Featured Speakers

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John Adams



avatar for Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Jewish Community Relations Council
Former Executive Director
avatar for Jamie Andrews

Jamie Andrews

Minnesota Opera
Chief Learning Officer
avatar for Alexa B. Antopol

Alexa B. Antopol

Fisher Dachs Associates
Chief Intelligence Officer
avatar for Ana De Archuleta

Ana De Archuleta

ADA Artist Management
President & CEO
avatar for Kira Hudson Banks

Kira Hudson Banks

Saint Louis University
Associate Professor of Psychology
avatar for Jecca Barry

Jecca Barry

Beth Morrison Projects
Executive Director
avatar for Roberto Bedoya

Roberto Bedoya

City of Oakland
Cultural Affairs Manager (and Minister of Belonging on USDAC Cabinet)
avatar for Camtrice Bexten

Camtrice Bexten

Opera Omaha
Community Opera Fellowship Coordinator
avatar for Anne-Carolyn Bird

Anne-Carolyn Bird

Washington National Opera
Executive & Artistic Assistant
avatar for Joshua Borths

Joshua Borths

Arizona Opera Company
Director of Education and Community Engagement
avatar for Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Director of Community Programs
avatar for Maria Bradford, CFRE, MA, MBA

Maria Bradford, CFRE, MA, MBA

St. Louis Community Foundation
Director of Community Engagement
avatar for Stacy Brightman

Stacy Brightman

LA Opera
Vice President, Education and Community Engagement
avatar for Matt Brogan

Matt Brogan

Fisher Dachs Associates

Clare Burovac

Portland Opera
Director of Artistic Operations
avatar for Annie Burridge

Annie Burridge

Austin Opera
General Director & CEO
avatar for George Cederquist

George Cederquist

Chicago Fringe Opera
Artistic Director
avatar for Linden Christ

Linden Christ

Chicago Opera Theater
Director of Education
avatar for Douglas Clayton

Douglas Clayton

Chicago Opera Theater
General Director
avatar for Cheryl Coons

Cheryl Coons

Storycatchers Theatre
Program Manager
avatar for Dan Cooperman

Dan Cooperman

OPERA America
Director of Development and Membership
avatar for Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman

Digital Marketing Manager
avatar for Adrienne D. Davis

Adrienne D. Davis

Washington University in St. Louis
Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor
avatar for Nathan DePoint

Nathan DePoint

Austin Opera
Director of Artistic Operations
avatar for Larry Desrochers

Larry Desrochers

Manitoba Opera
General Director & CEO
avatar for David  Devan

David Devan

Opera Philadelphia
General Director and President
avatar for Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Performing Arts and Opera Consultant

Molly Dill

Houston Grand Opera
Producing Director
avatar for Susan Dixon

Susan Dixon

avatar for Peggy Kriha Dye

Peggy Kriha Dye

Opera Columbus
General and Artistic Director
avatar for Eric Einhorn

Eric Einhorn

On Site Opera
General & Artistic Director
avatar for Laura Lee Everett

Laura Lee Everett

OPERA America
Chief Programs Officer
avatar for Lelia Farr

Lelia Farr

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
avatar for Allison Felter

Allison Felter

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Director of Education & Community Engagement
avatar for Nicole Ambos Freber

Nicole Ambos Freber

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Director of Development

Hans Fredrickson

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Technical Director

Julia Gallagher

Minnesota Opera
Assistant Production Director
avatar for Sarah Gamblin-Luig

Sarah Gamblin-Luig

City of St. Louis Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) a division of the Department of Public Safety
Deputy Commissioner
avatar for Joe Gfaller

Joe Gfaller

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
avatar for Claire Gohorel

Claire Gohorel

OPERA America
Grantmaking Manager
avatar for Christy Gray

Christy Gray

Whitaker Foundation
Executive Director
avatar for Christian De Gré

Christian De Gré

OPERA America
Director, Opera Center
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

OPERA America
Director of Government Affairs
avatar for Scott Guzielek

Scott Guzielek

Palm Beach Opera
Director of Artistic Operations
avatar for Christopher Hahn

Christopher Hahn

Pittsburgh Opera
General Director
avatar for Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Opera Memphis
Director of Development
avatar for Rebecca Hass

Rebecca Hass

Pacific Opera Victoria
Director of Community Engagement
avatar for Gina Hays

Gina Hays

OPERA America
Senior Artistic Programs Manager
avatar for Evan Hazell

Evan Hazell

Pacific Opera Victoria
avatar for Julie Grady Heard

Julie Grady Heard

Cincinnati Opera
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inlcusion
avatar for Todd Hensley

