Interested in enhancing your leadership skills and experience?  Looking for a meaningful way to get involved in the community?  Curious as to why the words “arts and culture” keep showing up in reports about the Greater Philadelphia region’s appeal as a great place to live and work?

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia offers a unique opportunity for business and legal professionals to polish their leadership skills and network with peers while having a positive impact on the region’s vibrant arts and culture scene.  Business On Board prepares mid- to senior-level executives to become effective board leaders.  We offer a six-month training program that includes four full days of classroom sessions—held in Center City arts venues—complemented by a board “observership” experience that allows you to attend board meetings, committee meetings and programs/events at one carefully selected arts or culture organization.  At the end of the training program, we work with you to secure a board position—often with the arts organization you’ve been observing.      

Business On Board has been preparing and placing new board members since 1996, and to date nearly 500 business and legal professionals have graduated from the program.  Our graduates have the knowledge and confidence to step into board roles and make a positive impact.  Their understanding of best practices in nonprofit governance and the insights they’ve gained through observership experiences often translates to leadership roles on the boards they join. 

The Council is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 Business On Board class, which begins October 28.

Need a little more convincing?  Consider these findings from a recent survey of Business On Board graduates, conducted by the Council in partnership with Towers Watson:

  • The training program and board experiences had a measurable impact on business competencies such as strategic planning, creativity and innovation, and critical thinking.
  • Among the benefits participants rated most highly were cross-cultural awareness, enhanced skills and greater self-awareness.

If you’re interested or if you’ve got questions, contact Business On Board Program Director Eileen Cunniffe at 215-790-3621 or

If you’re not sure board service is for you, we’ve got three other ways for business, legal and technology professionals to learn from and contribute to the region’s arts sector:  Business Volunteers for the Arts (volunteer management consulting), Technology Connectors (volunteer technology consulting) and Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (pro bono legal services).