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What I Learned Curating Talks by Cultural Leaders

Kristen O.

Kristen OlsonVice President of Learning Resources, Tessitura Network

TitleWhat I Learned Curating Talks by Cultural Leaders


Read/View Time6 min

Kristen Olson, Director of Learning Resources for Tessitura Network, writes about what she's learned from producing Tessitura's Innovator Series. The series of talks, available to watch online, features brief and inspiring presentations by industry innovators, each focused on a single theme to advance insight and innovation in the business of arts and culture. In her insightful article, Kristen writes:

“Know to whom you are speaking” remains a vital guidepost and mantra for innovation in all areas of our organizations... How can you increase the effectiveness of your marketing spend, decrease your costs and more authentically engage with individuals by taking advantage of the data you’re collecting?

She then explores three ideas gleaned from Innovator Series and conference programming in the past year, referencing inspiring talks from organizations includeing the Goodman Theatre and Museum of Chinese in America. 

Kristen O.

Kristen Olson

Vice President of Learning Resources

Tessitura Network

Kristen joined the Tessitura Network in 2011 with 25 years of experience in a variety of positions as both a provider and user of technology solutions for arts and cultural organizations.

Just previous to joining the Network, she served as the Box Office Manager for Wesleyan University while pursuing two master's degrees, one in Social Sciences and an MFA in writing. As Director of Learning Resources, Kristen is responsible for the documentation and help systems, e-learning and video training, the Tessitura Network webinars program, and the Tessitura Center for Professional Development. Kristen also produces Tessitura's Innovator Series and the general sessions at the Tessitura Learning & Community Conference. She lives in Connecticut.

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