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Order Out of Chaos: Organizing Your Business

Shirley M. Hall is president of Left Brain / Right Hand, LLC, formed in 2009 in response to artistsí needs for a business facilitator.  Her services allow artists to create and leave the business details in a capable personís hands.  Hall brings thirty-five years of highly detailed business experience to the table and she is also an emerging artist in digital photography.  She is drawn to photograph vintage cars, architecture and natural subjects.

Initiating Partnerships: Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Jacques Lamarre is the Director of Communications and Special Projects for The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT.  He has significant professional experience in marketing and sales and has worked for the Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, Yale Repertory Theatre/Yale School of Drama and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.  Lamarre is a newly appointed member of the CT River Valley Tourism Board and has served on the Board for the Hartford Childrenís Theatre and for AIDS Project Hartford.

Online Portfolio Development

Lisa Mikulski is a graphic designer, writer and marketing consultant who works exclusively for the arts field.  She has worked with artists and organizations locally, nationally and internationally to create websites, artist portfolios and marketing materials.  Writing for INK Publications, ArtScope Magazine and Shoreline Out & About, Mikulski maintains a blog at lisamikulski.com/blog where she discusses art, design and lifestyle.  In January 2010, she co-founded Creative Arts Guide which promotes the arts and new ideas to the Connecticut art scene.

Copywriting, Contract and Other Things that Scare You

Todd Pickens hold a degree from Harvard Law School and has over twenty years of experience in the business and financial sectors, including strategic planning and project management for corporations and non-profit organizations.  He has held positions as Manager of Corporate Community Development for Fleet Financial and as Special Assistant for Financial and Business Matters in the office of Senator Dodd.  Pickens has also worked as an attorney, a freelance journalist and an editor.  He is the principal of PTP Associates in Newington, CT.

Showing and Selling Your Art

Beth Pite was a Fortune 100 corporate executive before founding a marketing consulting business in 1988.  She has served on numerous arts nonprofit boards, managed marketing for an art museum, was interim executive director of a theater company and has been showing and selling her pastel paintings for over 10 years.  Pite is currently an adjunct professor of marketing in the University of Connecticutís MBA program and serves as a Peer Advisor for the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism.

Evolution: Managing Changes Throughout Your Career

Dick Scaldini is president and founder of Spearpoint Strategy Advisors.  He has pursued successful careers as a professor of French and Comparative Literature, as an investment banker and as a college president.  Scaldini  combines his experience in these diverse fields for the benefit of his strategy consulting clients in the nonprofit, business and higher education sectors.

The General Practitioner

Ray Tubbs has worked professionally in the arts business sector since 1970.
His entrepreneurial adventures have included projects and programs throughout the United States and he has also conducted business internationally.  Tubbs has held responsibility in a wide variety of roles including as gallery owner, curator, critic, artist agent, writer, community arts advocate and more.  He is currently an active member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hartford Arts Council in Hartford, CT.

Making the Right Statement: Everything Written

Deb Wadsworth is a professional, award winning artist and art instructor who lives in a small historic town in Connecticut.  Her focus and passion is to support the artistic development of beginning painters and emerging artists with the goal of assisting with their artistic success.  Wadsworth maintains a working studio at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT, which has become the center of her multi-faceted career in visual arts.

Networking in a Nutshell

Chip Janizeiwski is a former Business Networking International Assistant Director.  He earned a degree in accounting and has over twenty years of experience working for and managing a 70-strong employee manufacturing family business before its final sale.  Janizeiwski is currently involved in three career areas:  he conducts business consulting; trains people in business development via a word of mouth process, and; he is a SendOutCards Senior Manager.