Spectacular Failures!

Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

What are the projects, ideas, and concepts this past year that were amazing in theory but ended up as spectacular failures? This interactive session will feature some audacious and energizing failures through a framework that makes sure today's failures drive tomorrow's successes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Celebrate the effort and progress that goes into, and comes out of, even the biggest failures.
  2. Think through how to recover and learn from failures.
  3. Share and learn about coping strategies, iteration, self-care, and incremental evaluation to find the successes inside failures.


Felicia Shaw
Executive Director
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri

Felicia W. Shaw has served as the executive director of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis since 2015, where she brings nearly 30 years of experience in arts administration and nonprofit leadership to the position. Previously, she served for eight years as Director of Arts and Culture Strategy and Analysis at the San Diego Foundation overseeing programs that connected donors to the work of individual artists and arts groups in the nonprofit sector.  Prior to joining the San Diego Foundation, Felicia was Program Manager at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Her work included the implementation of a diverse portfolio of grantmaking programs and initiatives focusing on community and economic development through the arts. She shares her expertise on several national and local boards including the Americans for the Arts United States Urban Arts Federation, St Louis Community Foundation and FOCUS St Louis. Recent awards include the “Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club – Arts Advocate Award” (2015); and the San Diego Magazine “Women who Mean Business” Award (2012). Felicia is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. degree in Communications.

Todd Trebour
Organizations Program Director
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Providence, Rhode Island

Todd is the Organizations Program Director the Rhode Island State Council (RISCA) on the Arts, where he manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including granting programs, professional development support for arts administrations, and local and regional network-building.

Prior to RISCA, Todd was the Program Coordinator for the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES). Through his work at AES, Todd helped artists and arts students build vibrant careers and businesses through arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses, trainings, and programming, both on-campus, regionally, and online. Before working with AES, Todd was the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in the mountain town of Chester, MA.

Todd has also worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd received his BA in Music Performance from Whitman College, his MM in Voice from Rice University, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service. Currently, Todd is in his second term on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Americans for the Arts.