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Claudia Encinas

Claudia Encinas

Viola Performance, Valdosta State University

Experience: Working with the Heifetz Institute

Areas of Interest: Music, Fine arts, Performing arts, Video/digital media, Arts/music festivals, Nonprofit work, Entrepreneurship, PR/Marketing

Ideal Job in 10 Years: Executive Director of an orchestra or President of a music institution.

What led you to enroll in the MSLCE program at Northwestern? I want to become a better leader in my field. I’d like to inspire people to feel as passionate about their work as I do about mine. I know Northwestern can get me where I want to go.

Favorite (song/movie/show/festival/exhibition … )? My favorite movie is The Lion King I’ve also seen the Broadway show multiple times. 

What are you most looking forwards to about the MSLCE program? One of the classes I’m most excited about is Organizational Processes in Creative Industries. I’m also really looking forward to the site visits.

What is your favorite Chicago landmark/attraction, or what are you most excited to visit? The Art Institute of Chicago

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I’d love to live in London, then back to the U.S. to live in either Chicago or New York.

What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie? “Hodor”

Which leader or influential figure inspires you the most and why? Robin Williams- he was an actor, a comedian, and a philanthropist all while dealing with mental health, addiction, and disease.

Where are you from? I was born in Moscow, Russia but grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia. I’m “officially” 1/2 Peruvian & 1/2 Cuban, but I became an American citizen last year.