R.I.S.E- Model ( Relationships, Information, Strategy & Execution) for leaders to use to progress their teams and organizations.

As we navigate the transition “back to work” there are two predominate themes that have emerged over the past 6 months of the Round Tables: Equity & Trust

Consider: 9/10 companies are preparing to do some sort of hybrid model of work from home & in person, yet 60% have NO PLAN on how to do this.

 How then do leaders ensure equity and build trust across their teams and organization? At our Round Table we’ll look to address these and the following:

EQUITY- while admin folks might be able to work from home, folks such as educators or ticket takers must deliver services in the field

  • What challenges might you have in ensuring equity as you look to re-open?
  • What are your plans to create equity among roles or status?

TRUST- is primarily built being people by having proximity, consistently over time

  • How do we establish trust in a hybrid or 100% virtual model with new team members or in engaging (or reorienting) current team members in creating a strategy for the future?
  • How will you measure performance and progress in your setting?
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Aug
16
Mon
On BOARD®: The Importance of Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations @ Webinar
Aug 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

On BOARD® is the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s unique board governance and leadership training program that prepares individuals who are ready to engage as active board members of arts, cultural, and creative nonprofit organizations. Individuals who successfully complete the full program demonstrate an understanding and commitment to upholding high standards of nonprofit board governance.

The Importance of Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations is part 4 of 6 in the full On BOARD® curriculum.

Topics include:

  • Defining key vocabulary terms for strategic planning
  • Advantages of creating and using a strategic plan
  • How to approach the strategic planning process and the board’s critical role in planning

Presenter: Cris Beilstein / Consultant / Elevation Collaborative

Price: $35

Sep
28
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we are dedicating the next three month’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”

Save the dates of Tuesday October 26 and Tuesday November 23 for two additional Round Tables exploring this theme.

 

Oct
18
Mon
On BOARD® Demystifying Fundraising for Board Members @ Webinar
Oct 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

There is always going to be chaos, a crisis, or disruption – an economic downturn, funders’ shifting priorities, and some years- it’s a pandemic.

How are you managing the moment?

Join us for this participatory workshop focusing on the tried-and-true principals of fundraising that will help you weather any storm.

In this moment, your greatest asset is your staff and board’s ability to communicate and steward stakeholders. In fact, the smaller you are the better positioned you may be to grow your contributed revenue.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Designing your organization’s strategic fundraising engagement process
  • The three important roles that the board plays in fundraising
  • Developing a culture of philanthropy that is intentional and inclusive
  • And with all the Relief funding being made available: Uses of funding: restricted, unrestricted, sponsorship

Presenter: Suzanne Griffith, Founder and Managing Principal of VEGA Partners a firm that focuses on leveraging companies and philanthropies social impact solutions.

Oct
26
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we’ve dedicated September, October & November’s gathering’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”

Save the date of Tuesday November 23 for an additional Round Table exploring this theme.

 

Nov
10
Wed
Learning Lab: Generating Revenue by Creating Operational Efficiencies @ Webinar
Nov 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

With limited ability to generate NEW revenue, can you find a greater margin of profit by creating operational efficiencies?

Join us for this participatory workshop focusing on creative and innovative solutions for your business or organization to generate more earned revenue by maximizing operational efficiencies.

Topics Include:

  • Conducting an operational audit – assessing income and expense to ensure sustainability and growth
  • The role of values and organization culture in operational efficiency
  • Service areas that can be outsourced or shared to minimize expenses
  • Building Consensus and Change Management

Even before the pandemic, organizations struggled with maximizing operational efficiencies. The economic setbacks from COVID-19 including restrictions on gatherings, changes in consumer behavior (voluntary or otherwise), and severe unemployment have taken a devastating toll on our sector- further impacting earned revenue which has now made it even more imperative to revisit operations efficiencies for organizations.

