It was after this realization that Tania committed herself to a lifetime of advancing the arts.
Becoming a performing arts presenter, Tania has led performing arts centers across the country. Her various roles as a nonprofit performing arts administrator led her to the work of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, as much of the data she used in her professional positions originated from the school.
Holding strong respect and admiration for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s programs, Tania was inspired to look further into the offered degrees after learning that Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, had received her Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the school.
After moving to Indiana in 2012 to take the position of President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, Tania knew that she could not pass up the opportunity to pursue an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies.
The flexibility of the M.A. program has been a perfect fit for Tania. The online format of the program has allowed her to maintain her professional position, while still pursuing a degree. With an easily navigable enrollment process, accessible guidance and course counsel offered by the school, and drama-free online classroom technology, Tania has enjoyed the freedom that the program provides.
In the fall of 2016 and in the midst of completing her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies, Tania was offered the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The 127-year-old National Historic Landmark is a nonprofit organization in downtown Chicago built as The Theatre for the People.
This opportunity to lead one of the most historically significant theaters in the United States was an opportunity Tania could not pass up, leading her to accept the position and move to Chicago. With her move and the active travel schedule that comes with her position, Tania appreciates that neither of these circumstances disrupt her goal of attaining her degree.
She can easily adapt her course schedule to her work and personal life, regardless of her location in the country. Her board of directors is thrilled that she is pursuing this degree, recognizing the gravitas it adds to her commitment to the nonprofit sector and her organization.
“Working on a master's degree in philanthropic studies is a personal goal that I am thrilled to be fulfilling at this time in my life,” says Tania. “At this point in my life, I have attained a certain level of professional success, and some could argue that I do not need another degree at this stage in my career. However, on a personal level, it is gratifying and brings me great joy to be doing this for both the arts community and myself.
“I came to America as a political refugee, and I have been the recipient of philanthropy in a number of ways. Being able to pursue this degree so that I can continue to pay it forward allows me to see my life come full circle.”