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Cultural Leadership Training Class Teaches Future Leaders

3 May

By Katherine Mooring, Vice President, Capacity & Community Engagement

CLT class members take part in a class with Community School of the Arts.

Spring is in the air, and that means applications for ASC’s Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) Program are now online! This program is designed to identify new volunteer leaders for our Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector and prepare them for board service. With the graduation of our seventh class next week, ASC will have placed more than 200 alumni in leadership roles with 35 local arts and cultural institutions.

Monthly sessions focus on the legal responsibilities of boards, fundraising roles, arts advocacy, audience development, strategic planning, board/staff relations and how to find your own perfect fit for board service.  Participants in this program also need to be good sports…willing to engage in every experiential learning activity we throw your way during the nine months you spend with us. From running up and down Tryon Street for a cultural scavenger hunt, to dialoguing about difference at Levine Museum of the New South, learning to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a tiny Suzuki violin with Community School of the Arts, jamming with the Jazz Arts Initiative, or walking the trails at Carolina Raptor Center, there is always something new to explore that will deepen your understanding of and appreciation for the sector you will be supporting as board leaders.

ArtsMarket President Louise Stevens talks to the class about the role of board marketing.

The individuals who participate in this program, year after year, never fail to amaze us with their wide range of experiences, talent, insight and genuine commitment to advancing arts and culture in our community.

If you are interested in taking your involvement to the next level, click here for complete program details. The application deadline for our 2012-13 class is June 15. We invite you to get on board with us!

The CLT program is supported in part through the generosity of Parker Poe Attorneys and Counselors at Law and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Meet CLT Class Members Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

26 Apr

The Cultural Leadership Training (CLT) class is a nine month, nine class program that trains members of our community in board leadership and helps place them on the board of an arts, science or history organization. With just a couple of weeks to graduation for the 2011-2012 CLT class we wanted to introduce you to two future board members, Sean Gautam and Emily Walker

Name: Sean Gautam

Employer & Position: Intelligrity Capital Management – Founder and President

Hometown: New Orleans & New Delhi

College/University: Georgetown Law, University of New Orleans

Major: Securities Laws and Finance

Length of time in Charlotte: 5 years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I wanted to bring my energy and passions to help support and promote the cultural sector in Charlotte.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: Visiting museums and art galleries.

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: Good people, light traffic, and growing diversity.

Favorite book: ‘A Gift to my Children’ by Jim Rogers (acclaimed investor)

Favorite band/musician: Led Zeppelin/Eddie Vedder

Favorite movie: Il Postino

Favorite vacation spot: Venice, Italy

Favorite activity in your free time: Motorcycling

Person you would most like to meet: Jim Rogers (the investor, not the Duke Energy CEO)

Favorite Quote? “There’s one life to live — make it count.”


Name: Emily Walker

Employer & Position: Program Manager, Continuing Education, Queens University of Charlotte

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

College/University: Elon University

Major: Leisure & Sport Management

Length of time in Charlotte:  5 ½ years

Why were you interested in CLT program? I was interested in the CLT program because I wanted to explore the variety of arts and science organizations in our community. I knew I would learn a great deal from the speakers about board involvement and was excited about the possibility of connecting with a board that I may have not otherwise considered.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: The CSO’s Pops in the Park series – I look forward to gathering with my friends each year on summer evenings in June for a picnic, wine and wonderful sounds from the Charlotte Symphony!

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: There is always something to do! I love that Charlotte has all of the offerings of a big city but still manages to have a small city feel.

Favorite book: Bethenny Frankel’s “A Place of Yes” – this book provides ten rules for pursuing your goals with authenticity and drive.

Favorite band/musician: Lady Antebellum

Favorite movie: Father of the Bride – Pt. I & II!

Favorite vacation spot: Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Favorite activity in your free time: Being president of the Young Affiliates of the Mint (and catching up on all things BRAVO on the DVR!)

Person you would most like to meet: Kate Middleton – I think it would be fascinating to hear about her life has changed over this past year, from her perspective!

Is there anything else you’d like to include? I love trying new things, meeting new people and being engaged in this great city that I call home.

Interested in joining professionals like Sean and Emily on a cultural non-profit board? Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 Cultural Leadership Training class! Find more information and the application here.


Getting To Know CLT Class Member Ann Saari

17 Apr

Next month the Arts & Science Council will graduate 31 Charlotte professionals from the Cultural Leadership Training program. These leaders will go on to serve as board members or board trainees/apprentices at cultural organizations throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Ann Saari is one member of this year’s class.

Employer & Position: Bissell, Tenant Services Coordinator

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

College/University: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Major: Urban & Regional Studies

Length of time in Charlotte: 8 years

Why were you interested in CLT program? It is the perfect program for someone who wants to be involved in the community, but not sure which organization is the best fit for them. The program outline educates the group about the various organizations and also provides the tools to understand how non-profits operate.

Favorite arts/science/history activity: “Speed Dating” with over 10 different organizations.

Favorite thing about living in Charlotte: Warm weather in a picturesque city.

Favorite book: Geography of Nowhere and The Thank You Economy

Favorite band/musician: Too many favorites to pick just one!

Favorite movie: The Family Stone

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a beach.

Favorite activity in your free time: Spending time with friends and family.

Person you would most like to meet: Tom Hanks

Interested in joining professionals like Ann on a cultural non-profit board? Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 Cultural Leadership Training class! Find more information and the application here.

Training Future Cultural Leaders

27 Dec

Strong board members build strong cultural organizations – that’s why since 2005 the Arts & Science Council has been working to train leaders for Charlotte’s cultural community through the Cultural Leadership Training program.

The nine month, nine session program is designed to help develop emerging leaders into productive volunteers and board candidates for cultural organizations across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In addition to experiencing the various arts, science and history facilities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, participants learn financial and legal obligations of board membership, fundraising, advocacy and board and staff relations, among other things. At the end of the program, graduates are placed on a board either as an apprentice or a full-term board member. More than 150 members have graduated from the program and served in the cultural community.

This year’s program, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP, has 31 participants from a wide array of public and private sector organizations.

So far this year the class has participated in a cultural scavenger hunt through Uptown, visited the Mint Museum Uptown and Levine Museum of the New South, joined together in a sing along with the organist at St. Peters, and learned about fundraising and financial and legal obligations of board membership.

With five weeks remaining of their nine week journey, the 31 participants still have much to experience including the “Speed Dating with Cultural Organizations” session in January that will determine on which board they will serve.

Stay tuned to hear about all the goings on of the Cultural Leadership Training program.

To find out more about the Cultural Leadership Training program and how you can be involved in next year’s class click here.


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