ACCA October Book Club: Made to Stick

The next book in ACCA’s online book club meeting (on Wednesday, October 28 at 8:00pm EDT / 5:00pm PDT / 9:30pm NDT) is Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

Pour yourself a cup of your favourite beverage and join us from the comfort of your own home. To sign up for the October 28 meeting please register in the form below. Once you register online, you will be sent the meeting coordinates. This book should be widely available at your local library or for download from your favourite book vendor. It promises to be an easy read and an engaging discussion.

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas-businessmen, educators, politicians, journalists, and others—struggle to make their ideas “stick.”

In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony–draw their power from the same six traits.

Made to Stick will transform the way you and your organization communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice.

Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.

The ACCA Book Club welcomes everyone who works in the arts. There is no cost to join and no obligation to read every book in the series.

New Date! ACCA Book Club: So You Want to Talk About Race

ACCA’s next Book Club meeting will be Thursday July 30, at 8:00 pm Eastern / 5:00 pm Pacific.

Our next book will be Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. Named one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian.

Our guest facilitator will be charles c. smith, the Executive Director of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario and Artistic Director of the wind in the leaves collective.  Charles is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited fourteen books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios, drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem.  He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, edited three collections of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines.

ACCA Members Covid-19 Check-In

Let’s Talk About It

Wednesday, March 25th at 2:00 pm Atlantic / 1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific

Many of us are very concerned about the health and well being of family and friends.

Many of us are now in self-isolation and working remotely.

Many of us are dealing with clients who are uncertain how to proceed.

The Board of ACCA is convening an on line meeting of the ACCA membership to get a sounding of how you are doing.

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your clients?
  • Have you experienced cancellations?
  • Have your clients been calling for advice?
  • What do you think are the immediate needs of your clients?
  • What do you think would be helpful for recovery in the medium and long term?

Please plan to join the online discussion – for members only. We will not be recording this session as we want members to be able to speak freely about their situation. The desired outcomes would be some recommendations from you for the ACCA board on the next steps that ACCA could take to assist members and your clients.


ACCA Book Club: Start With Why

Simon Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.

Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

ACCA’s Book Club is open to arts consultants and arts administrators who can manage the time to read a few books about non-profit management, leadership and adventures in the arts. You are welcome to join us for one or all of our meetings, depending on your schedule and your interest in a particular book.

There is no charge for ACCA members to participate. Non-members of ACCA are welcome for a $10 fee payable online previous to the book club meeting.

ACCA Book Club: Art of Gathering

Announcing ACCA’s Book Club 2020

Starts Wednesday February 26, 2002

8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST

Our first book is The Art of Gathering about creating transformative meetings, events and experiences by Priya Parker. The first meeting date is Wednesday, February 26 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PT

Goodreads describes this book as “Every day we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike.”

You are invited to read and then join us for a discussion online. There is no charge for members to participate. Anyone who is not a member of ACCA can join us for a fee of $10.

So we all have one month to read the first book!

There are 8 books and 8 online book club meetings scheduled this year. You are welcome to join us for one or all of them, depending on your schedule and your interest in a particular book. No one is expected to commit to all 8 books.

We look forward to seeing you at our first online meeting of the year and hopefully, many more. Please sign up early, get the book, read it, make yourself a pot of tea and be prepared for an interesting discussion.

Insurance for Consultants Webinar

ACCA Professional Development Event

What You Need to Know About Insurance

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 PM Pacific / 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern / 4:00 – 5:00 PM Atlantic
Location: Online

Have questions about insurance? Of course you do!

Benjamin Rossington of HUB International’s Sports and Entertainment Practice will provide a bespoke presentation for ACCA members outlining the various types of insurance available to today’s arts consulting practitioners. Learn about General Liability, Errors and Omissions and the most up-to-date data protection coverage. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Who should attend:  Arts Consultants, others who are self-employed.

