Philadelphia Young Playwrights. First Person Arts. Theatre Horizon. Delaware Museum of Natural History. Center City Opera Theater. Kennett Symphony of Chester County. These are just some of the arts and culture organizations with new board members who recently graduated from the Business On Board leadership development program of the Arts & Business Council (ABC).

Comcast. Cozen O’Connor. Independence Blue Cross. North Highland. PricewaterhouseCoopers. Saul Ewing. PNC Bank. Shire Pharmaceuticals. Skanska. These GPCC members are among the companies that supported mid- to senior-level managers as participants in the 2012 Business On Board class.

Here is some of the feedback we received from 2012 participants:

“This is a great program. The classes are engaging and attended by people who want to be there, which results in great interaction. The topics that are addressed in each class are well matched to what we will encounter as board members and the speakers provide great insight into the topics. This course should be a must for all new not-for-profit board members.”

“I had a wonderful experience. I met a lot of great people, learned a lot, and really appreciated the opportunity to see art venues I didn’t know about and learn about many other arts organizations in the Philadelphia community I didn’t even know existed.”

Since 1996, more than 500 business people have graduated from Business On Board and joined the boards of nonprofit cultural organizations in our region. Participants learn the fundamentals of nonprofit governance and best practices in management and board-staff relations through classroom sessions. Each executive is thoughtfully matched with an arts board to observe based on his or her interests and experience. This combination of classroom and experiential learning, plus attention to personalized matching, makes Business On Board the region’s most comprehensive board training and placement program.

The next Business On Board begins in January 2013 and ABC is currently accepting applications for this class. Business professionals may participate in the program in one of two ways:

-Prospective new board members are matched with an arts organization to observe and are elected to an arts board (often the one they observe) after the training ends. Apply Online

-Current board members attend classrooms sessions, apply what they learn to the board they serve on and share best practices with their board peers. Apply Online

Classroom sessions are held in arts and culture venues in and around Center City.

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