14th Annual Great Conversations Gala

Thank you to those who joined us and supported Morris Arts at our 14th Annual Great Conversations event on April 27, 2022. We loved being back in-person with everyone and felt wonderful energy in the room that was truly filled with great conversations! 

Below you will find a link to our Digital Program, Morris Arts video that premiered at the event and some photos from the event. 

Mark your calendar for next year’s event on April 26, 2023 where we are sure to have even more wonderful honored guests, networking and great conversations. 

If you have any questions or comments or want to recommend a conversationalist for next year’s event, please feel free to contact Director of Development, Gina Moran.

Here’s our video that we premiered at the event: 

 

2022 Great Conversationalists

This year’s conversationalists are drawn from the following fields: Arts, Music & Entertainment; Authors & Media; Banking & Finance; Climate & Science; Communications; Culinary Arts & Food; Entrepreneurs; Healthcare & Pharma; Real Estate; Social Impact and Government Relations; Sports & Fitness; and Travel 

VIEW FULL CONVERSATIONALIST BY CLICKING THEIR NAMES BELOW.

ARTS, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Santiago Cohen
Cartoonist, illustrator, fine artist and children’s book author
Stacey Harcum
Soul and jazz musician, recording artist and music educator
Maria Kowroski
Acting Artistic Director of the New Jersey Ballet Company; former Principal Ballerina with the NYC Ballet
Alberti Popaj
QVC Program Host specializing in beauty, fashion, décor and entertaining
   

AUTHOR & MEDIA

Edward Adams, Psy.D.
Psychologist with expertise in the challenges facing men; author of Reinventing Masculinity
Joseph Lee
NJ PBS – General Manager; experienced public media leader and pioneer in community engagement
   

BANKING & FINANCE

David Dietze
Peapack Private Wealth Management – Managing Principal, Senior Portfolio Strategist
Matt Rich
PwC – Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Cloud & Digital Services Leader

CLIMATE & SCIENCE

Benjamin Strauss, Ph.D
Climate Central – CEO and Chief Scientist; expert on sea level rise
 

COMMUNICATIONS

Kieran Fagan
CVS Health – VP, Communications; responsible for the CVS’ content strategy & digital media
Wendy Lund
Chief Communications Officer at Organon; 30+ years experience as advisor and advocate for women’s health

CULINARY ARTS & FOOD

Andrea Lekberg
Founder, owner and pastry chef at The Artist Baker; visual artist
Justin Parnell
Mondelēz International – VP, U.S. Marketing & Strategy; previously led U.S. Oreo cookie business

ENTREPRENEURS

Adenah Bayoh
Restaurant & Real Estate Developer; IHOP multi-franchise owner; co- founder of Cornbread, soul food restaurant; founder of Urban Vegan
Sam Maddali
United Pharmacy Network – CEO; Real Estate Developer; Pharmacist

HEALTHCARE & PHARMA

Tanya Silva Alcorn
Pfizer – VP, BioPharma Global Supply Chain
Armond Kinsey
Atlantic Health System – VP & Chief Diversity Officer
Linda McHugh
Hackensack Meridian Health – EVP, Chief Experience & People Officer
Rebecca Wessler
Quest Diagnostics – Executive Director of National Patient Services

REAL ESTATE

Joseph Forgione
Founder & Principal of JMF Properties
 

SOCIAL IMPACT & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Jim McGreevey
Former Governor of New Jersey; Chairman of New Jersey ReEntry Corporation
Mike Stanzilis
Morris County Chamber of Commerce – VP, Membership & Government Affairs; Mayor, Mt. Arlington
Rev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr.
CEO of Crossing Capital Group; Independent Board Director for Valley Bank; Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Morristown
Ayo Sanderson Wilson
Founder, CEO & President of Empower The Village

SPORTS & FITNESS

John Gallucci Jr.
CEO of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy; Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer; sports medicine consultant for NHL, NFL, NBA & MLB.
 

TRAVEL

Lisa Borromeo Checchio
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – EVP & Chief Marketing Officer