Harvey Seifter founded the Art of Science Learning, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to spark creativity in science education through the arts, and develop an innovative 21st-century STEM workforce. He has brought his unique arts-based approach to leadership development and organizational learning to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric, IBM, AstraZeneca, Siemens, Real Networks, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Novartis, Morgan Stanley, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, BMW, McGraw‐Hill, and the business schools Columbia University Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), and Université de Paris VIII. He is also a widely sought-after speaker.
As a musician classically trained in violin, composing, and conducting, Seifter has had a 25‐year career at the helm of distinguished arts organizations including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Magic Theatre of San Francisco. During his tenure these groups have brought live music to listeners and viewers of PBS, NPR, the BBC, NHK (Japan), Radio France, and CBC (Canada). In the process they won five Grammy Awards, 24 Obie and Critics Circle Awards, and the Kennedy Center Award. Seifter has collaborated with museums and arts centers throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin’s National Gallery, the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals, Tokyo’s Opera City, Musikverein (Vienna); the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Cité de la Musique in Paris.
Seifter is the author of Leadership Ensemble: Lessons In Collaborative Management From The World’s Only Conductor-Less Orchestra. He has also co-edited special issues of the Journal of Business Strategy: Arts-Based Learning for Business and Creatively Intelligent Companies and Leaders.
Seiftel participated in the White House Global Cultural Initiative and has received fellowships from the Goethe Institute, International Theater Institute, Asian Cultural Council, and the IBM Foundation. He has served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and has been an evaluator for the New York State and California Arts Councils.
Seifter is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Art, a Senior Fellow of the Learning Worlds Institute, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Banff Leadership Center. He has been honored as a thought leader by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, and named one of 20 Transformational Leaders by the James MacGregor Burns Leadership Institute and the Fetzer Institute.