Event Date: 02.09.2021
Part of Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series
Board members today are being pressed to make more difficult decisions than they’re used to. In times of stress – including the current unforeseen and unpredictable environment – it is more critical than ever that the board and executive leadership work collaboratively and transparently. This set of two workshops will provide tools, exercises and examples of healthy approaches to uncertainty and stress. Participants will come away with practical and impactful outcomes from Session 1, regardless of their participation in Session 2. Session 2 will build on Session 1 with more in-depth exploration, exercises and case studies.
In this session, we will focus on: Supporting the chief executive in making difficult choices; Discussing elements of programming which are still mission-critical; Approaches to scenario planning; Digging deeper into financial information/reports; Embracing the Devil’s Advocate and using conflict as a productive tool; How to handle the unexpected – e.g. sudden departure of key leader; sudden resurgence of pandemic and/or changes in public policy affecting nonprofits/gatherings; Participant contributions – short stories of experience, including using the homework tools and what they learned
Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to gain a deepened understanding of the roles and options of board and staff in difficult decision-making including conflict management, deeper exploration of financial and program data and how boards can use it effectively, understand multiple methods of approaching scenario planning including programmatic, financial, and governance avenues, and gain exposure to peer experiences
Firm: Claire West Consulting, Tucson, AZ
Content Expert: Claire West and Mollie Quinlan-Hayes
Claire West has operated as an independent consultant for many years, and founded Claire West Consulting in 2014, where she partners with top consultants in the field to provide a range of services. West believes in the strengths of her clients, and works beside them to accomplish their mission. Claire West Consulting specializes in non-profit/CBO consulting in the areas of Strategic Planning; Board Development; Organizational Assessment; Fund Development; Project Management; Group Facilitation; Advocacy. Clients include arts and culture, human services, health, education, faith, environment, historic preservation, equity. Certified in IAP2 Planning For Effective Public Participation; Lifecycles Capacity Consultant trained in Lifecycle Models by the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute; Certified in Institute of Cultural Affairs “TOP” facilitation methodologies; Consultant, Arizona Together For Impact. Claire serves on five boards, and several advisory committees. Professional positions held have included senior positions with Ballet Arizona, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Rockland Center for the Arts.
Mollie Quinlan-Hayes served as the Deputy Director and Accessibility Coordinator for South Arts, one of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, from 2006 through 2020. Prior to that, she worked with the Arizona Commission on the Arts over 14 years, including as community development/touring coordinator, local arts agency director, public information officer, as Deputy Director for seven years, and as Interim Executive Director. At both agencies, Mollie led strategic planning, execution and evaluation; served on the senior management team addressing fiscal, human resources and programmatic decisions; hired and supervised program staff; and was liaison with Board/Commission members. At South Arts, she was the staff support for the Governance, Strategic Planning, and Programs Committees, and was lead staff for Board Task Forces addressing the challenges/opportunities of readiness/disaster planning following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (resulting in the creation of ArtsReady); the redesign of the annual Performing Arts Exchange regional booking/professional development conference; and the redesign of the Folklorists in the South Retreat (FITS). She oversaw all programs, including PD@PAE/Professional Development at the Performing Arts Exchange. PD@PAE was one of the conference’s three primary components (along with the Marketplace, and networking), and consisted of year-long planning of a schedule of professional learning experiences at three levels: Fundamentals, Skills, and Issues and Ideas. She worked with the nine member state arts agencies to ensure delivery of policies, initiatives and programs which provided relevant value to them and to the artists, arts organizations and people in the region.
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Note: This is a two-part series. Register for Part 1.