The Chief Executive Program


Change the status quo.

At a time when our challenges and opportunities are more and more connected, many leaders of arts and culture organizations feel increasingly isolated and under-supported. New perspectives, tools and connections can create a radical shift.

The Chief Executive Program offers an extraordinary opportunity for you and a select group artistic and executive leaders to spend a year exploring leadership and change, and building skills and relationships that you will draw upon for the rest of your career.


You are...

the leader of an arts and culture organization who understands its vital role in the community. You are consumed with keeping your organization strong and connected as you deal with the radical change around you.

You'll share...

your insights about your community, your organization’s approach and your vision for the future. Everyone will learn from the deep expertise and wisdom contained within this diverse cohort of individuals, coming from a wide range of perspectives.

You'll gain...

tools and insights from experts in leadership and bias at Harvard and other top universities. The experience is tailored to support your efforts, using different approaches, a range of analytical frameworks and a network of allies and collaborators.

You'll join...

an incredible, worldwide community of change-makers. Connect with over 200 leaders who have been through the program and are positioned to introduce radical change in their communities and the field.


Selection & Participation

The ideal participant is a change agent – a leader interested in making a real difference in a community and in the field. Leaders chosen to take part in this unique experience have the opportunity – and a responsibility – to share what they’ve learned and serve as influencers for the field. Participating leaders come from a broad and diverse mix of organizations that may include performing and visual arts, zoos, libraries, aquariums, botanical gardens, science centers, writer’s centers, historical societies, public media – any organizations that encourages creativity. This diversity is an essential part of the Chief Executive Program experience.

Important Dates

FEB 21 – APR 18, 2019
Application Window
MAY 21 – JUN 4, 2019
Interviews // Conversations with finalists to ensure program is a fit
JUL 7, 2019
Cohort Announcement
FALL 2019
Peer Learning and Connection // Your Home
OCT 13 – 18, 2019
Strategy & Driving Change// Harvard Business School // Boston, Massachusetts
FALL 2019 – SPRING 2020
Coaching and Reflection // Your Home
APR 19 – 23, 2020
Change In Motion: Sundance // Sundance Resort // Sundance, Utah


Tuition for all U.S. residents is pay what you can.

While we spend more than $20,000 per participant in the Chief Executive Program (this includes two convenings, coaching, online learning and support, all meals and lodging during the convenings), our aim has always been to ensure that our programs are affordable and US-based funders help us to our subsidize pricing. We ask participants to name their own price, contributing what they can toward their tuition and using the suggested tiers below as a benchmark. Participants will not be asked to name their price until after they are accepted into the program.
Suggested tuition rates for individual applicants in the US:
Budget under $1 million: $4500 each
Budget between 1 and 4 million: $6500 each
Budget between 4 and 10 million: $8500 each
Budget between 10 and 20 million: $14,500 each
Budget over 20 million: $16,500 each
Tuition for participants based outside of the US is set at $19,500 each