Todd Hensley

Schuler Shook
avatar for Paige Hernandez

Paige Hernandez

Breaking Glass Podcast
avatar for Cheryl Hickman

Cheryl Hickman

Opera on the Avalon
General and Artistic Director
avatar for Gina Hoagland

Gina Hoagland

Collaborative Strategies, Inc.
Chairman & Principal
avatar for Jenny Hoelzer

Jenny Hoelzer

William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank
Vice President, Manager of Community Relations & Special Events,...
avatar for Ashley Holmes, MSW

Ashley Holmes, MSW

The Rome Group
Senior Consultant
avatar for Stuart Holt

Stuart Holt

Metropolitan Opera Guild
Director of School Programs & Community Engagement
avatar for Kurt Howard

Kurt Howard

OPERA America
Director of Programs and Services
avatar for Ellen Howe

Ellen Howe

The Rome Group
Managing Director
avatar for Brenda Huggins

Brenda Huggins

OPERA America
Learning and Leadership Manager
avatar for Steven Humes

Steven Humes

Opera Philadelphia
Education Manager
avatar for Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chief Development Officer
avatar for Michelle Insco

Michelle Insco

Monsanto Fund
Program Officer, US Programs
avatar for Kayhan Irani

Kayhan Irani

avatar for Sunil Iyengar

Sunil Iyengar

National Endowment for the Arts
Director, Office of Research and Analysis
avatar for Stefanie Izzo

Stefanie Izzo

Metropolitan Opera Guild
Access Opera Manager
avatar for Gayle P.W. Jackson

Gayle P.W. Jackson

Energy Global, Inc.
President & CEO

Cerise Jacobs

White Snake Projects
Creator & Librettist, President
avatar for Patricia Kiernan Johnson

Patricia Kiernan Johnson

OPERA America
Director of Marketing and Communications
avatar for Andrew Jorgensen

Andrew Jorgensen

Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director...
avatar for Laura Kaminsky

Laura Kaminsky


Liz Kellogg

The Santa Fe Opera
Human Resource Director
avatar for Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

avatar for Mark  Edward Kent

Mark Edward Kent

The Biome Foundation
avatar for Rebecca Kirk

Rebecca Kirk

Boston Lyric Opera
Manager of Education Programs
avatar for Elizabeth Knysak, CPA

Elizabeth Knysak, CPA

Managing Director
avatar for Diana Konopka

Diana Konopka

Minnesota Opera
Institutional Gifts Director
avatar for Kim Kowalke

Kim Kowalke

Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
President and CEO
avatar for Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer

Artistic Director
avatar for Ben Krywosz

Ben Krywosz

Nautilus Music-Theater
Artistic Director
avatar for Anna Labykina

Anna Labykina

Boston Lyric Opera
Production & Technical Director
avatar for Anh Le

Anh Le

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Assistant Director of Marketing
avatar for Marsha LeBoeuf

Marsha LeBoeuf

Washington National Opera
Costume Director
avatar for Sally S. Levy

Sally S. Levy

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Board Member
avatar for David Lomeli

David Lomeli

The Dallas Opera
Casting Manager & Hart Institute for Women Conduct
avatar for Brian Luedloff

Brian Luedloff

Opera Fort Collins
Artistic Director
avatar for Sarah Lutman

Sarah Lutman

8 Bridges Workshop
avatar for Tony Macaluso

Tony Macaluso

WFMT Radio Network
Director of Syndication
avatar for Susan Malott

Susan Malott

San Francisco Opera
Managing Director
avatar for Jeremiah  Marks

Jeremiah Marks

Opera Philadelphia
Chief Financial Officer
avatar for John Mauceri

John Mauceri

avatar for Heather McDougall

Heather McDougall

WFMT Radio Network
Project Manager
avatar for Robert McNichols, Jr., DMA

Robert McNichols, Jr., DMA

Harris-Stowe State University
Associate Professor of Music
avatar for Lauren Medici

Lauren Medici

Opera Omaha
Director of Engagement Programs
avatar for Phil Melcher, CPP, CAS

Phil Melcher, CPP, CAS

St. Louis Cardinals, LLC
Director of Security
avatar for Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

San Francisco Opera
Director of Development
avatar for Alicia Moriarty

Alicia Moriarty

Seattle Opera
Production Operations Manager

Kamaria Morris

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Public Relations Manager
avatar for Zizi Mueller

Zizi Mueller

Boosey & Hawkes
Creative Consultant
avatar for Tim Mulhall

Tim Mulhall

Saint Louis Science Center
Manager of Youth Development
avatar for Michelle Myers

Michelle Myers

Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Associate Director for Strategy and Organizational Development
avatar for Cecilia Nadal

Cecilia Nadal

Gitana Productions
Executive Director
avatar for Brandon Neal

Brandon Neal

The Santa Fe Opera
Administrative Coordinator, Education & Community Programs
avatar for Noémi Neidorff

Noémi Neidorff

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Chairman, Board of Directors
avatar for Esther Nelson

