On BOARD

On BOARD is A&BC’s unique board training and matching program that prepares business leaders to serve on the board of directors of a nonprofit arts & culture organization and provides comprehensive matching services to determine which organization best suits the candidate's interests and skills. Since 1999, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago has successfully placed over 240 business professionals on nonprofit arts boards.
"Encouraging and supporting board service is a tool Blue Cross uses to develop its next generation of leaders. Blue Cross is particularly fond of On BOARD because it prepares candidates for board service…and builds camaraderie and personal and professional networks.”
- Paul Boulis, Former President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and former A&BC Board Member

Are You Board-Ready?

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR ON BOARD

Training Sessions 

The program consists of 3 five-hour training sessions and 2 networking sessions with the participating arts organizations. 

The training sessions provide extensive instruction in the legal, ethical, and financial responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit arts board. Board governance experts, nonprofit arts leaders, and current board members offer varied and interactive coursework including experiential workshops, group discussions and case studies.

Candidates also attend performances and events of the participating organizations and attend board and committee meetings in order to determine which organization has the programming and board needs that best align with the candidate's own interests and talent.

The On BOARD Summer 2014 course dates are as follows:

Application Deadline: July 3

Training Sessions:

Tuesday  July 8,  4:00-6:30pm Session 1

Wednesday  July 30, 4:00-6:30pm Session 2

Friday  August 15, 2:00-4:30pm Session 3

Meet & Greet Networking Sessions with Participating Arts Organizations:

Thursday  July 10, 5:00-7:00pm Meet & Greet 
 

On BOARD Program Fees

The tuition fee for the summer program is $1,000. A modest partial scholarship may be available for individuals working in the nonprofit, higher education, and civic sectors. 

Many companies sponsor employee tuition as a Professional Development or Community Engagement opportunity.  We recommend pursuing sponsorship before applying to the program and can provide documents to assist with this process.

The On BOARD Fall 2014 course dates are as follows:

Early-Bird Application Deadline: July 31 (See tuition rates below)

Application Deadline: August 15

Training Sessions:

Saturday September 20, 9:00am-2:00pm Session 1

Saturday October 18, 9:00am-2:00pm Session 2

Saturday November 15, 9:00am-2:00pm Session 3

Thursday January 22, 4:30-8:00pm Session 4

Meet & Greet Networking Sessions with Participating Arts Organizations:

Tuesday September 23 5:30-8:00pm Meet & Greet I

Tuesday September 30, 5:30-8:00pm Meet & Greet II

On BOARD Program Fees

The tuition fee for the 4-month program is $1,600. Participants who are accepted to the program and submitted a completed application by July 31, will be eligible for the early-bird discount rate of $1,375. A modest partial scholarship may be available for individuals working in the nonprofit, higher education, and civic sectors. 

Many companies sponsor employee tuition as a Professional Development or Community Engagement opportunity.  We recommend pursuing sponsorship before applying to the program and can provide documents to assist with this process.

Attention Employers

Employees participating in the On BOARD program expand their company’s sphere of influence in the community and gain exposure to a dynamic network of business and cultural professionals. They are able to translate the positive impact of their program and board service experience back to their professional duties.

Participants often find themselves sitting beside classmates who, by day, are business leaders and potential clients or customers. Companies that have partnered with A&BC to provide the On BOARD Training Program as a Leadership Development opportunity to their employees include: Northern Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Segal Company, West Monroe Partners, Quarles & Brady, and many others. To explore On BOARD as an opportunity for your employees, please contact us using the information below.

For more information about the On BOARD program or to apply, please contact Director of Programs - Board Services & Training, Kristen Teasdale (312) 372-1876 ext. 221. 

Generous support for On BOARD has been provided by:

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