Great Talk, Inc was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) Maryland nonprofit organization to provide a forum and venue for 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: Marc Ellison
Phillip Burroughs. Marketing Director, 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; Fraley Group Corp
Elliot King. Professor & Chair, Dept of Communications, Loyola University
Gregg P. Landry. Owner, Blue Rock Productions and Studio
Charles Levine. Charles Levine Caterers and Citron Restaurant
Berenice E. Mabrey. CEO/Founder, The Diversity Race; CEO, Precise Management Company
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, Special Events & Community Engagement, Maryland Public Television (MPT)
Klaus Philipsen. Architect & President, ArchPlan
Van Reiner. 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; Filmmaker
Max Weiss. Editor, Baltimore Magazine
Matthew Zaft. Executive Director, Zaft McKinney Group for Morgan Stanley
Alex Cooper Auctioneers
Blue Rock Productions and Studio
Chesapeake Arts Center
Charles Levine Caterers
Friends School of Baltimore
Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryland Public Television
Maryland Science Center
Morgan State University
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
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 such as Maryland Public Television, Friends School, Radisson Hotel Cross Keys, Loyola University, and the Maryland Science Center, Great Talk will serve as a meaningful Maryland anchorpiece, challenging and exciting for all involved, more affordable and with better access than other fragmented programs.
The advisory board that also includes representative members of all participating institutions, and noted members of academia, business, media, and the arts, are planning the first season.
In forming a valuable network in outreach and good will, each participating institution offers its own valuable voice and resources, and together with the board and committee members is creating a diverse group to foster the Great Talk Maryland Series with a purpose, that Maryland wants.