Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection

About this Collection

This Arts and Business digital program aims to engage with business leaders and provide them space to model-share and discuss new strategies for leveraging the arts to achieve internal and external goals.

The series features business leaders throughout the country sharing models of programs, exhibits, and partnerships that have benefited their companies. With one session focused on case-studies and a follow-up roundtable discussion, we hope to provide business leaders with creative and artistic strategies to realize business goals. Each discussion will also feature an arts activation or performance to experience how the arts can be used in business settings to engage and connect with employees and customers

Sessions

  • Leveraging the Arts to Achieve Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Goals, August 2020
  • Using the Arts to Engage Teams and Inspire Innovation, October 2020
  • Sharpening your Competitive Edge through Art, December 2020
  • Advancing Social Priorities and Creating Vibrant Communities, February 2021 (FREE!)

 

  • Leveraging the Arts to Achieve Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Goals

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    With a renewed urgency to create equitable workplaces, companies are looking for ways to develop empathy and deeper understandings of diversity. By partnering with artists and arts organizations, businesses can work towards more inclusive cultures.

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    August 2020

    With a renewed urgency to create equitable workplaces, companies are looking for ways to develop empathy and deeper understandings of diversity. By partnering with artists and arts organizations, businesses can work towards more inclusive cultures. 

    We will be joined by leaders in Arts & Business for a presentation on August 11th. Then, we will gather again for a roundtable discussion on these topics on August 18th. By registering for this product you are automatically registered for both sessions.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Business leaders will better understand successful models of arts and business partnerships that directly address issues of equity in the workplace. 
    • Case-studies will prepare them for conversations with external and internal business leaders in the live discussion portion and will encourage them to replicate or adapt models within their own companies.

    August 11 Speakers:

    • Diane O'Dell, VP, Community & Diversity Relations, Universal Orlando
    • Angela Lagos, Assistant Director Diversity & Inclusion at Universal Parks & Resorts

    August 18 Speaker:

    • Courtney Celeste Spears, Dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Co-Founder/Director of ArtSea Dance

    These sessions are a part of the Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection

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  • Using the Arts to Engage Teams and Inspire Innovation

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The arts can be used within companies to stimulate employees. Employee engagement is essential to recruiting and retaining an efficient workforce. According to a 2019 Gallup report, engaged employees are more productive, more likely to stay at a workplace, and thus contribute to overall company profits. The arts can help engage employees by building resilience, providing a creative outlet, and developing leadership. In a 2018 report Americans Speak Out About the Arts, 55% of employed Americans agree that their job requires them to be creative; and an even larger percentage, 60%, believe the more creative and innovative they are at their job, the more successful they are in the workplace. By integrating arts partnerships, companies can develop creativity and innovation.

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    October 2020

    Employees are at the core of every company; their satisfaction and development is critical to its success. 

    According to a 2019 Gallup report, engaged employees are more productive, more likely to stay at a workplace, and thus contribute to overall company profits. Engaging employees by leveraging arts-based strategies can help to creatively connect, reward and retain your workforce.

    In a recent Business Contributions to the Arts Survey, 59% of businesses said the arts increased employee creativity and growth. By integrating the arts into skill building and business development initiatives, companies can foster creativity and innovation within their staff leading to new models, products and ways of working.

    Learning Objectives:

    This session is designed for business leaders—especially those with responsibilities in Talent/Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Development. Participants will learn about exemplars of the arts used as a strategy to build a more engaged workforce and retain top talent. In addition, case studies will delve into the arts as a tool for developing creative skills necessary for innovation amongst staff. The first presentation will provide a baseline for peer conversations in the live discussion session and encourage knowledge sharing and adaption of successful models.

