Announcing our Fall class of On BOARD Candidates!

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago's On BOARD Program promotes board service as an opportunity for leadership development and civic engagement. Program participants attend four half-day trainings and learn the fundamentals of board service including nonprofit phases of development, finances and tax issues, legal responsibilities, and fundraising. Participants also attend a networking event at the start of the program where they meet arts organizations and explore opportunities for board service.
 
Check out our Fall class of candidates below!

Camille Hamlet-Amegah Consultant

Camille Hamlet-Amegah
Consultant

Melanie Hellenga SVP, Group Management Director FCB Chicago

Melanie Hellenga
SVP, Group Management Director
FCB Chicago

Andrey Kolesnikov Co-Founder / Project Manager Steersman Company

Andrey Kolesnikov
Co-Founder / Project Manager
Steersman Company

Karen Murray Chief of Staff, Therapeutic Area Strategic Planning & Operations AbbVie

Karen Murray
Chief of Staff, Therapeutic Area Strategic Planning & Operations
AbbVie

Jennifer Neiman Associate Director, Strategic New Product Planning Astellas Pharma

Jennifer Neiman
Associate Director, Strategic New Product Planning
Astellas Pharma

Kim Speckmann SVP, Finance Director FCB Chicago

Kim Speckmann
SVP, Finance Director
FCB Chicago

Sue Suchy Office Administrator Jones Day

Sue Suchy
Office Administrator
Jones Day

Ben Van Loon Communications Manager World Business Chicago

Ben Van Loon
Communications Manager
World Business Chicago

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Since 1999, The Arts & Business Council of Chicago has matched over 300 business professionals to nonprofit boards in the Chicago area. On BOARD graduates serve proudly on their boards, meaningfully contributing not just to the organization they serve, but to Chicago’s arts community at large.

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago is committed to helping strengthen non-profit arts organizations. We do this by building working relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, providing training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducting research in leading and emerging issues related to the world of arts nonprofits. To find out more about who we are and what we do, visit our website today.

Client Spotlight: 16th Street Theater

16th Street Theater was created in 2007 to be a theater for people not going to the theater. The theater serves and gives voice to all in Berwyn’s community: not just for some in our community, but for all.  Dedicated to artistic excellence, professionalism, diversity and affordability, 16th Street exists to encourage debate, discussion and compassion amongst the community through the medium of intimate and diverse theater with the playwright as its central focus. 16th Street is a place where audiences are invited to experience not only their own stories, but to experience their neighbors’ stories and stories of “the other.”

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16th Street Theater first came to A&BC in 2011 through the Chicago Community Trust’s SMART Growth program. The organization worked with a consultant on a self-assessment to identify areas of need around organizational management. After becoming an A&BC client in 2013, 16th Street was quick to participate in our On BOARD training and matching program in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Former Board Secretary Ray Mees matched with 16th Street through On BOARD in 2014 and according to Managing Director Maeli Goren, “served as a strong ambassador and advocate for 16th Street Theater, empowered by all he had learned through the program.” The organization also matched with Bill Corbett in 2016 and cultivated a relationship with another board candidate. While this candidate joined a different board, she has volunteered to serve on a committee, became a subscriber and plans to run for board membership in the future. “We are grateful to have these arts enthusiasts and leaders as members of our community”, states Goren.

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Most recently, the organization participated in a series of Board Labs funded in collaboration with the Driehaus Foundation. Goren describes their experience in this program: “Through the Board Labs series, we learned valuable strategies for board growth and development, streamlining the processes for recruiting and taking on new members, increasing contributed revenue, and adding JOY back into board meetings. We left each session with a handful of new resources and tools that inspired us to charge ahead.” This program also entailed having A&BC consultant Stuart Jamieson serve as their coach throughout the program and they developed a great relationship with him that extended past the project.

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You can learn more about 16th Street Theater on their website. Upcoming shows include Muthaland August 31 - October 7 and various pop-up performances throughout 2017. 
 
