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Bruce D. Thibodeau President

Bruce D. Thibodeau, DBA


Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto

292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801

8581 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 406
Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120

2 Toronto Street, Suite 217
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B5
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 201
Pronouns: he, him, his or she, her, hers

Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau founded ACG in 1997 and, as its President, has been embedded in numerous projects in all practice areas to grow institutional sustainability, advance the arts and culture sector, and enhance communities served by this vibrant industry. He has guided hundreds of nonprofit, university, and government clients in achieving effective leadership transitions, planning cultural facilities, increasing revenues, developing dynamic institutional brands and messages, crafting strategic plans and business models, and revitalizing board governance practices.

Dr. Thibodeau has also conducted extensive research in a threefold exploration of stakeholders, nonprofit arts management, and cultural facility project management to highlight how stakeholders influence, and are influenced by, the activities and practices of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. His research and subsequent client work focuses on how public and private dialogues between internal and external stakeholders prompt their iterative learning, deeper social and emotional bonds, and a sense of community built around shared project goals and mutually beneficial outcomes. Dr. Thibodeau has facilitated numerous community engagement processes that have increased the public dialogue and stakeholder awareness of the arts and culture sector's value and its impact on communities. His expertise as both a researcher and practitioner highlights the important roles of project champions and followers as they overcome inertia and gain momentum derived from their social connections, personal commitments, and financial capacities to support the arts and culture sector.

"Arts and culture experiences are born of the ideas, dreams, and passions of creativity and vision. Sustainability comes from a commitment to a better future through those experiences"

"Aligning organizational mission to the power, legitimacy, and urgency of stakeholders will inspire mutually beneficial outcomes."

"Strategies and business models give us direction but exploring our human experience through the arts gives us purpose."

Prior to founding ACG, Dr. Thibodeau held various management roles at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Price Waterhouse, and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. A regular guest speaker at various national and international arts, culture, and academic conferences, Dr. Thibodeau's conference papers and presentations include the Academy of Management; Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts; and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. Published papers and those accepted for publication include "Bonds, Boundaries, and Unexpected Transformations: Exploring the Performativity of Stakeholder Interactions in Nonprofit Organizations," "Nonprofit Organizations, Community, and Shared Urgency: Lessons from the Arts and Culture Sector," and "Overcoming Project Inertia and Gaining Project Momentum: Strategic Adaptation in Cultural Facilities Planning."

Dr. Thibodeau holds a doctorate of business administration from the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), a master of business administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a bachelor of music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He also has multiple certifications in competencies, communications, and motivations analysis from Target Training International.

Dr. Thibodeau's client work includes:

Arts Commons
Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Community Music Center of Boston
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Long Wharf Theatre
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Mesa Arts Center / City of Mesa
Museum of Latin American Art
National Art Education Association
Overture Center for the Arts
Park Avenue Armory
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc.
Sarasota Orchestra
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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