    Speakers:

    • Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs (October 14)
    • Kristi Lynn Heeney-Janiak, Creative Culture and Talent Development Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc. (October 14)
    • Nicholas King, Executive Director, After Arts; Vice President and Financial Advisor, Bernstein Private Wealth Management (October 20)

    These sessions are a part of the Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection

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    Domhnaill Hernon

    Head of Experiments in Art and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs

    Domhnaill Hernon is an award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive. Domhnaill received an undergrad in Aeronautical Engineering and a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Limerick and an executive MBA from Dublin City University, Ireland.  He previously led R&D organizations and developed and executed strategies to overcome the “innovation valley of death”. He is Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) which is a new initiative he founded to fuse art and engineering/science to develop solutions that humanize technology. Domhnaill’s work has been featured in Wired Magazine, Times Square, SXSW, Nasdaq, MWC, Ars Electronica, TEDx, Inspirefest to name just a few and he advises innovation and cultural programs globally.

    Twitter: @DHernonBellLab

    Kristi Lynn Heeney-Janiak

    Creative Culture and Talent Development Manager Hallmark Cards, Inc.

    Kristi Heeney-Janiak has spent her 25-year career at Hallmark primarily focused on driving leadership, team and organizational excellence.   Kristi has driven results in several roles throughout Customer Development, Retail Training and HR, and in this journey she found passion in coaching and elevating the skillsets of leadership in the organization.  Kristi is currently focused on building a winning culture in the creative community at Hallmark, and recently led a culture initiative by defining their Sense of Purpose. She's also accountable for elevating and driving Creative leadership forward., leading a team who's mission is to invest in, inspire and develop a culture of thinkers, makers and leaders, and leads the strategy for the communities' Creative Leadership Symposium and #my5days initiatives.  

    Nicholas King

    Executive Director, After Arts; Vice President and Financial Advisor, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

    Nicholas King is a Financial Advisor at the New York office of Bernstein Private Wealth Management, primarily working with innovative entrepreneurs and their global families. He advises both US and international high-net-worth individuals, businesses, endowments, and foundations. Driven by a desire to combine his passion for music and business, Nicholas founded the After Arts Group, a thriving community of professionals who share a passion and background in the performing arts. After Arts explores the application of artistic principles in the context of corporate governance. Prior to joining AB in 2018, Nicholas maintained an active career as a concert pianist and performed in major recital halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Poland, and France. His performances were enthusiastically received - selling out both The Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. With an early interest in philanthropy, Nicholas raised more than $35,000 for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles by the age of 10 and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Recognition. He went on to found the Art of Giving Back, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young musicians and giving back to the community. Nicholas holds a BM in classical piano from The Royal Conservatory of Music; an AD from Oberlin College & Conservatory; and an MM from The Juilliard School. Outside of work, he is an avid baker and an Ursus arctos (Brown bear) enthusiast

  • Sharpening Your Competitive Edge Through Art

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/10/2020

    In an ever-evolving economy, companies need innovative ways to set their business apart. Leveraging a partnership with an artist/arts organization will help you communicate your company’s story by engaging customers and clients, conveying your unique values. According to Business Contributions to the Arts Survey, 45% of companies say that partnering with the arts offers networking opportunities and the potential to build market share

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    December 2020

    In an ever-evolving economy, companies need innovative ways to set their business apart. Leveraging the arts can help you communicate your company’s story by engaging customers and clients and conveying your unique values. According to Business Contributions to the Arts Survey, 45% of companies say that partnering with the arts builds market share

    Learning Objectives:

    Attendees will learn about various models from companies using the arts as a strategy to set their brands apart in the marketplace. Case studies will focus on businesses connecting with customers and clients through arts-based tools and partnerships. The presentation will provide a baseline for peer conversations in the discussion portion and encourage knowledge sharing and adaption of successful models. 

    These sessions are a part of the Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection

    REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE COLLECTION HERE

    David Custodio, M.D., MBA, FACEP

    President, Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals

    Mark Hegedus

    Chief Sales Office, Founders Brewery

    Meg Stanton

    Managing Director, Harris Stanton Gallery and Curator, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council

  • Advancing Social Priorities and Creating Vibrant Communities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/23/2021

    Partnering with the arts fuels the economy, creates social cohesion and connectivity, and fosters civic engagement. According to Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community. In this session, attendees will hear from exemplary business leaders on how the arts are essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create, and contribute.

