Staff Profile: Jill Robinson

Jill Robinson

President & CEO




What I work on

With a firm that now manages 1,200 clients (and counting), I spend most of my time managing the company day to day, focusing on strategy and operations. I lead new business development for the firm, including our work with museums and attractions. We are applying our nearly 20 years of experience with performing arts organizations to museum clients and seeing big results. We're seeing additional new business development in the commercial entertainment space, which is fun to see take hold and grow.

How my career has evolved

In one way, I’ve grown from being student to teacher. As a young professional working for an arts organization, I was a student of all of the leaders in the field. I held leadership positions in small organizations from my early career, and I was also one of TRG’s first 5 clients. When our clients say “I feel this or that”, I remember how it was. Over time, I’ve had a set of experiences that enables me to teach, and enables TRG to lead.

What I enjoy most about my work and the arts

The ever-changing nature of TRG as a firm and the arts industry as a field invigorates me. I enjoy growing small businesses into larger businesses. I like seeing people grow—in their capacity to lead, to work, and to create change. I also enjoy our clients. I’m an arts and culture geek. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with these organizations that do this amazing work. I love having a backstage pass and insider’s perspective on the arts.


Biography: Jill Robinson

Jill Robinson is President & CEO of TRG Arts, an international management consulting firm working with clients in four countries and three continents. Beginning in 1998, Jill worked alongside late founder William “Rick” Lester to build TRG Arts from a two-person shop into a force that works to inspire change in the arts and culture industry.


Since Rick’s untimely passing in 2013, Jill’s renewed strategic vision has lead the company to double in size, with nearly 50 employees around the globe and a second office in the United Kingdom. TRG’s insights, tools, teaching, and hands-on support help clients achieve their biggest goals, and the firm has now served more than 1,200 clients of all genres throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and now the United Kingdom.


As an entrepreneur and leadership expert, Jill is an inspiration to arts chief executives from around the world who attend her Executive Summits and virtual book club, and subscribe to her publication, The Arts Leadership Quarterly (new in 2018.) Her unique insight has lead TRG to create a new Strategic Business Planning process for arts organizations, available by invitation only to longtime clients.


Jill serves as TRG’s master teacher, leading workshops, webinars, and writing insights from TRG Arts. She has delivered her insights at countless industry conferences, including recent keynotes at the UK Theatre Touring Symposium in London, the Broadway League Spring Road Conference in New York City, and the Dance/USA International Dance Manager’s convening in Copenhagen.


In 2016 the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, invited Jill to serve as adjunct faculty, where she continues to teach in the Master of Arts Administration/Master of Business Administration program.  She was also honored to join the inaugural faculty for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s new Cultural Leadership Program in 2018.


Jill serves on the board of the Cultural Office in Colorado Springs, and through her leadership, TRG Arts was awarded the 2017 CREATE Award by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, which acknowledges an outstanding, for-profit creative business that has made a significant impact on Colorado’s creative economy.  She also serves on the advisory board for the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University. Jill earned her MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Professional Direct Marketing Certification from the University of Missouri.


With a strong business instinct and a love of the arts, Jill is a true believer in the power of arts and culture to transform individuals and communities, and it shows in TRG’s tenacious desire to help arts and cultural organizations be sustainable, enabling them to do more of the vibrant, creative, connecting work they were designed to do.


Jill loves to travel, is an avid reader, and her sommelier-husband keeps her rich in wine and food experiences.  She is the mother of a 12-year old daughter who believes she’s going to be a professional dancer one day.  The Robinson family loves living in the mountains of Colorado.


You can find Jill on Twitter at @jrobinsontrg or on LinkedIn.

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