The Future Leadership Program was aimed at cultivating the next wave of arts and cultural executives,
and equipping them with the expertise they will need to excel in top management positions
within the next five to seven years. The approaching retirement of long-standing executives
across the entire nonprofit sector presents a momentous challenge for the cultural field as
well. With smart investment today, together we can transform this looming change into a
A unique approach
A partnership between NAS and
you, Future Leadership was a chance for us to collectively develop
exactly the professional development experiences needed
for our next wave of top executives. We used online
tools, such as the
Future Leadership Program Design Blog, to "co-author"
new services and events with you and your colleagues.
NAS maintained this "public square" throughout
the life of the program, and contributed
our resources and expertise to help design and deliver
the highest quality professional development events
The Future Leadership Fellowship enabled 275 mid-career professionals to take part in the pilot series of events presented during the fall of 2009. These fellowships covered the full tuition of $500 for a day-long professional development session with faculty from a leading business school. In addition to the classroom experience, fellows have been welcomed into a national network of colleagues, making use of online tools to connect within and across program sites and have access to management expertise and advice from National Arts Strategies and the NAS network for a year.
NAS worked with a national network of partners to present six events across the country. Our partners included: Arts Alliance Illinois, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Boeing Company, Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, The Henry Ford, New York Foundation for the Arts, Springboard for the Arts and Theatre Bay Area.