What I’ve Learned From EAL/LA
Are you looking for a way to get more involved with EAL/LA? You’re invited to run for a Co-Chair position on the EAL/LA Leadership Council!
May 22, 2013 – Call for Co-Chairs
June 5, 2013 - Deadline for applicants
June 9, 2013 - Election opens
June 22, 2013 - Voting closes
Week of June 23, 2013 - Notify Elects
July 1, 2013 - Co-Chairs announced & Terms begin
Applications will be reviewed for completeness by current LC members. Once applicants are approved, profiles will be posted on ealla.org.
EALLA-Leadership-Council-Application-2013 [click to download]
Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume
EAL/LA creates an atmosphere that is conducive to information sharing and generational leadership succession. We’re emerging arts leaders so the idea is that we expect our own leaders to eventually “emerge”.
In order to do so, we’ve created a Leadership Council (LC) that is chaired by our more seasoned members. The Chairs will aid in orienting new leaders over the course of a one-year period. During this period, the Chairs preserve institutional knowledge and ensure the sustainability of EAL/LA by working closely with and developing the Co-Chairs. As the Chairs “emerge” or transition from the network, the Co-Chairs progress into the Chairs role and a new group of Co-Chairs is elected from the networks general membership.
The Co-Chairs are expected to meet monthly with the LC and with partnered Chair on an as needed basis. Each Chair/Co-Chair committee is expected to provide a short report quarterly to the LC to document and update on the committee’s progress.
This is a two-year term: one year as Executive Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Executive Chair (2014-2015).
This is a two-year term: one year as Development Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Development Chair (2014-2015).
Working collaboratively, Programming Chair and Co-Chair will be responsible for executing regular professional development programming for EAL/LA membership. This will include brainstorming and generating ideas, coordinating event logistics, and assisting with day-of responsibilities, as necessary. Chair and Co-Chair will provide assistance and guidance to members who seek to sponsor and organizeEAL/LA events. They will review program proposal submissions and determine which programs to recommend to Leadership Council for promotion and sponsorship. Chair and Co-Chair will communicate with planning committees to ensure programs are executed according to EAL/LA guidelines.
Programming Chair and Co-Chair will support committees for annual programs, including Creative Conversations and APAL. These programs will be managed through their respective committees, but the Programming Chair and Co-Chair will ensure the programs are being executed, are on schedule, and are in accordance with EAL/LA standards.
Additional responsibilities of the Programming Chair and Co-Chair will be to organize and attend regular meetings of Programming committee. In conjunction with the Strategic Planning process, Programming Chair and Co-Chair will develop EAL/LA Programming Priorities and Guidelines document. This will be reviewed by the Leadership Council and implemented with future EAL/LA programming.
The Programming Co-Chair is highly interested in the nuts and bolts of program development. The Co-Chair should be a highly motivated and accessible team-player. Familiarity with contemporary arts/non-profit management and professional development theories, events, speakers, and ideas is a plus, but can be substituted by an interest in these areas and a willingness to learn. Most importantly, the Co-Chair should be dedicated to ensuring EAL/LA provides high-quality, constructive, and inspirational programming to our members.
This is a two-year term: one year as Programming Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Programming Chair (2014-2015).
The Finance Chair and Co-Chair manage the EAL/LA budget. In coordination with the Executive Chair/Co-Chair, the Finance Chair and Co-Chair will develop and implement systems for maintaining budget records, approving expenses and reimbursements, and keeping the members of the Leadership Council (LC) informed about financial issues. The Co-Chair will assist the Chair in monitoring the budget on an ongoing basis by reviewing monthly budget statements from Community Partners (CP) and tracking income and disbursements. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will be responsible for ensuring that proposed expenditures are within budget and collect necessary information for the LC and CP to evaluate and authorize the expenditures. The Co-Chair will be involved in obtaining receipts and preparing forms to be submitted to CP for reimbursement. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will support EAL/LA’s programs by helping the Programming team create event budgets. Should a paid membership structure be introduced, the Finance Co-Chair will work with the Membership and Development Chairs and Committees to receive and track membership dues. The Finance Co-Chair will, when appropriate, assist in Development activities by providing current budget information for funding solicitation and grant reporting purposes. The Finance Co-Chair will assess EAL/LA’s budget and will meet with the Finance Chair to discuss the state of EAL/LA’s finances on at least a monthly basis. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will work with the LC to establish budgets for several fiscal years in advance and will support the overall financial goals of the organization. The Finance Co-Chair will likely work very closely with the CP liaison (the Finance Chair Emeritus) in performing all of his or her duties. In addition, the Finance Co-Chair will assist in the initiation and implementation of various projects including finance-themed workshops, and incorporation, and act as a liason to the Nonprofit Task Force committee.
