featured books & podcasts

Arch Street Press and the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development have recently launched The Philadelphia Channel, hosted by Robert Rimm and featuring leaders and organizations across a wide range of collaborative and diverse fields, including education, philanthropy, technology, family life, healthcare, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, the arts and more.

 

Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom, in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photo Steve PetersonIn this Innovate podcast, Managing Director Robert Rimm engages in a wide-ranging dialogue with Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician, receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chairman Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

 

Timothy Rub photoThis Philadelphia Channel podcast features Managing Director Robert Rimm in conversation with Director & CEO Timothy Rub of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Serving at one of the country’s largest art institutions, he discusses his role as the director of a major urban museum and provides an outstanding model for advocating for the power of art to grow communities, educate and engage the public, and enhance the vital role of art in our society.

 


 

 

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Better to Speak of It: Fostering Relationships & Results through Creativity by Robert Rimm in collaboration with Clive Gillinson

Why is creativity so often pushed to the front of the auditorium yet to the back of the classroom? This question can validly be asked across a wide swath of society, from relationships to careers. People seem ever reluctant to break out of the accepted norm (or perhaps more accurately, the accepted mold) to explore fresh alternatives and perspectives. Yet when applied with integrity and respect, creativity can open up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities. Ask questions. Be curious. Engage the classroom. Innovate. Take that well-considered risk. The enabling resources are rarely far behind.

Better to Speak of It focuses on core management and personal values in collaboration with Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. The book offers specific, first-hand experiences from the leaders of key nonprofit, corporate, educational and cultural institutions, including the NYC Department of Education, Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library and Juilliard, and major performing artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jessye Norman and Michael Tilson Thomas. It also examines pervasive management practices that can all too easily lead to stagnation and failure, particularly relevant in times like these when whim often leads to decree.

 

Still the Promised Land by Natwar Gandhi

Natwar Gandhi began life in a dusty Indian village that had no paved streets, no electricity, no telephone and no running water. When he was 17, his father put him on a train to Mumbai in hopes that he might find work and send money home to help support the family. In Mumbai he barely made a living, but through countless long days of work, relentless determination and good luck he was able to take a plane to New York at the age of 25, where he landed with $7 in his pocket.

Still the Promised Land is the fascinating and deeply personal story of how an impoverished immigrant made his way to the new world, remade his life and ultimately became the chief financial officer of Washington, D.C., playing a key role in transforming the nation’s capital from a near-bankrupt municipality into a financially healthy major American city.

Gandhi’s life is both cautionary and instructive, difficult yet uplifting. Ultimately, it is a harrowing and inspiring account of how to survive seemingly hopeless circumstances and succeed in America. His journey has an uplifting message for present-day America, where immigrants are often reviled and immigration itself is denigrated. It reaffirms faith in the United States’ future as a great nation; indeed, it puts forth that the 21st century will be an American century that embraces all cultures—still the promised land.