The Strategy Team

ArtsLab has developed a team of six advisers with extensive experience in at least one of the four capacity areas of
1. Leadership Development (board and staff)
2. Adaptation to Change (planning and evaluation)
3. Management Skill (focus on finance/fundraising/marketing)
4. Operations (focus on human resources and technology)

The role of this senior advisory or Strategy Team is to give shape to the ArtsLab learning community through curriculum development, provision of tools and other resources, and guiding the program as an adult learning community. In addition, the Strategists will provide training at Peer Learning events as well as services to identified grantees as mentors or coaches.

The ArtsLab Strategy Team includes

Kate Barr, executive director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Kate directs all aspects of the organization’s strategic plans, development, loan capital, outreach, and program activities for the loan funds. Under her leadership, the Fund has grown as a premier financial management resource in Minnesota by providing training, strategic financial counsel, and loans to the nonprofit community. Kate holds a aster’s degree from Hamline University and is currently a member of their adjunct faculty.
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Cathy Hartle, MA, senior program manager for organizational effectiveness at the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls, Minnesota. Cathy is the lead staff for the Healthy Organizations Partnership program, working with nonprofits throughout central Minnesota to assess their internal assets and challenges, and help them build their capacity to better fulfill their mission in a planned and effective way.
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Anne Hunter, president, Marketing Source USA. Anne brings more than 25 years of strategic planning, marketing, and media relations experience. Prior to Marketing Source, she held marketing management posts at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Valleyfair Amusement Park, and chambers of commerce in two states. With a focus on strategic marketing and branding, she has taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Metropolitan State University, and the University of St. Thomas.
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Lendre Kearns, general manager, Broadway In Tucson. Lendre is a noted consultant, guest speaker and workshop facilitator for arts organizations in the USA, Canada, and Australia. Former marketing and communications roles have been with the La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She has also served as executive director of Minnesota Dance Theatre. Her work includes teaching arts marketing through the Goucher College distance-learning graduate program.
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Mai Moua, PhD. Mai’s interests are in the areas of women in leadership, cross-cultural and global leadership, and leadership development programs. She has taught at four universities in the areas of nonprofit management and leadership, and offered training in mindful leadership, organizational communication, cultural intelligence, and women’s ways of leading.
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Patricia Shifferd, PhD. Pat’s research and publications are in the areas of community power structures, large-scale social change, environmental attitudes, and the role of the arts in community development. Formerly the vice president for community and education programs at American Composers Forum, Pat directed the community-based music commissioning project, Continental Harmony. The program has created a new model of art-based community development.
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Sharon Rodning Bash, ArtsLab Program Director. Sharon’s work focuses on organizational development, strategic planning, and change management. Prior to her work launching ArtsLab, Sharon served as the Director of Organizational Development Grants and Training Services for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. In addition to her work with ArtsLab, Sharon teaches in the St. Mary’s graduate program in Arts Administration, in the areas of ponprofit management and project and program planning and implementation.
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Margaret Hasse is part of the ArtsLab team as a contributing writer for Peer Intelligence newsletter and the website. She has a long career as an arts consultant and teaches strategic planning for Drexel University’s online graduate program in arts administration. Margaret is also a poet with three books, including Milk and Tides, and a recipient of fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and McKnight Foundation through the Loft Literary Center, among others. She was educated at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota.
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