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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.

Capacity is limited for this Post-Conference Day. Please register early to guarantee your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Women In The Arts Leadership Forum

The intention for this day is to accelerate the path of women in leadership. We will
1. Recognize women’s contributions
2. Amplify it in a supportive community
3. Have fun!

When women lead, they bring a wisdom for well-being of all. They create partnerships and build supportive environments enabling connections, resources and opportunities for all. As more women stepped up to run for and hold public office at the highest level of government, we urgently need more women in leadership roles across all institutions. Women need to act to change this world of grave power differences and gender-inequity in both opportunity and pay, beyond the women’s marches and #MeToo movements to defend even the limited rights we have fought hard for. This day is all about preparing and taking action.  

Three women leaders who have used and championed the arts in leadership in their own journeys will host this day, and facilitate activities for personal growth in leadership and organizational effectiveness. With room for your creativity and imagination, you will get to share your skills and, in dialogue with other women, nurture and amplify our collective voices in order to accelerate the readiness to step up for our next professional leadership role.

You will go away with fresh perceptions and perspectives about women leaders, and a network of women who share opportunities and potential collaborators, who are equally interested in building the new institutions where women can solve their own issues, and set new norms where everyone can thrive.


Session 1: 9:00-9:15 -- Opening the Forum
Goals and participatory expectations for the day.

9:15-10:30 -- The Art of Women in Leadership
We’ll start with an exercise to learn about the professional accomplishments and aspirations of women in leading roles; we will establish the current hurdles to effective impact and uncover the resources available to us to overcome them. In this experiential workshop, participants will get to know each other’s key contributions, aspirations and frustrations with organizations. In an interactive format, we will practice “Listening for Learning” Leadership activities to build our network and clarify our leadership goals for ourselves and our organizations.

Coffee Break: 10:30-10:45

Session 2: 10:45-11:45 -- Organizing for Action
The three workshop leaders will share their experience with organizing for creating impact, designing processes, teams, organizations and movements for social and cultural change.  

1. Usha Srinivasan will share her journey from Stanford Business School through corporate America to founding Sangam Arts, to lead social change with inclusive arts experiences.
2. Mary Vradelis, a management coach and leadership transition consultant, will share insights about how to support your own leadership goals, as well as nurture the next generation of leaders in your organization.
3. Jyoti Bachani, a management professor, will talk about practice-oriented ways of training professionals using the arts of poetry and improv theater for social awareness.

Lunch on Your Own: 11:45-1:00

Session 3: 1:00-2:00 -- Having an Outsized Impact
Usha Srinivasan will lead a discussion on forging alliances that go beyond professional expediency to building a high-functioning female network based on vulnerability, empathy and transparency. You will develop contacts that can assist you in specific ways.

Session 4: 2:00-3:00 -- Improv for Embodied Power
Dr. Jyoti Bachani will lead improv exercises for understanding and creating power by embodied presence.

Coffee Break: 3:00- 3:15

Session 5: 3:15-4:20 -- Closing Ceremony with Commitments to Self and Others
We will close with a mindful reflection on what you are committing to, what you will do differently and key lessons from the day.


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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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 Forum

May 1, 2019:
Opening the Forum (Program starts at 9:00 a.m.)
The Art of Women in Leadership
Organizing for Action
Lunch on Your Own
Improv for Embodied Power
Having an Outsized Impact
Closing Circle (Post-Conference Day ends at 4:30 p.m.)

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