Annual Conference attendees are entitled to 20 minute one-on-one consultations with industry experts. These sessions are FREE, a benefit of your registration. Consultations are available on a first come, first served basis when on-site registration begins.
All consultations will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.
Callahan Consulting for the Arts
Suzanne Callahan, CFRE, founded Callahan Consulting for the Arts in 1996, which serves arts organizations and funders through planning, fundraising, and evaluation. She has run arts funding programs for almost 20 years, including Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA) and the National College Choreography Initiative (both for Dance/USA) and prior to that at the NEA Dance Program. Callahan is a frequent trainer in fundraising and evaluation for foundations and associations, and her book "Singing Our Praises: Case Studies in the Art of Evaluation" was awarded Outstanding Publication of the Year from the American Evaluation Association. She has served as panelist for the Rockefeller Foundation and the NEA, among others, and the firm’s 60 clients have included Americans for the Arts, Chicago Community Trust, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Callahan holds an MA in Dance Education and a Certificate in Fundraising from George Washington University and a BA from Northwestern University.
Vice President, National Customized Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Rodney Christopher, Vice President, National Customized Services at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, has played a prominent role in the development and delivery of NFF’s advisory services, including our signature Nonprofit Business Analysis. As one of NFF’s most broadly experienced team members, he divides his time between public presentations, custom engagements, client coaching, and staff training. Mr. Christopher’s tenure at NFF spans 17 years, during which time he has been involved in a variety of NFF initiatives and special projects. He managed NFF’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund, which raised and distributed over $10 million to help New York City nonprofits recover financially from the economic effects of September 11th. He represented NFF on the selection committee for the inaugural New York Times Nonprofit Management Excellence Awards, and has served on the boards of the Artists Community Federal Credit Union, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gay Men of African Descent, the New York Technical Assistance Providers Network, and the Simon’s Rock Alumni Association. Mr. Christopher has an MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from New School University and a BA summa cum laude in Social Sciences from Bard College at Simon's Rock, which established a scholarship fund in his name in 2006 to help its students afford study abroad.
Vice President, DeWitt Stern Group
Jane Efroymson is a Vice President at DeWitt Stern Group in the Employee Benefits practice. Jane has over twenty years of experience in the group benefits field specializing in the financial analysis, design and communication of employee benefit programs. Jane is a licensed Health & Life insurance broker and has earned certification from HIAA for completion of its Group Insurance Curriculum. Jane and her colleagues at DeWitt Stern Group have been working with performing art clients throughout their careers. The Firm’s dance clients include Alvin Ailey Dance, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris.
|FREED OF LONDON LTD.|
Leading manufacturer of Pointe Shoes & Ball Room shoes, including all other dance needs for your Company, Freed of London was established in 1929 by Frederick Freed. Has Freed of London been unavailable in your area? Please stop by to address any issues or questions you might have.
Marie Johansson (former soloist with American Ballet Theatre), who has been working for Freed since 1995. As a Pointe Shoe Specialist/Custom Fitter, she is serving all Ballet Companies in USA.
Julienne Viola, Director of Freed USA since 1977
|ALISON M. FRIEDMAN|
Director/Founder, Ping Pong Productions
Alison M. Friedman is the Director/Founder of Ping Pong Productions. A leading expert on modern dance in China, Alison came to Beijing in 2002 on a Fulbright Fellowship to research the development of modern dance in the Middle Kingdom. She was International Director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company from 2005 until 2008 when she was hired by Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun to be General Manager of his company Parnassus Productions, Inc. In addition to lecturing on the art form in both China and abroad, she has conducted research for the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Asian Cultural Council, and her writing has appeared in Dance Magazine (USA) and Chime (NL). She has worked as consultant for the U.S. Embassy in China, Columbia University, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as other overseas dance and theater companies touring the Middle Kingdom. She was a 2009-10 Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellow.
