Are you passionate about building a thriving arts organization outside of the traditional non-profit or for-profit boxes? Tired of facing the same sector-wide problems over and over again? Join Lynn Johnson, CEO of Spotlight: Girls, and Anna Shneiderman, Executive Director of Ragged Wing Ensemble & The Flight Deck, for an exploration of ways to change the system and build thriving arts enterprises. Follow these two case studies at the intersection of non-profit and social enterprise business models, and engage in a rousing discussion of some of the challenges and opportunities facing our sector.
LYNN JOHNSON is a visionary entrepreneur, speaker, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls – an Oakland-based B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage through a multi-media platform and summer camp. To date, Lynn has raised over half a million dollars in capital to prepare to franchise Go Girls! ™ - their popular summer camp - nationally. She is the first recipient of the Force for Good Fund, a recipient of RSF Social Finance’s Women’s Capital Collaborative, and the winner of SheKnows Media’s #ThePitch at BlogHer 2017. Lynn works as a coach for Jenny Kassan Consulting and serves on the National Advisory Board of Teaching Artists Guild, the Board of Directors of the How Kids Learn Foundation, and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.
ANNA SHNEIDERMAN is a theater artist, entrepreneur, and educator working at the intersection of the arts and social justice. After an early career in public school teaching, she co-founded the professional theater company, Ragged Wing Ensemble, and then spearheaded the opening of The Flight Deck, a shared performance venue in downtown Oakland. She now serves as the joint organization’s Executive Director. Both as an artist and organizational leader, Anna designs unique structures of collaboration that bring divergent voices into dialogue, creating opportunities for connection. She is fiercely committed to shifting the cultural paradigm so that under-resourced artists can thrive.