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Lori Neal the Principal at Diamond Interiors LA provides Interior Design, Branding, Procurement and Project Management Services, to her growing client base. Her first degree in computer programming created a left brained thinker, within a person who lives and thrives within her right brain.
Lori’s introduction into design was through a high end manufacturer who recognized her. Passion for design; and sent her to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Her desire to further her career in design led her to Aston Garrett International, specializing in high end residential and hospitality furnishings. The next 10 years would prove to shape her future, responsible for operations, sales & marketing and eventually product design. The company came to rely on Lori’s expertise and vision to design furniture and partner with other designers to create signature collections. Those efforts resulted in a collection designed with Stanley Freidman called “The Art of Living” and her own outdoor line sold under the brand “Bamboo Odyssey”.
Lori became an independent consultant for the next 5 years working with companies to develop their infrastructures and sales and marketing programs. She successfully managed more than 50 hospitality projects for many of the major brands including; Starwood, Hyatt, and Marriott working with ownership, designers, purchasers and construction firms.
Lori continues to work also in the entertainment world as a designer and stylist for award shows, television sets, etc. Most recent projects: The Game reunion @ SLS Hotel, BET Experience Social Media Lounge, DWELL Home Show Opening Cocktail Event, Boutique Design Kickoff to 2015, HD Vegas Cabana Event for Dimplex Fireplace, Rejuvenation Lighting and JVA Art Group.
Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference. He has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. His poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Guardian, Kinfolks, American Literary Review, Still: The Journal, Off the Coast, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. He was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and thinks cinnamon rolls are best served at room temperature.
Brown Davis Interiors
“Comfort is the Greatest Luxury”
Todd Davis and Rob Brown joined their shared passion for classic architecture, discerning environments, and extraordinary craftsmanship to create Brown Davis Interiors in 1994. Brown Davis has designed two residences for the Clintons, President and Secretary of State, The British Embassy residence and an array of exceptional projects involving contemporary and historic renovation. Always seeking inspiration and growth in artistic styles and influences, Brown Davis is based at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road complex on Miami Beach, Florida. The saturated hues, tropical landscape and design mecca of Miami have influenced a bold aesthetic that resists conformity. It is instead a uniquely American perspective, fusing the traditional roots of classicism, with an exuberant, modern, sensual vitality.
Brown Davis practices couture interior design. Every choice is an intimate reflection of the client; creating distinctive and elegant spaces for lives well lived.
Both partners have MBAs contributing to their refined project management, and fiscal responsibility. Coupled with design intelligence, Brown Davis has earned their most cherished honor: Trust.
I have travelled the world providing much needed health care to underserved populations and realized that in the midst of all of the abundance in my own country people were struggling to be healthy. As a practicing dentist for over 25 years, I know how hard it is to navigate our very fragmented health system. My passion to help others transform their lives inspired me to receive my health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am now approaching completion of certification from the Whole Health Institute.
My inspiration is my God Sister Vernez Kitrell. She embraced a nurturing, restorative and supportive approach to her achieving wellness in her life. After being diagnosed with cancer, she struggled to find the holistic care that she desired .Sadly; she lost her battle with cancer and passed away. The most important lesson I learned from my journey with her is to have balance in my life, live to the fullest and strive to live as healthy as possible. My journey with her inspired me to make the healthy living experience fun and empowering.
Seva Life was created to people embrace a healthier way of being without so many of the frustrations and expense often encountered. I have seen my dreams manifest themselves and owe it in part to embracing healthy living principles and striving to main balance and harmony mind body and spirit.
Iris Design Studio was created in 2003 by Iris Kadouri Rizenbah with the aim of developing new and remarkable forms of modern Lighting.
Iris hails from a notable and long-standing family of designers.
Having visited more than 50 countries, Iris began her journey into the world of design at Central Saint Martin´s College of Art & Design in London.
Post-graduation, she worked on a range of consulting projects in New York City before making the decision to return to her native Israel and establish her own design company.
Iris combines high-quality materials with awe-inspiring designs to create products that are always more than that which they initially appear to be. Layer upon layer of meaning and style converge, resulting in products that are simultaneously functional, aesthetic, astonishingly beautiful and unique, complying with stringent international standards and regulations.
Spurred on by her determination and desire, an original vision, Knowledge and experience accumulated over the years and a small amount of luck, Iris looks forward to continuing her creative venture, designing quality products for people to experience and enjoy worldwide.
Jill Campbell (Director) has worked as a director, producer and writer on
numerous documentaries and narrative projects.She is currently working on "Mr Chibbs",a documentary about former NYC and NBA legend Kenny Anderson. (www.mrchibbs.com) Her other credits include Dancing Across Borders,directed by Anne Bass (First Run Features), Never Stand Still,
filmed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Out of Print which premiered at Tribeca
Film Festival, and The Hamlet of Canfield Gardens a poetic exploration of Jill’s
mentor, British playwrighter Bernard Kops. Jill’s narrative short After Tomorrow
premiered at the Henley Film Festival (UK) and was produced by SBK
Filmmaking (Killer Films/Stony Brook Southampton’s 20/20/20 program) under
the guidance of Producer Christine Vachon. Jill was one of 20 filmmakers to
receive a scholarship to 20/20/20’s inaugural film program where she directed and
produced After Tomorrow and a web episode of Zoe. Jill is also a critically acclaimed
playwrighter. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally at venues
including La MaMa, Mabou Mines, Dublin Fringe Festival and The Actors Studio.
