Perhaps your organization is determining how next to grow, or perhaps you are stretched thin, trying to do too much with too little. Maybe you need an impartial sounding board through private discussions with a peer. At Odyssey, we believe that we can help you focus, whether on a personal level through executive coaching or on an organiational level through strategic planning. Whether you need assistance in coaching, facilitating meetings, developing a planning framework, engaging stakeholders, or building operating models, Odyssey can provide the support you need to attain clarity and maximize your organizations’s impact.
Founded in 2001, HartBeat Ensemble's mission is to create provocative theater that connects our community beyond traditional barriers of race, gender, class and geography. In 2020, HartBeat Ensemble hired Odyssey Associates to coach its new executive leadership team. The original purpose of this work was to collectively develop a vision and strategy for HartBeat moving forward. However, the novel coronavirus pandemic ensued, and Odyssey quickly adjusted its scope to work with the organization to adapt to the pandemic.
"Josh's executive coaching isn't just a boilerplate exercise...he tailored his interactions specifically to our needs as leaders of a small arts nonprofit and knew exactly when and how to pivot during extraordinary events like COVID-19. His calm, firm, and joyous work with us has been illuminating." - Godfrey Simmons, Artistic Director
The Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA) is a New Haven-based non-profit organization and a designated Connecticut Main Street organization. Its mission is to partner with local businesses, property owners, residents and public and private institutions to foster and sustain economic revitalization, community engagement and cultural vitality in Westville Village and the surrounding neighborhoods, while emphasizing historic preservation and placemaking. In fall 2019, WVRA hired Odyssey to conduct an operational feasibility study of Lyric Hall, a small theatre originally constructed in 1914 that was for sale by its private owner. Odyssey first researched three possible, diverse models for operating models for Lyric Hall, and then developed a sample activity profile as a foundation for a future financial operating model. The research and documents gave WVRA the ability to articulate to key stakeholders how Lyric Hall's programming would change under its ownership.
"Working with Josh has been a joy! He is generous with his knowledge and experience and flexible in his thinking. He really took the time to understand our organization, our community and our goals for the project, and to make the path forward understandable and achievable." - Lizzy Donius, Executive Director