The NAS Summit


Get Inspired. Get Connected. Get To Work.

Two and a half days with leaders from across the NAS network, working together to tackle challenges and to explore how our values affect our work.

The community of NAS alumni is a wonderful cross section of the arts and culture sector – CEOs, senior managers, entrepreneurs, artists, as well as board members and funders. At the NAS Summit, the walls between our programs are torn down and our entire community of partners and alumni is invited to learn, collaborate and inspire one another.


The NAS Summit is an opportunity to take a break from the day-to-day and recharge your passion for challenging the status quo. Equip yourself with new tools and frameworks in a collaborative professional development environment with expert faculty and a creative assembly of cultural workers, tackling the most pressing issues facing our organizations and communities.


Dates & Location

April 2-5, 2020 — The Wentworth Inn — Jackson, New Hampshire


Arrive the afternoon of April 2 for two and a half days of learning and exchange before departing the morning of April 5.


Does your organization’s belief system align with your core principles? Friday and Saturday’s faculty sessions at the NAS Summit will highlight the importance of values-driven leadership. Led by Meredith Myers, Ph.D., an award-winning teacher at the University of Pennsylvania and Executive Director of Job Crafting LLC, we will explore methods to align our careers, teams and the vision of our organizations around a common language of values.


Myers draws on the authentic leadership approach to examine how our identities and values influence our work. Through her sessions, we will reflect on our individual leadership journeys, consider how our work moves us towards or away from our values and examine leveraging our values in difficult times.


Friday afternoon at the NAS Summit will feature a day trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where we will explore a little of the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene through the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. For more than 300 years, the lives of African people and their descendants have been a part of New Hampshire’s history, however African-American history has long been hidden in the shadows even though Black lives have been intermixing with White lives in highly personal ways. Together, we will learn and discuss a multitude of stories that mark the milestones of the Granite State’s complex history.


On Saturday afternoon, the NAS Summit will make time for un-conference-style discussions on topics put forward by our community. This is your chance to start the conversation you’ve been craving with an incredible room of experienced arts and culture leaders. Past dialogues have addressed Racial Equity Principles, our political climate, board management, building coalitions, avoiding burnout and more.


The NAS Summit will be held at The Wentworth Inn, a cozy getaway in Jackson, New Hampshire, nestled in the White Mountains which offers spectacular views, casual elegance and exceptional cuisine. To help you recharge, the ADA compliant property features a spa, health and fitness center, heated outdoor pool, golf and many hiking trails in the surrounding area.



The NAS Summit is an all-inclusive, pay what you can event.


While we will be spending more than $1,000 per Summit attendee (this includes all sessions, meals and drinks and three nights lodging), NAS is committed to providing affordable programming for the arts and culture sector and asks you to name your own price, contributing what you can using the suggested tiers below as a benchmark.


My organization is covering my expenses:$980
<150,000 annual income:$899
101,000-150,000 annual income:$799
61,000-100,000 annual income:$699
30,000-60,000 annual income:$599
>30,000 annual income:$499


Getting There

The Wentworth Inn is located at:


1 Carter Notch Road
Jackson, NH 03846


If you are flying in, we suggest one of the following airports:

  • Boston Logan International Airport
  • Burlington International Airport
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
  • Portland International Jetport

NAS has arranged for round trip shuttles to and from the NAS Summit at Boston Logan International Airport and Portland International Jetport for a nominal fee:

Looking to drive to the NAS Summit or link up with someone who is? Fill out our ride sharing information sheet and start connecting with Summit attendees!


Meredith Myers, Ph.D. has served as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania since 2009, working within the Wharton School, the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and the Positive Psychology Center. She has won excellence in teaching awards in the Wharton School and SP2’s Nonprofit Leadership Masters Program.


In her research and consulting, Meredith has coached international leaders, executives and board members in non-profits, foundations and industry on how to forge healthier relationships for more sustainable business results. Key subject areas include: the science of human flourishing, leadership, collaboration, bias in decision-making and emotions at work. She also has helped develop and execute training programs to build problem-solving and collaboration capacity within mission critical teams such as those within the New York Fire Department, Navy Special Warfare and US Army Special Operations Command.


Since 2018, Meredith has instructed Leadership & Decision-Making as faculty for NAS’s Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy. Visit Meredith’s faculty profile to learn more about her work.