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Business On Board


Business On Board provides training to business professionals and arts managers on nonprofit board governance issues and places business professionals on boards and committees of arts and cultural organizations.

Since 1996, training and community relations departments from throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region have relied on Business On Board to enhance their foremost employees' talents and opportunities, encourage cross-industry networking and position their companies in the cultural landscape.

As with many “Philadelphia firsts," our 5-month board training program has been replicated in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati and Phoenix.

Benefits Of involvement

  • Arts managers receive individual attention in assessing board composition and board development and gain access to business professionals interested in board service.
  • Business professionals have opportunities to demonstrate leadership in the community and develop professional skills while providing expertise to arts and cultural organizations.
  • Together, board members and arts managers create the strong governance foundation essential to any organization's stability and long-term success.

Program Impact

  • Since launching the program in 1996, we have trained well over 700 business executives and placed them on boards and board committees of more than 150 arts and culture organizations in the region.

When + Where

Four full-day, Friday sessions in 2017, held at Center City cultural venues:

  • January 27 –Location TBD
  • March 3 –Location TBD
  • April 7 – Location TBD
  • May 5 – Location TBD

Attendance at all four training sessions is required.

How to Apply

You can apply online. For individual participants, please be sure you have an updated resume available electronically.


Fees include $1,500 for nonprofit organizations or $3,000 for business leaders, which includes 25 hours of classroom time, materials, breakfast and lunch on the classroom dates, ongoing coaching and board placement, and networking opportunities with other business professionals.

Many companies subsidize this fee, recognizing that Business On Board participation enhances their position in the community and provides valuable leadership and professional development opportunities for their employees.


Contact Eileen Cunniffe, Director, Governance + Consulting Services at 215.790.3621 or


Business On Board is presented with Producer Circle Support by:

North Highland


Business On Board is supported in part by:

Alkemy X   Connelly Foundation   

Dolfinger-McMahon FoundationGovernor's Woods Foundation


Media Partner:


Business On Board Current Board Member Scholarships are also made possible through the support of the CHG Charitable Trust.

200 South Broad Street, Suite 700 | Philadelphia, PA 19102-3896 | Tel: 215.790.3620 | PVLA: 215.790.3836 x1