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The Chief Executive Program™
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Business of Arts and Culture

New York | May 1-2, 2014

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Business of Arts and Culture

Chicago | July 24-25, 2014

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The Summit at Sundance

November 2-5, 2014

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The Chief Executive Program

Funding Partners

The development of this program was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

These three foundations have made an extraordinary commitment over many years to help arts and culture institutions address key challenges. We would like to thank each of them for their support – for NAS and the cultural sector.

Across the cultural field and around the globe, there are leaders thinking creatively about the problems they face – finding new ways to engage with their communities, experimenting with their models and leading their organizations through an environment that is rapidly changing. The Chief Executive Program is designed to help 50 outstanding leaders push forward along that path and tackle the big questions facing the field. We will challenge these leaders to think about how to respond individually, in their own organizations and as a community of top cultural executives.

The Chief Executive Program builds on the lessons we learned from the first class of the program and our extensive work with organizations in team-based seminars. The Program continues in 2013 as a unique professional development experience – one that can be configured to map onto participants' own objectives.

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The Chief Executive Program Community

Click on an image to explore the executive's biography, work and thoughts on the issues facing art and culture institutions.

David Baile Sara Bon-Harper Rowan Brown Katy Clark Juan Antonio Cuéllar David Dower Kristy Edmunds David Flatley Daniel Gallant Vallejo Gantner
Sarah George Michael John Gorman Maria Hane Wier Harman Corinne Hill Linda Jackson Kathleen Jameson James Kass David Koren Monique le Conge
Veronique Le Melle Helen Legg Jeffrey Lependorf Christina Littlejohn Igor Lozada Ann Meier Baker Kevin Mills Stephen Mills Jonathan Moscone Justine Nagan
Christina Olsen Elaina Richardson Jessica Robinson Love Ane Rodriguez Armendariz Art Rotch Kirsten Schaffer Diomar Silveira Jill Snyder janera solomon Susan Taylor
Linus Tunström Kelly Tweeddale Kristina Van Dyke Tony Vecchio Joana Vicente Mark Wender Kim Whitener C. Brian Williams Simon Woods Michael Yankovich



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