Calendar 2018-09-18T10:27:17-05:00

Jun
5
Tue
Breakfast Club: Moving From, “We Think” to, “We Know” @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jun 5 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club supports leaders and staff of nonprofit arts organizations through informal peer-to-peer sharing, casual facilitated conversation, and information dissemination.

Tuesday, June 5th from 8:30-9:30am. 

Topic: Moving From, “We Think” to, “We Know”

Arts and cultural organizations should be data-driven; using real information from real experiences to inform programs, marketing, fundraising, and audience engagement. But, that’s much easier said than done. Your work is so fast-paced that it often feels impossible to fully segment your mailing list or dig into survey responses.

Are you looking to connect with colleagues in the field to discuss ideas about data collection, evaluation, interpretation and more? Share successes and strategies in effective data practice at Breakfast Club: Moving From, “We Think” to, “We Know.”

A cereal bar, tea, and coffee will be provided.

Price: $5

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Aug
7
Tue
Breakfast Club: Finding Success in Succession @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Aug 7 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club supports leaders and staff of nonprofit arts organizations through informal peer-to-peer sharing, casual facilitated conversation, and information dissemination.

Join us Tuesday, August 7th from 8:30-9:30am.

How do you move forward when replacing leadership? Succession Planning. Preparing for transition within an organization includes hiring new leadership, replacing a board member or chair, or implementing strategy for when a founder steps down. Succession planning is a challenging process to start, but can provide newfound direction and opportunities for growth with fresh vision and leadership. Come learn about other’s experiences with succession planning and see how your organization can improve, change, or start succession planning of your own.

When registering below, please describe your greatest challenge in succession planning. This may include identifying responsibilities within your organizational charts, gathering board support, or not having the resources necessary to put together an in-depth plan. Whatever your challenge, Breakfast Club can provide ideas and thought-provoking conversation to help with your process.

A cereal bar, tea, and coffee will be provided.

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Sep
11
Tue
Breakfast Club: Better Communications. Better Audiences. @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Join us Tuesday, September 11 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Topic: Better Communications. Better Audiences.

Artistic program descriptions are constantly laced with jargon – heavy and technical terminology that only makes sense to individuals who deeply understand the art form. It can be impossible for an “outsider” to understand and speak this foreign language. So much so, they often can’t see the value of the art or don’t think they will understand it. If arts and culture organizations want to introduce new audiences and patrons to their work, they must strive to produce accessible communications.

Attendees are encouraged to bring two copies of an artistic programming description they wish to workshop and revise based on feedback from peers.

A cereal bar, tea, and coffee will be provided.

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Oct
2
Tue
Breakfast Club: Board Coaching @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Tuesday, October 2 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Board Coaching is back! We know that each board of directors is unique; they carry varied skill sets, they have different financial capabilities, and possess rare connections to the communities they live and work in. It’s no surprise that prescribed board composition templates or governance best practices don’t always apply! All-star Business Volunteers for the Arts Jennifer Harris and Kristen Evans will join Breakfast Club to provide focused board coaching and facilitate connections between peers who may be experiencing similar challenges.

When registering below, please describe two of your greatest challenges when working with your organization’s board of directors. This may include governance, creation of new bylaws and policies, cohesive understanding of the organization’s mission, etc.

A cereal bar, tea, and coffee will be provided.

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Jennifer Harris is a seasoned PR and marketing communications professional focused on the development and promotion of thought leadership content. With experience in senior public relations firm management, Jennifer brings more than 20 years’ experience serving the professional services, technology and arts sectors, including clients such as JLL, Ernst & Young, Stewart Title and KeyBank. Passionate about the arts, Jennifer is a veteran Business Volunteers for the Arts consultant and has led A&BC board development workshops. She is currently board president of Rembrandt Chamber Musicians.

Kristen Evans is a brand strategist, entrepreneur, consultant, and meeting facilitator who turns insights into action. Her career has spanned corporate sponsorship management for collegiate athletics, business development, data-storytelling, and consumer insights at Proctor & Gamble (where she contributed innovation strategies to global brands COVERGIRL, Pantene, and more), and Kraft Foods. Kristen currently focuses on her company, The Strength & Grace Group, a health and wellness holding company. Outside of business and wellness, Kristen is a dance educator, choreographer, and teaching artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Nov
13
Tue
Breakfast Club: Funding Relationships @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Tuesday, November 13 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

The average nonprofit organization’s budget is made up of 65% contributed income. With the huge amount of philanthropic initiatives: political advocacy, health initiatives, animal welfare, and so much more, it’s crucial to create meaningful relationships and write winning narratives that illustrate your work is worthy of funding from corporate sponsors, foundations, and individual donors.

A&BC’s new Director of Strategic Partnerships, Yvonne Orr-El, will join Breakfast Club to facilitate a conversation around the lifespan of a funding relationship and what it takes to gain your donors’ satisfaction and trust.

 

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Jan
8
Tue
Breakfast Club: Do I Really Need Insurance? @ The Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

Tuesday, January 8 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Do I really need insurance? Yes. Even if I’m a small nonprofit? Still yes. Arts organization are inherently prone to risk. When you bring audiences into your space for a performance or exhibition, engage volunteers to fulfill your end of year appeal mailing, and throw incredible fundraiser events, you create opportunities for personal and financial risk.

Determining the insurance policies that are right for your organization is tricky. Join the conversation at Breakfast Club to connect with peers who are also in search of the best policies. We’ll discuss some best practices to consider and direct you to a policy that suits your needs.

Register for Breakfast Club here. 

Feb
5
Tue
Breakfast Club: Advocacy and the Nonprofit Voice @ Arts & Business Council of Chicago
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club is a dynamic opportunity for arts administrators to connect with one another and collaborate on solutions for navigating personal and industry challenges.

In preparation for Arts Advocacy Day, join us to learn how you can approach your legislators to champion the cultural policy issues that are most important to you and your organization. Jonathan VanderBrug, Policy and Research Director at Arts Alliance Illinois, will join the conversation on how your nonprofit organization can use its voice to advocate for important issues such as the CREATE Act or full-funding for the NEA and the NEH without losing your 501(c)3 status. With the upcoming Chicago Mayoral election, this is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Tuesday, February 5 from 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Register for Breakfast Club here.