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Wisconsin School of Business - Grainger Hall Plenary Room, Room 1310
Madison , WI
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Friday Oct 03, 2014 8:00 AM - Friday Oct 03, 2014 6:00 PM | $35.00 - $85.00


Please join us for the 2014 Bolz Center Collegium, Friday October 3, 2014, in the Wisconsin School of Business!

The day will feature keynote presentations around the topic of 'Creating Impact Through Shared Leadership and Collaboration,' with special addresses by Bolz Center alumna, Wendy Thomas of Leadership Tulsa, and Janet Brown, Grantsmakers in the Arts (see bios at bottom!).

The schedule of events for Collegium 2014 will run as follows (all times are CST):

8:00am: Check-in; morning breakfast items available

8:30am-8:45am: Welcome Address by Bolz Center Director, Sherry Wagner-Henry, and Bolz Center Advisory Board member, Jennifer McFarland

8:45am-10:45am: Discussion and panel led by Wendy Thomas, 'Setting Up Your Framework for Shared Leadership and Collaboration': One of the best ways for an organization to expand its impact is to engage in strategic partnerships. But true partnerships are vastly more complex and ripe for misunderstandings than might first appear. Learn from our panel of real-life community collaborators about their experiences navigating these choppy waters, discuss best-practices around collaborations, and then explore with your table mates ways that your community or organization are engaging in meaningful cooperation around shared goals.

10:45am-11:00am: Break

11:00am-12:30pm: Keynote Address by Janet Brown, 'Collaborating on Optimal Performance through Capitalization Strategies'

In January of 2010, GIA launched its National Capitalization Project. Formed in response to the observation that it has been the norm for the nonprofit arts sector to be poorly capitalized, the project convened representatives from 16 regional and national funders of the arts (some of whom had been in conversations about capitalization for nearly two years before convening), 5 subject experts and GIA staff in two intensive working sessions to learn together, and to begin a conversation about what funders might do individually and collectively to address this long-standing condition. The first of these sessions was held at the Ford Foundation in April 2010 and the second at the Hewlett Foundation in July 2010. Our session will be a continuation of those discussions.  

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm: Small Group Discussion

2:30pm-3:30pm: Report Back Session from Small Group Discussion

3:30pm-3:45pm: Wrap-Up

4:00pm-6:00pm: Cocktail Reception, Fluno Center Skyview Room

*Detailed lodging block, parking, and taxi service information has been emailed to all Bolz Center alumni.  For an additional PDF copy, or for any questions that you may have about Collegium 2014/registration issues, please do not hesitate to touch base with Becky!! (


Wendy Thomas
Executive Director, Leadership Tulsa

Wendy Thomas joined Leadership Tulsa as Executive Director in January 2002 after serving as the Executive Director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa and leading the campaign to restore the Harwelden Mansion. She is currently the President of Kendall Whittier Main Street and is Secretary of Living Arts of Tulsa, Brady Craft Alliance/108 Contemporary and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association of Leadership Programs. She was recently honored by Women in Communication with a 2014 "Newsmaker" award and was a 2011 recipient of the Tulsa Business Journal's "Women of Distinction" and the Typros "Boomtown" award for her role mentoring young professionals. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, she also holds a Master's degree in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bolz Center for Arts Administration. For 10 years she served as a professor in the Arts Administration program at the University of Tulsa. Wendy frequently consults with non-profit organizations regarding strategic planning, generations in the workplace and board development. Her presentation topics include: Generations in the Workplace; Surviving & Thriving in Times of Change (focused on individual strategies); Leading Organizational Change (focused on organizational leadership); Best Practices in Board Leadership.

Janet Brown
President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

Janet Brown is a nationally known consultant, speaker and teacher. Until recently, she was an adjunct faculty member at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD teaching Public Policy and the Arts. Prior to GIA, she was Chair of Performing and Visual Arts at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and Executive Director of South Dakotans for the Arts and the SD Alliance for Arts Education. She began her arts management career in theatre where her work included Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and national and European tours. She began her theatre career as an actress at the Black Hills Playhouse and was co-owner of the Deadwood Production Company for ten years. A registered lobbyist for 15 years, Janet received numerous awards for arts advocacy including the Selena Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC, and the Robert Gard Award from the University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service (AES), Amherst. She's served on many local and national boards of directors including Americans for the Arts and the American Folklife Center and has been a panelist and site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and several state arts agencies. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Masters of Public Administration.


Wisconsin School of Business - Grainger Hall Plenary Room, Room 1310 (View)
975 University Avenue
Madison , WI 53706
United States


Education > Workshops

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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