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The PACT Board Symposium

  • DATE: May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
  • FEE: $45.00 for Members / $95.00 for Non-Members
  • VENUE: Zoom
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Boards make a vital contribution to non-profit theatre companies. In these uncertain times, the duties and responsibilities of board members are in the spotlight now more than ever, but little training is available for the role. First held in 2021, PACT's Board Symposium offers professional development for theatre board members.
This year’s Board Symposium offers the unique opportunity to learn about arts leadership searches with Jeanne Lesage of Lesage Arts Management, who is currently running PACT’s own search for its next Executive Director.

Registration is through a company pass that gives access for up to three board members and one staff member. Company passes are $45 for PACT Member Companies & Organizational Colleagues, and $95 for non-member companies.


2pm to 3pm ET: Arts Leadership Searches – What Boards Should Know (& Do)

Arts HR specialist Jeanne LeSage (CHRL, MBA) of LeSage Arts Management will walk us through the process and approach of one of the most important tasks of nonprofit arts boards - hiring your leaders!  Whether you are searching for your artistic lead, or the business lead (or both) - Jeanne will take us through a sample process and answer your questions about how to scale this for organizations of different sizes, different disciplines, and different complexities.

3:30pm to 4:30pm ET: Breakout Conversation Groups

Networking and discussion in small breakout groups with your board colleagues from theatres across the country.


Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA

Jeanne is an arts consultant with 30+ years’ experience in the sector across Canada and abroad with senior roles at TIFF, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Royal Opera House Muscat, and the prestigious International Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center.  She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), holds an MBA in Management Consulting, and runs LeSage Arts Management with a focus on strategic human resources, organizational development, effective governance and leadership transitions.  Jeanne is also the author of research reports such as Performing Arts Leadership in Canada (2018),  Reporting and Investigation Mechanisms for Workplace Harassment in the Arts (2019); Board Governance in the Arts: Emerging Ideas (2021), and the co-founder of the COVID response initiative LEAN (Leadership Emergency Arts Network) Canada (2020).