2009 Fall Forum on Governance

Opportunity Knocks: Proactive Leadership in a "Wait and See" World

New York City, November 6–8, 2009

About the Program:

For more than twelve months the staff and trustee theatre leadership across the country worked through record-breaking economic instability and near-constant change. National debates were waged over arts' importance to communities. Some theatres closed their doors, some drastically reduced their budgets and changed their programming, while other theatres thrived in the unpredictable environment. In 2009, what did the field look like? Has the President's personal interest in the arts impacted public perception of the arts and their value? What did we need to learn, re-learn or even un-learn in order to make way for true innovation and expansion? The 2009 Fall Forum sought innovative thinking to re-invigorate leadership and decision-making approaches and to investigate some success stories in theatre stewardship. Discussion topics included: Out with the Old, Three Organizations Tackle Assumptions Head On, The Green Opportunity, Leadership in Troubled Financial Times: What Your Board Can Do Now and The Service opportunity, among others. The Fall Forum brought together approximately 176 participants.

Click here for the Pre-Conference agenda.

Click here for an agenda.

Click here for the 2009 Fall Forum participant list.

Audio Recordings & Resources:

From Jack Uldrich's Unlearning 101 Plenary Session click here for his "Unlearning 101: Take Home Quiz."

Click here to listen to Out With the Old: Three Organizations Tackle Assumptions Head On (mp3) audio recording.

From The Green Opportunity Breakout Session click here for the Green Theater Choices Toolkit.

Click here for Berkeley Rep's Green Policy.

Click here to listen to The Value Opportunity (mp3) audio recording.

Click here to listen to Leadership in Troubled Financial Times: What Your Board Can Do Now (mp3) audio recording.

Click here to read the BoardSource handout entitled, Leading in Turbulent Times: What Your Board Can Do Now.

Click here to listen to Steering Through Turbulent Times: Managing Today's Crisis, Part II (mp3) audio recording.

Click here to listen to Molly Smith and Teresa Eyring's Closing Remarks (mp3) audio recording.

Program Calendar:

On Friday, November 6, Pre-Conference events were held at The Desmond Tutu Center from 1-4pm.

On Friday, November 6, the Fall Forum officially commenced at the Bryant Park Grill.

On Saturday, November 7, events were held at The Desmond Tutu Center.

On Sunday, November 8, events were held at The Desmond Tutu Center.

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