A governance seminar presented by
the League of American Orchestras and . . .

. . . a concert by our host, the New York Philharmonic

Is Your Board Optimized?

Learn the Habits of
Highly-effective Board Members

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

David Geffen Hall
Helen Huntington Hull Room
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Photo Credit: Dan Rest

A League of American Orchestras leadership development seminar, Is Your Board Optimized?, will be in New York City on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

The orchestra-savvy author of Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully, Susan Howlett, will lead our full-day seminar and you will leave knowing what highly-effective board members know—the proven-practices that don't cost money and, don't require more time, but result in optimized boards.

Our board members are great people who are dedicated to our orchestras, but we don't always get optimal value from them as governors, ambassadors, and fundraisers. Find out what's holding them back and how to remove those barriers, so they can bring all their gifts to the table with ease. You'll leave this interactive, hands-on session with practical, no-cost steps you can take right away, using resources you already have.

Perfect for board-staff teams, this practical session addresses the complementary roles board members play in their organization's governance and resource development.


Susan Howlett understands your board. She's been strengthening boards for four decades, as a trustee herself, an executive director, and as a consultant to thousands of nonprofits large and small across the continent. Author of two acclaimed books (Getting Funded and Boards on Fire) she's been core faculty since 1990 in a year-long program in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Washington. She speaks regularly at regional and national conferences and meetings, and she leads about 40 board retreats each year. Susan is known for offering practical, no-cost solutions to persistent problems, delivered with humor, stories, and chocolate.



Who Should Attend?

Board members, executive directors/CEOs, senior development staff. To derive the maximum benefit and truly multiply the force of your board, teams of board and staff members are encouraged to attend.

Date/Time         Thursday, May 2, 2019
          9:00am-4:00pm Complimentary lunch provided
          7:30pm Concert by the New York Philharmonic

Go here for complete information about this optional concert


David Geffen Hall
Helen Huntington Hull Room
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023


$255 League members
$305 Regular

Optional concert ticket $82


Contact James Barry, Manager, Learning and Leadership Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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David Geffen Hall 

This seminar, offered through the League’s Noteboom Governance Center, is made possible, in part, by generous grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

The League’s Noteboom Governance Center is supported by leadership gifts from Richard and Kay Fredericks Cisek, The Clinton Family Fund, Marcia and John Goldman, and the Sargent Family Foundation.