Consultant for Social Media, Learning Communities & Websites
Rebecca Krause-Hardie designs and facilitates social media plans, learning communities, websites and webinars across the country. Clients include the Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, MAPP International, Caring.com, Canadian Museum of Nature, and The Paul Taylor Dance Company. A Juilliard graduate and horn player, Rebecca has 20 years experience in new media, marketing, finance, and management. An ASOL Fellow, she was Orchestra Manager of the Detroit Symphony; as Director of New Media for the League of American Orchestras she created Playmusic.org, the first interactive music website for kids. As CFO of Voyager Company and Criterion Collection, they pioneered and lead the field of interactive media. Rebecca created and is Executive Producer of the award-winning New York Philharmonic Kidzone, now in its tenth year at www.nyphilkids.org. She blogs the performing arts and technology at arts.typepad.com.
Since joining American Harlequin more than a decade ago, Claire Londress, marketing manager, has played a vital role in creating and executing highly strategic and lucrative corporate marketing strategies. Londress is a graduate of the College of Saint Elizabeth and Central Michigan University and holds both a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s degree in public administration.
Director, Arts Insurance Program
Bob Middleton is the Director of the Arts Insurance Program (AIP), which provides property and casualty products to performing arts organizations. With over twenty five years of risk management experience, he has developed programs specifically for the insurance needs of the dance community. Working in partnership with Fractured Atlas, AIP currently insures over a hundred professional dance organizations, including many members of Dance/USA.
|JANELLE OTT LONG|
Dance Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Janelle Ott Long is a Dance Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Prior to joining the NEA, Janelle was employed at Dance/USA. Janelle is originally from Ohio and she is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College where she majored in business and minored in dance. She received her M.A. in Arts Management at American University, where she is an adjunct faculty member and teaches a course on Cultural Policy.
Dance Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Juliana Mascelli is a Dance Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts. After graduating from the George Washington University with a double major in English and Dance, she worked for the International Women’s Forum. Before joining the Arts Endowment as a Program Assistant in Dance and Media, Juliana interned at Dance/USA.
|ERIC M. NELSON|
Senior Consultant, Arts Consulting Group
Eric M. Nelson joined Arts Consulting Group in October 2009 with over 12 years experience in the performing arts with a focus on patron acquisition and loyalty growth through ticket sales and donations. His efforts have helped generate over $150 million dollars in ticket and gift revenue for organizations with whom he has worked. Mr. Nelson is extremely proud of what this has meant to his goal of supporting artistic vision. Mr. Nelson specializes in strategic and tactical campaign planning, scale of hall and dynamic pricing optimization, telemarketing and telefundraising, brand develop and awareness raising, and overall patron loyalty growth for marketing and development. Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Nelson was a Senior Consultant with Target Resource Group (TRG). Before that he was the Director of Client Services at DCM. He also served as the Senior Marketing Manager for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Nelson holds a M.A. degree in Marketing and Advertising from Emerson College with an emphasis on strategies for non-profits.
Senior Consultant, WolfBrown
Jennifer Novak-Leonard is co-leading the research and assessment component of Dance/USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences initiative with Alan Brown. Jennifer specializes in evaluation and research, specifically the development of innovative measurement tools to understand the intrinsic impact of arts on individuals. Her work often lies at the nexus between art - in all forms - and its connection to broader public policy issues. Jennifer provides clients with technical assistance for evaluation, and helps them develop new ways to assure their programs are relevant, to rise to the growing challenge of accountability requirements, and to implement new approaches to audience engagement. Jennifer co-authored the 2007 WolfBrown study Assessing the Intrinsic Impacts of a Live Performance, the 2008 WolfBrown study on cultural engagement patterns for the James Irvine Foundation, and is the lead author on a new research monograph for the National Endowment for the Arts on patterns of arts participation (attendance, arts creation and participation through media) and the need for updated metrics (expected publication Fall 2010).
