Great Conversations event is back in-person with 28 incredible Conversationalists

Join Morris Arts for the 14th Anniversary of its Great Conversations gala, from 6 – 9:30PM on Wednesday April 27 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ — co-chaired by Morris Arts’ board members Merle Johnson and Gail and Paul Mandel.

Great Conversations is a unique gala event that gives guests the opportunity to dine and talk with a prominent individual while supporting the arts! Our conversationalists are made up of 28 honored guests who contribute to the diverse character of our community including: artists, top business leaders, world-class performers, entrepreneurs, authors, scientists, culinary stars and more.

Attendees are asked to select their top five conversationalists in advance and will be assigned to sit with one of their choices the night of the event. We invite you to take advantage of this unique evening of exchanging ideas while savoring a delicious meal, refreshing drink, and great conversation.

Mingle with host Conversationalists during the cocktail hour and then dine with such luminaries as a former NYC Ballet Principal Ballerina; a QVC Program Host; a Pastry Chef and Bakery Owner; a Former New Jersey Governor; an HBO, Cartoon Network and PBS Animator; a Chief Scientist at Climate Central or other similarly fascinating and accomplished individuals.

Individual Tickets are now on sale here. Price per ticket is $250.

Our conversationalists include: Dr. Edward Adams, Tanya Silva Alcorn, Susan Shapiro Barash, Adenah Bayoh, Lisa Borromeo Checchio, Santiago Cohen, David Dietze, Kieran Fagan, Joseph Forgione, John Gallucci Jr., Stacey Harcum, Lucy Antek Johnson, Armond Kinsey, Maria Kowroski, Joseph Lee, Andrea Lekberg, Wendy Lund, Sam Maddali, Jim McGreevey, Linda McHugh, Justin Parnell, Alberti Popaj, Matt Rich, Mike Stanzilis, Dr. Benjamin Strauss, Rebecca Wessler, Rev. Dr. Williams, Jr. and Ayo Sanderson Wilson.

Visit for more information about the host conversationalists and to purchase tickets for this special event.

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.

You can find the full list of our 2022 conversationalists below and view their full bios here. Each conversationalist headshot is above in alphabetical order from left to right starting at the top left corner.

Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors: Encore: Hackensack Meridian Health; JMF Properties; MCM Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; NJ Advance Media providing services for & The Star-Ledger Green Room: Delta Dental of New Jersey; Ovation: Finn Partners; Mondelēz International; Quest Diagnostics; Applause: Atlantic Health System; BASF;Delta Dental of New Jersey; Peapack Private Wealth Management; Pfizer; PwC; Valley Bank; Star: Morris County Chamber of Commerce; NK Architects; Riker Danzig; Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman; ShopRite of Greater Morristown; and Sills Cummis & Gross

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to 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, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.