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Speaker Series

MSLCE Speaker Series

We introduce you to 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, October 21
MSLCE Alumni Panel

Hayley Bullock ’16, Digital Transformation Consultant, Accenture Interactive
Haley Baker ’18, Media Relations Coordinator, FX Networks
Kayla DeSouza, Individual Giving Manager, The People’s Music School
12:00 – 1:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MJE1Tax3QyWRHXGbj7lFrg

Thursday, October 22
Lisa Trifone

Founder + Principal
Bright Iris Film Co
4:00 – 5:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mQfW4P5zTJ2pgwatiU95FQ

Monday, October 26
Pepe Vargas

Founder + Executive Director
International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
4:00 – 5:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VCuToH1QToynLvFUIQuplg

Co-sponsored by the Latina + Latino Studies and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies programs

Thursday, October 29
Gabe Brotman (SoC ’12)

Chief Operating Officer
PRIOR
4:00 – 5:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CYkGbVS2SK6UxPWRcX0c_g

Thursday, November 5
Jay Frances

VP – Current Series, Diversity + Inclusion
Disney Television Animation
4:00 – 5:00pm CST
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t2S4MouJRVqyiWE0o37EAQ

Monday,  November 9
Faiz Razi

Educator, Composer + Designer
4:00 – 5:00pm CST
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z4m3HCpWT1Gx2Jz5nvKcRg

Thursday, November 12
Mara Webster

Co-Founder, Head of Programming
In Creative Company
4:00 – 5:00pm CST
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O0Ae3qTiQNCWKSZzBXbW_Q

Thursday, November 19
Mike Knobloch

President, Global Film Music and Publishing
Universal Pictures
4:00 – 5:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_krGdLhUNS9-bToWHeaEOrA

Co-sponsored by the MA in Sound Arts and Industries program

PAST EVENTS

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 2020-2021 Archive

Monday, October 12
Jeanne Sparrow

Emmy-winning television host, reporter and radio personality
4:00 – 5:00pm CDT
Register: https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gHC15OvZQeKDfJanl0VKbw

Speaker Series 2019-2020 Archive

Speaker Series 2018-2019 Archive

Thursday, January 16th
Erica Daniels, Executive Director of Victory Gardens Theater
Al Heartley, Managing Director of the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
5:30pm-6:45pm


Thursday, October 17th
Lauren Moffat, SVP of Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television
Aaron Kaplan, Owner/Manager Kaplan Perrone Entertainment
Moderated by: Laverne McKinnon

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.

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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