Change SIG - 7/27/2018

07/27/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
The Artist as Leader: How Renowned Artists Lead in Turbulent Times
In these uncertain times, alternative leadership strategies are needed to achieve useful, inclusive progress. The generative arts world provides a fresh perspective for enhancing prosperity in today’s environment. When issues such as “innovation, disruption, creativity, and design thinking are already inherent in a system (i.e. the arts), what does it look like to lead change in that world, and what can we learn from it?

Over the past two years, Rob Kramer (presenter), in partnership with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, has been conducting a series of interviews with famous artists to explore this question.  In this conversation, we will discuss how successful artists such as T Bone Burnett (musician and producer), Jane Chu (NEA Chairperson), Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), Vivian Howard (chef and James Beard award winner), and Susan Jaffe (former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and “quintessential ballerina of the 20th century”) use the creative process to develop and achieve leadership success. This fascinating discussion will provide unique insight into how successful and creative people lead today.  Published interviews can be seen here:

For more information on the Change SIG, contact the leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573,