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Topic: The Universal Laws of Leadership
Kathleen O'Brien President & CEO
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Kathleen O'Brien is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee Performing Arts Center. During her 13 years in this position, she has steered TPAC through a dramatic change in its business model, including expansion of the Board of Directors, and its transitions to independent ticketing/customer management and independent preseting of Broadway tours.
Her accomplishments include the oversight of record-breaking ticket sales, the addition of two major initiatives in arts education programming (Disney Musicals in Schools and the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards - a partnership with Lipscomb University); significant growth in revenues, cash reserves, and net assets, along with much more.
During her 30 years with the organization, average annual attendance doubled, its total operating budget increased from $4.9 million to $24 million, and TPAC surpassed the milestones of welcoming more than 13 million audience members and serving more than 1.8 million Tennessee students, educators, and adults through one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education programs in the United States.