For this position, that old job description standard “detail-oriented” is a must. No formal―or even informal―accounting experience is required, but a familiarity with budget spreadsheets and monthly/annual financial statements is helpful, and those with phobia of numbers or handling money may rather apply for something else. The Finance Co-Chair should be responsible and responsive to requests for budget information from the Finance Chair and other LC members. Of course, the Finance Co-Chair should be committed to EAL/LA! Sense of humor a plus.
This is a two-year term: one year as Finance Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Finance Chair (2014-2015).
The Communication Co-Chair will assist the Chair in maintaining the website, social media and other online accounts. This includes site moderation for spam, membership, content, and access issues. The Co-Chair will help generate blog content and solicit permission for cross-posting relevant blogs to be posted on ealla.org. Co-Chair will keep an editor’s eye on website specifically blogged content. The Communications team is responsible for checking EAL/LA voicemail and general email account, and forwarding questions to appropriate people. The Communication team will assist the LC with other tech issues as they arise. The Communications team will assist the Marketing & Membership team in writing and distributing press releases and pushing out information and announcements through all channels. The communications team will work closely with all departments to develop and maintain brand fidelity. The Co-Chair will communicate to the Finance team any budgetary concerns or recurring costs. The Co-Chair will work with the Development team in identifying and implementing appropriate online revenue initiatives.
The ideal Co-Chair will be very web savvy and have be active online on a daily basis. The Co-Chair will be accessible to the LC and membership, keeping tabs on the various online accounts on a regular basis. The Co-Chair will meet with the Chair on a monthly basis aside from the LC monthly meetings. The Communications Co-Chair will have an interest in web technologies and content management. The Communications team will work on an archiving solution for audio, video, and image content for the group and will be looking to experiment with new tech tools to benefit the EAL/LA membership.
This is a two-year term: one year as Communications Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Communications Chair (2014-2015).
This is a two-year term: one year as Marketing & Membership Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Marketing & Membership Chair (2014-2015).
As a voting member, the ALM will also attend monthly Leadership Council meetings, participate in online discussions, and work with various Chairs on projects, as available.
Deadline Approaching: USJC Emerging Leaders Program
JUNE 29th Deadline
The U.S.-Japan Council seeks young and driven Japanese Americans to apply for the 2012 USJC Emerging Leaders Program. Program participants receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2012 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.
The Conference is a forum for education and networking among the highest levels of leadership in business, public policy, academia, journalism and community organizations. By providing access to senior leaders on key U.S.-Japan topics and mentorship opportunities, the program aims to motivate young professionals to pursue further activities that promote strong and positive U.S.-Japan relations.
Ideal candidates for the USJC Emerging Leaders Program should meet the following criteria:
Young Japanese American professional or college students 18-35 years of age.
Demonstrated leadership potential and interest.
Ability to express his/her interest in U.S.-Japan relations through professional, academic, extra-curricular and/or community involvement.
Commitment to remain involved in U.S.-Japan relations in regional or national activities.
Questions about the program? Contact West Coast Program Director Bryan Takeda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information and to download the application.
This post was submitted by Charlie Jensen.
Executive Search Recruitment Panel on Saturday, June 30, 2012
Recruiters’ Insight: What the Next Generation Needs to Know on Their Journey Towards Executive Leadership
Los Angeles, CA— On Saturday, June 30, Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles (EAL/LA), a project of Community Partners, will host a panel entitled “Recruiters’ Insight: What the Next Generation Needs to Know on Their Journey Towards Executive Leadership” at Inner-City Arts (720 Kohler Street; Los Angeles, CA 90021). The event will begin at 2:00pm and conclude at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10.
The thrust of this unique workshop is to raise awareness of the skills emerging arts professionals should develop when trying to adequately prepare to step into executive roles as the next generation of non-profit arts leaders. The workshop is intended to mutually benefit emerging and mid-career leaders.
Panelists include executive search professionals Karin Berger Stellar and Maxene Johnston as well as non-profit arts executive Joseph A. Collins. The panel will be moderated by Leslie Ito.
EAL/LA encourages creators, performers, funders, and arts administrators from all fields to attend. The event will include an opportunity for talented arts professionals to network with each other and to meet industry recruiters.
This panel will occur in conjunction with The NextGen Statewide Convening arranged by the Center for Cultural Innovation under President and CEO Cora Mirikitani’s leadership. Many members of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles will be present as well as a handful of regional representatives from Americans for the Arts’ additional three emerging leader networks across California: GenArts Silicon Valley, Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco Bay Area and Rising Arts San Diego.
To purchase tickets today, please visit: http://ealla.kintera.org/ecommerce.
