Check out the 2015 National Arts Marketing Conference's featured speakers! 2016 speakers - coming soon!
Omnicom Media Group
Los Angeles, California
Chris Denson’s award-winning career has spanned marketing, media, technology integration, and product innovation. As an industry taste-maker, he is currently the Director of Omnicom Media Group’s Ignition Factory, the key group responsible for emerging innovations across media, technology, and culture. He is also the creator and host of Innovation Crush, an interview series with more than 700,000 subscribers around the world. From Italy to Africa, Canada, and multiple stops in between, he's helmed projects and held leadership positions at some of the world’s top organizations, including the American Film Institute, Machinima, and the George Soros Institute. He serves as an advisory board member of the SxSW Accelerator, the Mobile Excellence Awards, Custom College Recruiting, and Pluto TV.
Once a stand-up comedian, Chris says that he is a “former stand-up comic with a few jokes still left in the chamber.”
Master Trainer, Blogger, and Author
Networked Nonprofit and Beth's Blog
San Francisco, Bay Area, California
Beth Kanter is an established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media. She is the author of Beth’s Blog, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She is also the author of The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, awarded the Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award for 2013. She was named by Fast Company as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She was Visiting Scholar at David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2013. Beth's keynote address will conclude the 2015 NAMP Conference through an interactive exploration into improving your social media presence, networks, measurement, and data
To say Miral Kotb is driven is an understatement. At 34, the Houston native and Columbia grad is already the CEO of iLuminate, a performance that uses state-of-the-art technology coupled with dancers performing in the dark, creating the ultimate audience experience. An entrepreneur, dancer, choreographer, and software engineer, Kotb combined her passion for dance and computers to create iLuminate in 2009, the entertainment technology company that combines. The concept for iLuminate emerged while Miral was developing iPhone applications. She had a vision of dancers wearing costumes that illuminated wirelessly to compliment the music and choreography—wireless technology that could be controlled from the palm of one’s hand. Miral and her unprecedented technology, programming, choreography, and overall artistic direction has catapulted iLuminate into an international phenomenon that mesmerizes audiences across the globe and pushes storytelling to the next level.
Director and Chief Animator
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver
Adam Lerner is the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. He authored the book and curated the major retrospective Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, the first comprehensive look at the polymath co-founder of the band DEVO. Lerner was formerly the Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum and the curator of the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and his Masters from Cambridge University.
Vice President, Community Engagement; Founder
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Walker International Communications Group
Brooklyn, New York
Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in Audience Diversification by the Arts & Business Council, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. Currently, she is the Vice President, Community Engagement for The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). She is also the founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press and audience development consulting agency. She has provided multicultural marketing for over 20 Broadway productions (most recently A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Gerswin’s Porgy and Bess, STICK FLY, Time Stands Still, Driving Miss Daisy and Ragtime) as well as numerous non-profit arts organizations around the world. Donna is the recipient of the 2012 Women of Excellence Award from the National Action Network and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women from The Network Journal (2008).