Executive Director, Dance Heritage Coalition
Libby Smigel MFA PhD, Executive Director of the Dance Heritage Coalition, has most recently led the DHC’s ground-breaking project on copyright and fair use to ensure that dance libraries, archives, and museums can preserve their collections and create innovative ways to access them. As Area Chair for Dance and a member of the Executive Board for the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, she ensures that dance is well represented among the programs and publications of this multidisciplinary scholarly association. For Greenwood Press, she is co-authoring and co-editing a two-volume set on “Icons of American Dance.” In addition, she has taught dance at colleges and universities and choreographed in Toronto and Upstate New York, served on the board of directors of Dakshina dance company, and has worked for the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Ivan Sygoda has since 1976 been a Director of Pentacle, a New York City-based non-profit service organization to which many dance artists outsource administrative functions such as accounting, grant writing and booking. He designed most of Pentacle’s special projects, such as its Help Desk mentoring program; co-founded the New York State DanceForce; contributed to many arts publications; served on numerous panels; lectured widely on aspects of arts administration; and has been on the boards of Dance/USA, NAPAMA, Arts Presenters, the Western Arts Alliance and the New York City Arts Coalition. He has been a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards (the “Bessies”) selection panel since 1996. He was awarded Dance/USA’s “Ernie” in 1996 and the Arts Presenters Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
Vice President and Product Manager of Consulting, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Rebecca Thomas advises nonprofits and their funders in areas of financial planning and management. As Vice President and Product Manager of Consulting for the Nonprofit Finance Fund, she oversees the development of organizational capacity to provide financial consulting activities nationwide. Responsibilities encompass product management and development, initiative design, staff training, and quality assurance. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Ms. Thomas served as Senior Economics Correspondent for Smartmoney.com, a personal finance magazine jointly published by Dow Jones and Hearst. At Smartmoney, she covered economic developments and financial markets, and appeared as a commentator on CNNfn, MSNBC, and Fox. She serves on the boards of the Rock School for Dance Education and Thirteenth Night Theatre, and participates on the Finance Committee of the Lark Play Development Center. Ms. Thomas received an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and graduated from Yale University with a B.A in French and International Studies.
Program Director, Liability Insurance, Fractured Atlas
As Fractured Atlas’s Program Director for Liability Insurance, Emily Watts educates artists in the peculiarities of insurance coverage and guides them in navigating the process of applying for a quote. She works closely with insurance companies to develop policies that will address the specific needs of the arts community, and is a licensed New York State property/casualty and life/health insurance broker. Emily graduated with honors from Wesleyan University where she majored in Dance Performance. She has served on the Communications and Technology Task force of the Emerging Leaders Council, the Events Committee of Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service, and the Programming Committee for Dance/NYC. Emily has worked with many arts organizations in both artistic and administrative capacities, including the Design Trust for Public Space, Atlantic Theater Company, and the Dumbo Dance Festival. Emily has also taught dance and theater to children at the Green Street Arts Project, Oddfellows Playhouse, and numerous elementary schools in central Connecticut.
Senior Managing Consultant, TRG Arts
Since joining TRG Arts in Fall 2007, bringing with her two decades of arts management experience, Laura has served as the firm’s lead consultant to symphonies, presenting organizations, theatres and opera companies in the U.S. and Canada. Her specialty is providing TRG’s signature brand of revenue counsel and coaching to accomplished as well as new marketing teams, measuring results in terms of income gains and returns on investment. Previously, she worked as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Pittsburgh Opera where she halted the decline of subscriptions and substantially increased ticket revenue through rescaling, demand-based pricing and other direct marketing initiatives she led as a TRG client. Prior positions include Senior Consultant with the Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Executive Director of the Wheeling Symphony (WV). In Washington, D.C., she served as Manager of the Folger Consort at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Producer of the Mount Vernon College Performing Arts Series, Producer of the D’Addario Guitar Series at Georgetown University, Assistant to the Director of the Latin American Music Center at Catholic University, and Manager of the Washington Sinfonia. A professional violinist, Laura has performed as a member of the U.S. Air Force Band, with the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland, and as an active freelance musician. She has taught violin on the faculties of the D.C. Youth Orchestra and Trinity College.