Facilitator:  Benjamin’s passion is to ensure that the show goes on. For over eight years, Benjamin has been working with every imaginable stakeholder in the entertainment industry, from touring bands, record labels, festival organizers, music studios, backline, staging and marketing firms. Ben’s passion is to ensure his clients receive the best possible advice, information and instruction to do their job successfully.


Fee:                       Free for ACCA members, $20 for non-members

ACCA Annual General Meeting 2019

Please join us for the


Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 3:00 PM EDT

This year’s AGM will be conducted online.
Please be sure to RSVP to receive instructions to connect.


1. Minutes from the Previous Annual General Meeting, October 10, 2018
2. President’s Report
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Nominating Committee Report
5. Other Business
6. Adjournment

Please RSVP to

Non-Profit Life Cycles Webinar

ACCA Professional Development Event

How to apply STAGE BASED WISDOM theory

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:30 – 10:30 AM Mountain / 12:30 – 1:30 PM Eastern / 1:30 – 2:30 PM Atlantic
Location: Online

Funders are asking arts organizations to identify their life cycle challenges but what are they exactly? This practical one hour webinar will review the theory developed by Susan Kenny Stephens and provide practical examples of how to incorporate this wisdom into your next board/staff planning retreat.

Who should attend:  Arts consultants who facilitate planning sessions with arts organizations and arts administrators at all levels who work for non-profit organizations.

Facilitator:   Sandra Thomson has been using the non-profit life cycle chart since 2011 in her consulting work with small and medium sized arts organizations.  With over 40 years professional experience in the arts,  Sandra brings a practical and knowledgeable voice to planning for boards and administrators.  She is currently serving her final year as the volunteer President of Arts Consultants Canada.



Fee:                       Free for ACCA members, $20 for non-members

In Conversation: Exploring best practices to achieve board diversity

ACCA Professional Development Event


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 PM   NEW TIME!
Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto AND Online

As Arts Consultants often engaged in strategic planning and governance topics with our clients, we find that the topic of board diversity is top of mind for boards, stakeholders, and public and private funders. Join us for this ‘in conversation’ with ACCA member Keely Kemp and Cathy Winter of onBoard Canada as we discuss practical approaches and intentional planning to achieve board diversity and inclusion, followed by an open floor Q&A and lively discussion.

About our speakers:

Keely Kemp

Keely is the founder and President of CultureCap, a business services agency for the creative industries.  We “bridge culture and commerce,” providing a suite of much-needed business services to creative companies in music, film & TV, interactive digital media and performing arts, as well as festivals, conferences, trade associations, NGOs, and government. CultureCap’s talented team of experienced professionals provide a rich variety of consulting services: strategic planning and facilitation; business planning; organizational management and governance; research; data analysis and benchmarking; project management; cultural policy and planning.

Keely is the co-founder of Across the Board 50/50 by 2020, a movement to pursue gender parity on boards in the Canadian music industry. Her collaborative approach to working with boards is having a tremendous impact for all stakeholders. She knows how to move around the roadblocks and create consensus with stakeholders to achieve the shared vision.

Cathy Winter

Cathy Winter leads the National and GTA onBoard Canada program. Prior to joining DiverseCity onBoard, Cathy was a long-serving Senior Manager in the Ontario Public Service. Cathy currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Board of the Canadian Opera Company. Cathy is a former National Board Member, YMCA Canada, and has served on several of its committees including Governance, Policy and Advocacy, and World Relations. She is a former Member of the Anne Johnston Health Station, where she chaired the Nominations Committee and was a Member of the Strategic Planning and Quality Committee.

She is a former Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, and other United Way of Toronto committees.

Cathy holds a Masters of Economics and a Masters of Industrial Relations.

ACCA Members – $0 | Non-members – $20

Annual General Meeting 2018

Please join us for the


Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 | 3:00 PM EDT

This year’s AGM will be conducted via Go To Meeting.
Please be sure to RSVP to receive instructions to connect.


1. Minutes from the Previous Annual General Meeting, October 5, 2017
2. President’s Report
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Nominating Committee Report
5. Other Business
6. Adjournment

Please RSVP to

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