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    February 2021

    Partnering with the arts fuels the economy, creates social cohesion and connectivity, and fosters civic engagement. According to Business Contributions to the Arts: 2018 Edition 79% of companies believe arts help to improve quality of life in the community. In this session, attendees will hear from exemplary business leaders on how the arts are essential to the development of a vibrant and diverse community in which the best employees want to live, work, shop, create, and contribute. We are pleased to offer this on-demand webinar for free.

    Learning Objectives:

    • In collaboration with Chief Executive for Corporate Purpose (CECP), this session will present data from Americans for the Arts and CECP research on business support of and partnership with the arts to advance communities. Attendees will hear directly from companies who have successfully used the arts to promote social priorities and develop communities.

    These sessions are a part of the Partnering Your Way To Success: Arts as a Solution to Corporate Objectives Collection

    REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE COLLECTION HERE

    Hilary S. Ayala

    Director of Strategic Partnerships

    Con Edison

    Hilary S. Ayala serves as the Director of Con Edison’s Strategic Partnerships Programs. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ms. Ayala leads the company’s strategic, cause-related charitable contributions program and employee engagement initiatives. Ms. Ayala’s portfolio includes the company’s strategic partnerships program, volunteer corps, board placement program, and employee engagement programs. In former positions at Con Edison, Ms. Ayala served as the company’s principal federal lobbyist in Washington, DC. Ms. Ayala joined Con Edison in 2001. Prior to joining Con Edison, Ms. Ayala worked in the United States Senate before joining the development team at Manhattanville College. 

    Ms. Ayala is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She has served on the boards of the Westchester Children’s Museum and the Vineyard Theater. She currently serves on the Youth Committee at Christ Church Greenwich. An outdoor enthusiast, Ms. Ayala may often be found on the trails and slopes of Vermont with her teenage son.

    Jinny Jeong

    Corporate Strategy & Impact

    Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)

    Jinny is a social impact leader with experience delivering data-driven, human-centered insights for the corporate and non-profit sectors. Since joining CECP in 2014, she has been a trusted advisor in equipping corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders with the tools, best practices, and data insights to drive strategies in environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Jinny also leads the advisement of business and social impact and the strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion research through CECP’s Accelerate Community. Prior to CECP, Jinny worked with several nonprofits including Grounds for Sculpture, New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop), and The New 42nd Street/New Victory Theater. She currently resides in Boston, MA.

    Kimberly Williams

    Manager, Government, Regional and Community Affairs Department

    Con Edison

    Kimberly Denise Williams is a Manager in the Government, Regional and Community Affairs Department at Con Edison. In her role she serves as a representative of the company to elected officials and community-based organizations in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Manhattan’s west side.  As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the relationship with over 25 non-profit organizations in these neighborhoods. Kimberly joined Con Edison through the company’s leadership development program and was formerly a supervisor in their Construction Management Department.

    Outside of the office, Kimberly has maintained her passion for writing and the arts. She has written articles for several publications and websites. Additionally, she’s penned creative pieces that have been performed by community arts groups. Her volunteer efforts include serving on the Black History Committee at the Lenox Road Baptist Church, Stuyvesant High School’s Black Alumni Diversity Initiative, and previously mentoring through p.s. alumni and OCA NY-Asian Pacific American Advocates. For the last four summers, Kimberly has had the pleasure of mentoring through the Diversity in Arts Leadership Program. Kimberly is a graduate of Harvard University where she studied History and African and African American Studies. She also has a Master of Science in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. 

    Alexis Simmons

    Alexis Simmons, a DIAL alumna, is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She studied at The University of Alabama graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Communication Studies. Alexis now resides in Brooklyn, New York working as a 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. As a teaching artist, she is dedicated to reimaging texts to highlight the transformative power of storytelling.