The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, a global leader in arts management training and consultation, is pleased to announce a one-day intensive for arts managers and their boards. The Intensive will take place April 05, 2024, in-person at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL, or online with pre-registration. The Intensive is open to staff and board members from arts and cultural organizations nationwide.

Led by Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser, and Institute President Brett Egan, this opportunity is open on a first-come basis to board members and staff leadership (executive and programmatic) of non-profit arts, culture, education, and media organizations in the United States and around the world.

Limited Availability
Only 125 In-Person Placements
Only 200 Online Placements

The Intensive is most relevant to organizations in the following disciplines:

  • Performing and visual arts;
  • Education (including schools) and arts education (in the non-profit arts and culture setting);
  • Non-profit film and media;
  • History, science, and education (museums and centers);
  • Literary; and
  • Other cultural non-profits that require strong marketing and fundraising, including gardens, libraries, multi-tenant cultural facilities, and crafts (glass, print, etc.).


Date: Friday, April 5, 2024, from 10:00 am–5:00 pm EST

Registration and breakfast will start at 9:00 am

Location: Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW 5th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


In-person Registration Fee: $285 per person

The participation fee includes all seminar materials, breakfast, and lunch as well as a copy of Michael Kaiser's book, Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask. Participation is available on a first-come basis and confirmed upon receipt of the registration fee. Enrollment is limited to 125 participants.

Virtual Registration Fee: $165 per person

If you would like to host a watch party for your organization, please reach out to us at

Enrollment is limited to 200 participants.


A Board’s productivity and a joyful Board-Staff relationship are central to the success of thriving non-profit organizations. 

As managers and trustees, we work every day to improve these important functions.

But success can often seem elusive. Why? 

In this day-long, interactive working session, DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan will address critical challenges facing Board and Staff leadership in today’s complex environment, and offer breakthrough strategies to improve Board productivity and support for this critical working relationship.

Participants will leave the session with new strategies in the areas of:

  • The five non-negotiable responsibilities of a high-functioning Board
  • The role of the Chair and other Board Leadership
  • Long-term artistic and program planning – the foundation of organizational and Board success
  • How Board and Staff members can work together to promote organizational visibility amongst buyers and donors
  • Roles for Board and Staff Leadership in effective fundraising
  • How to envision the "ideal" Board of the future – and plan to implement it
  • The nuts and bolts of determining an appropriate and doable “give or get” policy
  • Means to identify, recruit, and onboard effective and happy new members 
  • The roles of Board and Staff members in long-term strategic planning and its implementation 

Throughout the Intensive, DeVos Institute Senior Consultants will moderate a chat room online to respond to additional questions in real time.

Designed as a working session to facilitate constructive, productive group learning and strategy development, participants can expect to leave the Intensive with new strategies to implement on day one. For this reason, it is encouraged – although not required – that both board and staff leadership attend the Intensive together.


  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: What Does It Take to Succeed in Today's Environment
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Planning for Success: The Cycle, Artistic Planning, and Institutional Marketing
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Five Essential Roles of Productive Boards
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Designing and Building the "Ideal Board"
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Strategic Planning: Investing in the Future

Key questions we will discuss as we consider pathways to the "Ideal Board":


  • How are decisions made today? Who makes them and who is involved?
  • Is there sufficient transparency in the decision-making process? 
  • How are expectations defined in respect to the relationship between board and staff leadership? 
  • Are the values of the organization embedded in the actions and policies of the Board?


  • As we contemplate the future of our Board, what goals are appropriate to its culture in respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Board?
  • How many individuals will comprise the “ideal” board? 
  • What industry, community, and social affiliations will they offer? 
  • Are certain aptitudes and/or connections required of the Board of the future, to enable the organization's programmatic aspirations? 
  • What steps can be taken to identify, recruit, and on-board new members?


  • How can staff and board leadership motivate members to perform at the highest level in service to the organization? 
  • How can we observe and respect the roles that different individuals – with varied backgrounds, talents, and capacities – can play in support of the organization's programmatic and operational requirements?

Financial Performance:

  • What is to be expected of board members in coming years in respect to financial performance? 
  • What can be expected of the Board in the aggregate, and what role will that sum play in respect to total organizational expenses?


  • What protocols can be established to ensure that the Board is active in its own self-regulation, governance, and replenishment? 
  • How will we plan for annual performance of individual members, and produce a system of respectful accountability to encourage compliance? 

For more information or questions regarding the Intensive, please contact or 301-314-0948.

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