WorkInCulture Success Stories Podcast


According to this episode’s accomplished guest speaker, Trudy Schroeder, becoming a leader starts as soon as you take on your first job, not when you are given an executive title. Whether you are starting out in your career or are aiming to secure a leadership position this year, listen to this episode to learn what it takes to be a leader. This discussion focuses on what it means to take on a leadership role for a performing arts organization, yet the advice that Trudy kindly shares is relevant for any arts and cultural worker.

Topics explored in this episode include:

  • Leadership skills
  • Leadership responsibilities
  • Pivoting during the pandemic
  • Succession planning
  • Onboarding
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Working for an orchestra


Trudy Schroeder, OM

Trudy Schroeder believes in the importance of a vibrant arts community to create the kinds of communities in which people can live and flourish. Her career has taken her from arts policy and program development for the City of Ottawa to roles as the executive director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She has been a life-long learner and an active volunteer on many boards and project groups. In July 2019, Trudy was honoured to be inducted into the Order of Manitoba for her contribution to the cultural life of the province.

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    WorkInCulture is a nonprofit arts service organization that support the professional lives of artists, creative and cultural workers, and the organizations that support and engage them, through skills development, research, and career resources.

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