Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Elizabeth Warshawer

Principle, EBW Consulting, LLC

Elizabeth Warshawer brings more than thirty years of successful experience leading and managing organizations in the corporate, non-profit, and academic arenas. With experience working inside organizations in leadership positions and as an external consultant, Elizabeth has a track record of success creating and implementing strategic plans, improving organizational success through effectiveand efficient human capital management, developing organizational capability through executive education and coaching, and working across constituencies to achieve outstanding results. Elizabeth is Principal of EBW Consulting, LLC working with a diverse group of clients in and beyond the Philadelphia area.

In 2014, Elizabeth co-founded ArtistYear, an initiative of Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, to bring the arts to Title I schools in underserved communities in America through one year of paid service. The program, designed to bridge national service and the arts, has recently received a grant from AmeriCorps National Direct that will enable the program to be replicated in an increasing number of cities over the next several years.
From 2007 until May, 2015, Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Advancement Officer for the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In this role, Elizabeth directed all non-musical functions of the Institute including, finance, development, external affairs, communications and marketing, facilities operations, human resources, legal affairs, information technology, and digital initiatives. She successfully led two strategic planning processes for Curtis and managed the Institute’s physical expansion with the construction of Lenfest Hall; a $65 million mixed use building that opened in August 2011.

Elizabeth served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000 – 2007 during which time she also agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for one year. Her responsibilities included labor relations, all human resource functions for the staff and musicians, media and technology, financial controls and operating procedures, shared services with the Kimmel Center, and interdepartmental coordination. Her initial work with The Philadelphia Orchestra was as co-founder and principal consultant of The Alliance for Effective Organizations Inc. (AEO), a firm specializing in a full array management consulting services.

Her consulting and design activities have included a focus on strategic planning - helping organizations to align the competencies of their existing workforce with the strategic demands of emerging business challenges, with particular focus on organizational operating models, culture change, human capital management, and leadership development. She provided consulting services to the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for clients of their Custom Programs and was selected as one of fifteen senior strategy and organization effectiveness practitioners from around the world to form the initial partnership network for the Center for Organizational Fitness founded by Mike Beer of the Harvard Business School.
Before co-founding AEO, Elizabeth was Vice President of Human Resources for NovaCare, Inc., a $1.7 billion rehabilitation and professional employer services company. While serving as the senior human resource generalist for the Outpatient Businesses, she was also responsible for the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of corporate-wide training and development programs. As part of a major business redesign effort and operating model shift, Elizabeth led a strategic planning process to align the development of all systems, processes, staffing, and training efforts to support the transformation of the Outpatient business in response to the changes in healthcare reimbursement.

Prior to her work with NovaCare, Elizabeth served as Director of Human Resources for Scott Paper Company’s North American operations. She directed Scott Paper Company’s Center for Organizational Learning, serving the company’s domestic and global business units focusing on the selection and development of global business leaders and in conjunction with that effort, served on the Thunderbird International Consortium Advisory Board of The American Graduate School of International Management.
Elizabeth holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, and an MA also from Washington University.

Principle, EBW Consulting, LLC