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Managing Up and Down: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

  • New York Foundation for the Arts 20 Jay Street, Suite 740 Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA (map)

From difficult bosses and uncooperative co-workers, to implementing new processes in a resistant environment - learning skills to strategically navigate conflicts within the workplace is perhaps one of the most necessary skills for maintaining a positive and productive work life. Join hosts Young Professionals in the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders at NYFA in Brooklyn, for a knowledge and skill building workshop with arts leaders who’ve successfully balanced the art of conflict in the process.

Leading the conversation will be Judith Pineiro, Executive Director at Association of Art Museum Curators, Maria Villafranca, Director of Communications at The Andy Warhol Foundation, and Renee Foster, Chair of Fundraising and Development for the Universal Hip Hop Museum.  

Register for the workshop here.

Renee Foster is a nimble results-driven public relations and marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience in performing arts, entertainment and recently new media. Experienced in developing comprehensive communication strategies and event solutions that advances goals and improves efficiencies is her forte. A creative communicator well versed in consumer behaviors, trend spotting, virtual community management and cultural marketing, with specific attention to tone, messaging and outcomes is her strength. A former lifestyle magazine writer/editor, she is adept in event planning as well as content creation. Additionally, she was an inaugural Edward I. Koch Fellow for the Historic House Trust New York. She is currently an advisory board member and the Chair of Fundraising and Development for the Universal Hip Hop Museum, the NYC Council designated cultural anchor of the waterfront development project, Bronx Point. As an influencer it is her passion to shape conversations, amplify the positive impact of technology on a changing multicultural landscape that have an impact on communities and culture. Her mission statement is: "Winning hearts and minds, one at a time."

Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation
Since 2014, Judith has been Executive Director, Association of Art Museum Curators & AAMC Foundation. Prior positions include External Affairs Consultant; Director, Affordable Art Fair U.S.; Associate Development Director, Institutional Advancement, Museum of Arts & Design; Account Manager, Museum Services, Christie’s; and galleries in New York and Los Angeles.   She is a mentor in the Diversity in Arts Leadership program of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts.  Judith also serves as Vice President, Communication on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at ArtTable, and as Board member is also on the Finance Committee.  She is a former Board member at New York Artists Equity Association. Judith has had speaking engagements at the Association of African American Museums and Museum Computer Network, and served as a juror for the National Arts Education Association and Brooklyn Arts Council.   She has an M.A., Art History, from Rutgers University.

Maria Villafranca is the Director of Communications for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In this new position for the Foundation, Maria develops and oversees all communications strategies in close alignment with board and staff. Previously, she worked at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for ten years where she established NYFA's first communications and online resources department, supervised staff, and raised income through advertising and strategic partnerships. She has presented on artist resources at nonprofits across the country and has held positions at Pace Gallery, Marbella Gallery, and the Dactyl Foundation for Arts & Humanities. She has a BA in Art History and English from Rutgers University and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and pug.

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