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Chapter Leadership Summit

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About EdTA's Chapter Leadership Summit

Chapter Leadership Summit equips and inspires EdTA leaders to deliver on our shared mission locally. The annual event’s purpose is to provide leadership development opportunities, communicate important operational updates, and to thank and inspire chapter leaders.

The schedule includes ample time for chapter leaders to collaborate, socialize, share information, and network.

Registration Cost: Free!

(Open to chapter leaders and board members only.)

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Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 Chapter Leadership Summit, contact Angel Wuellner.

2024 Chapter Leadership Summit

July 18-20
Washington, D.C.

Registration deadline: June 5, 2024.
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Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Hotel rates starting at $159/night plus tax
Cutoff Date: June 17, 2024


(Subject to change.)

Thursday, July 18

1-7 p.m. – Registration

3:30-6:30 p.m. – Chapter Agreement Steering Committee Meeting

5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Capital Chicken & Waffles food truck will be on site as a convenient, affordable dinner option.

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Summit Welcome and Networking
There will be a private cash bar in the Innovation Gallery. Feel free to bring your waffles or food from the hotel bar or restaurant.

Friday, July 19

8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Help Desk

8-11 a.m. – Morning Refreshments

9 a.m.-12 p.m. – General Session: EdTA’s Strategic Plan and You

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Networking Lunch

1-5 p.m. – Afternoon Refreshments

1:30-2:30 p.m.Workshops #1

2:45-3:45 p.m.Workshops #2

4-5 p.m. – Rapid Round Tables

6:30-10 p.m. – Leadership Celebration at Perch Putt (with group photo)

Saturday, July 20

8 a.m.-3 p.m. – Help Desk

8-11 a.m. – Morning Refreshments

9-10 a.m. – General Session: Mission Impact: Uniting Theatre Educators for Collective Progress

10-11 a.m.Focus Groups

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Administrative Updates

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Networking Lunch

1:30-3 p.m. – Closing Session: Recognition & Honor Chapters

Workshop Session #1

Crafting Successful Agreements to Maximize Partner Relationships

Does your chapter team up with other local arts or nonprofit organizations to drive engagement? Learn how to successfully identify partners who can fill skills or resource gaps, and craft and document a partnership agreement that maximizes the collaboration and eases the project burden for everyone.

Board Recruitment, Development, and Secession Planning

A proactive board fosters collaboration, diverse perspectives, and shares the workload. Developing your leadership pipeline is crucial to keeping your mission and operations intact. Learn the ins and outs of developing the leadership pipeline to ensure the chapter legacy remains solid for future generations.

What Do Sponsors & Exhibitors Need?

Join a panel of active sponsors in the theatre industry to learn everything you ever wanted to know about attracting sponsors and exhibitors to your event.

Seeding Models for Membership Growth

Find out more about EdTA’s new seeding incentivization models and how these programs can benefit your chapter in tangible ways, both now and in the future.

Workshop Session #2

Onboarding New Chapter Leaders for Success

This session will lead you through how to plan and manage leadership transitions, including tools for facilitating orientations, trainings, information and access sharing, how to retain documents in a corporate archive, including secure document retention and transfer processes, and more.

Facilitating Board Engagement (Retreats) and Mobilizing the Mission

As fellow board members, you know the need to break free from dull discussions and participate in a retreat that fosters connections and strategic growth. Learn how to focus on meaningful conversations and alignment with the organization’s mission to make your nonprofit board retreat a catalyst for positive change.

Licensing Tips for Competition

Following licensing rules and guidelines is a critical part of the ITF Main Stage, Chapter Select One-Act Showcase, and Thespys programs – as well as the corresponding programs you conduct in your chapters. Representatives from licensing companies will be on hand to answer your questions.

EdTA Educator Resources for You and Your Troupe Directors

All troupe directors and associate troupe directors receive an individual EdTA membership. What does this mean, and what do they get with their membership? Learn the ins and outs of the EdTA resources provided to all adult members, including your troupe directors.

Focus Groups

How can we support volunteer/leader recruitment and prevent burnout?

How can we expand access to the Thespian experience to new/underserved communities?

Engaging future advocates: How can we keep alumni connected to their inner advocate?

How can partnerships and districts support and facilitate the strength of the theatre educator community?

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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