Professional Development Workshops


Professionals in the Arts Mentorship Session:


December 11th, 2017 at 6:30pm

Organized by Young Professionals in the Arts (YPA) and Emerging Leaders in New York Arts (ELNYA)

Hosted by Roger Smith Hotel (map)

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The arts organizations come in a variety of sizes and structures. When there is no straight path in your career journey or you’re dealing with a very flat and small hierarchy within your organization, how do you ensure you keep growing? What is a promotion in such circumstances? And how do you actually get one?

This session will focus on areas in the arts industry that are often hard to define or can mean different things in different organizations, such as programming, community outreach, project management, and education. You will learn how to communicate your own worth, how to talk about transferrable skills, and ask for growing opportunities, a raise, a promotion, or a new title (or all of the above). Join us for a practical session on how to navigate promotions of all kinds with industry experts in your field. You will have a chance to practice asking for a promotion through role playing conversations with your ‘boss’ enacted by industry professionals and receive constructive feedback on your path and how to improve.


Tim Cynova serves as Chief Operating Officer of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology company working with more than 1,000,000 artists and organizations across North America helping them operate more effectively as small businesses and entrepreneurs. As COO, Tim oversees the company’s Finance, Operations, and People functions. He spends his days working to create and maintain an innovative workplace — with a sense of shared purpose — where people can produce their best work, and thrive.

During his time at Fractured Atlas the organization has adopted unlimited days off, launched the Visiting Professionals Series, OkTECHberfest, Waffle Wednesdays, Sophisticated Cocktail Fridays, Job Crafting, Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), and an office kitchen equipped with five different ways of making coffee. (Find out more about life at Fractured Atlas at

Tim is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a trained mediator, and a certified Crucial Conversations trainer. Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, he served as Executive Director of The Parsons Dance Company and of High 5 Tickets to the Arts. In his relative spare time, he is an avid bicyclist who enjoys bourbon, burritos, and artisanal donuts. You can find him on Medium and Twitter at @timcynova.


Professionals in the Arts Mentorship Session:


November 14th, 2017 at 6:30pm

Organized by Young Professionals in the Arts (YPA) and Emerging Leaders in New York Arts (ELNYA)

Hosted by Roger Smith Hotel (map)

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Job interviews can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience, especially within fields that require personable, discreet, and communicative qualities (ahem, hello Marketing & Development!).

Two experienced marketing and development professionals will lead this mentorship session and lend advice that will make your next interview successful.

This session will focus on jobs in the marketing and development roles in the arts industry. We will discuss what makes a great candidate, how to talk about transferable skills, and methods used to score big jobs.

You will learn what skills are essential for jobs in marketing, development, and fundraising in the arts, and how to excel at interviews. You will have a chance to practice in a mock interview setting through role-play with industry professionals and receive constructive feedback on your interview style and how to improve.



October 10th, 2017 at 6:30pm

Organized by Young Professionals in the Arts (YPA) and Emerging Leaders in New York Arts (ELNYA)

Hosted by Roger Smith Hotel (map)

Buy tickets here

A job interview, writing a grant proposal, convincing your boss of a new project, starting your own business – all of these endeavors require the ability to successfully articulate your vision in a cohesive, engaging and most importantly, convincing way – they require mastering ‘the pitch’. Whether you recognize it or not, you find yourself pitching ideas to people around you regularly.

So what is the best way to convey an idea to an investor? How do you verbalize to a prospective employer that you are the best candidate for the position? What pitching tactics get others enthusiastic about your venture?

Join us for a practical mentorship session on how to pitch ideas, business plans, or yourself in the arts sector. You will learn what works and what doesn’t, how to communicate clearly and effectively, while  having the opportunity to practice your own pitch in front of experienced industry professionals who will provide personal and expert feedback.


For further information contact Danika Druttman: or call (212)-339-2092

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