The EAL/LA Executive Search Panel is supported by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
Welcome & Acknowledgments
Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles
Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles
Leslie Ito, Advisory Board Member,
Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles
& Program Officer, Arts, California
Executive Search Panel
Karin Berger Stellar
Partner, Morris & Berger
Executive Search for the Nonprofit Sector
Joseph A. Collins
President and CEO
Founder and President
Johnston and Company
Networking Mixer: Emerging Leaders in the Arts with Nonprofit Executive Search Recruiters
Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, a project of Community Partners and a local chapter of Americans for the Arts – Emerging Leaders Council, is a network of emerging leaders in the field of arts administration whose purpose is to grow and support the next generation of creative leaders in Los Angeles County. Members conceive of programs designed to expand their network, share resources, and enhance their professional development. This mission of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles is to ensure sustainable innovation in arts leadership by facilitating and providing a forum for preparing, educating and inspiring emerging arts professionals to assume the next generation of arts sector leadership positions.
EAL/LA members are in their early career (under 35 and/or with less than five years’ experience in arts management) and share a desire to deepen their leadership capacity by developing innovative, effective, and responsible management practices. They represent organizations from all arts disciplines, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and include artists, administrative coordinators, managers, and directors, arts funders, patrons, and consultants.
Karin Berger Stellar
Partner, Morris & Berger
Executive Search for the Nonprofit Sector
Stellar has worked at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in Alumni Relations; the University of California, Berkeley, in Development; and as Director of Development for the Libraries and Information Services at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Stellar completed her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management.
Stellar has served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles and as Chair of the USC Price School of Public Policy Alumni Board of Directors. In addition, Stellar serves on the Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, is a Member of the Organization of Women Executives, serves as an interviewer for undergraduate admissions for the University of Pennsylvania, and is a third- grade room parent.
Joseph A. Collins
President & CEO, Inner-City Arts
A veteran in the fields of arts, education and youth development, Collins has spent most of his career providing opportunities for youth to express themselves and improve their lives by creating safe and nurturing arts rich environments in NY, LA and Chicago. As CEO of the Kanye West Foundation he led the implementation of the Loop Dreams™ program, a year- round music and education program that exposed youth from the inner city to the arts and executive produced the nationally televised stay-in-school concert series S.H.O.W. (Students Helping Our World). He spent his early career working for two of the premiere nonprofit agencies in New York City, University Settlement and The Door – A Center of Alternatives, a nonprofit youth agency serving over 10,000 young people a year. He grew the visual and performing arts programs, launched a national career awareness model for out-of-school youth, and led the
partnerships of several New York City school programs. He also created and produced Roots! An Intergenerational Hip Hop Culture Celebration, a year-long arts and education initiative; developed comprehensive arts-in-education programs; as well as implemented a rigorous college preparation program, and managed a multi-year summer residential community service project. Collins holds both a bachelor’s and Masters degree from New York University.
Founder and President, Johnston and Company Johnston has over 25 years of combined management makeovers, turnaround, executive search and entrepreneurial experience in nonprofit organizations, government, business, healthcare and philanthropy. Johnston works with organizations facing challenges to their ability to provide services to their communities. She is a noted expert in helping nonprofits; in particular, transform themselves by establishing and implementing the necessary strategies, plans and resources to evolve to the next level. She has also built a successful track record in Executive Search by creating Signature Search
Services that have been responsible for bringing talented professionals and leaders to a variety of organizations, particularly in the health and human service industry.
Prior to forming Johnston and Company, Johnston was a Partner and Vice President with national and international search firms.
Formerly, she held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Weingart Center. There, using the break-through thinking that has become the trademark of her considerable business personnel and problem solving techniques, she created from financial and social near-ruin one of the most entrepreneurial, innovative and comprehensive transitional housing and customized health and human service centers in the country.
She has an extensive background evaluating business strategies and management candidates through her past senior level positions with Children’s Hospital of L.A., the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee and the L.A. County Department of Health Services.
This past weekend, EAL/LA’s Leadership council met for a Leadership Retreat. All the current members of the LC were present at the Getty Center on Sunday for an extended session dedicated to promoting programs and content for EAL/LA Members.
In the week prior to the meeting, Chairs and CoChairs reported back to the LC through Basecamp, detailing all of the innovative programs and ideas that have already occured this year. Progress reports on current and upcoming programs such as APAL and Spring 2012′s Creative Conversation were discussed.
At the meeting, The LC reviewed EAL/LA’s strategic plan. The LC is happy to report alignment with the strategic plan and looks forward to another year of exciting programming and professional development opportunities for all members. Other topics included the Community Partners Audit for last fiscal year, discussion on the creation of an administrative positions for EAL/LA, upcoming programing for 2012 (including Creative Conversation, mixers, and workshops), development opportunities for maintaining and increasing EAL/LA’s funding, scholarships for members, and more.
