Mid-Winter Seminars

January 25-26, 2020

New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212 755 4000

This January, connect with fellow arts administrators in New York City to share ideas and learn more about what is happening in the field today.

Register here to attend the Mid-Winter Seminars

Two seminars, Creating a Culture of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, will be held Saturday, January 25 from 1:00pm-5:00pm and on Sunday, January 26 from 8:00am to noon respectively.  

Who Should Attend?
Arts administrators from organizations of all budget sizes. 


  • $255 each / $450 for both: League Member rate
  • $305 each / $550 for both: Non-Member rate 



New York Philharmonic Concert

Enjoy a 10% League group discount on tickets purchased through the New York Philharmonic Box Office at 212 875 5656 or on the New York Philharmonic website (code: LEAGUE10).

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Concert

Enjoy a 30% League group discount on Lunar New Year Celebration tickets purchased through the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 1 800 ALLEGRO (255 3476) or on the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra website (code MIDWINTER).


Hotel Reservations

New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212 755 4000 

Room Rate: $164/night + 14.75% and $3.50 per night occupancy tax
Reservations can be made here.  

Rooms must be booked by January 10, 2020 to secure the League’s discounted rate.

2020 Mid-Winter Seminars 

Creating a Culture of Innovation


Saturday, January 25, 2020
1:00pm to 5:00pm 

$255 League member rate
$305 Standard rate 

Facilitated by Derek Young, President and CEO, YMG Enterprises, LLC 

Leaders in every sector of every industry are challenged by the complexity, speed, and unpredictability of their chosen marketplace. For the leaders of American orchestras, the constant challenge of securing sustainable resources, refreshing the mix of offerings, and maintaining team motivation requires higher and higher levels of vision, tenacity, and influence. Accordingly, leaders have come to understand that innovation is necessary for the continued growth and maturation of a winning arts enterprise.

Seminar participants will hear both obvious and not-so-obvious mindsets and methods that transform the way people innovate. Leaders will take away a pathway to model, teach, promote, and protect winning behaviors that solidify the mechanics of an innovative work environment. Delivered in a real-world, real-talk, interactive format, this program will enlighten and encourage leaders to keep thriving by creating better ways to achieve their vision. 

About the Facilitator 

Derek Young

Through his experience at the intersection of marketplace excellence, organizational development, and servant leadership, Derek Young, also known as DY, understands what leaders face every day. Since 1987, he has prepared and inspired hundreds of thousands of leaders to transform their corporate culture. He has conducted more than 5,000 speaking, coaching, training, and consulting engagements for more than 500 corporate, private, government, education, nonprofit, and religious teams from more than 40 industries and has built a proprietary catalog of more than 50 culture programs and keynotes in the areas of leadership development, performance management, sales and service, strategic planning, executive presence, and diversity and inclusion. Among his volunteer leadership roles with organizations such as March of Dimes, 100 Black Men, Girl Scouts, and the YMCA, Young also served as a board member and as the first community engagement chairman for the Nashville Symphony. To learn more about Derek Young, visit www.derekyoungspeaks.com.


Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement:
Leveraging Stakeholder Power, Legitimacy, and Urgency


Sunday, January 26, 2020

$255 League member rate
$305 Standard rate 

A free continental breakfast will be provided to participants of this seminar.

Facilitated by Bruce Thibodeau, President, Arts Consulting Group 

Arts and culture organizations often talk about “strategy” in terms of the business model, programs, sales, and fundraising tactics. But aligning stakeholders to participate in and support major strategic initiatives continues to be a challenge for many.

This session will focus on deeply understanding three key stakeholder attributes and seven stakeholder classes that can be used to leverage interorganizational partnerships while creating a public dialogue. Participants will walk away with tools that result in effective strategic adaptation in an evolving contemporary society. 

About the Facilitator


Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau founded ACG in 1997 and, as its president, has been embedded in numerous projects in all practice areas to grow institutional sustainability, advance the arts and culture sector, and enhance communities served by this vibrant industry. He has guided hundreds of nonprofit, university, and government clients in achieving effective leadership transitions, planning cultural facilities, increasing revenues, developing dynamic institutional brands and messages, crafting strategic plans and business models, and revitalizing board governance practices. 

Prior to founding ACG, Dr. Thibodeau held various management roles at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Price Waterhouse, and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Dr. Thibodeau holds a doctorate of business administration from the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), a master of business administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a bachelor of music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Click here to learn more. 



Please contact Lee Ann Norman, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are Grateful to Our Supporters

The Pre-Meeting Seminars are made possible by the Howard Gilman Foundation, and supported, in part, by public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional funding for the seminars is provided by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Image of Derek Young courtesy of the speaker.

Image of Bruce Thibodeau by Liza Voll Photography.