Esther Nelson

Boston Lyric Opera
General & Artistic Director
avatar for Ruth Nott

Ruth Nott

San Francisco Opera
Director of Education
avatar for Timothy O'Leary

Timothy O'Leary

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
General Director

Ruth Orth

Pensacola Opera
avatar for Sgt. Sally Panzer

Sgt. Sally Panzer

St. Louis Metro Police Department
CIT & Officer Wellness Program Coordinator/Crisis Negotiation
avatar for Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson

Senior Account Executive
avatar for Rachel J. Peters

Rachel J. Peters

avatar for Robin Glosemeyer Petrone

Robin Glosemeyer Petrone

Threshold Acoustics

Scott Pfeiffer

Threshold Acoustics
avatar for Jane Pigott

Jane Pigott

Lyric Opera of Chicago
avatar for Christopher Powell

Christopher Powell

The Glimmerglass Festival
Director of Artistic Initiatives
avatar for Melanie Powell-Robinson

Melanie Powell-Robinson

Diversity Awareness Partnership
Executive Director
avatar for Tim Powers

Tim Powers

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
Director of Sales and Marketing
avatar for Katie Preissner

Katie Preissner

Opera Colorado
Director of Production
avatar for Karen Quisenberry

Karen Quisenberry

Minnesota Opera
Production Director
avatar for Michelle Ramos

Michelle Ramos

Executive Director
avatar for Margie J. Reese

Margie J. Reese

Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture
Executive Director
avatar for Dr. Pamela Retzlaff

Dr. Pamela Retzlaff

The BiOME STEAM School
avatar for Nathan Rifenburg

Nathan Rifenburg

LA Opera
Education Manager
avatar for Christina Rios

Christina Rios

R-S Theatrics
Artistic Director
avatar for Gregory Robertson

Gregory Robertson

Houston Grand Opera
Chief Advancement Officer
avatar for Huang Ruo

Huang Ruo

avatar for Richard Russell

Richard Russell

Sarasota Opera
Executive Director
avatar for Ian Rye

Ian Rye

Pacific Opera Victoria
avatar for Mitra Sadeghpour

Mitra Sadeghpour

University of Northern Iowa
Director of Opera
avatar for Linda Schulte

Linda Schulte

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Director of Development
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

avatar for Jeri Sedlar

Jeri Sedlar

OPERA America Board of Overseers
avatar for Jerome Shannon

Jerome Shannon

Pensacola Opera
Executive Director, Music Director, Principal Conductor
avatar for Felicia Shaw

Felicia Shaw

Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Executive Director
avatar for Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Madison Opera
General Director

Carlotta Soares

Arizona Opera Company
Director of Marketing, Communications, and PR
avatar for Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon

Austin Opera
Director of Audience Experience
avatar for Tiffany Soricelli

Tiffany Soricelli

Northwestern Mutual
Financial Advisor
avatar for Gill Sotu

Gill Sotu

The Old Globe Theatre Company
Teaching Artist
avatar for Joseph Specter

Joseph Specter

Arizona Opera Company
President and General Director
avatar for Keturah Stickann

Keturah Stickann

Stage Director
avatar for Viswa Subbaraman

Viswa Subbaraman

Opera Conductor
avatar for Rhonda Sweeney

Rhonda Sweeney

Opera Volunteers International
Past President/Nominating Chair

Robert Tancer

Arizona Opera Company
Development Committee/Immediate Past Board Chair
avatar for Tazewell Thompson

Tazewell Thompson

Glimmerglass Festival
Librettist and Director, BLUE

Chris Thoren

Chicago Opera Theater
Marketing Manager

John Toia

Opera Philadelphia
Director of Production
avatar for Sneja Tomassian

Sneja Tomassian

Chief Advancement Officer
avatar for Dona D. Vaughn

Dona D. Vaughn

Opera Maine & Manhattan School of Music
Artistic Director

Bradley Vernatter

Opera Omaha
Director of Operations
avatar for David Walker

David Walker

Palm Beach Opera
Managing Director
avatar for Ashley Renée Watkins

Ashley Renée Watkins

Lincoln Center Education
Teaching Artist
avatar for Sean Waugh

Sean Waugh

San Francisco Opera
Artistic Planning Manager
avatar for Roger Weitz

Roger Weitz

Opera Omaha
General Director
avatar for Chaz'men Williams-Ali

Chaz'men Williams-Ali

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Gerdine Young Artist
avatar for Tracy L. Wilson

Tracy L. Wilson

Cincinnati Opera
Director of Community Relations
avatar for Keith Wolfe

Keith Wolfe

Opera Birmingham
General Director
avatar for James Wright

James Wright

For-Profit Organization
Field Consultant
avatar for Tom  Wright

Tom Wright

Vancouver Opera
Director of Artistic Planning
avatar for Christine Yoon

Christine Yoon

The Wallace Foundation
Senior Program Officer