March 2022 Member Briefing: Six Principles for Transformational Change at Americans for the Arts with President and CEO Nolen Bivens
Recorded On: 03/08/2022
About the Member Briefing
March 8 at 3:00PM ET
As Americans for the Arts staff, board, stakeholders, and partners continue work on the strategic realignment process, workplace culture rebuild, and the proposed actions from the Task Force for Racial and Cultural Equity, President and CEO Nolen Bivens shared a memo summarizing six ideas he considers necessary for achieving transformational change.
- The arts are a national asset: arts everywhere and for everyone.
- Community is where the arts make a difference.
- Focus on our place in a network of networks.
- Success depends on equitable and collaborative partnerships.
- We must build trust and resiliency.
- Stay relevant, be prepared.
Join us for the March member briefing where Nolen will discuss these themes in more detail, to continue a more transparent and inclusive conversation about the way forward.
Nolen V. Bivens
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, is a former U.S. Army General and serves as chair of the National Leadership Advisory Council, the National Initiative for Arts & Health Across the Military (NIAHM); military community advisor for the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network’s Creative Forces program, and senior Policy Fellow on Arts & Military.
Bivens is president of Leader Six, Inc. and has executive leadership experience delivering successful results for public, private sector, and nonprofit organizations with $1B (+) in annual revenue, including strategic business development and sales at the VP level for a top four defense corporation, General Dynamics Mission Systems. A retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, he’s held leadership and staff positions from company through Army and Joint Pentagon Staff and U.S. Combatant and Special Operations Command levels. He has testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and co-chairs the National Leadership Advisory Committee for NIAHM. He has been guest speaker for national nonprofit conferences, the Aspen Seminar for Leadership in the Arts; and is a contributing writer for the Smithsonian Institution, HuffPost, and American for the Arts’ social media.
Bivens holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from South Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.
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