A little while back I had an idea for a conference and now that conference is a reality.
It's pretty exciting.
As you can see from the list of panelists, workshops, and speakers below, this is going to be an event with an incredibly eclectic mix. I'm really excited to get the chance to put all of these people together and see what can happen.
If you're a reader of this blog, I hope you'll join us.
Until 11pm tonight, there are still early bird tickets on sale while supplies last.
Look forward to seeing you there.
The Connecting Connectors Conference
Hosted by Small Pond Enterprises
What makes someone a Connector? The first--and most obvious--criterion is that Connectors know lots of people. They are the kinds of people who know everyone. All of us know someone like this. But I don't think that we spend a lot of time thinking about the importance of these kinds of people. I'm not even sure that most of us really believe that the kind of person who knows everyone really knows everyone. But they do.
-- Malcom Gladwell's The Tipping Point
This event may be for you if:
- You love making introductions and connecting other people to one another
- You have a very big address book
- You often figure out ways to solve problems by bringing new people into the mix
- You often take the time to introduce yourself on a train or when waiting in other communal areas
- You're curious how to make the most effective use of this gift
How it will work:
The conference will feature panels, talks, and activities that will focus on the following and more throughout the day:
- The best ways to make email introductions
- How to use Twitter and Facebook to widen your reach
- How to best utilize your LinkedIn network
- Hosting dinners and get-togethers
In addition there will be opportunties to speak to one another about best practices, share stories about connecting, and find other connectors who can help you achieve your goals.
UPDATE: 11/27- Schedule of panels and workshops.
Panel 1: Using Tech to Connect- Owners and founders of new technology companies speak about how they have have used technology to cultivate relationships and develop connections. Featuring Ellen Dudley co-founder of PeopleHunt., Christian Pina of United Classrooms, Sam Lundin of Vimbly, andJose De Cabo of Olapic. Moderated by Doug Shapiro of The Savvy Actor
Panel 2: Events for Connecting: Event planners discuss their process for structuring events that maximize the results of connections. They will be discussing best practices and how they got started. Panelists include: Pavan Bahl founder of OS Fashion, Erin Cronican founder of The Actors' Enterprise, Kristal Malookis CEO of Mustard Lane, Jenn Mello of Film Forward, Rachel F. Hirschof Actors' Embassy and moderated by Julian Boxenbaum of LucidNYC
Panel 3: Finding and Funding dreams- Founders and Funders of projects will discuss what helped them connect and the best methods to find financial support for your connecting endeavors. Panelists include: Daniel Frost Hernandez of Opera Hispanica, Manny Sevillano of Music for Tomorrow, Broadway Producer Jennifer Isaacson, and Lucas Nelson of DFJ Gotham. Moderated by Jessica Porter of Porter Contemporary.
Panel 4; Connecting through story- A discussion about the importance of story and how it connects us all featuring story event planners, companies that focus on story, and businesses that live on story. Featuring film producer Allegra Cohen, Joshua Rivedal writer and producer The Gospel according to Josh. David Simnick founder of TalkChalk and Soapbox Soaps and Ben Lillie of Story Collider. Moderated by playwright and connector Drew Larimore
Workshops will include:
Connecting to Jobs- A workshop for job seekers on developing a system for your job search that keeps you from feeling frustrated and at the same time builds your network
Using Linkedin to get the results you want- Joshua Rivedal of The Arts Entrepreneur will review how you can use LinkedIn to grow your network as well as social media.
Connecting and PR- Ciara Pressler of Pressler Collaborative hosts this workshop around marketing and PR and how understanding the tools can make for better and more fruitful connections
Strategies to Realize Your Potential- David Homan of The AICF teaches this hands-on workshop from a non-profit Executive on Strategy, Fundraising, and Achieving your maximum impact from small steps to big goals.
Authenticity in Networking- You have something to say. You have skills and enthusiasm to offer. So, what's stopping you from letting that be known to the room? When you doubt yourself we doubt you, and we can sense your indecision as soon as you walk into the room. It makes us not trust you: What is this person about? Lauren Logiudice will help guide you in making the decision to enter the room with your fullest intentions. This workshop will be interactive, personal, and invasive -- come ready to be real.
More updates to come. Keep checking this page for updates!
Along with a fascination for people-watching, she loves talking to strangers, eating sweets, and giving herself a hard time about not meditating enough.
