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Conversations on Creative Leadership: The Arts

GW School of Business

Monday, November 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Conversations on Creative Leadership: The Arts

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A series of high-impact talks with leaders shaping the 21st century.

On Monday, November 19, the GW School of Business kicks off Conversations on Creative Leadership with a focus on "The Arts." Hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie, the series explores the role of creative leaders in bringing together the business community, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector to solve society's most intractable problems.

“The Arts", the first conversation in the series, will explore creative leadership through the lens of special guest Marin Alsop, conductor and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Profiled in TIME and named one of “America's Most Powerful Women” by Newsweek, Ms. Alsop will discuss being—and becoming—a “first woman” in a male-dominated profession and how leading an orchestra serves as a metaphor for leading society.


6-7 PM
Marin Alsop
  Jack Morton Auditorium | Media & Public Affairs Building | 805 21st St NW
  Alsop will discuss her role as leader of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the rewards and challenges in becoming the first woman conductor of a major U.S. orchestra. Dean Guthrie will engage her in a spirited conversation on how she encourages innovation and creative thinking within her organization.
7-7:15 PM  CD Signing
 Jack Morton Auditorium Lobby

Immediately following the talk, Marin will be available for a CD signing of some of her recently released recordings. 


Marin AlsopMarin Alsop
Conductor and Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop made history as the first woman to head a major American orchestra when she became the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony. She began playing piano at age two, violin at five, entered Julliard pre-college at seven, decided to become a conductor at nine, and entered Yale at sixteen. In 1991 she made her professional conducting debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She continues to appear regularly with these orchestras, in addition to the London Philharmonic.

Winner of Gramophone's “Artist of the Year” award and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Alsop was the first conductor to be named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2006 she was the only classical musician invited to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A protégée of Leonard Bernstein, in 2009 Alsop became the artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre’s season-long The Bernstein Project. Encompassing more than 30 events, the series draws from Bernstein’s work as a musician, humanitarian, and educator.

The Creative Leadership in Civic Life Initiative

The GW School of Business is positioning itself to be an authority in civic leadership, not only to the advantage of the business sector but also to transform public institutions to think deeply about public/private partnerships. Creative Leadership in Civic Life's premise is simple: great leaders can and should leverage their business skills to foster and sustain strong communities. 

Those leaders need not be elected, and, in many cases, they are better able to leverage their skills if they are not. Creative leaders in civic life are the individuals best positioned to make change in urban areas by assessing problems and devising cross-cutting solutions that engage individuals, groups and institutions. By designing and executing programs that open the door for business leaders and other community stakeholders to engage civil society, the Initiative creates opportunities to address public concerns and resolve intransigent problems, such as poverty, hunger, and joblessness.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, GWSB is engaging a series of programs that examine and put in to practice the tenets of creative leadership. These efforts are guided by the belief that through greater "embeddedness" in the community, business students are able to seek and find greater opportunities for growth and experience while also providing the energy and engagement to drive civic improvements.

More information on the initiatives scholarship and activities:
Read: Dean Doug Guthrie's columns on Forbes

Have questions about Conversations on Creative Leadership: The Arts? Contact GW School of Business

When & Where

Jack Morton Auditorium
Media & Public Affairs Building
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Monday, November 19, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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