Posted Monday, April 17th, 2017
Tickets are now on sale for Morris Arts’ 9th Great Conversations to be held on April 27 at the Madison Hotel in Convent Station. Join Morris Arts for the best dinner party in town, where guests can mix and mingle with a stellar lineup of prominent and fascinating host conversationalists.
This event offers guests the opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with such luminaries as a Metropolitan Opera soprano; a national bestselling author; a former Wall St. Journal and NY Times journalist; a two-time Super Bowl champion; a leading scientist researching links between climate and disease; a visionary sustainability entrepreneur; a prizewinning chef or another similarly fascinating, accomplished individual.
When you register, you sign up for your top five conversationalist choices in priority order, and whom you will meet at a special reception. At a 7:15pm dinner, guests will have the opportunity to converse in more depth with a specific host selected in advance.
Seating assignments are made based on when we receive your paid registration. This popular event fills up quickly so be sure to buy your tickets early.
“This is a terrific undertaking by Morris Arts that really lends itself to the reputation of Morris County as a great place to live, work, get a college education, raise a family, and locate a business,” said Morris County Freeholder Christine Myers. “Morris Arts constantly adds beauty and balance to our lives, while contributing to a cultural climate that lends itself to a high quality of life for all county residents.”
Host conversationalists this year include the following distinguished individuals:
ARTS, MUSIC & MEDIA
Guy Adami: An original member of CNBC’s Fast Money; trader, TV personality and investor
Phil Alongi: NJTV – Executive Producer NJTV News and Director of Program Development; among NJBiz Forty Under 40
Leslie Bennetts: Renowned Vanity Fair journalist & first woman to cover national politics for NYT; author of Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers & the national bestseller, The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?
Jennifer Check: Highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano singer
David Drake: Executive Chef & Partner – Rudolph’s Steakhouse, Bernardsville; prominent French-inspired visionary chef; James Beard nominee
Nicholas Gamarello: Fine and graphic artist; former fashion designer for Polo Ralph Lauren and Stetson; historical aviation artist of fighter pilot leather bomber jackets
David R. Jones: The New York Times – Assistant Managing Editor (ret); esteemed former New York Times and Wall Street Journal journalist
Carolyn Montgomery-Forant: Award winning vocalist, recording artist, songwriter and cabaret singer
Michael Aaron Rockland: Professor of American Studies Department, Rutgers; author of books on NJ culture including Looking for America on NJ Turnpike; New Jersey Monthly regular contributor
John Schreiber: President & CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Lindsay Berra: MLB.com national correspondent; spearheaded successful campaign to have the
Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded for her grandfather, Yogi Berra
Derek Sprague: PGA of America – Honorary President; Liberty National Golf Club – Managing Director
Damien Woody: Two-time Super Bowl Champion; former Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman; NFL Analyst for ESPN
Shirell Gross: Bayer Pharmaceuticals – VP and Chief Legal Counsel, Bayer Radiology; recipient of Top Blacks in Healthcare Award
Bonita Stanton, MD: Founding Dean of NJ’s new medical school, Seton Hall University – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine; nationally recognized expert on pediatric medicine
Mark J. Guinan: Quest Diagnostics – EVP & Chief Financial Officer
ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE & SUSTAINABILITY
David Rosenberg: AeroFarms – CEO & Co-Founder of clean-technology company building advanced vertical farms in urban environments; serial entrepreneur of clean-tech companies.
Madeleine Thomson, PhD: Senior Research Scientist focusing on the intersection between climate and disease for the Int. Research Inst. for Climate and Society, Columbia University
ARCHITECTURE & REAL ESTATE
Pamela O. Abalu: MetLife – Chief Architect; responsible for MetLife’s workplace design and construction for 2,000+ sites in 60+countries, Crain’s 40 under 40; one of 400 licensed African American female architects
Sunita Holzer: Realogy Holdings Corp. – EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer
Clark F. Machemer: The Rockefeller Group – SVP & Regional Development Officer
Shelley Wright Brindle: Former HBO C-suite executive; founder of consulting firm focused on digital transformation, creating innovative cultures & mentoring millennials, entrepreneurs & female leaders
Irene Chang-Britt: Independent Board Director & Strategic Advisor; 30 years in Consumer Packaged Goods including President and C-Suite executive at Pepperidge Farm
Dennis Budinich: Investors Bank – SVP & Chief Culture Officer; member of The National Speakers Association
Mario Casabona: Founder & CEO of TechLaunch, NJ’s first Technology Accelerator; entrepreneur & angel investor
Claude Draillard: Honda Aircraft Company, VP Finance
Arthur Orduña: Avis Budget Group – Chief Innovation Officer
Anthony R. Slimowicz, Esq.: Crum & Forster Insurance – Executive Vice President; recipient of the Freedom House Distinguished Citizen Award
Athene Van Mazijk: Mondelēz International – VP, Human Resources, North America
This very popular event fills up quickly so be sure to buy your tickets early, available online at www.morrisarts.org. Proceeds from Great Conversations help to support the many programs and services provided by Morris Arts.
Often accomplished “behind the scenes,” Morris Arts’ work serves hundreds of thousands of people each year – with arts in education programs, arts programming in the community, grants, scholarships, advocacy, innovative community-building/creative placemaking events and support for artists and arts organizations.
These efforts are critical to enriching and improving the quality of life in the broader community. Come and savor the art of live conversation, meet some extraordinary individuals and help a truly worthy organization give back to its community.
Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors: Mariner Wealth Advisors-Madison; Bayer; Crum & Forster; Hackensack University Medical Center; MetLife; NJ Advance Media; NJTV; PwC; Mondelez International; Quest Diagnostics; Realogy; Rockefeller Group; The Avis Budget Charitable Foundation; Delta Dental of New Jersey; investors Bank; JWeber Creative; Ketchum Communications; MCM Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; Morristown Medical Center; Normandy Real Estate Partners; Pfizer Consumer Healthcare; Fox Rothschild; NK Architects; Riker Danzig; Sherman Wells Sylvester and Stamelman; and Kings Food Markets.