Emerging Leaders Program

 

ELP

Emerging Leaders Program Class of 2018-19

         

carter

Angela Carter
Development Director | Clarinetist
Tulsa Symphony
Bio

 

Gardner

Vanessa Gardner
Executive Director
East Texas Symphony Orchestra
Bio

 

Ginsburg

Amy Ginsburg
Executive Director
Southwest Florida Symphony
Bio

         

Gray

Kellen Gray
Assistant Conductor
Charleston Symphony
Bio

 

Llamas

Alexandra Llamas
Director of Marketing
San Francisco Symphony
Bio

 

Mayes

Ahmad Mayes
Director of Education and Community Engagement 
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Bio

         

Morris

Anthony Morris
Orchestra Manager and Development / Programmatic Associate
InterSchool Orchestras of New York
Bio

 

Nasir

Anwar Nasir
Assistant Director, Sales & Customer Engagement
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Bio

 

Shribman

Elizabeth Shribman
Associate Director of Executive Operations
San Francisco Symphony
Bio

         

Stahl

Maribeth Stahl
Sr. Director of Development
Nashville Symphony
Bio

 

Wenig

Steve Wenig
Vice President and General Manager
Oregon Symphony
Bio

 

Rachel

Rachel Zeithamel
Director of Education and Community Engagement
Toledo Symphony
Bio

View the 2019 Class Faculty

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The League of American Orchestras’ Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program is an intensive program designed to cultivate the leadership capabilities of high-potential orchestra professionals. Over the course of ten months, the cohort will engage in one-on-one coaching, mentoring by top leaders in the field, in-depth seminars led by leadership experts, visits with leaders and institutions from outside the orchestra field for broader learning, and the opportunity to develop and present a capstone project at the League’s National Conference on a key leadership issue affecting the field.

Guided by a faculty of leadership experts and active leaders from in and outside the field, the program addresses four curricular themes:

Fostering a Vibrant Orchestra - Understanding and assessing organizational culture, and developing the foundational knowledge to be able to build a thriving and effective organization with a healthy, diverse, and inclusive culture.

Challenging the Status Quo - Discovering new practices, solutions, and ideas, both inside and beyond the orchestra field and applying them in ways that achieve greater relevance and increased impact.

Taking Responsibility for Self-Leadership - Building reflective practice as a means of increasing self-awareness and self-management, in ways that sustain a career of increasing responsibility, influence, and professional growth in the orchestra field.

Forging a Unified Vision - Developing a unifying strategic direction, working across traditional boundaries to bring people together in support of shared purpose.

The Emerging Leaders Program is guided by renowned leadership expert John McCann as the lead faculty and facilitator. Mary Parish is ELP’s leadership coach, providing one-on-one coaching for each participant throughout the course of the program. Additional faculty, including Ama Codjoe, arts and social justice educator, and other guest speakers from in and outside the orchestra field, provide ELP participants with diverse perspectives and multifaceted learning experience.


Faculty

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Ama Codjoe
 is the former director of the DreamYard Art Center in the South Bronx where she taught and directed arts and social justice programming for young people as well as professional development for educators and administrators. She co-created and -developed the Social Justice Pedagogy Team and Learning Community at DreamYard, two professional development series aimed at establishing important tenets of social justice education, creating shared language and values across programs, and examining the relationship between anti-oppression theory and practice. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Inclusion at The New School. Ama has conducted anti-racism trainings and workshops for Community Music Works, Bard Graduate Center, Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, New York University, The Met Museum, and numerous other educator, arts, and parent groups. She is a core faculty member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Leadership Institute, CAELI. She earned a BA from Brown University and an MFA from NYU’s Creative Writing Program.

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John McCann has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, and consultant. His expertise is in leadership education, strategy development, and innovation.

John has worked with more than 300 of the nation’s leading arts, cultural and community institutions including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club of America, Contemporary Art Museum/St. Louis, Dance/USA, Farmer Foodshare, Maryland State Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has facilitated significant mergers in the arts and culture field including the Tribeca Film Institute and Renew Media; and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theatre Workshop to form a new entity, New York Live Arts.

He is co-author of the Board Excellence Handbook, published by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations; Jomandi: People Gathered Together in Celebration (FEDAPT, 1995), and Beyond Survival, Devising Strategies in an Uncertain World and Leadership as Creativity, both published by the National Endowment for the Arts.

McCann designed and now teaches Creating a Learning Organization, Team Learning, and The Leader as Facilitator for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He is co-founder and currently a board member of EmcArts, a nonprofit social enterprise for learning and innovation in the arts, and also serves on the board of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice at Duke University.

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Mary Parish
has worked with over 200 different organizations in both the public and private sectors. She focuses on creating practical strategies for developing leadership and effectiveness at all levels within the organization. Mary’s work has three channels: coaching individuals and teams to reach their highest potential; training design and delivery on topics such as strengthening interpersonal communication skills, developing emotional intelligence, and managing different personality types; and facilitating groups to work together more effectively, successfully navigate organizational transitions, and move their mission forward.

People who have worked with Mary say her deep listening and questioning skills open people to possibilities that may have seemed out of their reach. Mary approaches her work with depth, humor, and practicality that gives people specific steps to take to increase their effectiveness in their organization. At Michigan State University, Mary received a B.A. in television and radio—as one of only two women in her class—and later earned an M.A. in communication arts.


Read the press announcement here.

The Emerging Leaders Program is made possible by generous grants from American Express, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Photo credits: Angela Carter: Miller Photography, Inc; Vanessa Gardner: Callynth Photography; Amy Ginsburg: Jessica Stanfield and Beth Phillips; Kellen Gray: Jarrett McCourt; Alexandra Llamas: Kim Huynh; Photo courtesy of Ahmad Mayes; Photo courtesy of Anthony Morris; Photo courtesy of Anwar Nasir; Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Shribman; Photo courtesy of Maribeth Stahl; Steve Wenig: Eric Arbiter; Rachel Zeithamel: Robert Cummerow