Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018

Morris Arts: Tickets on Sale for Tickets are now on sale for Morris Arts’ 10th Anniversary Great Conversations to be held on April 26, at the Madison Hotel in Convent Station. Marking the 10th anniversary, this year’s event honors Joen Ferrari, the founder of Great Conversations. Guests can mix and mingle with a stellar lineup of conversationalists at a 6pm reception leading to the 7:15pm dinner where guests can converse in more depth with a specific host selected in advance.

Morris Arts: Tickets on Sale for Discover the pleasure of live conversation with celebrated hosts from the arts, media, tech, sciences, healthcare, public service, sports, industry and more.

Among this year’s hosts are a robotics expert, a jazz saxophonist, Stanley Cup champion, a Medal of Honor recipient, a world famous climate scientist, a celebrated chef or other similarly fascinating and accomplished individuals. Each dinner table will feature a host Conversationalist whose unique experiences, life story and achievements will catalyze intriguing conversations.

Learn about their work, their thoughts on the world, their insights into their fields, and the experiences that shaped their lives. How did they get to where they are now? What lessons can they impart? This is an evening to exchange ideas and savor the pleasures of live encounters. You may be surprised by what you discover.

Our host conversationalists this year include the following distinguished individuals:

ARTS, MUSIC & MEDIA

Mark Gross holding his sax

Mark Gross

Tom Bergeron
ROI-NJ – Editor & Chief Content Officer of new multimedia NJ business publication; former NJBIZ editor

Joanne Del Rio
Novartis – Art Collection Manager overseeing Novartis’ extensive art collection in North and South America; Board Chair for Save Ellis Island

Leia Gaccione
South + Pine American Eatery – Chef/Owner of Morristown’s latest gastronomic success; former Chef de Cuisine for celebrity chef Bobby Flay; competed in 3 seasons of Iron Chef America

Mark Gross
Jazz Saxophonist, Recording Artist & Educator with 2 Grammy® award-winning projects; performed with Dizzy Gillespie, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and on Broadway; Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Faculty

Christina Baker Kline
Highly acclaimed author of the NY Times bestsellers, Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

Carly Murphy
Sotheby’s – VP for Global Client Development, Contemporary Art

John Servidio
General Manager of NJTV; Vice President of Subsidiary Stations for WNET

photo of Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney
Co-creator and producer for the rap group Public Enemy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Def Jam Records former President; Broad Market Media Principal; NJPAC Producer & Curator

BUSINESS

James Kraus
Crum & Forster – SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Jason Levine
Mondelēz International– Regional Chief Marketing Officer North America

Ned Linnen
Avis Budget Group – EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Robin Rotenberg
BASF Corporation – VP, Corporate Communications & Chief Communications Officer; former President, BASF Canada

ENTREPRENEURS & TECH

Irene Chang Britt
Independent Board Director & Strategic Advisor; 30 years in Consumer Packaged Goods including President and C-Suite executive at Pepperidge Farm

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Linda Wellbrock

Michael Engel
PwC – Intelligent Process Automation Leader for Emerging Technologies; Adviser to the Institute for Robotic Process Automation

Aaron Price
CEO & Founder – Propelify (one of the country’s largest innovation communities) & NJ Tech Meetup; tech community expert for The White House (Obama Administration), Governor Phil Murphy, and the WSJ

Linda Wellbrock
CEO & Founder of Leading Woman Entrepreneurs, a media and events company that recognizes outstanding women business owners and entrepreneurs

HEALTHCARE & PHARMA

Carsten Brunn, PhD
Bayer Pharmaceuticals – President, Americas Region

photo of Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma

Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff
Hackensack Meridian Health Network – EVP & Chief Experience Officer

Alex Kelly
Allergan – EVP, Corporate Affairs & Chief Communications Officer

Carrie Eglinton Manner
Quest Diagnostics – SVP, Advanced Diagnostics; Chair of the Board for Thrive Networks

Suneet Varma
Pfizer Essential Health – Global President

Joe Wilkins
Atlantic Health System – SVP & Chief Transformation Officer

LAW

Jami McKeon
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP – Partner, Chair of the Firm; named among The National Law Journal’s “75 Most Outstanding Women Lawyers”

MILITARY SERVICE

photo of Col. Jack Jacobs

Col. Jack Jacobs

Colonel Jack Jacobs (Retired)
Medal of Honor recipient for service in Vietnam; NBC News military analyst

REAL ESTATE

Leslie E. Smith Jr.
Rockefeller Group – former EVP; developed the International Trade Center/NJ Foreign Trade Zone in Mt. Olive NJ; Principal – Smith & Main

SCIENCE & MEDICINE

Lisa Goddard, PhD
Columbia University – Director & Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society; Global expert on El Niño, La Niña & near-term climate change

Allen Keller, MD
NYU School of Medicine – Associate Professor of Medicine & Director of Center for Health and Human Rights; Director – Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

SPORTS

Bruce Driver
New Jersey Devils Defenseman, Captain, and Stanley Cup Champion; Two-time NCAA Division I National Champion; Olympian

Brent Qvale
New York Jets Offensive Lineman #79

This very popular event fills up quickly so be sure to buy tickets early, available online at www.morrisarts.org. Proceeds from Great Conversations help to support the many programs and services provided by Morris Arts.