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Strategic Leadership Series: Social Innovation and Creative Placemaking

March 9, 2016 @ 4:00 PM6:00 PM

Strategic Leadership Series

Experience some of the best thought leaders in the business right here in West Michigan. The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Strategic Leadership Series engages nonprofit professionals and the larger philanthropic community to encourage the development of a diverse, equitable, local ecosystem that supports entrepreneurialism when addressing critical social issues. These experiences will infuse our region with fresh thinking on the power and potential of nonprofits to be catalysts for change.

Join special guest speaker Richard Evans as he explores the power of social innovation and creative placemaking.

Full series pass: $45
Includes admission to all four presentations.
Tickets to individual events may be purchased for $15 each. GVSU students attend FREE with student ID.

Register for the series pass. Register for this event only.


Learn more about the 2015–2016 Strategic Leadership Series.

Richard Evans

Richard Evans designs and directs EmcArts’ programs and strategic partnerships, which support individuals, organizations and communities on their journey to becoming highly adaptive. EmcArts programs include national Innovation Labs, community-based innovation programs for nonprofits called New Pathways for the Arts, and services to individual leaders – Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators, an in-depth training program on adaptive leadership, and ArtsFwd.org, an online presence for learning and exchange around “next practices” for arts leaders. EmcArts’ work has recently expanded intoCommunity Innovation Labs, a pioneering approach that employs rigorous process frameworks to support cross-sector ensembles of community members as they tackle their most complex challenges at the system level. A frequent speaker on the relationships between systemic change, cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts, Richard’s recent engagements have included most of the annual conferences of arts service organizations in the U.S. and Canada. His research and analysis has been published in numerous journals and field studies. Richard received his M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. Prior to founding EmcArts, he held numerous senior positions in performing arts management and philanthropy, including co-director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program, Chief Executive of the Bath International Festival of Music & the Arts, England, and Vice President of the National Arts Stabilization Fund.


March 9, 2016
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Loosemore Auditorium
401 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
(616) 331-5000