Events

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
20
Wed
Learning Lab: Values-Based Leadership @ Webinar
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Learning Lab: Values-Based Leadership – Leading with purpose, motivation, and direction
What principles guide your decisions as a professional?

Values-based leadership is an approach to leading where individuals draw from their values for decision-making processes and various professional situations. This online workshop will guide you on how to identify your values and create an action plan to better lead in alignment with them.

What you will learn

  • Gain clarity on your values and how they impact your leadership
  • Identify the opportunities to lead with a more values-based approach
  • Learn from the leadership experiences of others
  • Create an action plan to better lead in alignment with your values

 

 

Price: $30

Get your tickets here!

Content ExpertNicole Johnson-Scales, CEO,  NJS Consulting Group

Nicole Johnson-Scales is an Executive Career Strategist who applies more than two decades of corporate leadership experience to empower her clients to become high-impact leaders within their industries. Whether starting a new role or positioned to take their leadership to the next level, Nicole helps executive leaders design a powerful strategy; leveraging their strengths and talents, to create impactful business outcomes. As a member of the Executive Leadership team at Fifth Third Chicago, she has steered several critical initiatives, using Corporate Social Responsibility to grow the business and enhance its reputation. Her wide-ranging responsibilities include leading the bank’s $5.6 billion Community Commitment and acting as a key strategic advisor to the region president and other executive leaders; effectively navigating the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Nicole has an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University and is a certified coach through an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program. She is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where she teaches courses on Values-Based Leadership, Leading Organizational Change, and Corporate Social Responsibility.  She is a Founding Guide at Chief (Chicago), the social network dedicated to women’s leadership.

Nicole has been recognized nationally and locally as a corporate and civic leader. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful & Influential Leaders and Chicago United Leader of Color. She serves on several boards and committees, including the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation. Nicole offers a wide range of coaching services, including executive onboarding, executive coaching, and leadership seminars and workshops.

She can be reached at nicole@designyourprofessionaljoy.com.

Aug
24
Wed
On BOARD: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits @ Online
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

On BOARD® Lab: Strategic Planning for Nonprofits 

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.

Who is encouraged to attend: Senior Staff and Board Members

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits is part 2 of 4 in the full On BOARD® curriculum.

Topics include:

  • General governance and the role of Board of Directors in strategic planning
  • Advantages of creating and using a strategic plan
  • How to approach the strategic planning process
  • Methodologies used for pre-planning and organizational assessments

 

 

Content Expert: Brandi Head, CEO Head-On Strategies, LLC

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.  

Get your tickets here!

About the context expert

Brandi Head (she/her) possesses more than 20 years of business experience and finance acumen, which she employs while coaching small business and nonprofit clients. She has a passion for helping promising entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders achieve their strategic goals and build solid, thriving organizations. That passion prompted her to start Head-On Strategies, LLC which provides consulting, advisory, and implementation services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations, meeting them wherever they are in their business life cycles. Whether her clients are start-ups or at key inflection points, Brandi is positioned to help businesses develop data-driven strategies and solutions that work.

Additionally, she believes that her technical expertise is only one piece of the advisory puzzle; experience, perspective, and meaningful connection withpeople, organizations, and community complete that puzzle. While working in Commercial Banking (inclusive of Commercial Real Estate), Credit Risk, and Operations Management at blue-chip financial services firms, she has helped business clients and local governments secure financing for their various needs.

As a member of several corporate leadership and project teams, she has spearheaded several key initiatives and has been asked to lead outside of her primary roles, including in Financial Policy, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), and Employee Engagement. Her contributions have benefited her previous clients and employers in terms of growth, cost reduction, and branding.

Brandi has also been a member of various project teams that helped nonprofits with finance strategy, marketing plans, and feasibility studies/strategic alignment. Brandi has an MBA from Purdue University, as well as company-sponsored executive education from Kellogg School of Management. She has served on several boards and committees and currently sits on the board of directors for Red Clay Dance Company where she has been responsible for operationalizing its Finance Committee, including charter creation and policy development, and helping to set long-range financial strategy.

