Celebrity Conversationalists

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2017 Celebrity Conversationalists

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

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.

Catherine D. Anspon

Executive Editor/Art + Features, PaperCity Magazine Houston + Dallas and author of the blockbuster volume Texas Artists Today.

J.P. Bryan

J.P. Bryan

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

Enric Panes Calpe

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

Diane Caplan

Co-Founder, BrightCatch Media; former Group Publisher, SagaCity Media/Houstonia Magazine; President, Children’s Assessment Center; Chair, Bo’s Place Gala and Heroes for Children luncheon; Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation’s Tracey Hilfman Award.

Roland Garcia

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.

Neal Hamil

A bonafide Super Agent on a global level in the model management business, Neal has risen from rookie Realtor to the President of an international real estate company in 3 short years. He is an avid animal rights and protection advocate and serves on several non-profit boards.

Brittany Hebert

Founder of “Sky High,” the 10-year-old organization that raises millions of dollars a year for St. Jude and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Ashley Henry

Ashley Henry

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

Ken Hoffman

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

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.

Sam Malone

President/Founder, 512 New Media/Marketing agency; Houston morning radio institution, host AM 1070 The Answer, formerly at 104 KRBE and MIX 96.5; Texas Radio Hall of Fame, 2017 Inductee.

Kim Ogg

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.

David Paul

Chief meteorologist for KHOU 11 News; Recipient of the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society; earned a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.

Clifford Pugh

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.

Selia Qynn

Owner, Habitat House, an urban oasis; artist, landscape consultant; Koi Pond and tropical gardener with Certification from National Wildlife for Backyard Habitat.

Rebecca Rabinow

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

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.

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

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

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.

Seth Siegel-Gardner

Chef at NYC's Aquavit, Alto and Maze and Chicago's C-House until 2012; partner with Terrence Gallivan of dual-concept restaurant The Pass and Provisions.

Doreen Stroller

Doreen Stroller

President, Hermann Park Conservancy; launcher of Conservancy’s second phase of $120 million Centennial Campaign for McGovern Centennial Gardens and 20-year improvement plan.

Stacey Swift

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.

Becca Cason Thrash

Becca Cason Thrash

Houston’s most brilliant hostess issuing coveted invitations; fund raiser of millions for American Friends of the Louvre and other charities; board member of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera; former board member of the Contemporary Arts Museum; friend of artists, royalty, politicians, and philanthropists.

Todd Waite

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

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

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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