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Speaker Series

MSLCE Speaker Series

Each month we bring in top creative industry professionals from across the country to meet students, discuss changes occurring in the industry, and provide guidance for students looking to enter the sector. All events are free + open to the public.


Thursday, October 17th
Lauren Moffat, SVP of Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television
Aaron Kaplan, Owner/Manager Kaplan Perrone Entertainment
McCormick Foundation Center Forum
1870 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

5:30-6:45pm with reception to follow
RSVP here


We have video clips from all our events! Visit our YouTube page to see them all.
The Northwestern community can view full-length speaker series videos via Panopto.

Speaker Series 2018-2019 Archive

April 18th, 2019
Charles Adler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter
Moderated by: Jennifer Kim-Matsuzawa

May 9th, 2019
Xiaoming Zhang, international art market expert and founder of W. Ming International Ltd.
Moderated by: Larissa Buchholz

February 21st, 2019
Brian + Jan Hieggelke, Founders of Newcity and the Chicago Film Project
Moderated by: AJ Christian

January 17th, 2019
Gigi Pritzker, Founder/CEO of MWM (Madison Wells Media)
Moderated by: Gregg Latterman

November 14, 2018
Jane Chu, PBS Arts Adviser and former NEA Chairperson under the Obama administration
Moderated by: Jennifer Novak-Leonard

October 18, 2018
Greenlight: Idea to Script to Screen
Dan Farah, Producer, Ready Player One
Janet Yang, Producer, The Joy Luck Club
Sam Bailey, Director/Producer Brown Girls, You’re So Talented
Moderated by: Laverne McKinnon

Speaker Series 2017-2018 Archive

October 5, 2017
Rob Luchow, Vice President, Drama Development, CBS TV Studio

November 2, 2017
Angelique Power, President, Field Foundation

November 30, 2017
Greg Cameron, Executive Director, Joffrey Ballet

January 11, 2018
Deana Haggag, President + CEO, United States Artists

February 1, 2018
Criss Henderson, Executive Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

March 12, 2018
Adam Tucker, President, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising New York

April 5, 2018
Jake Trussell, Creative Director, World Business Chicago
5:15PM, McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive
Reception to follow

Click here to register!

May 21, 2018
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society
5:30PM, McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive
Reception to follow

This event is co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Click here to register!

Speaker Series 2016-2017 Archive

Sachs HeadshotOctober 6, 2016
Adam Sachs, Former CEO of Midroll Media
Co-presented with the School of Communication MA in Sound Arts and Industries program.

whisnant-headshot-smNovember 3, 2016
Brigette Whisnant, Executive Producer, Havas Worldwide Chicago

chris-meadorDecember 1, 2016
Chris Meador, Global Business Brand Strategy Lead at Facebook

January 12, 2017
Erica Daniels, Managing Director, Victory Gardens Theater

February 2, 2017
Jeffrey Jacobs, Co-Head of Television, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

March 2, 2017
Glendon Palmer, Senior Vice President, Development & Production, IM Global

April 6, 2017
Mary Sherman, Director, TransCultural Exchange

May 4, 2017
Andy Bohn, Co-Founder + Partner, The Film Arcade

Speaker Series 2015-2016 Archive

October 1, 2015
Mara Webster, Panels + Programs Manager, Tribeca Film Festival

November 5, 2015
Len Kasper, TV Play-by-play Announcer, Chicago Cubs

December 3, 2015
Erica Labovitz, Indiegogo

January 7, 2016
Jane Gottlieb, VP/Executive Producer, CBS Marketing Group

February 4, 2016
Harry Gottlieb, Founder, Jellyvision

March 3, 2016
Christine Dudley, Deputy Director, Illinois Film Office

April 7, 2016
Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Dan Danzig, Private Consultant + Member, The Museum Group

May 5, 2016
Mark Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse

Speaker Series 2014-2015 Archive

October 1, 2014
Stacey Schulman, EVP of Strategy + Analytics, Katz Media Group

November 5, 2014
Kevin Crotty, Partner + Board Member, ICM Partners

December 3, 2014
Matthew Schwartz, Adult Swim

January 7, 2015
Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Steppenwolf Theatre

February 4, 2015
Sheetal Prajapati, Assistant Director of Learning + Artists Initiatives, MoMA

March 4, 2015
Mike Knobloch, President of Film Music + Publishing, Universal Pictures

April 8, 2015
Marie Davidheiser, SVP + Director of Operations, Jack Morton Worldwide

May 7, 2015
Jake Nickell, Founder + CEO, Threadless