Terrific Tabletalk at Morris Arts’ unique Great Conversations event

Join Morris Arts for the 11th Anniversary of its fabulous Great Conversations  gala, from 6-9:30pm on May 1, 2019, newly located at the Birchwood Manor, 111 N Jefferson Rd., Whippany, NJ and co-chaired by Morris Arts’ board members Frank Vitolo and Stephen Aluotto..

Discover the many pleasures of live conversation at GREAT CONVERSATIONS, a unique evening of dinner and engaging dialogue with celebrated hosts from the arts, media, tech, sciences, healthcare, public service, sports, industry and more.

Mingle with host Conversationalists during the cocktail hour and then dine with such luminaries as a concert promoter for the likes of Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, a celebrated novelist, an acclaimed visual artist, a visionary architect, the prop designer for Broadway shows and Shakespeare in the Park, an expert in climate adaptation/economic geography, a basketball commentator (and former pro player), or other similarly fascinating and accomplished individuals.

Tickets are now available (and going fast) for this special event.  Attendees can talk with all of the “hosts” at the 6:00pm reception leading to the 7:15pm dinner where guests can converse in more depth with a specific host selected in advance.  

Top Row, L-R: Cary Renner, Allergan – VP Sales, US General Medicine; Jim Spanarkel, TV Basketball Analyst for CBS Sports March Madness; Cecilia McKenny, Quest Diagnostics – SVP & Chief HRO; Jay Duckworth, Props Master Designer & “Proptologist” for Broadway and The Public -Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park
Bottom Row, L-R:  Robin Leichenko, PhD, Professor/Chair, Geography Department and Co-Director of Rutgers Climate Institute; Bruce Moran, Live Nation Entertainment- President, Latin America -concert promoter for U2, Lady Gaga, among others; Dana Peters, Mondelēz International-VP USA Operations, Biscuit & Confectionary; Acclaimed artist Bascove with her husband Michael Avramides, visionary architect.

Each dinner table will feature a host Conversationalist whose unique experiences, life story and achievements will catalyze intriguing conversations.


 Top row L-R: Don Parker, Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic/Behavioral Health Integrative Medicine – President;  Dave Tomasi, Bayer Consumer Health-SVP of Marketing; Jose Lozano, Choose New Jersey – President & CEO; Laurie Albanese, celebrated novelist and author of Stolen Beauty.
Bottom Row, L-R: Michael Hill NJTV News Correspondent; David Hering, Pfizer Vaccines – Regional President, North America; Joseph Jones BASF Corporation – VP; Maria Moats, PwC – US & Mexico Assurance Leader.

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.

Visit www.morrisarts.org to find out more about the host conversationalists and to purchase tickets for this special event.

This very popular event fills up quickly so be sure to buy your tickets early, 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 in education programs, arts programming in the community, grants, scholarships, advocacy, innovative community-building/creative placemaking 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 sponsors: Encore: Allergan; Bayer; Crum & Forster; Hackensack Meridian Health; MCM Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; NJ Advance Media providing services for NJ.com & The Star-Ledger; NJTV; PwC; ROI-NJ;  Green Room: Delta Dental of New Jersey;  Ovation: BASF; Finn Partners; Mondelēz International; Pfizer; Quest Diagnostics; Applause: The Avis Budget Charitable Foundation; Delta Dental of New Jersey; JWeber Creative; MetLife; Morristown Medical Center; Star: JLL; Kings Food Markets; NK Architects; Normandy Real Estate Partners;  Riker Danzig;  Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman.