Great Conversations

Save the date!

Great Conversations 2019 will be on Wednesday, May 1st
at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ.

Great Conversations

Reception, Dinner, and Conversation with Celebrated Hosts

Enjoy highlights of our 10th Anniversary celebration,
which took place on April 26, 2018 at the Madison Hotel.

Three hundred people met and mingled, chatted and chuckled, sipped and savored, and brought the lost art of conversation to life at our 10th annual Great Conversations. From musicians to sports champions, business leaders to tech innovators, pharma executives to woman entrepreneurs, guests enjoyed a unique experience talking and connecting with these talented “Great Conversationalists” from our community.

Learn about last year’s Conversationalists in:
Arts, Music & Media, Business, Entrepreneurs & Tech,
Healthcare & Pharma, Law, Military Service, Real Estate,
Science & Medicine and Sports

Arts, Music & Media

Tom Bergeron
ROI-NJ — Editor & Chief Content Officer
Joanne Del Rio
Novartis — Art Collection Manager, North and South America
Leia Gaccione
South + Pine American Eatery — Chef/Owner
Mark Gross
Jazz Saxophonist, Recording Artist & Educator
Christina Baker Kline
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
Bill Stephney
Co-creator and producer for the rap group Public Enemy, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Def Jam Records former President
John Servidio
General Manager of NJTV


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

Entrepreneurs & Tech

Irene Chang Britt
Independent Board Director & Strategic Advisor; 30 years in Consumer Packaged Goods including President, Pepperidge Farm
Michael Engel
PwC — Intelligent Process Automation Leader for Emerging Technologies
Aaron Price
CEO & Founder — Propelify & NJ Tech Meetup
Linda Wellbrock
CEO & Founder of Leading Woman Entrepreneurs

Healthcare & Pharma

Dario Mirski, MD
Bayer Pharmaceuticals — SVP, Head, Medical Affairs Americas
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
Suneet Varma
Pfizer Essential Health — Global President
Joe Wilkins
Atlantic Health System — SVP & Chief Transformation Officer


Jami McKeon
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP — Partner, Chair of the Firm

Military Service

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; Principal — Smith & Main

Science & Medicine

Lisa Goddard, PhD
Columbia University — Director & Senior Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Allen Keller, MD
NYU School of Medicine — Associate Professor of Medicine & Director of Center for Health and Human Rights


Bruce Driver
New Jersey Devils Defenseman, Captain, and Stanley Cup Champion
Brent Qvale
New York Jets Offensive Lineman #79

Table is equipped with Audio Directions hearing loops to assist hearing aid wearers.