Sep
21
Wed
Learning Lab: Grant Writing, Building a Successful Case For Your Project or Nonprofit @ Online
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

At the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, we are creating a world where creativity is universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact. We are an arts service organization focused on serving Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises through consulting, programming, and mentorship to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy. 

One of the ways in which we fulfill our mission is through our Learning Labs Program. Learning Labs provide opportunities to start new conversations about non-profit management with a particular focus on arts + culture. The goal of this program is to continue discussing solutions for challenges faced across the sector. 

About Learning Lab: Grant Writing, Building a Successful Case for your Project

Support for nonprofit arts organizations and art makers in Chicagoland drastically increased in 2022 and is expected to continue growing throughout 2023. Grant amounts from the city and state are larger, their terms are more flexible, and the application process is less rigid. When it comes to private foundations, a similar case is happening. 

However, even if there are more funding opportunities, the chances of getting funds will largely depend on the applicant’s ability to effectively build their case and present a successful grant application. 

In view of this exciting scenario, the Arts & Business Council offers a Learning Lab on Grant Writing where participants will gain insights into communicating effectively with prospective funders.  

During this workshop, attendees will get tailored advice on building a case for their project or organization. This session focuses on philanthropic foundation and government grants for arts organizations, although some underlying principles around proposal writing apply to individuals.  

Content Expert: Gibran Villalobos, Program Manager for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Read below for full bio.

Topics covered during the session 

  • Brief History of Nonprofit Funding 
  • Anatomy of a Grant Application, with a focus on narrative, timeline, budget, and impact/evaluation 
  • Case Studies: Critically Examining Writing Samples 
  • Creating Your Case: Share your Elevator Pitch  

Topics not covered 

  • Identifying relevant government and private foundation funders 
  • Types of foundations and other funders 
  • Types of proposals and submissions
  • Application for research grants 

We encourage participants to prepare a one-paragraph pitch for a project they want to get funded.  

Price: $30

Register here

Content Expert: Gibran Villalobos (he/him) is the National Engagement Program Manager for the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help in the establishment of the National Museum of the American Latino. Previously, he has held posts as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cultural Liaison for the Chicago Park District, and Curator-in-Residence for the Chicago Cultural Center.

In 2016 he attended the Advocacy Leadership Institute and was invited to the White House Office of Public Engagement, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to speak to issues affecting Latinos in Chicago. In 2017 he launched an inaugural summit of Latinx artists and administrators across the U.S; for this project he was awarded the Act Up Award by the Chicago Community Trust.

His work has been presented at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano during the 2017 Havana Biennial. In 2019 he was an inaugural recipient of the Field Foundation’s Leaders for a New Chicago Award as well as the Americans for the Arts 2019 Leaders of Color Fellowship. In 2020 he was accepted to the CivicLeadership Academy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy where he worked with government and nonprofit sector participants to think about effective policy for Chicago’s cultural industries. He serves as Chair of the Chicago Artists Coalition Board of Directors. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy.

Gibran holds a BA in Art History and a BS in Public Relations from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Arts Administration & Policy and MA in Modern Art History & Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He has contributed to exhibitions such as Direct Message, presenting the artwork of Chicago artistic collectives and their relation to language and civic engagement. As part of an international project, he has convened the MCA Chicago with the Tate Modern, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Queens Museum, and other institutions to create dialogue on civic engagement within contemporary art institutions. He has written catalog entries for Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford. In 2021 he is contributing to the upcoming retrospective on the work by artist Andrea Bowers focusing on the activism and archives of Emma Lozano. He is curator of the symposium Fractures: Creating Around Devastation focusing on water ecology, civic engagement, activism, and architecture.

Questions about this event? 

Email Constanza Mendoza, A&BC’s Director of Programs, at cmendoza@artsbiz-chicago.org 

Oct
20
Thu
On BOARD: Demystifying Fundraising for Nonprofits @ Online
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

At the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, we are creating a world where creativity is universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact. We are an arts service organization focused on serving Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises through consulting, programming, and mentorship to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy. 