At Mustard Lane, we do it all so you can have it all. We are the leading one-stop-shop for promotional models, event staff and much more. We pride ourselves on guiding you through every step of the process, from targeting your audience and organizing your campaign to creating unconventional promotions and giveaways. Our charming models and brand ambassadors are drawn from NYC’s diverse pool of talented professionals, and they can make any event come to life. From corporate functions to private parties, from fashion soirees to street team marketing, Mustard Lane offers solutions to all your staffing needs.
Connect. Collaborate. Be social. Toasted Almonds.
Toasted Almonds is a networking community where creative people socialize in a relaxed environment, exchange ideas, and meet others to collaborate with in the future. We are looking to build a community through regular face-to-face events.
Our guests include Musicians, Filmmakers, Artists, Designers, Digital Creatives, Illustrators, Talent Agents, Performers, Animators, Producers, Copywriters, Technologists, Social Media Consultants, Publicists, Strategists, Event Planners, Marketing Professionals, and the list goes on…
Come network with us! You'll be sure to get a few facilitated introductions. If you find one of the organizers, just tell us who you're looking to meet!
Rachel F. Hirsch (Events for connecting panelist) Rachel's biggest dream is to originate roles from the developmental stages all the way through a Broadway run. In this pursuit she has worked with BMI Workshop, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and New York Theatre Barn, and has performed in original works with the National Yiddish Theatre, Arts Power National Touring Company, the Washington National Opera among others. Currently Rachel serves as librettist for a new musical theater project with composer/lyricist Natalie Lovejoy and is very excited to see where this new endeavor takes her! As a voice over performer Rachel specializes in dialects, accents, and character voices, recording for companies like AT&T and The National Museum of American Jewish History. Beyond performing, Rachel has a passion for community building and serving as a resource for her fellow actors. She moved to NY alone and had to navigate the business all on her own. She didn't want other actors to have to go through that lonely experience, so she started blogging about all she had learned. Then, a community was born- Actors' Embassy. You can learn more about Rachel by visiting her website RachelFHirsch.com. Rachel is a proud member of Actors' Equity!
Julian Lion Boxenbaum (Moderator Connecting through Events panel) is an award winning industrial designer and creative strategist. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Kenyon College and a Master of Industrial Design Pratt Institute, receiving honors from both institutions and was named one of the 'Top 40 Designers Under 30', by ID magazine in, 2000 . He lived in Milano for six years working for various Italian design masters before returning to his native New York and launching his design firm, BUZstudios. His work has been published globally and exhibited in notable museums and shows all over the world. His clients have ranged from international brands and large corporations to startups and individuals.
Since 2009, Julian has formed and produced LucidNYC, an inspiring live salons series which exposes NY audiences to emerging and visionary ideas in action. Lucid invites the crowd to traverse social an professional silos with the hope that such ‘cross-pollination’ will yield dynamic ways of thinking and create new relationships which are better suited to identify and solve important problems.
He has taught and lectured at various schools and organizations such as: The M.I.T. Media Lab, The Young Presidents Organization, Domus Academy in Milan, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and Rensseleaer Polytechnic Institute.
Julian is an avid outdoorsman, with a particular interest in extended wilderness canoe tripping and fly-fishing. He has lived in Scotland, Israel, Australia, and Italy, and now lives in New York.
Jessica L. Porter’s (Moderator Finding and Funding Dreams panel) career came full circle six years ago when she launched Porter Contemporary, a gallery dedicated to showcasing emerging and established artists from around the world whose work embodies both skill and risk taking. The mission of Porter Contemporary continues to be based on founder Jessica L. Porter's vision of opening contemporary art collecting to a broader audience.
Porter began her career with a dual degree in Art History and Foreign Languages (French and Japanese), quickly finding herself in the curatorial department of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum. From there, Porter broadened her career by taking an opportunity to use her language background through sales and marketing in the art shipping industry. Porter’s interests only continued to broaden and soon became consumed with the research and investigation of issues surrounding stolen art, primarily during World War II. She then entered law school focusing on art law and intellectual property issues while founding the Entertainment Art and Sports Law organization at the University of Maryland School of Law. After obtaining her Juris Doctor, she moved to New York and began practicing law. During the years of practicing law, Porter realized that her passion still remained in the art industry and continued to be involved in the art market by working in galleries on weekends, assisting friends and colleagues purchase art and volunteering in museums. The seeds for opening an art gallery were soon planted and officially launched in 2006. Currently, in addition to running Porter Contemporary, she runs a consulting business utilizing her art and law background that focuses on assisting foreign galleries navigate the U.S. art market, she teaches courses on the basics of art collecting and is the founder of ArtToGift, an online affordable art venue.
