Through a two-year fellowship in the BMW Foundation's Transatlantic Core Group (Germany and U.S.) and recent matriculation into the Foundation's Responsible Leaders Network, I've taken part in intensive retreats and workshops on leadership—considering the personal, organizational, societal, and local and global. Through the body of the Network, I'm able to demonstrate and speak up for the critical, creative, and collaborative skills of an arts education—within a group of peers from private business, large nonprofit organizations, and government and diplomatic service.
I bring the experience of the fellowship and leadership seminars into my approach as faculty for courses in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in work with young artists around the city of Chicago, by facilitating classroom space in an approach that delivers leadership preparation to the students. The ability and confidence to engage a multidisciplinary community of peers within the arts, and to advocate for an arts education as a valuable leadership background outside of the field, is a large part of my goal for my students' individual and group development.
ROLE: leadership fellow, arts leadership instructor
IMAGES: courtesy of Marc Beckmann for BMW Foundation, Rebecca Peplinski for Prismatic