This seminar is presented by the League of American Orchestras
in collaboration with the Association of California Symphony Orchestras...
...and a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Is Your Board Optimized?

Learn the Habits of
Highly Effective Board Members

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, don’t require more time, but result in optimized boards. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Choral Hall
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Photo Credit: Dan Rest

Our board members are great people and they’re 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.


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, including several League conferences and meetings, and she leads about 40 board retreats each year. She’s known for offering practical, no-cost solutions to persistent problems, delivered with humor, stories, and chocolate.

“It is critical to the success of our organizations and our entire field that we have strong, contemporary board governance practices, and that we continue to look for new ways to engage board members deeply in the mission of our organizations.

Susan Howlett is a dynamic presenter and has many years of experience in this area. I know that attendees will walk away with new ideas to take back to their organizations—as well as renewed energy around the central importance of our boards.”


Schedule of Events

  February 1, 2019
9:00am-4:00pm  Seminar (a complimentary lunch will be provided)
8:00pm  Concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
  Simone Young conductor 
Michael Slattery tenor 
Andrew Bain horn

Britten       Four Sea Interludes from
                  Peter Grimes

Britten       Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Strauss      Also Sprach Zarathustra


Who Should Attend?

Board and development committee members, the executive director, and senior staff development officers.


$255  League and ACSO members
$305  Regular

Optional concert ticket $88.
A block of 10 ‘front terrace’ tickets are available—first come, first served.


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

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.