Choose an Imaginary Board

A board of directors (or trustees) is the highest governing body of an institution. They Choose an imaginary board of directorsmake important decisions about the operation of an organization (all types of corporations).

Learning Outcome:

In this exercise, students consider their personal network and create a mock board of directors, considering what skills they themselves have and what will be needed to effectively operate their arts entrepreneurial endeavor.

How to Play:

What skills do you have and what do you imagine you will need? Do you need legal aide? What about tax law skills? If you do not have marketing expertise, you may need help with that, as well as public relations skills.

Consider each and every skill you imagine you will need and compose a mock board of directors for your nonprofit or for-profit corporation. Consider your personal network, individuals you know who might be willing to serve on your board.


It is important that students understand that a board is the highest governing body of an institution and that they control such practices as hiring and firing. Many founding entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs included, have been fired from the very companies they created. It is important to choose a board of directors wisely.

If you would like to use these games in your own classroom, please do! If you do, let me know how how it goes and if you have suggestions for modifying a game. 

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Choose an Imaginary Board by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


About James Hart

Jim Hart currently serves as Interim Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship & Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Hart is also the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.
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