Pre-Conference Seminars

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pre-Con: EdCE Half-Day Meeting

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:00 pm 6:00 pm $75

Location: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Education and Community Engagement personnel, please join us for an extra half day of professional development on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 before Conference officially begins. We’ll examine Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s interdisciplinary school partnership program, CSO-Connect; hear about a variety of other orchestra-school partnerships throughout the country; and spend time exploring how we can best respond to community needs and what we can learn from a few peer examples. Location and further details to come.

Speakers: Catherine Beeson, director of community and education programs, Colorado Symphony; Katy Clusen, manager of School and Family Programs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Caitlin Daly, education director, New Haven Symphony; John Elliott, director of education and community engagement, Portland Symphony Orchestra; James Hall, manager, community programs & Civic Orchestra Engagement, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Danielle Johnson, manager of learning and wellness, The Philadelphia Orchestra; Ahmad Mayes, director of education & community engagement, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan McCormick, director of education & The Negaunee Music Institute, Chicago Symphony; Hillarie O’Toole, manager, learning & engagement programs, Carnegie Hall; Laura Reynolds, vice president of education and community engagement, Seattle Symphony; Kathryn Schwarzmann, director of education & community engagement, Madison Symphony Orchestra; Jon Weber, director, School & Family Programs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Rebecca Whitney, director of education, Milwaukee Symphony; Paul Wiggin, trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Amanda Wuerstlin, director of education and community engagement, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

The education and community engagement half day meeting is at capacity – please contact Member Relations with your complete contact information if you would like to be placed on a waitlist in the event more space becomes available.

This pre-conference meeting is part of the Engagement and Innovation Track. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pre-Con: Creating Compelling Content on Facebook and YouTube

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Indiana Room, Third Floor

With a constant stream of social content fighting for people’s attention, how well are you reaching your audience online? This workshop will give you the tools you need to create compelling content—whether you have unlimited resources or a shoe-string budget. Through guided exercises and collaborative discussion, you will learn how to find your social voice and empower your constituents to share their stories. This session will also include tips for creating great advertising content through these channels, so you can put your content to work for you.

Speakers: Shira Dickstein, Capacity Interactive; Ashley Dunn Gatterdam, Vice President, Client Strategy, Capacity Interactive; Becky Ludkiewicz, Consultant

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Foundations of Collective Bargaining

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $50*

Location: Logan Room, Third Floor

Presented by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, this seminar is a half-day introductory course to the essential elements of best collective bargaining and negotiation practices. What are the roles of the various members of the committees? Proposals, counters, caucuses, sidebars, etc.—what do these terms mean? This seminar will be an informative discussion of the basic skills necessary to be an effective bargaining team member and clarify the various steps in the collective bargaining process.

Speakers: Rosa Tiscareno, commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Leadership, People, Culture Track.

*Fee to defray food and beverage cost

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Interrupting Implicit Bias

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Madison Room, Third Floor

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic within your workplace given our current political climate? Could your orchestra or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making?

This interactive Pre-Conference session will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to address them. The facilitator will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from—essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in—as well as a discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others. Participants will explore scenarios they may encounter in their orchestras and practice engaging in these situations more pro-actively given the unconscious biases that may otherwise influence our actions.

Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Workshop
  • Opening Exercise: Raising Awareness About Implicit Bias
  • Stereotyping Exercise and Discussion
  • The Implicit Association Test: Learning about Mental Shortcuts
  • Strategies for Counteracting Bias
  • “Interrupting” Bias: Small Group Exercises
  • Concluding Comments, Questions, and Wrap Up

Facilitator: Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution.

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Major Campaigns, Major Considerations

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Wilson Room, Third Floor

Is your organization considering embarking on a capital or endowment campaign? In this seminar, we will analyze many of the important factors that go into initiating major fundraising campaigns, such as board readiness, staff requirements and workloads, and determining a campaign’s scope. We will examine these important elements through case studies of real industry examples and review the challenges peer organizations have faced during the course of their campaigns. Through the case studies, you will learn to critically evaluate timelines, to consider how projects should be determined, and how campaigns can affect annual giving.

Speakers: Bob Swaney, founder & CEO, Robert Swaney Consulting, Inc. 

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Marketing and Development Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Pre-Con: Toolkit for Conductors

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Marshfield Room, Third Floor

Co-presented with the Conductors Guild, this seminar will center on topics important to conductors with ten plus years of experience. We’ll demystify the music director selection process and explore strategies for stimulating your own artistic growth through various forms of continuing education. Additionally, the seminar will provide resources to help conductors manage their personal brands and successfully communicate with boards, executives, and orchestra staff.

Speakers: John Farrer, music director, Roswell Symphony Orchestra; Delta David Gier, music director, South Dakota Symphony; Jim Hirsch, principal consultant, Chicago Sinfonietta; Susan Lape, executive director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras; Matthew Oberstein, vice president, Opus 3 Artists; Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director, Chicago Opera Theater

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Artistic Vitality Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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