"The Arts" will explore modern civic leadership through the lens of special guest Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Called "the turnaround king," Kaiser has led numerous artistic and cultural organizations, including the American Ballet Theater, the Royal Opera House, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, out of stagnation and even financial crisis. Over his 12-year tenure at the Kennedy Center, he has transformed the institution from a regional arts center to a national treasure of the performing arts.
Hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie, the event will explore the role of creative leaders in bringing together government, the private sector, and academic institutions to solve society's most intractable problems.
Doug Guthrie, dean, professor of international business, and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business, is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining GW, Guthrie served as professor of management at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also held a joint appointment as professor of sociology on NYU’s arts and sciences faculty and was director of executive education at NYU Stern from 2007-09.
Guthrie has held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, and the graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University, and Emory University. He served as director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the Social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and was the academic director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership from 2008-11.
Guthrie holds an AB in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago. He earned his master’s and PhD degrees in organizational sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai, China.
Guthrie has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles, and reports on Chinese economic reform, leadership, and corporate social responsibility. His doctoral research was
recognized with the American Sociological Association’s national award for top dissertation in the field in 1997. He has also been the recipient of teaching awards, best paper awards, and grants from the Ford and Alfred P. Sloan foundations.
Michael M. Kaiser
Michael M. Kaiser is President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dubbed "the Turnaround King" for his work at numerous institutions, including the Royal Opera House (London), American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Kansas City Ballet, Michael has earned international renown for his expertise in arts management. Through the Kennedy Center, he has advised performing arts organizations around the world, working with arts leaders in nearly 70 countries.
In 2001, Michael created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute to provide advanced training for young arts administrators and has developed a series of programs to help train others in the field. He created a Capacity Building Program for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations, which offers mentoring services to the leaders of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American arts groups from across the United States. A similar program was instituted for over 280 arts organizations in New York City. In February 2009, he created Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, a program to provide free arts management consulting to non-profit performing arts organizations around the United States. He embarked on a 50-state tour for the program, bringing his expertise to every state in the Union along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
His fifth book, Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask, was published in 2010.