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January News 2016



Awards 2016 Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration Honorees

Leadership Learn More about Designing Leadership 2016

Event SOLD OUT: Presence with #2 TED Talk Speaker, Amy Cuddy

News Arts Groups Make Strong Chamber Allies, by Americans for the Arts' Vice President of Public Sector Initiatives Emily Peck and Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Karin Copeland

News Marc Brownstein named chair of Philly Arts + Business Council Board

Interview Creativity, The New Business Imperative (Part 2 of 2) : An Interview with Rob Wonderling, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Professional Development 2016 Volunteer Orientations and Leadership Trainings

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2016 Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration Honorees

Business On Board

The Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce the honorees of its 31st Annual Awards Celebration.

“We are honored to continue this decades-long tradition of bringing attention to the exciting things that happen at the intersection of business and creativity,” said our Executive Director, Karin Copeland. “This year’s winners exemplify the Philadelphia region’s leadership in expanding audiences for the arts, in embedding creativity in communities and in fostering an environment where creative professionals and organizations can sustain themselves and contribute to our economy.”

Nominated by their peers throughout the 11-county region and selected by a jury comprised of Arts + Business Council Advisory Board Members, the awards are presented in eight publicly nominated categories. The 2016 winners are:

  • Designing Leadership Award
    David Gloss, Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, Here's My Chance

We have more surprises in store, stay tuned for our announcement of the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence and G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award honorees in the coming weeks.

The region’s business, legal, technology and creative communities are invited to join the 2016 honorees and event sponsors to celebrate at the Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration 2016 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The celebration features a theater-style awards ceremony, a cocktail soiree with a dinner buffet, and ample time to network.


Ticket Packages + Individual Tickets

The Arts + Business Council Awards Celebration is our major fundraising event of the year. Sponsorship and ticket purchases from the event help to sustain the services ABC provides to Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community and allows us to continue to provide unique skills-based volunteer and professional development opportunities to Philadelphia’s business, legal and technology sectors.

  • Visionary Sponsor Package - $4,000
    Includes 8 individual business tickets, 2 corporate-sponsored arts tickets, preferred seating, 1/2 page ad and visibility at event.

  • Leadership Sponsor Package - $2,000
    Includes 4 individual business tickets, 1 corporate-sponsored arts ticket, 1/4 page ad and visibility at event.

  • Arts + Culture Marketing Package - $500
    Includes 2 tickets, 1/2 page ad, opportunity to display materials. For nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

  • General Admission Ticket - $150 

  • Volunteer Ticket - $125 
    For participants or alumni of the following Arts & Business Council core programs:
    Business Volunteers for the Arts, Business On Board, Designing Leadership (Nonprofit participants should see below), Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts + Technology Connectors.


  • Arts + Culture Non-Profit Ticket - $100 
    For all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations or individual artists who have been served by our PVLA program.


Questions? Contact Ari Kushner at 215.790.3606 or


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SOLD OUT: Presence with #2 Ted Talk Speaker + Harvard Researcher, Amy cuddy


Amy Cuddy

This event is now sold out, but please click on the link to your right to place your name on our waiting list. We will notify you if tickets become available.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on “power posing” made her the #2 biggest TED speaker in the world. Now, through her new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges,Cuddy presents the enthralling science underlying these fascinating mind-body effects.

Join the Arts + Business Council for a powerful leadership development event, and hear Cuddy deliver the cutting-edge science that liberates us from the fears and doubts that hold us back, freeing us to be our best. Tickets are available now!

VIP guests will have preferred seating and access to a post-event meet and greet with the author.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Questions? Contact Ari Kushner at 215.790.3606 or

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FEB. 24

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
8:30 am to 10:30 am

8:30 am - Registration
9:00 am - Program
10:30 am - VIP Program

Early Bird Ticket: $30
VIP Ticket: $100

Center City Location


Title Sponsors:


Media Sponsor:


Creativity, The New Business Imperative (Part 2 of 2): An Interview with Rob Wonderling, President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce


Rob Wonderling, President & CEO of GPCC meets Cynthia Back, the Artist

Rob Wonderling meets with CFEVA Artist, Cynthia Back, during #ArtAtGPCC


How would you describe GPCC’s commitment to the creative economy, including the arts and culture and the for-profit creative sectors?

