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Friday, May 20 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Effective Governance: Awareness, Understanding and Action LIMITED

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A company’s health is challenged when board members remain satisfied with superficial awareness of organizational issues without seeking deeper understanding of pressing concerns or exciting opportunities. Good governance emerges from board members taking personal action based on their understanding. Moving from awareness to understanding to action requires an effective partnership between trustees and staff, as well as constant vigilance. Exploring the ways to achieve this level of engagement will be Holly Mayer, chair-elect of The Dallas Opera; Kevin H. Smith, president of the Minnesota Orchestra, Joseph Spector, and Ryan Taylor, newly appointed general director of Minnesota Opera, led by OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca.

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Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA America
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support of North American operas and opera audiences, and launched an endowment effort in 2000 to create a permanent fund dedicated to supporting new works and... Read More →

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Holly Mayer

Board Chair-Elect, The Dallas Opera
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Kevin Smith

President & CEO, Minnesota Orchestra
Kevin Smith has over 30 years of institutional, artistic and community leadership experience.  While serving as President and CEO of Minnesota Opera from 1986 to 2011, that company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million and its assets from $36 thousand to $28.8 million. During Smith’s tenure, Minnesota Opera was recognized for artistic... Read More →

Joseph Specter

General Director, Austin Opera
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Ryan Taylor

President and General Director, Minnesota Opera

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Arts Consulting Group

President, Arts Consulting Group
The leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, facilities & program planning, and organizational development services for the arts and culture industry. ACG consultants are located in communities throughout North America to best serve the needs of its clients. | | ArtsConsulting.com