Change is inevitable. Founders leave. Long-time leaders retire. Programs need to evolve in response to changing times. Change is hard. Too often organizations retain leaders after founders or long-time executives depart only to see the next leader leave within a short period. Or, when organizations hold on to programs that are no longer effective, audiences and funders can cease their engagement. The underlying issues of and responses to these situations are similar and in some cases related. In this workshop we will explore the potential pitfalls of transitions and how to avoid them, and discuss strategies to help your organization effectively navigate major transitions, especially those related to succession planning.
This session is geared to small arts organizations experiencing or anticipating change. It is strongly encouraged that key staff or volunteers attend with a board member or other individuals who are key players in the organization. There will be opportunity to work together on material presented
Julie Gordon Dalgleish, principal with Arts Development Associates for more than 30 years, has facilitated results-oriented processes to develop strategic plans, assess and evaluate programs, and create new concepts for reaching and engaging the community in cultural activities. Most recently she worked with Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City to guide that artist-support organization from its founder to the next generation of leadership. With a focus on finding creative solutions to advance the missions of organizations and assist them through transitions, Dalgleish has worked with a wide variety of arts enterprises and cultural, government and funding agencies throughout the United States and in Canada, England, and New Zealand.