Leadership Breakfast with Kevin Smith, President & CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra

Leadership Breakfast with Kevin Smith, President & CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra

Leadership Breakfast Registration Lottery:

Registration for this event will be open from Thursday, April 21 - Monday, April 26. In this time we will allow as many people to sign up for the event as possible. There is no limit. From there we will have a lottery where we will choose 20 participants at random. This way we will be able to ensure everyone has a fair chance to attend a Leadership Breakfast event.

Our facilitator will reach out to all participants on Tuesday, April 26 letting everyone know whether or not they received a spot through the lottery. 

KSmith.jpgA Little Bit About Our CEO: 

Kevin Smith has over 30 years of institutional, artistic and community leadership experience.  While serving as President and CEO of Minnesota Opera from 1986 to 2011, that company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million and its assets from $(36) thousand to $28.8 million. During Smith’s tenure, Minnesota Opera was recognized for artistic excellence, a commitment to the development and production of new works, an innovative approach to production design, a highly competitive and successful Resident Artist Program and progressive educational and community outreach programs.  At the time of Smith’s retirement, Minnesota Opera enjoyed unprecedented stability and unity of mission.

Smith’s other accomplishments include the 1991 creation of the Minnesota Opera Center in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, which houses the company’s offices, costume and scene shops and rehearsal facilities. He was instrumental in establishing the Arts Partnership - a collaboration of Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Schubert Club and The Ordway Center - for the optimum use of the Ordway by its resident arts organizations.  Throughout his career, Smith has been active in statewide arts advocacy, serving on the board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and as a member of Vote Yes Minnesota, the steering committee for the campaign for voter approval of the Minnesota “Legacy” constitutional amendment, which was approved in 2010, dedicating State sales tax dollars to support the arts and the environment through 2035.

Smith has chaired and served on numerous opera and musical theater panels at the National Endowment for the Arts and been a board member of the American Arts Alliance.  He served as board chair of Opera America from 1997 to 2001, and was instrumental in establishing Opera America’s European counterpart, Opera Europa. 

In 2012, Smith received the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Sally Award (named after the founder of the center, Sally Ordway Irvine) for Commitment, which recognizes lifetime achievement, contribution and leadership in Minnesota arts and culture.

Smith lives in Saint Paul, and, as Opera America’s field consultant, works with opera companies throughout the Unities States on issues relating to governance, strategic planning and leadership development. 

About The Leadership Breakfast Series

Looking to get to the next level in your nonprofit career? At YNPN Twin Cities' Leadership Breakfast series, nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors will share with you exactly how they did it, what they learned and what they're looking for in a rising nonprofit leader.

What you need to know:

  • Our sponsor, Pollen, will be at the event with a photographer and writer on hand. 
  • There will be a YNPN member on site to facilitate and help you get the most out of these discussions.
May 13, 2016 at 7am - 8:30am
Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
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