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Please note that you can register for just the Regular Conference (April 29 & 30), just the Post-Conference (May 1), or both.  (If you register just for the Post-Conference, please call 1-888-881-5861 rather than using the registration form.) The fee is $129 per person for the Post-Conference.

"We cannot succeed when half of us are held back." – Malala Yousafzai 

Women in the Arts Leadership Summit

The intention for this day is to accelerate the path of women in leadership. We will
  1. Recognize women’s contributions
  2. Amplify them in a supportive community
  3. Identify and prioritize collective action needed
When women lead, they bring a wisdom for the well being of all. They naturally create partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment. Yet, we still have a world with grave power differences, gender-inequity in both opportunity and pay, with women’s marches and #MeToo movements to defend even the limited rights we have fought hard for. Obviously, there is an urgent need to transform our existing institutions.
This day-long experiential workshop-cum-retreat is a place for women in the arts to gather to share the issues they face in the workplace and to develop an agenda for personal growth in leadership. Bring your creativity and imagination, as well as the experiences and skills that you have contributed to your organizations, with or without sufficient recognition for it. In a shared dialogue, we will amplify the women’s voices and accelerate their professional development to be ready for taking on their next leadership roles.
Women will solve their own issues, and create new institutional norms where they can thrive. You will go away with fresh perceptions and perspectives of women leaders, and contribute to creating a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions as opportunities are created.

Session 1: 9:00-10:30 a.m. -- What do Women Want?

In this experiential workshop, participants will get to know each other’s key contributions, aspirations and frustrations with organizations. In a hands-on interactive format, we will set an agenda for the day on key ways women lead and contribute, and what is recognized and rewarded in the current workplaces.

Session 2: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Organizing for Action

A panel of women leaders share their experience with organizing for creating impact, designing processes, teams, organizations and movements for social and cultural change.   Highlights will include:
• Usha Srinivasan’s journey from Stanford Business School through corporate America to founding Sangam Arts, as an organization, and leading an agenda for social change with inclusive arts experiences.
• Tricia O’Keefe’s journey from an MFA to building a social enterprise, to leading Design changes at IBM.
• Mary Vradelis’s experiences as an Interim Executive Director at several Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Session 3: 1:30-3:00 p.m. -- PechaKucha Interactive Dialogue on:

1. Men and Women in Conversation
2. Listening as a Leadership Skill
3. A Bias For Action
4. Inclusive Community
5. Design Your Energy

Session 4: 3:15-4:45 p.m. -- Closing Circle

In this interactive experiential exercise, you will use mindful reflective techniques to set the agenda for your professional development as an individual, articulate your aspirations for your team and organization, and find support in the room to overcome any obstacles to realizing it.  Then draw up a plan of action and find an accountability partner to develop a plan to follow up.


Usha Srinivasan

Founder and President
Sangam Arts

Usha Srinivasan is the founder and president of Sangam Arts, a Silicon Valley 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote multicultural understanding through performing arts. She believes that the increasing cultural diversity in the US demands new models of social integration. Sangam Arts, through its latest initiative Mosaic America, aims to develop systemic ways for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to engage with each other in congenial, creative settings that help us see our common humanity while celebrating our differences. The Mosaic initiative has received the support of local and state agencies, corporations and foundations.
Usha also runs Twelfth Man - a consulting practice providing product strategy and marketing services to high tech companies in Silicon Valley. She holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Usha is a former member of the Cultural Commission of the City of Santa Clara. Knight Foundation selected her as a Creative Community Fellow in 2016. She has served on grants panels for National Endowment for the Arts, SVCreates, City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Dancers’ Group and others. She has also served on the Board of World Arts West, the producer of the famous San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and on the board of Wildlife Rescue, Palo Alto.

Mary Vradelis

Founder and Partner
Sequoia Consulting

Mary Vradelis is founder-partner of Sequoia Consulting, a Berkeley based management and leadership coaching firm for individuals, executives, Board Members, and key management staff. She is trained in the arts, therapy, and business and over the past 20 years, has facilitated meetings and retreats, as well as coached employees, colleagues, and clients to hold more meaningful conversations—whether in individual conversations to confront a difficult topic, or in meetings that need a safe space and well-defined structure to allow the group to overcome interpersonal conflicts and focus on its priorities. Mary has extensive experience as an Executive Director, and as a nonprofit Board Member, with several different organizations—in varied fields ranging from health care to theatre to violence prevention. Mary's education includes a Master's in Expressive Arts Therapy, a B.F.A. in Theatre, and she graduated with Honors from the Executive M.B.A. program at St. Mary's College of California. To continue to hone her skills, she has participated in professional exchanges with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin (CVNL), The Shannon Leadership Institute, Fabulous Facilitators (Fab Fac), and is a founding member of Consultants and Coaches for the Arts (C2Arts). She has also completed certified classes with The Grove, Community at Work, Compasspoint, and the National Community Development Institute.

Dr. Jyoti Bachani

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation
Saint Mary’s College of California

Dr. Jyoti Bachani is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Saint Mary’s College of California and a founder member of the US Chapter of International Humanistic Management Association. She is a former Fulbright Senior Research Scholar who earned her Phd in Strategy and International Management at London Business School, UK, a Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, USA, and an MBA from Delhi University, India. Her early career included being a strategy consultant to Fortune 200 companies. Jyoti regularly leads professional development workshops teaching other faculty at the prestigious Academy of Management Conference. She has served as a board member of the North American Case Research Association and Editor-in-Chief of the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Study Collection, and continues to serve as an editorial board member for the Journal of Management Inquiry, published by the Western Academy of Management. She has published several articles and case-studies, a book on Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations, and two co-edited books on Humanistic Management. Her current research uses Improv theatre games and Hindi poetry translations as ways to restore humanistic practices in management. 

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Conference Schedule

Regular Conference

April 29, 2019:
Morning Intensive (Program starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Lunch on Your Own
Opening Reception with one-on-ones

April 30, 2019:
Networking Reception with one-on-ones
Lunch with the Experts
Afternoon Intensive
Breakouts (Regular Conference ends at 5:00 p.m.)

Post-Conference Day — Women in the Arts Leadership Summit

May 1, 2019:
Opening Workshop (Program starts at 9:00 a.m.)
Lunch on Your Own
PechaKucha Interactive Dialogue
Closing Circle (Post-Conference Day ends at 4:45 p.m.)