TRG Executive Summit

Come together with executive arts leaders from around the United States and Canada, to learn how to effectively lead your arts organization toward sustainable revenue growth. You'll learn directly from TRG Arts consultants and clients about our approach, as well as discuss what's working for you in peer-to-peer conversations. You'll leave refreshed by the beautiful Rocky Mountain setting and dinner at the five-star Broadmoor resort or prestigious Garden of the Gods Club.

Upcoming dates

 The Executive Summit is by invitation only. TRG typically holds Executive Summits in January, July, and October, and content is designed for the senior leader at large cultural institutions. Invitations are extended to mid-sized organizations (with operating budgets over $3M) on a case-by-case basis. To request your invitation, simply email Jill Robinson, President & CEO at If you have already received your invitation, you may register for the upcoming Summits at the links below:

What can I expect?

"The Executive Summit is a seminar like no other, full of thought provoking questions, informative data, smart strategies, inspiring goals, and encouraging peer advice. I left Colorado Springs inspired and motivated to continue to lead Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with the highest level of efficiency possible."

Jean-Philippe Malaty, Executive Director, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Executive Summit is an intimate gathering of leaders from a variety of arts organizations, spanning different artistic genres, budget sizes, and geographic locations. Registration for each summit is limited to encourage conversation among participants during the session.

Typical Agenda

Below, find the typical agenda for the Executive Summit. Every summit has its own unique flavor, and we've designed the curriculum to give you time to reflect, connect with your fellow attendees, and learn theory and practices for high-functioning arts executives.

9.6 – average rating out of 10
by participants in 2015

Wednesday evening:

Cocktail Reception
Meet your colleagues and faculty for cocktails
if your travel schedule allows.


9 am: Welcome & Introductions: Your Goals for the Summit
10 am: Patron Loyalty: Your Organization’s Data Indicators
12 pm: Lunch break
1:30 pm: Leading toward Loyalty Part I: Opportunities & Challenges
4:30 pm: Adjourn to hotel before dinner
6 pm Dinner: Summit at the Broadmoor
You’re our guest for a signature TRG wine-tasting dinner. Roundtrip cab service from your hotel is provided.


9 am: Review and Respond
9:30 am: Leading toward Loyalty Part II: From Theory to Practice
11 am: Measuring Success In a “Big Data” world: What Key Performance Indicators are truly critical to track, to maximize patron revenue?
12 pm: Lunch & Roundtable Sessions 
2 pm: Cheers, Fears and Next Steps
3 pm: Adjourn 

100% of 2015 Executive Summit participants said that they had learned something strategic that will change the way they lead.



The TRG Executive Summit is hosted in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The sessions are held at the TRG Arts Center for Results, TRG's corporate office. You'll stay at the Wyndham Mining Exchange. On Thursday evening, we host dinner at the five-star Broadmoor resort.

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TRG is able to host Executive Summits and other workshops in your community, customized to your needs. For more information, contact

Select Alumni of the TRG Executive Summit

  • ACT—A Contemporary Theatre: Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi, Executive Director 
  • Arena Stage: Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Jean-Philippe Malaty, Executive Director
  • Atlanta Symphony: Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director
  • Celebrity Series of Boston: Gary Dunning, President & Executive Director  
  • Cleveland Play House: Kevin Moore, Managing Director  
  • Dallas Theater Center: Heather Kitchen, Managing Director
  • Des Moines Performing Arts: Jeff Chelesvig, President & CEO
  • Globe Theatre: Andrew North, Executive Director 
  • Grant Park Music Festival: Paul Winberg, President & CEO
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Jason Palmquist, Executive Director
  • Long Center for the Performing Arts: Jamie Grant, Executive Director & CEO  
  • McCarter Theatre Center: Timothy Shields, Managing Director  
  • Michigan Opera Theatre: Wayne Brown, President & CEO  
  • Miami City Ballet: Michael Scolamiero, Executive Director
  • National Ballet of Canada: Barry Hughson, Executive Director
  • North Carolina Symphony: Sandi Macdonald, President & CEO  
  • Omaha Performing Arts: Joan Squires, President  
  • Pacific Symphony: John Forsyte, President  
  • Paper Mill Playhouse: Todd Schmidt, Managing Director 
  • Phoenix Theatre: Vinvent VanVleet, Managing Director
  • Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts: Don Roth, Executive Director  
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Jeff Herd, Executive Director
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company: David Schmitz, Managing Director
  • Utah Symphony & Opera: Paul Meecham, President and CEO

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