Great Conversations

Great Conversations

Virtual Conversations with Celebrated Hosts

Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

To carry-on our annual tradition of coming together to connect and engage with prominent thought-leaders from our community, Morris Arts is taking Great Conversations virtual. Now you can enjoy a thoughtful exchange of ideas with one of our intriguing conversationalists with just a tap of your fingers on a keyboard from the comfort of your own home.

No need to toss those comfy slippers, just grab your laptop and Zoom shirt, pour your favorite quarantine cocktail, find a comfortable spot on the couch, and participate in Great Conversations From Home.

Also new this year – Great Conversations Silent Auction!  Preview available on October 1, 2020

How the Event will work

This virtual version of Great Conversations will start off with everybody together for the welcome. But then, just like our in-person event, you will split off into a small group, hosted by the Conversationalist of your choice. You will have the chance to have a real conversation with your Conversationalist, personally asking them questions, and meeting others who share your interests. 

How to Choose Your Conversationalist

When you register, please select your top five Conversationalist 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

Wole Coaxum
Founder & CEO of Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi), a fintech company making financial products accessible to historically marginalized communities

Healthcare & Pharma

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


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


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