Consider it an online date, with a choice of 28 matches.
Morris Arts has shifted its annual fundraiser to the internet this year, as indicated by its modified name — “Great Conversations From Home.”
The event, to take place on Zoom Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., will give guests the opportunity to converse with their choice of personalities from arts, media, tech, science, health care, public service, sports and industry.
The virtual version of “Great Conversations” will start with everybody joining together for a welcome, then — just as with the in-person events in past years — guests will split off into small groups to virtual tables, each “hosted” by one of the guest conversationalists.
Guests will be asked to list their top five conversationalist choices when registering. Table assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Each attendee will have the opportunity for a real conversation with his/her conversationalist and will be able to personally ask questions and meet others who share similar interests.
Conversationalists this year are:
ARTS, MUSIC & MEDIA
Gabriel van Aalst – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra president and CEO; previously managed orchestras in London and Australia.
Myriam Alvarez – author and journalist, with a focus on political, cultural, human-interest stories and women’s issues; former foreign correspondent at the United Nations.
Sunil Garg – 3D experimental and experiential visual light artist creating indoor and outdoor immersive work reflecting the intersection of science, technology, and art; also an avant-garde jazz musician.
Anjalee Khemlani – Yahoo Finance journalist with a focus on business, markets and healthcare.
Becca Meis – set decorator for television programs and movies including “The Blacklist,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Julie & Julia.”
Raven Santana – NJTV News correspondent who has covered national stories including the capture of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.
BUSINESS & FINANCE
Tom Bredahl – Crum & Forster president and chief underwriting officer, surplus and specialty division; and an “adventure seeker” whose travels have included running with the bulls in Spain, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru and scaling sand dunes in Africa.
Kevin Cummings – Investors Bank chairman and CEO; and Middlebury College’s all-time leading basketball scorer and voracious reader.
Bhushan Sethi – PwC Joint Global Leader, People & Organization; a thought leader focusing on the workforce of the future, the future of work and “future proofing” organizations.
COMMUNICATIONS & CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Peter Finn – founding partner and CEO of Finn Partners global PR and marketing firm; and chairman of Catskill Mountain Foundation multi-arts organization.
Kathryn Metcalfe – Bristol-Myers Squibb executive vice president of corporate affairs; built a park in her hometown of Boise, Idaho.
Srikant Ramaswami – GSK head of U.S. pharmaceuticals communications; previously led work involving healthcare thought leadership, patient advocacy and disease awareness.
CULINARY ARTS & FOOD SCIENCE
Ariane Duarte – chef and owner of Ariane Kitchen and Bar in Verona.
Paula Elejalde – Mondelēz International head of R&D, North America Biscuits; and two-time NJ State sprint distance triathlon champion.
Meghan Hunscher – Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Morris County Economic Development Corp. president and CEO.
ENTREPRENEURS & TECH
Wole Coaxum – founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Finance company making financial products accessible to historically marginalized communities.
HEALTHCARE & PHARMA
Tom Moriarty – CVS Health executive vice president, chief policy and external affairs officer and general counsel; met last seven presidents.
Karin Ann Payne – Bayer vice president of quality, North America; co-sponsor of Bayer’s business resource group, GROW, advocating for women’s advancement.
Gabrielle Wolfson – Quest Diagnostics senior vice president, chief information and digital officer; and avid technologist, mystery reader and tennis fan.
Kelly Strange Crawford – Riker Danzig co-chair and partner, head of products liability and mass tort practice group; pro bono lawyer for man on death row in Alabama for 10 years.
REAL ESTATE & ARCHITECTURE
Ross Chomik – Vision Real Estate Partners managing partner; developed over 8 million square feet and $1 billion in office and retail properties, including Bayer Healthcare, MetLife and Barclays.
Roger Smith – Gensler design director; architect with 30 years of local and international experience from master planning and mixed-use developments to corporate interiors, museums and hotels.
Mark Wilsmann – MetLife Investment Management managing director of real estate investments and Urban Land Institute global governing trustee.
SCIENCE & MEDICINE
Anthony Broccoli – Rutgers Climate Institute co-director; Department of Environmental Sciences professor and chair; and outdoor enthusiast.
David Perlin – Hackensack Meridian Health chief scientific officer and senior vice president, Center for Discovery and Innovation; led national program studying microbes causing deadly diseases, including pandemic flu.
Dr. Walter Rosenfeld – Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center chair of pediatrics; Atlantic Health System medical director of children’s health; and Rutgers NJ Medical School professor of pediatrics.
Neil Glat – former New York Jets president and NFL senior executive; attended last 22 Super Bowls and visited all 50 states.
Tim McCarthy – ESPN Radio senior vice president and general manager; acquired broadcast rights to New York teams including the New York Jets, Knicks and Rangers.
Tickets are $150 and can be reserved at www.morrisarts.org. For more information call Gina Moran at 973-476-3643 or email [email protected]
Morris Arts, located in Morristown, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Proceeds from “Great Conversations” will help support its programs and services.
Send event information to [email protected]