The 25th Annual Young Audiences Leadership Forum



This year, our annual November meeting has a new name and a new format.  As the name suggests—the day will be a medium for open discussion on how to maximize the all-important partnership of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network's board members and affiliate executive directors. The Leadership forum sessions will be held on November 19-20 at the Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd St. The conference registration fee is $275.00 per person. The dress code for the Princeton Club is business casual. Please no blue jeans. 

Friday morning begins with separate meetings for board members and executive directors. Following lunch, there is a three-hour interactive training session on Building a Sustainable Board-Executive Director Relationship facilitated by Dr. Laura Otten, a consultant and instructor from The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business.  This session will explore the fundamentals of a strong partnership and how that should look in the Board-Executive Director relationship which is a partnership of un-equals, as well as strategies for maximizing that partnership and ensuring its health and well-being and knowing when it's time for a change.

By participating in this session, you will: 1) better understand the difference between management and governance, the responsibilities of the executive director versus the board; 2) grasp the key attributes of successful partnership; 3) recognize the board/executive dynamics present in your affiliate and understand how to begin to address them.

This forum provides is an excellent opportunity for affiliate executive directors and a team of board members to develop strategies and lead their organizations forward.


To register for the conference and reserve a room at The Roosevelt Hotel, please click here

Hotel accommodations are available at The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street at a special YA conference rate of $269 single/double. The Roosevelt Hotel, which opened in 1924 at the height of the Jazz age, is the “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” and continues to impress guests with its fine rooms and prime location.  The deadline for reserving a hotel room and receiving the special YA rate at the Roosevelt is October 25. 

You have the option of paying the conference registration and hotel charges by credit card or sending a check.  Your credit card information will be processed through PayPal.  If you prefer to pay by check, send it to: Young Audiences, Inc., 171 Madison Ave., Suite 200, New York, New York 10016.

If you book your room through Young Audiences, the sleeping room charges are paid to Young Audiences, Inc. and any changes in your reservations must be made through Young Audiences.  At check-in you will be required to present a credit card to cover any incidental charges such as room service, laundry or telephone.

If you have any questions or problems with the web registration, please call national office. Here is a Transportation guide to help with getting around in NYC.



All conference attendees are invited to Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s annual benefit gala on Thursday evening, November 19, in the Grand Ballroom of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park Avenue and 50th Street. Young Audiences is pleased to honor Gary W. Parr who is a fierce advocate for the arts and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic, where he was Chairman from September 2009 to February 2015. That evening there will be cocktails, dinner and a performance by theYoung People’s Chorus along with a lively after-party with music by Off the Hook, cocktails and dancing. A ticket to the gala is included with each conference registration.

However, additional guest tickets can also be purchased. The gala is a black-tie optional event.


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