In the coming weeks, you can expect to see more detailed information on all of these topics here at EAL/LA.
You too can become involved in a variety of ways. Friend members of the LC here at EAL/LA and stay tuned to learn more.
Your Leadership Council is
Executive Chair: Tara Aesquivel
Executive CoChair: Kristin Runnels
Finance Chair: Cynthia Pearson
Finance CoChair: Jen Gorman
Membership/Marketing Chair: Megan Powers
Membership/Marketing CoChair: Gavin Williamson
Development Chair: Rosa Langley
Development CoChair: Clare Bayens
Programming Chair: Kelly Christ
Communications Chair: Krystal Boehlert
Communications CoChair: K. Ryan Henisey
Photo: Cynthia and Gavin actively taking notes, the lovely Getty Center and San Gabriel Mountains as our backdrop.
Inglewood Cultural Arts Inc., which calls itself the only active nonprofit arts organization in the city, is recruiting members for its board of directors. The organization is seeking persons with skills, talents, and interests in such areas as visual and/or performing arts, bookkeeping, legal knowledge regarding the arts, fundraising, grant writing, and marketing. Prospective members will be asked to make a commitment of one year of participation on the board, attendance at board meetings, service on a committee and representing the organization at community meetings.
Those interested are asked to send brief resumes of their skills, talents, background in the arts (if any), and contact information.
Resumes can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 2722 W. 77th St., Inglewood, CA 90305 by Feb. 13. Call (310) 712-7049 for questions or more information.
Please read a letter below from Jackie Koppell of CA Arts Advocates. She’s presenting a great opportunity to get your hands dirty in some advocacy work and, possibly, to take on a leadership role in the local committee. I worked with Jackie and CAA during the Arts in the CA Governor’s Race and highly recommend this ongoing effort to those of you looking to build your advocacy experience.
Dear Emerging Arts Leaders,
My name is Jackie Koppell and I am the Director of Programs for California Arts Advocates (CAA). CAA’s mission is “to develop strategies and coordinate advocacy that strengthen arts and culture in California.”
Last year, CAA was intimately involved in the successful “Arts in the California Governor’s Race” campaign and with renewed energy it hopes to remain at the forefront of advocacy for the arts and culture in California. As part of this effort, CAA is looking to establish committees around the state to facilitate this work. I am hoping to have the first of these committees in Los Angeles!
I wanted to contact you all in the hopes that some of you may be interested in getting in on the ground floor to help shape the direction and success of CAA. I would love to work with and learn from those of you who may be interested. As for the time commitment, it would be very doable. I envision one meeting per month with some follow up work in between meetings. It is my hope that these committees help represent the voice of the arts in communities around the state and as such want to grow at a steady, realistic pace to ensure longevity and success.
For more information about CAA, please check out www.californiaartsadvocates.org. If you have any questions and/or are interested in being a part of this exciting new endeavor, please email me at jacqueline.koppell at gmail dot com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
This post was submitted by Tara Aesquivel.
Butcher paper and pens were spread across the tables at this year’s Fall Creative Conversations. While listening to dynamic speakers like Gretchen Maldonado and Claire Knowlton, participants made doodles and scribbled notes. Both are believed to help people retain information.
When I thought about the event and speakers who brought knowledge and experience, like Ann Markusen and the members of the panel, John Arroyo, Leticia Fernandez Ivins, and Jayna Swartzman, I couldn’t help but admire the synchronicity in dissonance that makes Los Angeles great. The day was about finding potential within yourself to promote your career. We heard Gretchen Maldonado speak about how she guides students to their “first step” from college. Ann Markusen talked about her amazing report. Claire Knowlton shared her rise to Executive Director at McGroarty Arts. The panel discussed way to maximize your own potential – without stepping on toes. Each was threaded with the idea of developing your own career, but the presentations were all different and informative.
I wanted to create a banner that reflected the speakers and the participants. I chose a rising sun to represent EAL/LA and used alternating sunbursts to display the separate pieces of doodle. The entire banner is butcher paper and colored masking tape.
More of my work can be seen on my website, lifeasgood.com.
EAL/LA Members! Please tell us in the comments if you see your doodle. We’d love for you to point them out.
Are you itching to find a mentor? Are you looking for advice from someone who’s been there? APAL is open to anyone and applications are due by December 7th.
Download the APAL Application 2012 here.
Claire Knowlton, Executive Director of McGroarty Arts Center, will be speaking at Saturday’s Creative Conversation. EAL/LA’s Programming Co-Chair Kelly Christ snuck a few questions into Claire’s busy day.
Below are some pictures from McGroarty Arts Center’s recent Pumpkin Carving Workshop: