Just a few tickets are left for Morris Arts’ 6th Great Conversations on May 1, 2014 at the Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Rd., Morristown. At this unique event, guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with a stellar lineup of prominent and fascinating host conversationalists at the reception and to converse in more depth over dinner with a specific host selected in advance. In this one evening atGreat Conversations, guests can talk face-to-face with such luminaries as a a former Olympic figure skating champion, a child psychiatrist who is also an award-winning poet, an international concert pianist, the NY Times’ Deputy Foreign Editor, HBO’s Executive Vice President for Program Planning & Strategy, a world renowned oncologist, a prizewinning chef, a prominent architect, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, an American jazz guitar legend, or another similarly fascinating, accomplished individual.
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:
2014 Host Conversationalists
Susan L. Blount – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Jeffrey R. Boscamp, MD – Vice President, Chief Academic Officer at Hackensack University Medical Center; Chairman of Pediatrics, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
Bill Carroll – Managing Director & Head of Investment Solutions, UBS Wealth Management Americas
Lorna Davis – President, Biscuits, North America, Mondelēz International (Nabisco)
Ryan DePersio – Chef & Partner, Fascino Italian Restaurant, Nico Kitchen & Bar, Battello
Brian Donohue – Emmy Award-winning Reporter, The Star-Ledger; Member of Pulitzer Prize-winning team
Susan Ennis – Executive Vice President, Program Strategy & Planning, Home Box Office (HBO)
Sebastián Forster – Concert Pianist; Faculty Member, Piano School of New York City
Thomas M. Gartland – President, North America, Avis Budget Group
Steven J. Goulart – Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, MetLife, Inc.
Andre Goy, MD – Chairman & Director, John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center
Lamar Graham – Chief Content Officer, NJ.com
Thomas J. (TJ ) Higgins – US President for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Mila Jasey – New Jersey Assemblywoman
Neil N. Jasey – Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance
Allen Kopelson, AIA – Founding Principal, NK Architects
Patricia A. Lee – Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Wyndham Worldwide
Al Leiter – National League All-Star & 19-year Major League Baseball Pitcher (retired); MLB Network Analyst; Color Commentator YES Network
Owen W. Lewis, MD – Child Psychiatrist; Poet; Author; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
George Marriner Maull – Artistic Director, The Discovery Orchestra; public television personalit
Paul H. McRae – Assistant Artistic Director, New Jersey Ballet Company; Faculty, New Jersey School of Ballet & Kean University; Artistic Advisor, NJPAC
Joe Morris – New York Giants former Running Back, key member of 1987 Super Bowl-winning Giants
Janet Taylor Pickett – Award-winning visual artist & retired Professor of Art History/Studio Art
Bucky Pizzarelli – American Jazz Guitar Legend
James Roe – President & CEO, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Jean Rosanvallon – President & CEO, Dassault Falcon Jet
Stephen Rusckowski – President & CEO, Quest Diagnostics
Sandra Brown Sherman – Partner, Riker Danzig, Worth Magazine Top 100 Attorneys for USA
Michael Slackman – NY Times Deputy Foreign Editor; member of Pulitzer Prize-winning team
Patricia Sly – Executive Director, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc.
JoJo Starbuck – Two-time U.S. Olympic Figure Skater, three-time US pairs skating champion
David T. Welsh – Founder and Partner, Normandy Real Estate Partners
The few tickets left for this wonderful event are still 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 programming in the community, arts in education programs, grants, scholarships, advocacy, innovative community-building 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 corporate sponsors: Hackensack University Medical Center; NJ.com; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Wyndham Worldwide; MetLife, Inc.; Mondelēz International; Normandy Real Estate Partners; Quest Diagnostics; The Star-Ledger; MCM Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; JWeber Creative, LLC; Brinton Eaton Wealth Advisors; The Avis Budget Charitable Foundation; The Comprehensive Group; Kings Super Markets; NK Architects; Pfizer Consumer Healthcare; Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP and Makovsky Integrated Communications.
Morris Arts is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to engaging and building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris County community of artists and arts organizations.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has awarded the Morris Arts a “Citation of Excellence” and designated it as a “Major Service Organization” in recognition of its “solid history of service excellence, substantial activity and broad public service.”