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Third Creative Leadership Talk Set for April 17

creativeleadershipeventbritebannerkaisercrop3GWSB’s third Conversations on Creative Leadership (CCL) event is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 17, and will feature a presentation by Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The CCL series explores the role of creative leaders in bringing together government, the business community, academia, and the nonprofit sector to solve society’s most intractable problems. It features a talk by a featured guest followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience moderated by Dean Doug Guthrie.

The first two CCL events featured Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Kaiser has drawn recognition for leading artistic and cultural organizations out of stagnation and financial difficulties. Over the past 12 years, he has been instrumental in raising the Kennedy Center’s national profile.

Kaiser’s GWSB presentation will focus on his role as Kennedy Center president and how he encourages creative thinking in the organization. He will touch upon highlights of his career, and suggest pitfalls to avoid for those who are in or aspiring to leadership roles. A reception will follow the talk.

Since beginning his tenure in January 2001, Kaiser has expanded the center’s educational and artistic programming, overseen the renovation of most of its theaters, and created a number of key programs to promote the arts and art management, including “Any Given Child,” which works with local school systems to develop arts education plans for students grades K-8.

Kaiser previously served as executive director of the Royal Opera House; the American Ballet Theatre; and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, the world’s largest modern dance organization, among other positions.

For more information, and to register, go here.

Posted by gwsb on March 12, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.


  1. Last time I checked, around either the first or second leadership presentation, you were going to see if the presentations would later be available on GW’s web site since they were not being “streamed live.” You were also going to seek “ok” from presenter.

    Since your response to that effect, I have not heard if that ever got worked out or not. Please advise.


    dave gitch

    Comment by dave gitch — March 13, 2013 @ 12:52 pm
  2. Hi Dave,

    You can view videos from the fall Creative Leadership series on the Dean’s blog:

    Thanks for your interest and support.
    GWSB Communications

    Comment by Kirsten — March 21, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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