Celebrity Conversationalists

2017 Celebrity Conversationalists

Are you free for lunch? The 12th Annual Art of Conversation ™ Luncheon is a long-standing tradition and primary source of funding that helps further City ArtWorks’ children’s education and community outreach initiatives. This is more than just lunch, however. The Art of Conversation™ boasts a unique and fun format where each table hosts a celebrity guest, who donates their time and conversation skills to lead a unique and fun conversation at each table.

This is a special opportunity for you and your friends to have lunch with your favorite Houston celebrity and join in the conversation. Join us on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at The Junior League of Houston. Reserve your table today by contacting exdir@cityartworks.org or call 713.681.1331 or email us a completed 2017 Art of Conversation Sponsor Form.

What questions would you ask a celebrity over lunch? I know I can think of a few!


*Conversationalists listed as of 5/16/2017

Becca Cason Thrash

Houstonians covet invitations from Houston’s most brilliant hostess who raises millions each year for American Friends of the Louvre and other charities, serves on board of Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera and was on Contemporary Arts Museum Board as she friends artists, royalty, politicians, and philanthropists.

J.P. Bryan

Historical restoration expert and owner of the Gage Hotel and Bryan Museum; antique gun collector and rancher.

The Honorable Enric Panés Calpe

Consul General of Spain; formerly served in several diplomatic assignments in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; involved in Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Diane Caplan

Publisher Houstonia magazine; former e-Commerce & Marketing Director for Momentum; board of Children’s Assessment Center; chaired Bo’s Place’s Festari gala; chaired Heroes and Handbags for Heroes for children; Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation’s Tracey Hilfman Award.

Roland Garcia, Jr.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP General litigation attorney; first minority elected Pres. of Houston Bar Association; Board of Visitors of U.S. Naval Academy; Board member Greater Houston Partnership, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Houston Arts Alliance; past Board member Houston Sports Authority.

Ashley Henry

Houston Forensic Science Center; Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with minor in Forensic Science; former Crime Scene Investigator.

Ken Hoffman

Columnist CultureMap; self-proclaimed world’s greatest authority on subjects nobody cares about; found homes for thousands of shelter dogs; nationally syndicated fast food reviewer; former columnist Houston Chronicle and dearly departed Houston Post.

Karen Love

Owner/Director PKF, accounting marketing strategic planning company; Houston Business Journal’s Mentor Monday program; Association for Accounting Marketing’s Hall of Fame; member Rice Alliance Advisory Board; American Leadership Forum Class XXXV; past Chair Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Partnership.

Kim Ogg

Harris County District Attorney; led Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force; Executive Director Crime Stoppers; 30-year attorney; 2011 South Texas College of Law Public Service Award; 2007 National Parents of Murdered Children Professional Award.

Clifford Pugh

Editor-in-Chief of CultureMap, managing 24/7 web coverage of Houston’s wide-open cultural scene; Houston print journalist with over 30 years of writing for the Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle.

Rebecca Rabinow Ph.D.

Director of Menil Collection; former curator of modern art at Metropolitan Museum of Art; one of America’s most distinguished curators and museum professionals with lifelong ties to Houston.

Don Sanders

Founder/Chairman of Sanders Morris Harris managing over $11 billion in of client assets; former owner of Houston Astros before founding Round Rock Express with Nolan and Reid Ryan and principal owner of AAA Round Rock Express and AA Corpus Christi Hooks baseball clubs.

Wayne F. Schaper, Sr.

Texas A&M graduate; baseball player A&M and Los Angeles Dodgers in 1950s; coach through associate superintendent and trustee for Spring Branch ISD.

Katie Scott

Award winning residential and fine jewelry designer; author of Let it Be; featured in domino, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Interiors, Country French, Southern Living, New York Post, WWD, Luxe and more.

Sue Shefman

Hippo Art-Car Lady in Art Car Parade; 2,000 Hippopotamus collection; member Hippo; 'edutainer' with Arts Alive; City ArtWorks board member; a founder of "Hippolotofus”, a national organization of people who love hippos; her home on Weird Home Tour.

Doreen Stroller

President of the Hermann Park Conservancy.

Stacey Swift

Public Relations Manager, Neiman Marcus – Galleria for nearly 20 years; works closely with Houston’s philanthropic and non-profit arts and humanitarian communities. From colors to accessories to style, Stacey can tell all the latest fashion secrets and trends.

Todd Waite

Alley Company Artist 15 seasons; Resident Director of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas; Artistic Director of Bayou Bend's 2015 Christmas Experience; 2014 Presidential Young Arts Award for Acting Teachers.

Alice Weiser

1995 International Handwriting Analyst of the Year; profiling and character analysis; co-author of Judge the Jury – The Art of Reading People; US government agencies and Fortune 500 companies call on her experience; featured guest on talk shows around the globe.

Beth Wolff

Blends business and community - Beth Wolff Realtors celebrating 40th anniversary; served on many boards: past Chair, Houston Association of Realtors; President, Symphony League; and received many honors.


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