One of the ways in which we fulfill our mission is through On BOARD®, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago’s unique board governance and leadership learning program. Throughout six sessions, we prepare individuals ready to engage as active board members of arts, cultural, and creative nonprofit organizations to understand and own their role as board members successfully.  

On BOARD®: Demystifying Fundraising for Nonprofit Board Members 

One of the many responsibilities of Board Members is to leverage their strengths to engage donors and supporters. But asking for money and advocating for the support of an organization is scary – for new and existing Board Members. In this interactive Learning Lab, you’ll get to know where the money comes from and gain practical know-how on how you will be expected to fundraise and activate your networks.  

Participants will learn: 

  • The board’s role in fundraising  
  • The primary uses of funding board members can solicit from their networks 
  • Principles of designing your organization’s strategic fundraising engagement process 
  • Tactics for creating a compelling case for support that board members can use to solicit support and advocate for your organization 
  • How to develop a culture of philanthropy that is intentional and inclusive 

Content Expert: Braden Cleary, Client Engagement Lead at VEGA Partners

Price: $50 (2-for-1). Register and invite a friend to participate in this event!

Register here

Braden Cleary (he / him) is the Client Engagement Lead at VEGA Partners, a social impact consulting firm that works with businesses, government, philanthropies, and nonprofits to develop powerful strategies that deliver sustainable results. Braden works with clients in a variety of different issue areas and sectors, but has background and interest in arts & cultural management, board governance, and philanthropy. Dedicated to making meaningful contributions to the social impact sector, Braden currently serves on the Excellent Emerging Organizations Committee at North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management and is a former member of the Philanthropic Advisory Group at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Questions about this event? 

Email Constanza Mendoza, A&BC’s Director of Programs, at cmendoza@artsbiz-chicago.org 

Nov
29
Tue
Learning Lab: Creating Cultures of Belonging in Arts Organizations @ Online
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

At the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, we are creating a world where creativity is universally valued as a resource with limitless potential for social and economic impact. We are an arts service organization focused on serving Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises through consulting, programming, and mentorship to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy. 

One of the ways in which we fulfill our mission is through our Learning Labs Program. Learning Labs provide opportunities to start new conversations about non-profit management with a particular focus on arts + culture. The goal of this program is to continue discussing solutions for challenges faced across the sector. 

 

About Learning Lab: Creating a Culture of Belonging in Arts Organizations

Learn to create cultures of belonging within your organizations, board, and communities. The session will include the most impactful recommendations for fostering belonging according to the R2P2 (Recruiting, Retention, Promotion, and Protection) model, with a special focus on the unique needs of arts organizations. Content Expert, Alida Miranda-Wolff, will leverage her experience working with institutions like the Poetry Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, and Steppenwolf Theater Company to provide tailored guidance to attendees on any and all of their diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging questions. 

Topics covered during the session:

  • The Intersectional Issues Arts Organizations Face in Achieving Belonging
  • Why Culture, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Matter
  • How to Diagnose Your Organization’s Inclusiveness 
  • R2P2 (Recruiting, Retention, Promotion, and Protection) Best Practices for Your Staff and Community Members
  • How to Measure the Impact of Initiatives

Price: $30

Register here

Content Expert: 

Alida Miranda-Wolff (she/her/ella) is the CEO and Founder of Ethos and author of the book Cultures of Belonging: Building Inclusive Organizations that Last, released on February 15, 2022. Alida received her certification in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Georgetown University and has eight years of practitioner experience. In 2021, Alida was a recipient of the University of Chicago’s Early Career Achievement Award.By helping organizations and the people inside of them understand their relationships with power, how to use their power responsibly, and how to share their power, she helps create the conditions for everyone to thrive at work.

 

Questions about this event? 

Email Constanza Mendoza, A&BC’s Director of Programs, at cmendoza@artsbiz-chicago.org