IN_conversationINconversation engages a small, intimate group in interesting, engaging and insightful conversations with some of the nation’s most intriguing thought leaders. This question-and-answer style discussion involves the thought leader, a moderator and the audience. Videos (when available) and audio of the conversations are provided below.

Special thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, which provided a grant to support the INconversation series in 2013.

Listen in to previous INconversations:

INconversation with Mark Miles and Matt Hunckler
May 8, 2014
Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman & Co., sat down with Verge’s Matt Hunckler for an INconversation in conjunction with Verge’s popular Pitch Night program. They chatted about sports, leadership and being versatile. Read a blog post about the event.

INconversation with Mark Samels and Amos Brown
Feb. 25, 2014
Amos Brown and a room full of adults and 5th graders chat with Mark Samels, the executive producer of the American Experience film series on PBS. Billed as “TV’s Most-Watched History Series” the documentaries include Freedom Riders, about the courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the south, and the upcoming film Freedom Summer, about the civil rights movement of 1964. 

INconversation with Krzysztof Urbanski and David Hochoy
Feb. 13, 2014
A conversation about a unique arts collaboration in Indianapolis — the performance and production of Daphnis Et Chloe – which will feature a full orchestra, original choreography and 150 voice choir. Featuring Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Krzysztof Urbanski and Dance Kaleidoscope artistic director David Hochoy, the conversation will be moderated by Classical Music Indy’s Michael Toulouse and include a tour of Clowes’ backstage.

INconversation with Jenna Golden
July 17, 2013
What’s the future of social media as a tool for change? That’s what we discussed with Twitter’s Jenna Golden, in town for the Millennial Impact Conference and ExactTarget’s social media guru (who literally wrote the book on Twitter marketing) Kyle Lacy. Jenna is a leader in Twitter’s D.C. office responsible for building Twitter as a platform for political and community engagement.

INconversation with Glenn Gass
June 11, 2013
We sat down with Glenn Gass, one of the country’s preeminent rock & roll scholars to chat about the work of one of the most important bands of all time — The Beatles. Attendees were surrounded by the exhibit We Buy White Albums from artist Rutherford Chang, which incorporates 700+ copies of The Beatles’ iconic White Album. The conversation was moderated by Vess Ruhtenberg, a local artist and musician.

INconversation with Kim Beck
May 23, 2013
This conversation with contemporary artist Kim Beck and Lisa Freiman (who is about to leave her position as senior curator and chair of the Department of Contemporary Art at the IMA) features a behind-the-scenes peek at Kim’s new installation in 100 Acres at the IMA. It’s also a farewell conversation for Lisa, who spent 11 years building up the contemporary art scene at the IMA and in Indianapolis.

INconversation with Gary Ginstling
May 15, 2013
The new president and CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Gary Ginstling, brings serious chops to the position as both musician and innovator with degrees in performance from Julliard and Yale, and an MBA from UCLA. He spent several years working in Silicon Valley before stints with orchestras in Cleveland, San Francisco and Berkeley, where he developed a reputation for new and innovative programs. The conversation was moderated by IBJ Arts & Entertainment Editor Lou Harry.

INconversation with Oliver Blank
April 11, 2013
Oliver Blank is a composer who builds sound toys, creates public installations and composes symphonic cinematic music. His goal is to empower residents to connect with sound and create surprising experiences that bring a sense of wonder back to their city. The conversation was moderated by Michael Huber, the senior director of commercial enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

INconversation with James Reeves
March 7, 2013
James Reeves is a writer, educator, and designer who is spending one month in Indianapolis as part of We Are City  [IMPORT]. James talks with the audience about Indianapolis’ identity, its strengths and weaknesses, and what he learned about Americans during an epic road trip that led to The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir. Moderated by Krista Skidmore.

INconversation with Ann Meyers Drysdale
June 22, 2012
Ann Meyers Drysdale, the first woman to sign an NBA contract (with the Indiana Pacers), talks about hope, failure, and success during a Title IX Anniversary celebration. Moderated by Chris Denari.

INconversation with Jim Lehrer
April 14, 2012
Jim Lehrer has served as the moderator for more U.S. presidential debates than anyone in history. He sat down with  moderator Jim Shella and a small audience for an intimate conversation.

INconversation with Christopher Bedford
March 16, 2012
Popular sport and high art don’t normally go hand in hand. But contemporary art curator Christopher Bedford led a discussion at iMOCA about his most recent exhibit that pairs the two quite nicely. Moderated by Sarah Green.

INconversation with Will Allen
January 12, 2012
Spirit of Competition meets Food for Thought in this INconversation with Will Allen, a former Miami Hurricane basketball star who has become an influential and inspiring urban farmer. Moderated by Bill Benner.

INconversation with Aaron Renn
November 30, 2011
Urban analyst Aaron Renn discusses the future of Indianapolis’ urban neighborhoods. Moderated by Erika Smith.

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