EALS 2020 Panels and Activities

Panel Sessions

Defining and Expressing Your Brand as an Arts Leader

When someone googles your name, what do they find? What do you talk about when meeting colleagues? What differentiates your profile from that of your peers? Building one’s personal brand is becoming more important in an interconnected world. This collaborative workshop will help you understand how personal branding can help you build your career. In this workshop, you’ll define a personal positioning that is authentic, unique and relevant, learn how to audit your personal assets, and understand how to use networks, content creation and social proof to build your personal brand.

Leading the Arts in Academia

A discussion about leading arts programs in an academic setting as Department Chairs. Topics will range from advocacy and funding to education and marketing the program. In the world of STEM, how are the arts in higher education changing, and how do they bridge the gap to the world of for/nonprofit arts? Together we’ll explore the challenges that are unique to the academic setting, and how they relate to the arts industry.

Leadership and Artistic Direction in the Performing Arts

Artistic Directors work at the stimulating connection of artistic practice, management, and civic leadership. This panel explores the unique challenges, trends, and opportunities experienced by Artistic Directors. With diverse backgrounds and organizations, the panel will discuss the differences and commonalities of leadership in various organizational structures and geographic regions.

Becoming an Advocate: Access & Inclusion in the Arts

Join us for a discussion on how to use your position within an arts organization to advocate for patrons with disabilities or special needs. Together we explore this topic with accessibility professionals and members of the community who are disabled.

Canvas to Conference Room: Transitioning from Creative Practice to Creative Management

For artists and arts managers alike, our careers have been inspired by our love for the arts. In an effort to demystify the transition from artist to arts manager, panelists will share the unique paths that led them to their second careers. What motivations or circumstances lead to a transition from artist to manager? Is there a right way to make the shift? And once we do, what becomes of our relationship to our creative practice? Success in the arts is full of intersections - let's discuss.

Workshops and Activities

Resume Review with EALDC

Emerging Arts Leaders DC will host resume review tables during our lunchtime tabling sessions. Bring your resume and sign up for a one-on-one review session with an arts-world expert. Space for this activity will be limited. Symposium attendees who are interested in resume reviews will be able to sign up for a slot during the morning check-in time.



Elizabeth Ashe

MFA, MICA and MFA, Chatham University

Sculptor, Poet, Editor, Curator

Exhibitions and Events Technician, American University

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  


Sarah Fredrick

EALDC Steering Committee Co-Chair

Foundation Specialist, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers    


Amanda Kegu

Constituent Engagement Associate, Office of Advancement, Smithsonian Institution

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers  


Taylor Rambo

Major Gifts and Campaign Manager, Arena Stage

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Anna Schuttenhelm

Assistant, Designated Campaigns, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium

c/o Sherburne Laughlin

Katzen Arts Center at American University, Room 215

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016



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