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Inspire. Engage. Unify. | July 28-August 1, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

Executive and Leadership Programming

Enjoy small group discussions, peer presentations, and focused networking opportunities

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Join arts and culture leaders at the only cross-genre, global conference of its kind!

Executives — from CEOs to future leaders — will find an expanded slate of programming at TLCC2019. Executive content will run over all five days of the conference, and we will host our second invitation-only Leadership Summit at TLCC. Both opportunities provide peer-group discussions, moments of reflection, focused networking opportunities, and presentations by prominent executives from the global Tessitura community.

"All the sessions were highly relevant and I took something important from all of them."

Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director, Royal Shakespeare Company

Content for Current and Aspiring Executives

Are you in a position to transform your organization? Are you looking to step up to the next level in your career? Whether you're seeking to facilitate change from the top down or by advocating from the bottom up, you will gain valuable skills, insights, and perspective in content built for you. Executive content is included in the price of TLCC registration and does not require additional registration. There is lots to look forward to.


Leadership training

A collection of workshops and case studies will help you shorten your learning curve and advance your business by exploring what data-driven culture looks like, developing key performance indicators, and considering strategies to intentionally deepen audience engagement at your organization.


Focused networking opportunities

A networking dinner and interactive workshops facilitate connections with like-minded individuals.


Cumulative content

The five workshops are conceptually designed with an arc of content, where you can participate extensively and reflect deeply on important strategic topics. While attendance at all sessions is not required, it is recommended.

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Actionable Insight

After five days, you'll leave with momentum, a clear direction of where to go, and knowledge of how to get there.

Additional sessions developed by the Planning Committee will be tagged with the “EXEC” keyword in the TLCC Portal. We anticipate that topics of interest to executives and leaders will also surface in Open Space Discussions on site, which are opportunities for intimate, small-group conversations. These are powerful discussions where the topics are determined by the people in the room. If there is something important you want to talk about, bring it to Open Space Discussions!

"Concepts that we have been talking about crystallized in my thinking and became actionable."

Charles Bloom, Vice President of Corporate Services, Canadian Museum of Nature

Leadership Summit 2019 at TLCC

We will host our third Leadership Summit at TLCC2019, July 27–29. Once the Summit has concluded, most attendees stay for the remainder of TLCC.

Leadership Summit


Leadership Summit is designed to connect leaders with leaders and provide a program that delivers immediate value to those attending. Approximately 100 organizational leaders will be enlightened and challenged by case studies presented by prominent executives from the Tessitura global community and the peer-group discussions that accompany them. The atmosphere promotes frank, open conversations with some of the best and the brightest minds working in arts and culture. Focused networking opportunities and assigned peer groups further encourage the sharing of ideas. Invitations are extended to organization heads from each Tessitura powered organization, select organizational primary deputies, and Tessitura Network Board members.

Attendees from previous years found that “every session was valuable,” inspiring new thinking to strengthen their organizations and providing time to re-examine the responsibility required of great leaders. One executive said of the presentations, "all were highly relevant and I took something important from all of them." Moreover, participants left with ideas to apply at their organizations — as one attendee put it, “concepts that we have been talking about crystallized in my thinking and became actionable” and another said, "information was easily digestible and provided immediate, mid-term, and long term action items."

Other executives and aspirational leaders are encouraged to complete a self-nomination process. Acceptance is subject to space availability and the volume of nominations received. Nominees will receive notification on the status of their submission on a rolling basis. Nominations closed June 1.

Schedule At-a-Glance

Schedule is subject to change.
Full schedule will be available in early May.




July 27, 2019

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Leadership Summit Check-in & Packet Pick-up

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Networking Dinner

July 28, 2019

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 12:00pm

Peer Groups and Leadership Summit Sessions

12:00pm – 12:45pm


1:00pm – 1:45pm

Conference Welcome

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Peer Groups and Leadership Summit Sessions

6:00pm – 7:00pm


7:15pm – 9:00pm

Networking Dinner

July 29, 2019

7:30am – 8:45am


9:00am – 10:00am

General Session

10:30am – 12:00pm

Peer Groups and Leadership Summit Sessions

12:00pm – 1:30pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

Roundtable with Tessitura Executives including Jack Rubin and Andrew Recinos

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Peer Groups and Leadership Summit Sessions and Wrap-up


5:00pm – 6:00pm

TN Inspire!

6:00pm – 10:00pm

Build-Your-Own-Networking Night

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Game Night and Drum Circle

Peer Groups and Leaderships Summit Sessions

Past Speakers

We have been privileged to have the following speakers at Leadership Summit. 
(*organization represented)

Luke Rodehurst, Google
Christina Osterby, Royal Danish Theatre*
Ezra Wiesner, Philadelphia Orchestra*
Charles Bloom, Canadian Museum of Nature
Nancy Yao Massbach, Museum of Chinese in America
Catherine Mallyon, Royal Shakespeare Company
Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre
Claire Spencer, Arts Center Melbourne
Catherine Devine, American Museum of Natural History*
Vince Ford, New York Philharmonic
Lucy Sinclair, Royal Opera House
David Pearce, Wales Millennium Centre*

Ken Fischer, University Musical Society*
Patrick McIntyre, Sydney Theatre Company
Heather Walker, Royal Opera House
Ellen Gallagher, American Museum of Natural History
Kent Davidson, 92nd Street Y
James Walker, Oregon Shakespeare Festival*
Howard Levine, State Theatre New Jersey
Sara Billmann, University Musical Society
Joe Carter, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Kay Burnham, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Michelle Lockhart, Science Museum Group
Lisa Middleton, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Adam Cox, AT&T Performing Arts Center
Philippe Magid, Bangarra Dance Theatre
Mary Beth Smith, San Francisco Ballet*
Sarah Hunt, Arts Centre Melbourne*
Anne Trites, Theatre Development Fund