Interested in being featured in our Client Spotlight? Fill out our online application here.

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago Elects Two New Board Members

Signals A&BC’s Renewed Commitment to Strengthen Connections Between Chicago’s Thriving Arts and Business Communities

CHICAGO, IL. October 20, 2017 • The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), a non-profit organization that brings together members of Chicago’s arts and business communities, announced today that its Board of Directors elected two new members.

Judy Brennan, Managing Director of Reputation Management at Ogilvy & Mather and Evan Trent, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Heidrick & Struggles, have joined the Board to bring their respective areas of expertise in communications and strategy development to support A&BC’s mission to harness the strengths of Chicago’s cultural and corporate communities. 

“When Kristin Larsen joined as executive director earlier this year, we made a pledge to recruit the very best, most talented leaders to the Arts & Business Council’s already outstanding board,” said Joel Farran, Chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. “Judy and Evan bring a passion for the arts and a combined expertise in communications, strategy development and leadership that will be critical as we double down this year to better serve our customers, strengthen our partnerships, and build value for our arts and business communities here in Chicago. It’s an enormously satisfying time to be part of this vibrant organization, and today’s announcement adds to our ability to deliver on our promises.”

“Chicago is an extraordinary marketplace for partnerships between the art and business communities,” Farran added. “The Arts & Business Council represents a unique platform to bring these two pillars of Chicago together in partnership and collaboration to underscore our city’s profile as one of the best places in the country to make art, make a living, and make a life.”

A public relations practitioner for over 20 years, Judy Brennan has deep experience in a range of communications disciplines spanning brand communications and issues & crisis, all focused on reputation management. She specializes in counseling companies and their leadership on articulating their vision and developing opinion platforms on issues impacting their business. She designs and leads integrated communications campaigns to help her clients raise corporate and management visibility, navigate challenging situations, and close the gap between reality and perception about their companies.

Evan Trent is Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) the premiere global provider of executive search and leadership consulting to the world’s most successful organizations. At Heidrick, he is responsible for global enterprise strategy as well as delivering new growth platforms through mergers, acquisition, and joint ventures.      

A&BC has sustained a 32-year legacy by strengthening arts and cultural institutions’ organizational capacity and effectiveness through the expertise and innovation of Chicago’s private sector. With A&BC, business professionals enhance their corporate workplace performance through skills-based volunteering projects. Furthermore, A&BC trains individuals looking to become highly-qualified and sought-after leaders on boards of directors for nonprofit arts organizations throughout Chicago.

Visit http://artsbiz-chicago.org for more information.

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Arts & Business Council of Chicago

The mission of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is to strengthen non-profit arts organizations by bringing resources and expertise to the sector through consulting, training, research, and relationships. A&BC is a subsidiary of Americans for the Arts and the fiscal agent of ArtCore, a non-merging collaborative partnership between Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Audience Architects, and Chicago Cultural Alliance.

 

Contact

Name: Kristin Larsen
Title:   Executive Director
E-Mail: klarsen@artsbiz-chicago.org

#ILGive2017

On Tuesday, November 28, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is taking part in #ILGive - the statewide Giving Tuesday campaign to engage Illinoisans in not only participating, but giving to organizations in the communities where we live. If you’re an arts organization, you can get involved too, by visiting #ILGive to get started.

When you give to the A&BC, you make an investment into the effectiveness and future sustainability of Chicago’s nonprofit arts and culture sector. The A&BC builds relationships between arts organizations and highly-qualified business professionals, provides training in all aspects of management and board function, and conducts research into leading and emerging issues related to nonprofit practice, thereby strengthening Chicago’s nonprofit arts organizations’ ability to fulfill their mission and to have a positive impact on lives and communities.

#ILGive is an initiative of Forefront, Illinois’ state association of grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors to the sector.

#ILGive is on Tuesday, November 28. Visit Forefront to learn more.