RW: The city of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia region sets a very high standard for world-class excellence in science, medicine, music, innovation, creativity, and arts and culture. And increasingly those are all interwoven entities, enterprises, and sectors. Interwoven, interconnected, and ultimately what drives the economy of the greater Philadelphia region, what puts us continually on a world stage, and is absolutely fundamental for not just the economic growth of our city and region, but for the continued influx of individuals, young and old, that want to come to this region from throughout the United States, throughout the world, so they can really thrive and enjoy all that this city has to offer.

What makes the Arts + Business Council an important aspect of the Chamber’s work?

RW: We’re really proud of the fact that over thirty years ago, the first Arts and Business Council associated with a Chamber of Commerce was spawned here in the city of Philadelphia. And since that time, under the leadership of Karin Copeland, under a great group of volunteer leaders, the Arts and Business Council continues to blur the lines and seek opportunity for the for-profit creative economy, the not-for-profit arts and cultural sector, and what I’ll describe as the traditional business community. And the combination of solid programming, expert volunteer leadership, and a commitment to continue to drive interconnectivity between arts and culture and the business community will result in a more vibrant Arts and Business Council at the greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and therefore a more vibrant economy for the city and the region.

What is the relationship between creativity and strategy at the Chamber?

RW: For any organization to not just succeed, but to thrive, to meet its overall objectives, you really do need to dispense with last century thinking and strategic planning. Because that’s probably going to get you not where you need to be with velocity and high impact and outcome. So the best way to think strategically in a rapidly changing global economy is to use notions of creativity as the first place in which you start a strategic planning process. Merely doing things better than you did before, merely shuffling around individuals, job descriptions, or programming, will be woefully lacking in a highly competitive economy. The first place individuals going through a strategic planning process should begin is really with a complete reframing of organizational goals and objectives that are rooted in and should be inspired by creativity.

How have you applied that approach at The Chamber?

RW: We are passionate and driven by our members. We exist to serve our members. We want our members to succeed and to be prosperous. To do that means that we need to always be listening and organizing the creative energy, the creative ideas, and the creative approaches of our members. And when we do that, we’re able to deliver services, programs, and really strong outcomes for our members in a highly collaborative way. So, our challenge as an organization, which is one we work on every day, because, again, we’re passionate about our members, is how do we listen and learn and translate the creative passions of individual chamber members and a collection of chamber members into a program of work, into an experience, in which not only do they benefit from that, but the city and region do as well.

Can you provide an example of a local business that is using creativity to innovate in the region?

RW: I’ll give you three examples. The first, with the recent arrival of the new CEO of Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Stephen Klasko, a strong advocate of the Chamber, of innovation in the Arts and Business Council, is completely redesigning the instruction and delivery of patient centric healthcare in what is a well-established and world-renowned institution of medical learning and practice, Thomas Jefferson University. And he is using creative processes to transform that institution.

The second example would be all of our financial institutions that understand that in an age of new consumerism and digital applications, the creative process to reach current and future customers with a wide array of financial services is absolutely a business imperative. No one goes to a teller anymore, if they exist, so that sector has clearly embraced creative processes in their work, which is interesting, considering the heavy regulatory burdens and challenges that sector faces.

I think all of our partners that are in the professional service space (law firms, accounting firms, IT service companies) understand that organizing their colleagues around creative agendas help them create a different perspective of value for the clients that they serve.

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2016 Volunteer Orientations and Leadership Trainings


Leadership development through
board service

BUSINESS ON BOARD, provides an extensive training program on effective board governance and then places you with one of the hundreds of arts and cultural organizations in the region.

Participants are generally currently in a high-level leadership role in their company or firm or they are being groomed for a top-level position


  • Four full-day training sessions provide instruction in the legal, ethical and financial responsibilities of nonprofit board members, with an emphasis on understanding the dynamic arts and cultural sector.

  • Our guest faculty includes regional and national leaders from business, arts, academic and nonprofit consulting arenas.

  • Varied and interactive coursework includes panel discussions, case studies, and readings and homework that help you apply what you learn in the classroom sessions.

