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What is the key element of relationship-building?

Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, talks about the importance of listening.

How does your approach to partnerships reflect your organization’s culture?

Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that framing partnerships as opportunities can be a powerful force in an organization.

What is the role of the publisher in the digital age?

Chris Fischbach, Publisher of Coffeehouse Press, talks about the value that publishers add, the misconception of the “cultural gatekeeper” and how his organization chooses what gets published.

How do cultural institutions break down internal silos?

Ken Neufel, president of Victoria Theatre Association, talks about his organization’s experience in cross-departmental collaboration.

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one’s community.

What is the role of an arts and culture leader in today’s society?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty, suggests that arts leaders are best equipped to shape the future.

How can digital platforms enhance the experience of a live performance?

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin, talks about using technology to increase anticipation for the performance.

As a new museum director, what are your main goals and priorities?

Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, talks about the importance of a realistic, pragmatic approach to change.

How do multiple programs function as tools in service of one mission?

Jessica Robinson Love, Executive & Artistic Director of CounterPULSE, discusses how viewing programs as tools allows her organization to focus on outcomes.

How does an organization establish a clear identity while serving multiple communities?

Jessica Robinson Love, Executive & Artistic Director of CounterPULSE, talks about the challenges of serving diverse communities.

What should a leader consider when approaching change?

Jana La Sorte, Executive Director of Urban Bush Women, discusses the importance of being upfront an open about what the change will mean for the organization.

How do you connect a local community to a global event?

The London Olympics present enormous opportunities – as well as some challenges – for local youths. Steve Moffitt, CEO of A New Direction in London, describes how he and his team have worked to localize and truly global event.

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