The Chief Executive Program

The Chief Executive Program offers an extraordinary opportunity for you and a select group artistic and executive leaders to spend ten months exploring leadership and change while building skills and relationships that you will draw upon for the rest of your career.

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You are…

the leader of an arts and culture organization who understands its vital role in the community. You are consumed with keeping your organization strong and connected as you deal with the radical change around you.

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You’ll share…

your insights about your community, your organization’s approach and your vision for the future. Everyone will learn from the deep expertise and wisdom contained within this diverse cohort of individuals, coming from a wide range of perspectives.

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You’ll gain…

tools and insights from experts in leadership and bias at Harvard and other top universities. The experience is tailored to support your efforts, using different approaches, a range of analytical frameworks and a network of allies and collaborators.

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You’ll join…

an incredible, worldwide community of change-makers. Connect with over 200 leaders who have been through the program and are positioned to introduce radical change in their communities and the field.

Selection & Participation

The ideal participant is a change agent – a leader interested in making a real difference in a community and in the field. Leaders chosen to take part in this unique experience have the opportunity – and a responsibility – to share what they’ve learned and serve as influencers for the field. Participating leaders come from a broad and diverse mix of organizations that may include performing and visual arts, zoos, libraries, aquariums, botanical gardens, science centers, writer’s centers, historical societies, public media – any organizations that encourages creativity. This diversity is an essential part of the Chief Executive Program experience.

Cost
Tuition for all U.S. residents is pay what you can.
While we spend more than $20,000 per participant in the Chief Executive Program (this includes two convenings, coaching, online learning and support, all meals and lodging during the convenings), our aim has always been to ensure that our programs are affordable and US-based funders help us to our subsidize pricing. We ask participants to name their own price, contributing what they can toward their tuition and using the suggested tiers below as a benchmark. Participants will not be asked to name their price until after they are accepted into the program.
  • Budget under $1 million: $4,500 each
  • Budget between 1 and 4 million: $6,500 each
  • Budget between 4 and 10 million: $8,500 each
  • Budget between 10 and 20 million: $14,500 each
  • Budget over 20 million: $16,500 each
  • Tuition for participants based outside of the US is set at $19,500 each

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Faculty

Meet some of the Chief Executive Program’s incredible faculty, who will guide your exploration through the most pressing issues cultural organizations face today. Address bias awareness, strategy, value creation in communities and adversity to expand your capabilities as a leader.

Mahzarin Banaji

Mahzarin r. banaji

Program Manager

Rohit Deshpande

rohit deshpande

Program Manager

ramon casedesus masanell

Program Manager

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