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Breakfast Club: Board Coaching

  • Arts & Business Council of Chicago 100 South State Street Chicago, IL, 60603 United States (map)

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago convenes a monthly morning gathering for arts administrators to discuss topics and share ideas relevant to the business of art. Breakfast Club supports leaders and staff of nonprofit arts organizations through informal peer-to-peer sharing, casual facilitated conversation, and information dissemination.

Join us Tuesday, April 3rd from 8:30-9:30am.

Topic: Board Coaching

You asked for it, and now we’re delivering. Board Coaching. We know that each Board of Directors is unique; they carry varied skill sets, they have different financial capabilities, and possess rare connections to the communities they live and work in. It’s no surprise that prescribed board composition templates or governance best practices don’t always apply! All-star Business Volunteers for the Arts John Engman and John Bierbusse will join Breakfast Club to provide focused board coaching and facilitate connections between peers who may be experiencing similar challenges working with their Board of Directors.

When registering below, please describe two of your greatest challenges when working with your organization's Board of Directors. This may include governance, creation of new bylaws and policies, cohesive understanding of the organization's mission, etc.

A cereal bar, tea, and coffee will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cancellation Policy:

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any Breakfast Club for which registrants will receive a full refund.

No refunds are issued for cancellations. No refunds are issued for “no shows.” 

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John Engman has more than 35 years of experience in all facets of non-profit management as an CEO, COO and senior executive in organizations large and small including cultural, educational, social service, trade and professional associations. He has held leadership roles with the Field Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Creating IT Futures Foundation and Project Management Institute. His broad knowledge of board development was forged through his work with volunteer leadership in local, state, national and international organizations at all stages of institutional growth. John has been a BVA with the Arts & Business Council since 2012 leading or contributing to several projects on board development, mission/vision creation, strategy analysis and organizational structure, policies and procedures. John has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He also performed professionally as a card carrying union member in opera and theater. He and his wife, Kathleen, have a son who is a professional photographer and a daughter who works in the performing arts. 

John Bierbusse presently serves on the board of Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion; he has been a board member at TimeLine Theatre Company and Fifth House Ensemble.  John's professional background includes 23 years as a sell-side equity research analyst.  In February 2018 he was re-elected for his fifth 3-year term to the board of Sanderson Farms, Inc, a publicly-traded food processing company with sales exceeding $3 billion.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Masters of Management from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.