Orchestrating Leadership: Where it Began and Where it’s at Today

Kelly Corcoran

It all started in 2004 at the CWCC annual ATHENA Award Ceremony. Two strangers, Marin Alsop of the Concordia Orchestra and Laurie Billeter of Denver Water, were seated next to each other during the event’s luncheon. After sharing insights about their values, aspirations and career goals, they formulated an event involving music, women’s advocacy, mentorship, and business development: Orchestrating Leadership.

On the chilly morning of January 6, 2011, leaders from an array of businesses and fields united for the 6th annual Orchestrating Leadership event.  They experienced a galvanizing rehearsal by the Concordia Orchestra with coaching by Marin Alsop and Michael Daugherty, who composed the piece being performed. During the one hour rehearsal, the musicians ignited the concert hall with a vibrant performance of a piece entitled “Time Machine”. Guests soaked in the performance with admiration and awe.

Mihaela Cesa-Goje

Following the performance was an elegant luncheon at the Kevin Taylor Restaurant at the Opera House. Alsop spoke about the value of mentorship and her desire to support women interested in becoming conductors. The two Taki Concordia Fellows, Kelly Corcoran and Mihaela Cesa-Goje, spoke about their musical backgrounds, future goals and how the Taki Concordia Fellowship, which includes the Orchestrating Leadership event, has helped them achieve their goals.

In addition to the mentoring and performance opportunities, the fellows are treated to one-on-one workshops, sponsored by the CWCC, that focus on body language, branding and self promotion, communication, and small talk skills in a male dominated industry.

“This event has to be one of the best I have ever attended. [I am thankful] for the opportunity to witness a rehearsal and listen to the magical talents of Marin and her musicians,” said one CWCC member.

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