Porter has a resounding commitment to being a leader and resource to other women and is the founder and president of Raandesk Women, a collaborative women’s networking group, a member of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girls Scouts of Greater New York and is an active member and committee leader of ArtTable.
A graduate of Syracuse University with a background in Civil Engineering and Architecture, Manny volunteers as an originator, strategist, and marketing associate for the nonprofit organization, Music For Tomorrow. The organization seeks to stimulate the creative economy by creating opportunities that employ jazz musicians. Manny has worked alongside the organization to connect musicians with entities that desire live jazz music. He has helped originate showcases for musicians and fund raisers for the organization and New Orleans charities. He works to help individuals reach their dreams while providing the necessary support throughout the journey.
Lucas Nelson (Finding and Funding dreams panelist) is an associate at DFJ Gotham in New York where he focuses on seed and A round investing. His current areas of interest are cloud computing, online security, and the SMB market.
Before moving back to New York from the Bay Area, Lucas was a senior manager for product security at Adobe, where he was in charge of the strategy and execution of Adobe’s proactive product security program and its secure development lifecycle.
Previously, Lucas worked for US Venture Partners specializing in computer security and cloud computing services. His activities included due diligence, deal sourcing, and working with EIRs on selected projects. Lucas began his association with USVP as a summer associate where he was part of several deal teams and wrote multiple investment memos, including taking a personally-sourced deal through the entire investment lifecycle.
Prior to Tuck, Lucas worked as a Technical Manager at Symantec, where he and his team broke into computers for a living. While there he wrote a book on application security and was in charge of a global center of excellence. He also received Symantec’s Mindshare Leadership award.
Allegra Cohen (Connecting through story panelist) has worked as a producer in all areas of entertainment: web, television, theater and film. She co-produced Best Comedy Winner at the New York Television Festival, Split the Difference, later bought by NBC. Allegra followed with The Crawl, which was sold to Spike TV and evolved into Spike’s Weekend Pre-Game. She produced the web series, From Down Here, starring Lynn Cohen, and directed by Troy Hall. The series chronicles a little person, Stephen Jutras, looking for love in NYC.Allegra formerly worked as Production Supervisor for Ten/Four Pictures, who most recently produced the feature film, Lucky, directed by Gil Cates Jr., starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, and Ann-Margret.
Allegra's biggest accomplishment to date as a producer recently had its world premiere at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival: PUTZEL, the independent feature film, starring Melanie Lynskey, Jack Carpenter, Susie Essman, and John Pankow. Executive Produced by the award-winning, Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent, The Visitor) and Jonathan Gray (Prod. Counsel on Precious).
Dave Simnick (Connecting through Story panelist) is the co-founder and CEO of SoapBox Soaps. A company where every time they sell one of their health and beauty products, they donate a bar of soap to a child in need, anywhere in the world. SoapBox currently works on 4 of the world’s continents, including domestic operations here in the United States in homeless shelters, abuse centers, and food pantries. Their products are all-natural, handmade here in the US, and sold coast to coast as well as Whole Foods stores.
As an Eagle Scout, Dave’s dream was to found for-profit companies with a social mission at their core. He has worked as a consultant to USAID, the U.S. Army, Michelle Rhee, the U.S. Senate, and was a Teach for America educator in Northern Philadelphia. He founded SoapBox Soaps, a company whose mission is to donate bars of aid soap for every bar sold, in an effort to stop global epidemics in their tracks.
Ben Lillie (Panelist Connecting through Story) is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York’s theater district. He has a B.A. in physics from Reed College, a PhD in theoretical physics from Stanford and a certificate in Improv Comedy from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He now writes and performs stories about science and being a scientist, and is a Moth StorySLAM champion. He is the co-founder and director of The Story Collider, where people are invited to tell stories of their personal experience of science. He is also a Contributing Editor for TED.com, and likes to say that life is different now, largely because it is.
Drew Larimore (moderator connecting through story panel) is a playwright who currently lives in New York. He is thrilled to have OUT OF ASKJA, which has been developed all over the country, to make its world premiere with the Culture Project. His ten-minute play THE QUINTESSENTIAL RAPPORT was a finalist in the 2002 National Ten-Minute Play Competition and in 2006 his full-length TOUCH was awarded an EVVY Award for “Best Dramatic Script.” He has received staged readings through The Blank Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA, The Bridge Theatre Company, City Attic Theatre, Studio 42, The Acting Company & Artistic New Directions. Drew’s short plays have been produced in New York and Australia, both with the Eclectic Theatre Festival in Midtown’s Theatre 54 and the Short & Sweet New Play Festival in Melbourne and Sydney. Drew’s short film, C U @ ED’S, was a finalist at the USA Short Film Competition and has screened in more than twelve festivals throughout the country, winning the “Audience Award” in the DC Shorts Fest. In 2009, Drew was a finalist for The Lark Theatre’s Playwrights Week 2009, a semi-finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship & also a finalist for the 2010 O’Neill Theatre Conference. A former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA’s Playwrights Coalition, he is currently a member of The Writer’s Room, an urban writer’s colony, in NYC. In April of 2012, Drew’s full-length play OUT OF ICELAND made its Off-Broadway premiere at Walker Space produced by Al Kahn and The Culture Project. Drew is represented for playwriting through the Paradigm Agency and Headlong Entertainment in LA for film/TV.