Presenter: Rashmi Narsana- Founder & CEO of CGT Strategy. Rashmi is an A&BC smARTscope consultant and has 18 years of nonprofit experience in management and leadership roles. She leads capacity building strategy projects that help organizations create well-developed plans to achieve their goals through a research-informed and data-based process. Rashmi also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont, where she teaches Nonprofit Management, and Fundraising and Development.

Nov
23
Tue
Round Table: “Undoing Past Harms” @ Webinar
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

For the remainder of the year we will be exploring the theme of the senior leader’s role in “Undoing Past Harms… While Leading Future Strategy.”

Many leaders, whether new or seasoned, are faced with undoing harms created by systemic injustices or former leaders of their organizations.

For example:
– are you having a difficult time engaging former or new staff because of past grievances?
– are you attempting to articulate a strategy for the future yet mired by ingrained harmful cultural norms?
– are you unintentionally perpetuating cultural biases?

This is a big topic which deserves time to explore and that’s why we’ve dedicated September, October & November’s gathering’s to discuss this theme.

Round Tables for Senior Leaders are designed to benefit senior leaders from creative businesses and nonprofit organizations to convene with peers to discuss ideas, context, and emotions; to make sense; and re-orient their visions and actions.

Our facilitator is Myla Skinner, Founder and Managing Partner of Quarter Five which supports businesses and organizations as they navigate complex and consequential change such as Executive Leadership Transitions and Team Restructures; Diversity, and Equity, and Inclusion Design and Implementation. Myla has an unfaltering commitment to respect, equity, thoughtfulness, and intentionality and grounds her work in “calling people in and not out.”

 

Dec
6
Mon
On BOARD: Arts Advocacy for the Nonprofit Board Member (on demand only) @ On Demand Webinar
Dec 6 @ 12:00 am

Arts Advocacy for the Nonprofit Board Member, the final session (6/6) of the full On BOARD® curriculum is available on demand.  

In this session you will walk away with 1-3 actions that you can bring back to your organization to help sustain its mission through advocacy. 

Topics include: 

  • Current events and cultural policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels that affect your organization
  • How to use this moment to tell your story and advocate for arts, culture, and creativity
  • Tactics for delivering your advocacy message to key decision makers or stakeholders
  • Differences between advocacy and lobbying and the ““do’s and don’ts” for board members 

Presenter: Jonathan VanderBrug, Director of Civic Engagement, Arts Alliance Illinois. Jonathan coordinated the process of updating Illinois’ arts learning standards, as well as played a lead role in advocacy to include the arts as an indicator in Illinois’ ESSA State Plan.  Jonathan has also served as Health Care Justice Director, Campaign for Better Health Care; Calumet Community Educator, The Field Museum; Executive Director, St. Louis Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition; and Policy Adviser, Michigan House of Representatives.  He earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University and B.A. in English Literature from Calvin College. All of Jonathan’s work has carried the spirit of the civil rights efforts of his parents, who fought for school desegregation as residents of North Lawndale in the 1960’s.

 

Feb
2
Wed
Learning Lab: Navigating Your Journey at Work in the New Normal @ webinar
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders

During the great reshuffling and great resignation, many staff members are truly fatigued, while new hires show up energized.

How do you work alongside each other? How do you accomplish your goals or set goals when the future is unknown?

Our Content Expert Myla Skinner will explore team dynamics, empowering staff members to get what they need in a time of great flux, and help you get on the same page so that you can build resilience and re-engage with your mission.

After attending this session, you will have several tools to invigorate your work and team’s effectiveness.

Content Expert: Myla Skinner, Managing Partner, Quarter Five Consulting

Feb
23
Wed
On BOARD: Organizational Structures and Board Role & Responsibilities @ webinar
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

The challenges of retention, motivation, and alignment in the current environment have been exhausting for both staff and boards.

Join us to examine different organizational structures and to discuss the roles, responsibilities and necessary tools board and staff leaders must coordinate to help their staff and organizations thrive.

