As with many institutions and organizations today, public gardens are facing significant challenges. And as we look to the future, it is reasonable to expect the journey forward will be even “bumpier”. This session will explore the “meaning” of leadership in the context of public horticulture. In particular, we will discuss the set of leadership skills and perspectives required today; what changes will be required in the future and why; and the implications for identifying and grooming the next generation of leaders for public horticulture. Mr. Michael Hostetler is a current faculty member of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. His main research and teaching interests are in strategy, decision-making, leadership, high performance teams, and change management. He has taught classes in the M.B.A program, Executive M.B.A program, and the Cornell-Queen's E.M.B.A program, as well as many executive education programs. He has developed on-line courses and custom executive programs for many well-known domestic and international companies. Prior to joining Cornell University, Mr. Hostetler was assistant dean for executive education at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
How do nonprofit leaders faced with relentless cultural, demographic and technological change build organizational muscle to respond effectively? Based on the Piper Fellows Program that supports sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders, this session will explore how the Fellows have designed professional and personal experiences to build their skills, support new ways of thinking among colleagues and board members, and introduce innovative programs. Staff at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, in particular, understand how to create sabbaticals that help public gardens raise public awareness and engagement. Dr. Judy Jolley Mohraz is a Trustee and the President/CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private foundation in Arizona. The Trust focuses on health, education, children, arts and culture, older adults and religious organizations in the Greater Phoenix area. Previously, she served as president of Goucher College in Baltimore. She was a presidential appointee to the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, co-chairing a special committee to review the Academy. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in History from Baylor University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Public horticulture, like every industry, is experiencing a fundamental shift. You believe – and people keep telling you – that your organization needs more/better “leadership” or your very existence may be threatened. But despite everything you’ve read, every training you’ve been to, every new skill you and your people have acquired, you are unable to create a real, lasting transformation. Why? This session will explore what it takes not to create incremental change, but game-changing breakthroughs. Mr. Alpesh Bhatt is Principal & Managing Partner of The Center for Leadership Studies. Mr. Bhatt spends the bulk of his time supporting executives 1-on-1 in navigating the personal/interpersonal challenges of leading business breakthroughs. He is on the faculty of the Graduate Psychology department at University of New Haven and is co-facilitator of one of the first graduate programs in Leadership in the U.S. Mr. Bhatt has published a short book, The Triple-Soy Decaf-Latte Era, which has been called a “mini M.B.A for the 21st Century”.
The success of any organization is based on how well it plans for the future. How can cultural institutions attract, retain, and engage emerging professionals as board members to carry on the mission? What is keeping Trustees from inviting younger members into their boardrooms and expanding the pool of resources to the next generation? This session will explore a model and some of the ingredients to consider attracting and engaging younger, emerging professionals as potential or working board members for your organization. Ms. Teniqua Broughton is the founder of The VerveSimone Consulting Firm. The firm works with clients to provide leadership, governance, and administrative consulting. Her extensive nonprofit career experience includes administrative leadership, staff/resource management, and fund development. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and B.I.S. in Educational Psychology with emphasis on theater for youth. Ms. Broughton is a six year Trustee of the Desert Botanical Garden, and the founder and current chair of the Monarch Society & Council.
To ensure the next generation of leaders, APGA pursues several complementary development strategies. Beyond conferences and classes, Dr. Sclar envisions public horticulture’s future leadership sources to frame this issue. Is this a national or international problem? Is the next generation already in our institutions, and needs encouragement? What knowledge and skills do they need? How does peer professional engagement help students, young professionals, and those new to public horticulture grow and “emerge”? Do gardens strive enough for inclusiveness and what does true diversity look like? Dr. Casey Sclar is Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). APGA gardens and allied members reach over 70 million people per year and help to realize APGA’s vision – “A world where public gardens are indispensable.” Prior to APGA, he served at Longwood Gardens as the Plant Health Care Leader. He holds a B.S. degree in horticulture from California Polytechnic State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Colorado State University. In 2011, he received the APGA’s Professional Citation Award for outstanding achievements in public horticulture.
During the last 30 years, there has been a renaissance in urban public space around the country. Beautiful places with healthy plants have brought a much-needed connection with nature to people of all backgrounds, producing social and economic benefits, increasing pride in neighborhoods, as well as attracting tourism. It is vital to the future of our cities that designers of new public projects be forced to respect both the needs of plants and the people who will use the space. We will need to reward people with a passion for plants and inspire them make their careers in urban horticulture because working to beautify urban neighborhoods is not easy work. Let’s create a Horticultural Peace Corps for City Beautification. Ms. Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City and the Director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks and the New York Botanical Garden and teaches about public space and horticulture at New York University and Columbia University. Ms. Miller studied horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden before beginning her public career. She is the author of Parks, Plants and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape.