10 Great Reasons to Attend the LEAD® Conference

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Three photographs of attendees at past LEAD conferences.

Thinking about attending the annual Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference? Here are the top 10 reasons why it’s a smart choice for professional development for arts administrators of every level.  

  1. Access to ideas. Tap into the collective “brain trust” of arts administrators from museums, theaters, parks, zoos, libraries, and other cultural venues.
  2. Become indispensable to your organization. What you’ll take away from LEAD® will show current and future employers that you’re knowledgeable and dedicated to inclusion and accessibility in the arts. Plainly put, it’s a great resume builder.
  3. Networking. Connect with arts managers from around the world who have similar passions and knowledge of accessibility.
  4. One-of-a-kind professional development. No other conference focuses on accessibility in cultural venues like LEAD® does. The conference provides an intimate, rich atmosphere, where arts professionals of all levels can learn and share what they know.
  5. Experiential opportunities. LEAD® provides the opportunity to experience accessibility services and programs. Through our pre-conference Capacity Building Workshops and optional performances with accessibility services, you can see access in action!
  6. Access to experts. The Kennedy Center engages leading thinkers in the field to present at the conference. And after the event, attendees are invited to join an exclusive listserv to continue the conversation and ask questions.
  7. Straight from the source. Get ADA and accessibility law information directly from the Department of Justice.
  8. Practical information. You’ll bring ideas and practices to your organization that can be implemented right away.
  9. Something for everyone. LEAD® has sessions and workshops for beginners and the more experienced. It doesn’t matter what your background or knowledge level is – we have sessions for you.
  10. Registration candy bowl. If this doesn’t sell you on attending, we don’t know what will…
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