Our Content Expert Omar Brown will address issues such as alignment during staff/ leadership transition(s), integrating return to work policies, complications caused by vaccine mandates, and a focus on mental health and well-being that we have never experienced in the workplace.  He will also share his theory for multiple generations working together in this virtual world .

After attending this session, you will have several tools and lessons energizing you to lead your organization with clarity and purpose.

Content Expert: Omar Brown, Senior Vice President, People & Culture Officer at Big Ten Conference and Adjunct Professor at Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

Apr
27
Wed
On BOARD: Understanding the Numbers: NPO Finances, Budgeting, & Tax Issues @ webinar
Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

Are you trying to make sense of the numbers after two years of a pandemic? Need a financial refresher in general? Truthfully, you’re not the only one. The pandemic has left us all a little drained when it comes to financial planning for our organizations.

Please join us as we examine budgeting tools, tax implications, and organizational finances to plan for brighter days ahead. We want you and your organization to thrive in 2022.

After attending this session, you will walk away with several tools and lessons that energize you as you lead your organization with clarity and purpose.

Content Expert: C. Lorenzo Evans III is Founder and Chief Consultant at CLE Business Services, based in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Area. Lorenzo is currently Adjunct Faculty of the Masters of Arts Management Program at American University as well as a Teaching Fellow at National Arts Strategy through the University of Pennsylvania. Lorenzo formerly held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance at Washington Performing Arts.

Jun
23
Thu
On BOARD, Special edition: Fiduciary and Legal Responsibilities of Board Members @ Webinar
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

On BOARD® is the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s unique board governance and leadership program that prepares individuals who are ready to engage as active board members of arts, cultural, and creative nonprofit organizations.  

Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members is part 1 of 4 in 2022 On BOARD curriculum. More information about this session is provided below. 

Topics include 

  • General roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members  
  • The Business Judgment Rule  
  • Key fiduciary duties of nonprofit board members  
  • Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, Duty of Obedience  
  • Liability and protection for board members, the importance of Directors & Officers insurance  
  • Corruption and Cybercrimes – Bribery, Fraud, Extortion Considerations  

Presenter: Shermin Kruse, Law Professor at Northwestern Pritzker and Negotiation Consultant  

Price: $50.

We are currently unable to provide financial assistance for our On BOARD sessions, but we are offering a 2×1 opportunity. Register for this session, and we will contact you via email to ask for the second attendee’s contact information.  

Overview

Serving as a board member can be one of the most challenging and rewarding volunteer assignments. While appointment or election to a board is an honor, board members have significant legal and fiduciary responsibilities that require time, skill, and resources.

In this On BOARD session on Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members, Northwestern law professor Shermin Kruse will cover the most indispensable aspects of legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

The impact of COVID-19 in the nonprofit sector has driven A&BC’s team to review this session’s content to include topics that better respond to contemporary pressing challenges and issues in the industry.

For this reason, our content expert will share her expertise in a matter that is becoming more and more present in the digital realm: Corruption and Cybercrimes – Bribery, Fraud, and Extortion Considerations.  In addition, she will complement this session’s content by talking about The Business Judgment Rule.

Jul
27
Wed
Learning Lab: Creating your own Personal & Professional Strategic Plan @ webinar
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders

 

Aug
24
Wed
On BOARD: Strategic Planning for NPOs @ webinar
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

 

 

Sep
21
Wed
Learning Lab: Proposal Writing: Creating a Template that Exemplifies Vision and Strategy @ webinar
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders

 

Oct
19
Wed
On BOARD: Fundraising & Advocacy @ webinar
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

 

 

Nov
16
Wed
Learning Lab: Designing (And Evaluating) Special Events that Engage and Grow Your Community @ webinar
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend:  Staff members and emerging leaders

 

Dec
14
Wed
On BOARD: Board Recruitment & Assessment @ webinar
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Who should attend: Senior Staff and Board Members