Joshua Rivedal (Linkedin Workshop and Panelist Connecting through story) Currently runs a boutique social media content marketing company under the umbrella of his business coaching and consulting firm, Artful Coaching Resources—serving as a social media strategist, consultant, content editor, ghost blogger, and social media manager.
As a writer, Josh has been published in Personal Branding Magazine as a co-author with Vikram Rajan on an article entitled The Art of Entrepreneurship vs. The Entrepreneurship of Art. In ‘09 he wrote and developed the one-man play, The Gospel According to Josh opening Off-Broadway in September ‘13. In May ‘11 at Baruch College, Josh launched an alternative version of The Gospel According to Josh accompanied by suicide prevention advocacy and education that has since played in twenty U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. Josh has a memoir in development with the title The Gospel According to Josh as well as a non-fiction manifesto The Actor's Bible for actors on how to develop their careers as a business. His new musicalSweet Hour of Prayer opened in New York City for a limited run in November ’12 and is set to tour the United States in Spring ’13. He writes for the blogs The Arts Entrepreneur and The BLOGospel According to Josh.
As an actor, Josh has appeared on stages from New York, to Chicago, to Orlando, to Honolulu. His voice has been heard in numerous national TV commercial campaigns. Favorite roles include Richard Loeb in Stephen Dolginoff’s Thrill Me, and the voice of Hippo in Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales.
Josh has served as producer, co-producer, or investor on several New York City theatrical productions including Broadway’sThe Scottsboro Boys and an off-Broadway run of Hot Cripple, which was subsequently turned into a memoir published by the Penguin Group in the Spring of 2012.
Josh volunteers for the Trevor Project and serves on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Ciara Pressler (Workshop Connecting and PR) is a marketing consultant based in NYC. Her passion is helping people clarify their professional vision and create an actionable plan to get from here to there. Her firm Pressler Collaborative works with businesses to perfect their marketing, from strategy to daily execution. Their clients are in the arts, entertainment, real estate, tech, fitness, fashion, film, and beyond.Before starting PC, Ciara was National Marketing Director for Gen Art, an organization dedicated to supporting emerging artists in fashion, film, art, and music. She started her marketing career as Director of Marketing at Capes Coaching, an entertainment industry career coaching firm.Before marketing, she was an actor – that career transition was the inspiration for her first book, Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers, on sale November 2012.
David Homan (Fundraising workshop) is the Executive Director of the American-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). Founded in 1939, AICF has supported over 15,000 artists and over 600 institutions in Israel. Since 2006, under David’s tenure, AICF has raised more than $17 million to support the artists in Israel, and funded dozens of innovative programs and thousands of young artists. The fourth generation of Executive leadership at AICF, David is responsible for leading the turnaround of an amazing and venerable organization that is vital to Israel’s cultural life into a new, and thriving arts organization despite massive losses due to Madoff and the current recession.
As a classical composer, David Homan’s music has been performed in the US, Europe, Israel,and in New York at Carnegie Hall/Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, CAMI Hall, the Thalia at SymphonySpace as well as major dance venues such as DTW, Joyce Soho, the Di Capo Opera Theatre,and the Joyce. Major groups such as the Di Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado String Quartet, and the American Symphony Orchestra have performed his works, as well as dance commissions with former ABT and Joffrey Ballet dancers, Randy James, and choreographers around the US. He released a hybrid classical rock album under his own label, Homanmusic, on Naxos.
Lauren Logiudice (Authentic Networking workshop) When Lauren was twelve she earned the nickname "the mayor" -- for her tendency to know someone everywhere she went -- and has been working ever since to develop best practices in fostering relationships. Her networking has been the key to her career as a writer and actor. In addition to performing internationally on stage and screen, Lauren's work has been featured by The New York Times, Backstage, BBC, NY1, Courier Sun, America Oggi, Queens Courier, and Roma C’e. www.laurenlogiudice.com