Great Conversations

With everyone’s health and safety as our highest priority during these challenging times due to COVID-19, we are postponing
Great Conversations, originally scheduled for April 29,
to October 8, 2020.

Great Conversations

Reception, Dinner, and Conversation with Celebrated Hosts

Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:00 pm Reception   •   7:15 pm Dinner
Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ
Stay tuned for information on when tickets will go on sale.

When you register, select your top five Conversationalist choices. We will assign you to sit with one of these choices. Seating assignments are first come, first serve. This popular event fills up quickly, so be sure to purchase your tickets early.

Arts, Music & Media

Gabriel van Aalst
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra – President & CEO
Myriam Alvarez
Author and journalist, with a focus on politics and women’s issues; United Nations former foreign correspondent
Sunil Garg
3D Experiential Visual Light Artist; avant-garde jazz musician
Anjalee Khemlani
Yahoo Finance – Award-winning international journalist with a focus on business, markets, and healthcare
Becca Meis
Set Decorator for high-profile television programs and movies including The Blacklist, The Wolf of Wall Street,
Julie & Julia
Raven Santana
NJTV News – Award-winning correspondent

Business & Finance

Tom Bredahl
Crum & Forster – President & Chief Underwriting Officer, Surplus & Specialty Division; ran with the bulls in Spain, hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, scaled sand dunes in Africa
Kevin Cummings
Investors Bank – Chairman & CEO; Middlebury College’s all-time leading basketball scorer upon graduation
Bhushan Sethi
PwC – Joint Global Leader, People & Organization; focuses on the workforce of the future, the future of work, and “future proofing” organizations
 

Communications & Corporate Affairs

Peter Finn
Founding Partner & CEO of Finn Partners, a global PR and Marketing firm; Chairman, Catskill Mountain Foundation, a multi-arts organization
Kathryn Metcalfe
Bristol-Myers Squibb – EVP, Corporate Affairs; built a park in her hometown of Boise, ID
Srikant Ramaswami
GSK – Head, U.S. Pharmaceuticals Communications
 

Culinary Arts & Food Science

Ariane Duarte
Chef & Owner of Ariane Kitchen and Bar in Verona; celebrity appearances include Top Chef Season 5, The Today Show, Iron Chef and Beat Bobby Flay
Paula Elejalde
Mondelēz International – Head of R&D, North America Biscuits; two-time NJ State sprint distance triathlon champion

Economic Development

Meghan Hunscher
Morris County Chamber of Commerce & Morris County Economic Development Corp. – President & CEO
 

Entrepreneurs & Tech

Oshoke Pamela Abalu
Co-founder of Love & Magic, a tech-forward, inclusive-innovative consultancy; Chief Architect for MetLife’s
$1 Billion workplace design
and
Chinedu Echeruo
Co-founder of Love & Magic; serial entrepreneur who founded travel app HopStop, acquired by Apple
Wole Coaxum
Founder & CEO of Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi), a fintech company making financial products accessible to historically marginalized communities

Healthcare & Pharma

Ian Marks
Global Healthcare Innovation Leader with senior roles at GSK Consumer Health and Novartis; black belt in martial arts
Tom Moriarty
CVS Health – EVP, Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer, General Counsel; met last seven presidents
Karin Ann Payne
Bayer – VP, Quality, North America; sponsor of Bayer’s resource group, GROW, advocating for women’s advancement
Gabrielle Wolfson
Quest Diagnostics – SVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer; avid technologist, mystery reader, and
tennis fan

Law

Kelly Strange Crawford
Riker Danzig – Co-Chair & Partner, Head of Products Liability & Mass Tort Practice Group; top woman leader among NJ’s ten biggest law firms; pro bono lawyer for man on death row in Alabama for 10 years
 

Real Estate & Economic Development

Ross Chomik
Vision Real Estate Partners – Managing Partner; developed over 8 million sq. feet and $1 Billion in properties including Bayer Healthcare, MetLife, and Barclays
Roger Smith
Gensler – Design Director; architect with 30 years of experience from master planning and mixed-use developments to corporate interiors, museums, and hotels
Mark Wilsmann
MetLife Investment Management – Managing Director, Real Estate Investments
 

Science & Medicine

Anthony Broccoli, Ph.D.
Rutgers Climate Institute – Co-Director; Professor & Chair – Department of Environmental Sciences; outdoor enthusiast
David Perlin, Ph.D.
Hackensack Meridian Health – Chief Scientific Officer & SVP, Center for Discovery and Innovation; led national program studying deadly diseases including pandemic flu
Walter Rosenfeld, M.D.
Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center – Chair of Pediatrics; Atlantic Health System – Medical Director of Children’s Health; Rutgers NJ Medical School – Professor of Pediatrics
 

Sports

Neil Glat
New York Jets – Former President; NFL – Former Senior Executive; attended last 22 Super Bowls and visited all 50 states
Tim McCarthy
ESPN Radio – SVP & General Manager; acquired broadcast rights to many of New York’s favorite teams including the New York Jets, Knicks, and Rangers