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Where do your best ideas come from? Innovation is only possible when you stay in the flow of ideas and make smart choices. For opera companies, this means staying on top of field trends and social changes, while adapting models to suit an organization’s capacities and local needs. In this session, thought leaders and industry professionals reflect on how opera leaders learn and ideate. Hear takeaways from the recent launch of Innovation Grants, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and then discover how these practices can inform better organizational decisions and create a culture of learning.

Suggested Reading:
Opera America magazine: "Learning Curves: A Conversation with David McIntosh"

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Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →

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David Bennett

General Director, San Diego Opera
David Bennett is the General Director of San Diego Opera and assumed leadership of the Company on June 15, 2015. Prior to his appointment he was the Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City.David Bennett joined the Gotham Chamber Opera as Managing Director in... Read More →
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Annie Burridge

General Director & CEO, Austin Opera
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Sarah Lutman

Principal, 8 Bridges Workshop
Sarah Lutman founded Lutman & Associates, now 8 Bridges Workshop, in March 2012. Since then she has pursued a wide variety of projects with clients in cultural, public media, and philanthropic organizations. Her experience as an entrepreneur and innovator is well-documented in projects... Read More →
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David McIntosh

Founder and President, Creative Business Breakthroughs
David McIntosh is the founder and president of Creative Business Breakthroughs LLC, working at the intersection of innovation and effectiveness. Since founding his firm in 2003, David has served as a consultant to executives and their organizations. As a facilitator, he designs and... Read More →
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Joseph Specter

President and General Director, Arizona Opera Company
Joseph Specter, an experienced administrator who draws from a deep understanding of the arts and corporate environments, became President and General Director of Arizona Opera in June 2016.Prior to coming to Arizona, Joe was General Director of Austin Opera, from 2012 to 2016. While... Read More →

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Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
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Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor
  Think Tank, OVI