Category: Guest Speakers

Ogilvy & Mather Advertising President to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob NelsonLong before Adam Tucker became the president of one of the most renowned brands in the advertising and marketing world, he was a Northwestern liberal arts undergraduate, majoring in Political Science, struggling to maintain his interest – and his GPA – in his coursework.“By the time I had gotten through my sophomore year,

Block Museum Director Lisa Corrin Discusses Creativity with MSLCE Students

By Poorvi Nair“Do it deeper consistently: make the experience so meaningful it doesn’t matter about numbers. It’s about impact on a very finite group.”In an inspirational and engaging talk, Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s new Ellen Philips Katz director, shared with MSLCE students key insights about what it takes to be a successful CEO in

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Executive Director Criss Henderson Encourages MSLCE Students to Collaborate, Innovate During Speaker Series Event

By Jacob Nelson On Feb. 1, Criss Henderson acknowledged a unique quirk of his professional career to an audience of MSLCE students and other members of the Northwestern community: “I have one of the greatest jobs in American theater, but I have one of worst resumes.”By “worst” Henderson really means “shortest.” That’s because he’s held the

Claire Rice Encourages Students to Stand Up for Creativity

By Tate GloverWhat comes to mind when you think about the word advocacy? This is the challenge that Claire Rice, Executive Director of Arts Alliance Illinois, opened with during her visit to MSLCE’s Arts, Public Purpose, and Policy class this past Tuesday. Founded in 1982 to defend public funding for the arts, Arts Alliance Illinois

USA President and CEO Talks Supporting Artists During MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob NelsonDeana Haggag is the president and CEO of United States Artists (USA), a fundraising organization that grants fellowships to artists in different fields and from different backgrounds across the country. (USA recently announced its 2018 awards.)During Thursday night’s first Speaker Series event of 2018, Haggag described the origins of USA. The nonprofit began

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Executive Director Criss Henderson to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob NelsonCriss Henderson has held only one “real” job throughout his adult artistic career – as Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s executive director. After nearly three decades, he still finds both of these facts surprising.“At 25, Shakespeare was the last theatrical genre I saw myself hitching my wagon to,” Henderson said during a recent interview. “I

United States Artists President and CEO Deana Haggag to Speak at Next MSLCE Speaker Series Event

By Jacob NelsonDeana Haggag joined United States Artists (USA), a Chicago-based nonprofit that funds American artists across a variety of disciplines, so she could learn more about “how artists come to exist in this country.”Before becoming the organization’s president and CEO, Haggag worked as the executive director for Baltimore’s The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting

Greg Cameron Discusses Turning Around the Joffrey Ballet During MSLCE Speaker Series

By Jacob NelsonWhat makes an arts organization successful? According to Joffrey Ballet Executive Director Greg Cameron, an organization’s success depends on three points: leaning towards the mission, developing an aligned team, and creating collaborations with external partners.“The minute the mission of the organization becomes compromised in anyway is when trouble creeps in,” Cameron said during

Disney Director John Musker Talks Making ‘Moana’ and Skyping with Lin-Manuel Miranda During Northwestern Event

By Nick RomanMoana, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Aladdin, and The Fox and the Hound: what do all of these have in common? Sure, they are favorites among Disney fans of all ages. However, they also demonstrate the creative genius of John Musker, who recently spoke at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. School of Communication students got to listen to the