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Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants are in Philadelphia

Hailing from around the world, the participants in the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, gather in-person for the first time on the University of Pennsylvania campus, today! The twenty-nine participants of the inaugural class will spend the next four days working together to explore their authentic leadership style, tackle their biggest questions about leadership and management and use human-centered design to frame problems creatively and effectively.

The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy is a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Participants have been working together online since January and just finished their first online course in the program. The level of engagement and discourse was incredible. We are excited to now gather everyone in the same room to help them connect around a curriculum that will allow for the interrogation of building programs and designing experiences.

Get ready for an exciting and engaging conversation this week and follow along on Twitter using #ExecProgramArts.



The Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy is a partnership between NAS and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2).

To learn more about the Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy, contact Pearl Bickersteth »


Leading management faculty bring wealth of experience to Strategy, December 8-10

NAS Strategy professors Violina Rindova (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin) and Rob Wiltbank (Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University) bring several decades of research and teaching experience to this three-day seminar in Chicago, December 8-10. They will use case studies, engaging discussions and team exercises to help you form a sound strategy that plays to your organization’s strengths.

Dr. Rindova’s research focusing on how firms develop intangible assets and manage perceptions of value has been published in leading management and strategy journals. Her work has also been featured in various business media including Business Week and The Economist. She is currently working on the concept of “celebrity firms” and understanding the sources of market popularity. She has taught courses in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels while on the faculty of the University of Washington and University of Maryland. She holds a J.D. from University of Sofia, Bulgaria, MBA from Madrid Business School-University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Dr. Wiltbank teaches courses on Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Governance and Venture Finance as part of a program dedicated to management principles that are core to creating value in for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations. His research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations. He is a leading researcher in the field of angel investing and has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics such topics as change in top management teams non-predictive strategies, entrepreneurial expertise in marketing and formal venture capital investment practices. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Dr. Wiltbank co-authored “The Catalyst,” selected by Business Week as one of the top 10 books on innovation and leadership in 2009. He is also co-author of “Effectual Entrepreneurship,” based on 15 years of academic research into entrepreneurial expertise. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in finance & accounting from Oregon State University, and is a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture investment firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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Explore your questions with a management and leadership expert

Paula J. Caproni teaches in the Management and Organizations Department at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, one of the leading business schools in the country where she also serves as the Director for the MBA program. In addition to her extensive teaching, Professor Caproni researches the complex human relationships in organizations and is an executive coach and consultant. Her book, Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach, now in its second edition, is designed to help managers enhance their job effectiveness, career potential, and general well-being.

Join Professor Caproni and NAS for a small group Q&A session about influence December 9, 1:00-2:00 PM EST. Prior to the live event, you’ll have access to a recording of Professor Caproni discussing universal forms of influence and how you can use them to work more effectively. She will use the video as a launching point for the small group discussion – limited to 12 logins – which will enable you to explore your questions directly with Professor Caproni.

Space for Talk with an Expert: Ethical Influence is strictly limited to ensure the highest level of engagement. We encourage you to attend with a group of your colleagues, and have prepared suggestions for how to make the most of this event as a team learning experience. Tuition is $95 per login, regardless of the number of participants.

Register now »