Day 1

Lunch on your own. 

2:30 PM– Bus departs hotel to Newfields

3:00 PM– Welcome and Introductions

3:30 PM- Newfields: A Place for Nature and Arts 

Charles Venable, Melvin & Bren Simon Director & CEO, Newfields, welcomes you to Newfields and shares stories and lessons learned from the institution’s evolution from the Indianapolis Museum of Art to Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts and its commitment to  create and share exceptional experiences with art and nature with a broader group of the community.  Listen to the journey of Newfields as it assessed its community’s needs, created new large-scale programming that drew international recognition, and continues to grow new audiences.

4:30 PM- Table Topic Brainstorming

5:30 PM- Welcome Event at the Director’s House and Tour
Return to hotel by bus after event with heavy hors d'oeuvres concludes. 

Day 2

8:30 AM– Bus departs hotel to Newfields

9:00 AM- Volunteer Focused Change
Chris Morehead, Director of Guest, Volunteer, and Community Experiences, Newfields and Kelly Korte, Horticulture Volunteer Trainer and Manager, Newfields

Volunteerism is critical for the success of public-serving garden operations.  Newfields will share their experience in transforming volunteerism into a quantitative-driven, strategic-oriented group that has made it feasible to grow programming and more than double attendance without placing additional strain on existing staff or organizational budgets, including techniques in designing, recruiting, and engaging a large volunteer population.

10:00 AM– Break

10:15 AM– Table Discussions 

11:00 AM- Pre-lunch Talk and Tour
Jonathan Wright, Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources at Newfields will provide an overview of The Garden at Newfields prior to guided tours with Newfields staff.

12:00 PM- Lunch and Table Topics
Prior to lunch being served, Josh Ratliff, Director of Culinary Arts at Newfields will provide an overview of Newfields culinary arts program.

1:00 PM- Data Driven Change Management 
Jerry Wise, CFO, Newfields

Change management is fraught with risk.  Data can help organizations mitigate that risk and make strategic midcourse corrections. Newfields will share how they used data to begin their journey from the Indianapolis Museum of Art to Newfields and how they continue to utilize data to enhance visitor experience, employee engagement, and the bottom line.   

2:00 PM- Risk Management Q&A with Kim Slager, BHS Insurance

2:15 PM– Break

3:00 PM- Seasonal Change: Profiting in the "Shoulder" Season
Panel led by David Betz, Chief Administrative Officer, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum

For many Americans the holiday season now starts October 1st. This panel discussion will present several successful revenue generating events that capture the spirit of the season and model ways to keep folks visiting your spaces from harvest through the new year!

4:00 PM- Leadership Driven Change: Outside-In and Inside-Out
Kathy Gilder, Chief Operating Officer, Huntsville Botanical Garden 

What happens when there is a change in leadership at your organization? What can we do as leaders to facilitate the transition and be open to the possibilities it brings? Whether it's a change at the CEO/Director level, or a change in the make-up of your membership team, transitions are difficult and we have an opportunity to embrace and facilitate the process. And what if there isn't an external change in leadership? How can we step back from the-day-to-day survival mode and seek to re-fresh and re-vitalize our own thought processes to help move our organization forward? Let's explore these ideas together – your participation is welcome in this session!

5:00 PM- Tour of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum & Dinner
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest children's museum. Attendees will get a chance to tour the museum after hours to see how their institution creates extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. 
Return to hotel by bus after dinner concludes.

Day 3

8:30 AM– Bus departs hotel to Newfields

9:00 AM- Keynote Address: 
Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce

Peter Coffee shares his personal and professional experiences with change management. Peter is a frequent speaker internationally and works with the Salesforce’s customers and partners in areas including connected customer engagement, new data models and methods, trust technologies and practices, and business applications of AI-derived techniques.  He has held faculty roles at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College and has also lectured on innovation strategies and AI techniques at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT along with other institutions in Singapore, India and Spain. He advises on curriculum in analytics and "big data" initiatives for three additional U.S. universities.

9:45 AM– Break

10:00 AM- Strategic Change: Making Your Strategic Plan Work for You
Patrick Newman, Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Dwight D. Eisenhower famously declared, “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  However, good planning takes time, energy and often money. So why make the investment? How can organizations make plans that work for them and not become a tired document that is rarely referenced? Using the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and its recent strategic planning process as a case study, we will explore how gardens can use planning and strategic change to effectively manage transitions.

11:00 AM Table Topics

12:00 PM Lunch and Closing Conversation 

1:00 PM Bus departs Newfields for hotel