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Creating a Healthy Balance of Ownership: Empowering Team Members while Advancing Institutional Goals

Granting ownership and autonomy instills a sense of pride and generates institutional loyalty among staff members. The panel will explore how institutions can benefit from these gains while having confidence that each employee is working to advance the...

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7/9/17
Shifting Gears: The Challenge of Dealing with Success

Many public gardens get started, or undertake an expansion, then find themselves unprepared for success. A panel of three garden directors and a master planning expert will address the difficulties that success creates by offering advice and examples...

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7/9/17
Mission Possible: Challenges and Opportunities

Today, our visitors have many more choices on where they reconnect with the natural world. How can you best use your mission to set your garden apart? Can a new mission allow your garden to fluctuate from or see a new foundational mandate? Join...

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7/8/17
Excellent to the Core: A Workshop for Developing Core Documents to Guide Your Organization to Greatness

This full-day workshop guides participants through both a big picture overview of Core Documents and on-the-ground details necessary to propel garden museums along the continuum of excellence. This participatory environment walks through the...

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7/6/17
The Role of the CEO in Fundraising

Fundraising is a team sport. What is the role of the Executive Director in fundraising? How does s/he engage the appropriate key players, the chief development officer and other development professionals, in building a highly effective partnership? It...

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2/27/17
Getting the Most from Dual-Governance Relationships

Are you sometimes frustrated with your partner? Your public garden partner, that is! Public gardens operating within “dual-governance” (between a non-profit organization and governments or universities) often...

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9/24/16
Preparing the Next Generation of Transformational Leaders of Cultural Institutions

As a leader or emerging leader, does your staff feel trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect for you? Does your staff work harder than expected to accomplish your institution’s goals? Hear and engage panelists...

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9/24/16
Guiding your Garden to Greatness through MAP, the Museum Assessment Program

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is a confidential process meant to encourage strategic planning toward the goal of institutional excellence. It has been specifically designed to address the strengths,...

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9/24/16
Major Gifts as a Team Sport: Changing Perspectives to Drive Results

Public gardens and arboreta are increasingly reliant not only on membership and earned revenues, but on leadership-level philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. These kinds of...

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9/24/16
Growing Together: How The Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden Became One New Institution

Do you believe 1+1 can equal 3? That’s the leap of faith (with a dash of reason) that Dr. Clem Hamilton and Natalie Ronayne took, along with their respective boards of directors, back in September of 2014 when...

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9/24/16
Social Engineering: Good Intentions, Devastating Results

"The arboretum discovered the entire donation to be fake, and the “legal and permit fees” were actually wired to a fraudulent overseas account."  (excerpt)

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1/6/16
Public Garden Article: Design Principles

Effective communication between the public garden administrator and the garden designer is an essential part of the design process. In working with the designer, the garden administrator must review proposed solutions and ultimately accept, reject or...

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11/5/15
Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Employer misclassification has a direct impact on employee eligibility for benefits, taxation and legal protections such as minimum wage and overtime rights....

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10/23/15

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