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Joan Lancourt

An advocate for theater as a means of social change

Dr. Joan Lancourt has 30+ years of experience managing in and consulting to national and international organizations in a variety of industries, government and non-profit sectors. Her expertise ranges from strategic planning, design and management of organizational/cultural change to implementation of a broad range of programs and policies. She spent 10 years as an Executive Coach in a Kennedy School Executive Development program, coaching EDs in the creation and implementation of strategic, outcome-based organizational change. She is co-author of Intentional Revolutions: A Seven Point Strategy for Transforming Organizations, which identifies critical success factors for making sustainable organizational change. She also authored a study of the effectiveness of the Alinsky community organizations, Confront or Concede: The Alinsky Citizen Action Organizations, and is author of multiple articles on organizational change, leadership development, and Human Resources.  Now retired, Joan is focused on advocating for a significant increase of diversity, inclusion and equity at all levels of a theater's organization, especially at the board and decision-making levels, for greater board leadership, and for greater and more meaningful involvement of theater organizations in the multiple communities they serve.

 

Boston Theater Board Leaders Forum
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Boston Theater Board Leaders Forum

29 October 2014

Dr. Joan Lancourt reflects on collaborating with Boston-based theatre board chairs to discuss eye-opening ideas and shared frustrations.

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Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored
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Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored

New Challenges and Best Practices for Not-for-Profit Boards, part 3

13 September 2013

One board chair commented, “We cast the board like you cast a play: diversity of skills, people who get the mission, people who have a relationship with the theater.”

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Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored
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Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored

New Challenges and Best Practices for Not-for-Profit Boards, part 2

12 September 2013

There is a growing recognition that the more board members are engaged and exposed to the artistic life of the theater, the more effective they are as board members, and the more able they are to participate in strategic and generative conversations.

Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored
Essay

Why Boards Don’t Need to Be Bored

New Challenges and Best Practices for Not-for-Profit Boards, part 1

11 September 2013

In this essay, Joan Lancourt offers a thorough analysis of not-for-profit boards and how they can enhance their productivity.

Board Development Must Reads
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Board Development Must Reads

Here are some of the HowlRound pieces I think all theatre board members, Artistic Directors and Executive Directors would do well to read.

Not-for-profit Boards
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Not-for-profit Boards

A three-part series on not-for-profit boards.