The Schedule for the 49th Annual Conference will be available in early May 2017.
GRAND BALLROOM A
We are enthralled by the elusive mystery of a Monet canvas or a Bach composition, and rightfully so. While superb artistry remains as mysterious as ever, today we have tools, technology, and capabilities that in creative hands can speed up the process and quality of the creative output. Ajit Sivadasan will explain how Lenovo is evolving its own branding and marketing processes to better connect with audiences and expedite creative development while simultaneously improving financial efficiency and deliverable results.
Do you have a clear-eyed vision of your organization’s business structure and how your choices today impact the future? What program and overhead decisions can have positive (or negative) financial impact, and what are other components that affect fiscal viability? Learn how to incorporate innovative approaches and proven techniques that can help ailing non-profits recover and strengthen already thriving ones. This important session will take the guesswork out of money-matters as you discover the characteristics (aka “knobs and levers”) of a financially healthy institution and learn to adapt them to your own orchestras and ensembles.Claire Knowlton, associate director, advisory services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
The major challenge in fundraising is learning where to focus your efforts. We need money, but if we focus only on money we will have neither money nor donors. What does it really mean to build relationships with donors? What do you do when a donor says no or not now? How do we find board members willing to help with fundraising? How do we help the organization set realistic goals and help the ED be a team builder? How do we attract more donors? What are the specific techniques for fundraising during times of economic instability? In this session, you are encouraged to bring your questions and to make some small changes that will lead to big results.Kim Klein, principal, Klein & Roth Consulting
Where, oh where, are new audience members to be found? It’s a constant and major concern for all of us, and there is hopeful news. Sometimes, it’s up to us to disrupt our “business as usual” to attract new patrons to the Symphony. Join this session to hear how the Wallace Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation are investing in research and implementation so that orchestras can identify and engage potential new audience members.Frank Capek, founder & chief experience officer, Customer Innovations, Inc.
Don’t just sit around waiting for the sky to fall or a bolt of inspirational lightning to hit. Instead, disrupt yourself and add measurable value to your organization through practical, cost-effective innovation. Over 90% of all businesses can be saved – and taught to prosper –despite the size of the organization, condition of the economy or its competition. Whether your organization is healthy, at a crossroads, in conflict or has a full-blown crisis, explore real-life examples from the field and beyond of how to maximize value for exponential growth.
The success of any organization has always been dependent on its ability to create experiences that resonate with and influence customers. Today’s customers are spoiled. Thanks to companies like Amazon and Apple, customers now expect every organization to deliver seamless and highly engaging experiences. Now, more than ever, success will be dependent on your organization’s ability to innovate in ways that meet and exceed these rapidly changing expectations. In this general session, Frank Capek will review leading examples and illustrate the practical disciplines required to create highly engaging, next generation customer experiences.
Our January 13th Ask an Expert webinar was so popular that we decided to have this Expert on hand for an entire hour. Join our nonprofit attorney for a discussion that will cover everything from charitable donations, elections and lobbying, compliance, personal liability of Board members, filing taxes, unredacted Schedule B, and more.