Great Talk, Inc was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) Maryland nonprofit organization to provide a forum and venue for providing Conversation With A Purpose in Maryland, and accessible to all.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Claudine Davison
President: Eve Vogelstein
Vice President: Diane Leigh Davison
Secretary: Gregg P. Landry
Treasurer: Diane Leigh Davison
Ellis Brown. Div of Research & Economic Development Morgan State University
Tim Cook. General Manager, Radisson Cross Keys Hotel
Paul Cooper. Alex Cooper Auctioneers
Firmin DeBrabander. Professor of Philosophy, MICA
William Egginton. Director, JHU Humanities Institute
Lon C. Engel. Attorney & Principal of Engel Law Group
Jack Gerbes. Executive Director, Maryland Film Commission
Penny Harris. Fine Arts Photographer
Belinda Fraley Huesman. Executive Dir, Chesapeake Arts Center
Elliot King. Professor & Chair, Dept of Communications, Loyola University
Gregg P. Landry. Owner, Blue Rock Productions & Studio
Berenice E. Mabrey. CEO/Founder, The Diversity Race
Stephanie McLoughlin. Marketing Director, Friends School of Baltimore
Matthew Micciche. Headmaster, Friends School of Baltimore
Joy Moore. President & CEO, JWS Media Consulting
Kristen Penczek. Managing Director, Maryland Public Television (MPT)
Klaus Philipsen. Architect & President, ArchPlan
Mark Potter. President & CEO, Maryland Science Center
Morgan Showalter. Baltimore City Public Schools
Gary Vikan. Author; Former Director, Walters Art Museum
Bernadette Wegenstein. Director, JHU Center for Advanced Media Studies
Max Weiss. Editor, Baltimore Magazine
Matthew Zaft. Executive Dir, Zaft McKinney Group for Morgan Stanley
The Great Talk Maryland Series enriches and provides interdisciplinary learning and intellectual engagement for the Greater Baltimore and Maryland communities by bringing people together to share live, accessible and interactive conversations featuring distinguished speakers that address relevant issues including the arts, culture, the humanities, science, social concern and other areas at a wide range of venues in Maryland.
The Great Talk Maryland Series is an innovative program bringing people together in Maryland, on a wide scale, to discuss the burning and concerning issues that we are curious about and that also matter.
Good old talk is still the ultimate art form and social engine that people crave. The Great Talk will provide Maryland with a thrilling and live forum to voice and exchange ideas with the best brains and talent around, and with one another in live conversation.
As a partnership-based project with private and public institutions including Alex Cooper Auctions, Blue Rock Productions & Studio, Chesapeake Arts Center, Friends School of Baltimore, Loyola University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland Public Television, Maryland Science Center, Morgan State University, and Radisson Hotel Cross Keys, Great Talk will serve as a meaningful Maryland anchor-piece, challenging and exciting for all involved, more affordable and with better access than other fragmented programs.
The advisory board includes representative members from all participating institutions and organizations as well as noted members of academia, business, media, and the arts. Great Talk Inc has formed a valuable network of board members and partners, with each participating institution and organization offering its own goodwill, outreach, voice and resources, which all together creates a diverse group advancing the ideals of the Great Talk series.
Photograph of Baltimore skyline courtesy of Abiy.