Mar 21, 2018
Michael Marsicano is ranked by
magazine as the most powerful person in the city of Charlotte. He
is president and CEO of The Foundation For The Carolinas, a
Charlotte-based community foundation that advances philanthropy and
drives major civic leadership initiatives. Prior to joining the
Foundation, Michael served as president and CEO of the Arts &
Science Council in Charlotte, and as executive director of the
Durham Arts Council and the Royal Arts Center in Durham, North
Carolina. He has served on the boards of several national and local
organizations, from Americans for the Arts to Duke University. He
has received numerous honors and awards, including the Charlotte
Center City Partners Vision Award and the Charlotte Chamber of
Commerce Innovator of the Year award. Michael earned a bachelor's
degree in psychology, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in
education from Duke University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in leading a
community foundation and a career dedicated to the arts,
philanthropy, education and citizenship
IN THIS EPISODE
the work of the Foundation For The Carolinas.
his current strategic priorities, how his time is
divided and how he sees his role in the community.
He answers whether he thinks of himself as the person who has
succeeded Hugh McColl, Jr., former CEO of Bank of America, as
a visionary leader of Charlotte.
the status of economic opportunity and upward mobility
efforts in Charlotte.
Michael reveals what he learned from and
what could have been done differently in the Charlotte
Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Leading on Opportunity
He talks about the impact of the September 2016 protests in
Charlotte on economic opportunity and upward mobility efforts and
his personal response to those protests.
He responds to the assertion that
Charlotte doesn't need any more task forces.
He considers whether
civic leadership initiatives at the Foundation stifles
emerging leadership outside the Foundation.
He addresses whether the Foundation
helps donors fund morally objectionable non-profit
He responds to whether the Foundation is
sensitive to public criticism.
Michael shares where he grew up and
how his parents would have described him.
He talks about
wearing blue jeans and what that might say about him.
He reveals how his time at Duke shaped him and
what catapulted his career.
He discusses his sense of insecurity and how that shapes
his leadership approach.
Michael reflects on
his time at the Arts & Sciences Council and whether
the arts became more institutional under his watch.
He answers how he feels being listed as
the most powerful person in Charlotte.
He identifies the challenge of
hiring the next president of the Foundation.
what he values most.
Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "Before my
conversation with Michael for this podcast, I've had one or two
discussions with Michael over the years and not for very
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