Exchange Brings Young Managers Together at Citi Center Exchange Brings Young Managers Together at Citi Center

January 14, 2014 (Boston) – A start-up based on start-ups - Exchange, a program created by dunnhumby’s Dave Balter and Smarterer’s Sarah Hodges, brings together new managers from rapidly scaling companies across Boston to develop core management skills and inspire leadership. Drawing from Boston’s ecosystem of high-growth startups, Exchange includes exceptional individuals from diverse companies, who will share unique perspectives and common challenges, learning through expert facilitation, peer collaboration, and practical application. is partnering with the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre to host the six sessions across six months for 26 new managers. Managers will leave their offices once a month to take part in a behind-the-scenes experience crafted to spark creativity and conversation, soaking in expert presentations on stage, and joining small discussion groups in theater boxes and dressing rooms.

“We believe the arts, creativity, and business innovation are closely linked. In fact, in a 2010 global IBM study, CEOs revealed that the most valuable C-level skill was “creativity.” Our unique partnership with provides these young leaders exclusive access to inspiring spaces and opportunities for creative learning, while also introducing them to the connection between business and community leadership. We can’t wait to watch the sparks fly!” -Josiah Spaulding Jr., CEO and President, Citi Performing Arts Center

Companies participating in the first session include Dyn, HubSpot, Brand Networks, TripAdvisor, The Grommet, WordStream and host site Citi Center. is currently accepting companies into the second Exchange session, which begins in March 2014. In addition to the Exchange program, offers weekly evening workshops that cost between $20 and $50 and are hosted at 290 Congress St. in Communispace’s building. Balter says that classes cover topics related to building and growing a startup, from product development to business strategy and marketing.*

The first session begins Tuesday, January 14, with a networking opportunity for participants, and runs through June, 2014.

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About brings together startup team members from Boston and beyond to learn through collaboration with experts and each other. Founded in May 2012, the company has hosted hundreds of evening workshops around how to build and grow a startup, covering topics like marketing, product management, and UX. Exchange, provides a fresh approach to developing skills for new managers from high-growth companies. Visit Exchange to learn the skills you need to win, from people who’ve done it before.

About the Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of award-winning and free educational and community programs; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: January 14, 2014
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center |
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*Source: Boston Business Journal:
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