  • Attorneys who participate in the program are eligible to receive three CLE credits (two ethics, one substantive) through Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for content presented during the first and fourth sessions.

  • At the beginning of the program you will be matched to a board based on your interests, skills and geography to observe for the duration of the class.

  • Business and legal professionals who currently sit on the board of an arts and culture nonprofit can participate in the program at a greatly reduced fee.

QUESTIONS? Visit: or contact Eileen Cunniffe, Director, Governance + Consulting Services, at 215.790.3621 or


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JAN. 29

Friday, January 29, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

MAR. 4

Friday, March 4, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
International House Philadelphia

APR. 8

Friday, April 8, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania


Friday, May 6, 2016
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Independence Seaport Museum

Attendance at all four sessions is required.

New Board Member
Program Fee: $2,500

Current Board Member
Program Fee: $1,500

Presented with Producer Circle Support by:

Supported in Part by:

Host Sponsor:




Executive Development for the Arts, Culture + Creative Sectors

DESIGNING LEADERSHIP promotes the development of leaders in the for-profit creative and nonprofit arts and culture communities. This five session program, taught by expert faculty from IBM and the Wharton School, will focus on leadership competencies that will thread the learning from the individual to the organizational. Participants will benefit from the world-class instruction of our esteemed faculty as well as the shared experience of collaborating with their creative peers.

With a focus on arts, culture and creative sectors, the Designing Leadership series is positioned to target areas not often addressed in the sector, such as how personal leadership styles connect and contribute to the overall well-being of an organization.

QUESTIONS? Visit: or contact Tommy Butler at 215.790.3827 or


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FEB. 24

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

MAR. 9

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

MAR. 23

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016

APR. 6

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

APR. 20

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quorum, University City Science Center

3711 Market Street

8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Attendance at all five sessions is required.

Program Fee: $1,000


In Partnership with:

Presented by:

Supported in part by:


Host Sponsor:






Our Philadelphia Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts program (PVLA) provides much needed pro bono legal assistance to the region's creative sector.

Whether it's a simple contract review or full-service representation, our volunteer attorneys are committed to providing their expertise and time in areas ranging from intellectual property issues to immigration and staffing to startup business counseling and nonprofit formation.

WATCH: Learn how lending your skills to the arts not only builds capacity in the cultural sector but also bolsters your own skills by testing them in a creative setting.

Our Winter orientation session will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 8 am to 12 pm. The morning session orients new volunteers to the region's cultural sector and introduces them to the volunteer experience through conversations with seasoned PVLA volunteers, arts managers and artists who have recently completed a project.

EARN 3 CLEs Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) is a PACLE Accredited CLE Provider. This program has been approved for a total of 3.0 CLE credit hours: 1 Substantive and 2 Ethics. You must attend the entire program to receive ethics credit.

Visit: or contact Miriam DeChant at 215.790.3822 or


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Thursday, March 31, 2016
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

1-1:30pm - Registration + Lunch
1:30-5pm - CLE Program
5pm Cocktails + networking
Program Fee: $300

Duane Morris LLP
30 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Presented with Producer Circle Support by:





Are you a business or technology professional with an interest in the arts and a desire to make a difference in the community? Is the vibrant arts and culture scene one of the reasons you live and work in the Philadelphia region? If so, Business Volunteers for the Arts and  Technology Connectors are the perfect opportunity to develop your professional skills while lending your business expertise to a nonprofit arts organization.

WATCH: Learn how lending your skills to the arts not only builds capacity in the cultural sector but also bolsters your own skills by testing them in a creative setting.

Our Winter orientation will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The afternoon session orients new volunteers to the region's cultural sector and introduces them to the volunteer experience through conversations with seasoned volunteers and arts managers who have recently completed a project.

After you've completed the orientation, we'll match you with an arts organization on a clearly defined project that aligns with your area of expertise. We'll stay in touch with you throughout the project, offering counsel and resources to help both you and the organization to succeed.

QUESTIONS? Visit: or contact Tommy Butler at 215.790.3827 or


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

12:00 pm - Registration
12:30 pm - Program

Program Fee: $250

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 S Broad St., Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102


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