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Professionals in the Arts Mentorship Session: What’s in a Promotion?

  • Roger Smith Hotel 501 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

Join us for a practical session on how to navigate promotions of all kinds with industry experts in your field.

The arts organizations come in a variety of sizes and structures. When there is no straight path in your career journey or you’re dealing with a very flat and small hierarchy within your organization, how do you ensure you keep growing? What is a promotion in such circumstances? And how do you actually get one?

This session will focus on areas in the arts industry that are often hard to define or can mean different things in different organizations, such as programming, community outreach, project management, and education. You will learn how to communicate your own worth, how to talk about transferrable skills, and ask for growing opportunities, a raise, a promotion, or a new title (or all of the above).

Join us for a practical session on how to navigate promotions of all kinds with industry experts in your field. You will have a chance to practice asking for a promotion through role playing conversations with your ‘boss’ enacted by industry professionals and receive constructive feedback on your path and how to improve.

ORGANIZERS: Young Professionals in the Arts (YPA) and Emerging Leaders in New York Arts (ELNYA), hosted by Roger Smith Hotel.


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Tim Cynova serves as Chief Operating Officer of Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology company working with more than 1,000,000 artists and organizations across North America helping them operate more effectively as small businesses and entrepreneurs. As COO, Tim oversees the company's Finance, Operations, and People functions. He spends his days working to create and maintain an innovative workplace -- with a sense of shared purpose -- where people can produce their best work, and thrive.

During his time at Fractured Atlas the organization has adopted unlimited days off, launched the Visiting Professionals Series, OkTECHberfest, Waffle Wednesdays, Sophisticated Cocktail Fridays, Job Crafting, Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), and an office kitchen equipped with five different ways of making coffee. (Find out more about life at Fractured Atlas at

Tim is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a trained mediator, and a certified Crucial Conversations trainer. Prior to joining Fractured Atlas, he served as Executive Director of The Parsons Dance Company and of High 5 Tickets to the Arts. In his relative spare time, he is an avid bicyclist who enjoys bourbon, burritos, and artisanal donuts. You can find him on Medium and Twitter at @timcynova.

TICKETS: $10 (one drink included)