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Wednesday, June 20
 

6:30pm CDT

Leadership Intensive Alumni Dinner
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Sponsors
avatar for American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation

Sponsor: Leadership Intensive
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
Loretto-Hilton Center 130 Edgar Road, St. Louis, MO
  Meal, Leadership Intensive
  • Area of Focus LI
  • Reservations Required Yes
  • Limited Access By invitation
 
Thursday, June 21
 

8:00am CDT

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive — Personal Development Refresh
Limited Capacity filling up

This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Howard

Kurt Howard

Director of Programs and Services, OPERA America
After three years as OPERA America's managing director, Kurt Howard shifted into the position of director of programs services in 2017. Howard is responsible for professional development programs, annual conference planning and execution, supervision of grant programs (specifically... Read More →
avatar for Steven Humes

Steven Humes

Education Manager, Opera Philadelphia

Sponsors
avatar for American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation

Sponsor: Leadership Intensive
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Sterling 5, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Roundtable, Leadership Intensive
  • Area of Focus LI
  • Reservations Required Yes
  • Limited Access By invitation
 
Friday, June 22
 

8:30am CDT

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive — Power and Privilege
Limited Capacity seats available

An extended session will take a deeper dive into the issues of power and privilege. This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos

Executive Director, AlternateROOTS
Dr. Michelle Ramos brings a deep and incredibly robust diversity of experience to her new role as Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS. Her background includes most recently working in criminal justice reform as Project Director of the Vera Institute of Justice, philanthropic wo... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation

Sponsor: Leadership Intensive
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with... Read More →
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:15am CDT
Sterling 5, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Roundtable, Leadership Intensive
  • Area of Focus LI
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Limited Access By invitation

9:00am CDT

Implication of Tax Code Revisions
With the passage of time, a clearer understanding of the new IRS tax rules governing deductions, caps and other provisions is emerging. In this session, we will learn about the potential impact of US tax reform on donors and their giving as well as on working arts professionals and the expenses they incur in the course of their work.

Speakers
avatar for Susan W. Jones, J.D, CFP

Susan W. Jones, J.D, CFP

Partner, BKD
Susan is the St. Louis leader for BKD’s Private Client Services (PCS) tax team and a leader of BKD Family Office (BKDFO).  Susan provides sophisticated income, gift and estate tax compliance, consulting and planning services to individuals, families, fiduciaries, private foundations... Read More →
avatar for Jeremiah  Marks

Jeremiah Marks

Chief Financial Officer, Opera Philadelphia
Jeremiah Marks has been with Opera Philadelphia as Chief Financial Officer since 2015. A veteran in the nonprofit industry, Jeremiah is a frequent speaker at the OPERA America Leadership intensive and at performing arts conferences across the country. Prior to Opera Philadelphia... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA AMERICA
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

3:30pm CDT

Moving Toward an Equitable Organizational Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Opera’s homogeneity is increasingly out of place in a country that is ever-more diverse.  Motivated by increased self-awareness, external expectations and the potential for increased artistic richness and relevance, companies are striving to improve equity in hiring, programming, casting and community engagement.  To be successful, new practices must be rooted in changed organizational cultures.  Learn from leaders who have succeeded in guiding organizational cultures to achieve greater equity.

Speakers
avatar for Kira Hudson Banks

Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor of Psychology, Saint Louis University
Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and focuses on race, racial identity and intergroup relations. She has worked in the field to improve intergroup relations since 1998 through research, community outreach, and school-based interventions... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Bedoya

Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager (and Minister of Belonging on USDAC Cabinet), City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya is Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, CA, overseeing the Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the City's Department of Economic and Workforce Development. He previously served as executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, overseeing grant making... Read More →
avatar for Julie Grady Heard

Julie Grady Heard

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inlcusion, Cincinnati Opera
I am passionate about embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's implementation and sustained presence in our Mission, Vision and every step of our strategic priorities.
avatar for Andrew Jorgensen

Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Powell-Robinson

Melanie Powell-Robinson

Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
avatar for LiveNote

LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session
 
Saturday, June 23
 

8:00am CDT

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive — Harassment and Corporate Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge

General Director & CEO, Austin Opera

Sponsors
avatar for American Express Foundation

American Express Foundation

Sponsor: Leadership Intensive
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Sterling 5, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Roundtable, Leadership Intensive
  • Area of Focus LI
  • Reservations Required Yes
  • Limited Access By invitation

11:00am CDT

Don't Start, Stop!
Discussion about improving diversity inevitably begins with ideas for new efforts, but many established company practices reinforce barriers that inhibit progress and counteract new initiatives. In this session, participants will be invited to reflect on the actions and activities that should be stopped in order to make newcomers feel more welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA AMERICA
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm CDT
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session

11:00am CDT

Patron Experience: Managing the Crossover Zone
The lifetime trajectory of an audience member can cross multiple departments: community engagement, marketing, box office and development. The pressure to achieve departmental revenue goals, however, often means that marketing and development department staff lose sight of larger objectives of creating a unified patron experience. In this session panelists share how they are working to align their companies’ marketing and fundraising strategies to the benefit of their bottom lines and patron relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Dixon

Susan Dixon

Marketing, Portland
avatar for Richard Russell

Richard Russell

Executive Director, Sarasota Opera
Richard Russell is Executive Director of Sarasota Opera. A former singer, he performed with the company for four seasons beginning in 1989 as an apprentice artist, studio artist, and principal. After transitioning out of professional performing he joined Citigroup’s Emerging Markets... Read More →
avatar for David Walker

David Walker

Managing Director, Palm Beach Opera
Responsible for all company contributed and earned income goals, as well as all expenses used to achieve them; Oversee Fundraising, Marketing, Box Office, and Education & Community Engagement departments; Design, implement, and manage company marketing, promotion, and fundraising... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
avatar for SD&ampA Teleservices

SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm CDT
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

2:45pm CDT

Maintaining Board Member Engagement
Whether your company has a "working board" or a "governing board," motivating board members to fulfill their varied roles and responsibilities is a common challenge. Learn about successful strategies for maintaining engagement even as the balance shifts between direct service and oversight.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kriha Dye

Peggy Kriha Dye

General and Artistic Director, Opera Columbus
Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye is responsible for all production staff, and Opera Columbus’ programming, including mainstage productions, Opera on the Edge productions and education and community outreach programs.Also a professional opera singer, Peggy played the title role... Read More →
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA AMERICA
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →
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Robert Tancer

Development Committee/Immediate Past Board Chair, Arizona Opera Company

Sponsors
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102