Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson retired as OSF’s Executive Director in December 2012 after 33 years with the company.
During his tenure he saw the Festival become one of the premier theatres in the United States. A New Zealander, Paul has the New Zealand equivalent of an MBA from Victoria University, Wellington. After working for ten years in the corporate world, he led Downstage Theatre, New Zealand’s largest professional theatre, for six years prior to moving to the U.S. and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities, is a frequent speaker at theatre and nonprofit leadership conferences and has consulted with many U.S. arts organizations. Paul has been actively involved in arts advocacy and served for many years on the board of the Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition. In 1991, he was featured in the PBS series on management, Nothing Ventured. He is a member of Rotary, has participated on many panels for the NEA and the Theatre Communications Group and served for many years on the TCG Board as well as on numerous local boards and committees. He currently serves as an Assistant Governor for Rotary, works with the Arts Committee of the Oregon Community Foundation, and serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, La Clinica del Valle and the Carpenter Foundation.  He continues to consult with arts organizations throughout North America.

Paul’s Tuesday Session:

The Table We Set: From the Boardroom to the Capitol

Breakfast Leadership Forum
Tuesday, April 21st 
7:00am – 8:30am

The Breakfast Leadership Forum is a perfect stand-alone presentation designed for board members and senior staff. It is an opportunity to learn together. Because nonprofit board members may not have time to attend the entire conference, this forum is offered as a separate event –you can attend just this one event or combine it with a full conference registration.

Jesse Beason‘s special morning presentation is sure to be both engaging and productive, so consider registering several representatives from your organization, enjoy breakfast together, and start the day inspired!

7:00am – 8:30am –  (optional, additional cost – can be added during registration)

The Table We Set: From the Boardroom to the Capitol

Jesse Beason is President & CEO of the Northwest Health Foundation, promoted in 2019 after several years as their public affairs director. Earlier in his career, he served in Portland City Hall and ran a nonprofit helping people buy their first homes. Now, Jesse is part of the foundation’s push to expand the boundaries of what it means to invest in the health of our community members.

During our special leadership breakfast session on Tuesday morning, Jesse will share his own personal experiences and observations from his work in and with the nonprofit sector about the good that can come from reflective representation. He will challenge nonprofit board members and senior staff to consider how you can better achieve your organization’s mission by ensuring that those communities you serve are properly represented both within your organization and beyond.

Again, you can join us just for Jesse’s keynote if you cannot attend the full conference!

Please note:

Registration fee: $25 per person
There are no early bird or group discount available.
Conference attendance is not required to attend this event.
A separate registration/fee is required for this event.
The fee includes the cost of breakfast.