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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA | March 2-5, 2016

Students will meet their colleagues, learn about key concepts such as negotiation, decision-making and human-centered design and meet the NAS & Penn teaching teams.



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A keen understanding of your organization's financial drivers is critical to effective leadership – and one that cannot be delegated. You have to be able to identify and obtain the ideal mix of revenues, make decisions about how to use your scarce resources and tell your stakeholders how your organization creates value. This seminar will teach your team how to examine your business model so that you can make decisions that will strengthen your organization in any economic environment.



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How you will benefit

This seminar will give your leadership team the tools and understanding to make more effective and sustainable financial decisions. By the end of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Craft financial strategies that most strongly support mission and organizational achievement
  • Identify the critical revenue, cost, and risk factors that are driving overall financial performance
  • Use financial numbers to predict effects on mission and organizational achievement

What to expect

This two-day seminar will engage your team in a series of class discussions to give you a more nuanced and mission-focused understanding of financial strategy. See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »

Who should attend

Finance is intended for senior managers and board members involved in strategic decisions for your arts or cultural organization. This seminar does not require any specialized financial training. In putting together your team for this seminar, we recommend that you consider:

  • Senior management team members involved in strategic decision-making and who have ultimate responsibility for financial decisions of the organization
  • Board members who are particularly interested in helping position the organization for the future

Why this is relevant now

“In today’s difficult economic conditions, it is particularly important for arts leaders to practice evidence-based management, a philosophy that emphasizes that decision-making be based on a clear understanding of the value an organization is trying to create and a clear understanding of its effectiveness in delivering that value. Leaders must understand the drivers of costs and revenues in their organizations to be able to make resource allocation choices that maintain the health of the organization and allow it to effectively meet its mission.”

Greg Reilly, Ph.D.
Finance seminar faculty

What past participants have to say

The beauty of the finance seminar is that it brings non-finance staff into a greater understanding of the story each budget tells and helps them see finance as a tool for articulating and understanding priorities and making program investment decisions.”

Beth Schoeppler, Managing Director
The Loft Literary Center


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To learn more about this seminar, contact Fielding Grasty.

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