She is a candidate for her MFA in documentary at Hunter College’s IMA program.
Campbell is a proud resident of Brooklyn, NY. www.seagullink.com
"Mr Chibbs" a documentary about former NYC and NBA legend Kenny Anderson. The website is:www.mrchibbs.com
Amy works with architects; designers, builders and homeowners to select the colors for paints and other products that help their projects stand out. Fifteen years ago, she created Your Color Source Studios Inc., a firm that specializes in selecting colors for residential and commercial architectural use. A list of the company’s many projects include aiding in the development of color palettes for a Fortune 500 company, color and product selection for two projects that received Gold LEED status from the U.S. Government’s Green Building Council, and the creation of color palettes for numerous residential and commercial buildings.
Amy created the Color 911 app and blog to help people add color to their lives—whether someone is selecting colors for their home or business, or selecting colors for fashion, graphic design or another artistic use. The app shows how color enriches our lives, and it turns what is a difficult process for some into something that is truly satisfying and fun. Just a few of the accolades it has received have been being named a “Product of the Year” by This Old House Magazine, a “Can’t-Live-Without” app by Architectural Digest and a “Must-Have Resource” by Lonny Magazine.
Amy is the author of Can’t Fail Color Schemes, a national bestseller on interior and exterior color ideas for the home. Published by Creative Homeowner, Can’t Fail Color Schemes was named Book of the Year by both Foreword and the Independent Publishers Association. It was also a Next Generation and Best Book Award finalist. After the success of her first book, Amy wrote Can’t Fail Color Schemes: Kitchens and Baths.
Elisabeth Grace has been a news junkie since she began reading the New York Times at age four. She discovered her love of astrology when she was nine. Armed at 20 with a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College, she soon headed to Hollywood. She enjoyed an illustrious career as a movie marketeer, eventually moving to New York to scatter her pixie dust over television news.
She was compelled to begin writing her own daily astro-logical forecast in 2009, blending her passion for headlines with insight on planetary patterns. Her blog puts a helpful and empowering perspective on world events and other crises that might otherwise be bewildering. Her avid readers use it as a guide for maximizing success.
Elisabeth consults with clients in private practice. Most are high achievers in their professions. Elisabeth uses her understanding of astrology to help her clients solve problems, improve timing and create even more fulfilling relationships with others -- and themselves.
Elisabeth writes regularly for the National Council for Geocosmic Research. She will never stop talking about astrology, to the delight of audiences who have heard her speak in New York and Tokyo.
Karen A. Lehman is the Executive Director of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America (EAG). Founded in 1923, EAG is a charitable organization that provides emergency assistance and career support to local, professional performers "of all faiths, and none."
Professionally, Karen has spent her time pursuing two passions: being of service and the performing arts. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Karen worked in Student Affairs for both SUNY and Pennsylvania State University, as well as with Libetae, a woman's halfway house in her home state of Pennsylvania.
During this time, Karen also continued to perform on stage, eventually moving to New York to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and working as an actress for several years after that.
In 2006, Karen's two passions were brought together in one job when she was hired as the Assistant Director of EAG. Shortly after, in 2008, Karen was named Executive Director. Under her leadership, EAG has greatly expanded its programs and services to include The Headshot Project (free, professional headshots for clients of EAG) and The Actors' Pantry, which provides groceries to EAG clients and their families.
As Executive Director, Karen has also established a very active volunteer program as well as a successful program for Young Professionals.
For more information about EAG, please visit www.actorsguild.org.
The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. Tito, Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory. “He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.” He has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son -- and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage. Tito Puente, Jr. has become an audience favorite in casinos, performing arts centers, symphony halls and jazz festivals worldwide, performing more than 300 shows over the past 5 years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes” featured the classic Puente titles and was spun into a BET Jazz television special of the same name. He was seen in a tribute to his father’s music on NBC’s two hour special--“The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem.” He has also appeared on the ABC soap opera hit “One Life to Live” in performance with his big band. Symphony appearances include Dallas, San Antonio, Colorado, South Bend, and upcoming performances with the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. Tito, Jr.’s new CD release, “Got Mambo?” is a mixture of the old and the new as he takes a musical departure into some powerful new music he can truly call his own. Guest artists Bobby Cruz and Hansel & Raul help make this a coming of age project for Puente, Jr. and the album is receiving heavy praise from Tropical and Latin Jazz critics alike.
?The Media. Tonight we will have a very special guest, Mr. Allen Rosskopf, retired Journalism and English Professor. We will be tackling the following:
How the delivery of news has changed and the concept of what now passes as a news story, vs. what we have seen historically (print, TV and radio).
What part has technology played in the changing landscape of the media? Pros and Cons?
Are we adversely affected as a society, by the manner in which information is currently being disseminated?
What has happened to the Black Media (The Afro-American Newspaper, BET News, etc.)? Why is it relevant/necessary to the Black community?
Plan on an exciting dialogue and have your questions ready. No-Tea, Just talk. We'll be waiting.
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