Dr. Flanigan is a social entrepreneur/consultant with more than a decade of experience advocating for the arts at local, state and national levels. Dr. Flanigan has given lecture presentations for the College Music Society’s national and international conferences, and presentations for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Department. As a piano soloist, she has performed in Europe and the Americas, most notably with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar, at festivals in France, Italy and in Venezuela at the request of the El Sistema program. She holds degrees from the University of Miami, and University of North Texas, and she has served as faculty at Drake University, Grinnell College, and the Barry Tuckwell Institute.
Gisela’s civic and professional affiliations include: former Chair of theGrand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, Board of Directors member of the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Denver-based non-profit MindSpark (an innovator in the “Maker” movement), and is the Vice-Chair of Arts for Colorado. She serves on the following College Music Society committees: Careers Outside the Academy andCultural Inclusion, an is Governance Development Committee chair and Executive Director for Sistema Global. She has been a grant reviewer, conference planner, facilitator, and certified Change Leaderfor Colorado Creative Industries. She is presently the Co-founder/Executive Director for MusicSpark, and is now honored to serve as Executive Director for Sistema Global.