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The following arts, business, and legal practitioners and scholars will be speaking at the Leveraging Creativity: Artists, Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property Law conference May 15-16, 2014 in Indianapolis. More information on the sessions each speaker will lead can be found here.
Mark Bell is a PhD candidate at Indiana University in the department of Telecommunications and the author of several technical books. He has been creating websites since the early 1990s and teaches at IU and IUPUI in the areas of digital story-telling and interactive design. Mark spends his free time creating movies, stories and music.
Janet Bloch is the author of a workbook for artists, Strategic Marketing Tools for Visual artists. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bloch is the recipient of numerous grants including an Illinois Arts Council Visual Artists Fellowship, a National Endowment of the Arts Regional/ Midwest Fellowship and two Artist’s Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. Bloch has had several solo exhibits nationwide. Her work is in collections of the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, Illinois State Museum, Deloitte and Eaton Corporations. She has been selected as a finalist in three public transit projects. Since 2009 she has served as the education director at Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana.
Dr. Monika Herzig is an Indiana University faculty member, the author of “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” and an active touring and recording jazz artist. Jazz Times described her latest release “Come With Me” on Owl Studios as a subtle affair of voicings and taste. With her performance groups she has opened for groups such as Sting, Yes, Santana, and more and has been featured at many major jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and in Europe. More info and sound samples at http://www.monikaherzig.com/.
Shannon M. Linker is currently the Director of Artist Services and Gallery 924 for the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She has been with the council for 12 years. Along with curating and managing the council’s gallery space, Shannon serves the local professional artist community by creating programs and services intended to help build their careers. Programs such as the on-line artist database, the weekly Artist Opportunities E-newsletter, and artist professional development workshops are key aspects of her role at the council.
In 2007 she led the development of the Be Indypendent: Buy Indy Art movement that continues to create visibility for local artists and independent business owners in the city. Shannon also oversees the council’s public art program, which creates and facilitates public art opportunities for the city of Indianapolis as well as private entities.
Shannon has taught Art Appreciation at the college level for six years and currently serves on the advisory board for IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association) and Ivy Tech Community College School of Visual Arts. She holds a BFA in Art History from the University of North Texas and a MA in Art History from Texas Woman’s University.
Mark S. Long is the President of Long Performance Advisors, LLC, a consulting company focused on accelerating efforts in incubation, technology transfer, sales and marketing, and small business formation/management and economic development. Long is also currently a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and a 2010/2012 winner of the IU Trustees Teaching Award. Long is the former President and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC), which owns and operates the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), a life sciences incubator. He also served as President and CEO of that facility.
Long has more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical diagnostics in sales, marketing, and technical services, holding additional positions at Coulter Corporation and Baxter Diagnostics. Long started his career working in hospital laboratories as a medical technologist and as an assistant to the coroner. He is the author of Put It In Writing II and Wholesale Economic Development.
Long holds an A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Indian River Community College, Ft. Pierce, Florida (2007 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner); B.S. degree in Biology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida; and an M.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Florida State University. He attended both Florida Atlantic University and Indiana University for work on his Ed.D.
Robert S. Meitus chairs Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP’s Entertainment & Media Law practice and serves as counsel for a wide range of clients including recording artists, record labels, filmmakers, authors and creative business clients in a range of industries such as print and broadcast media, fashion and other areas. His practice largely involves negotiation of agreements, work with intellectual property protection, clearance and licensing and generally serving as business/legal counsel to numerous creative clients. The firm’s clients have included a diverse array of talent such as The Alan Parsons Project, Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty Records, Cage the Elephant, Foxygen, Trixie Whitley, Ron Artest, as well as institutional clients such as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Emmis Broadcasting and the NCAA. Meitus is an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, teaching Entertainment Law and a music law clinical course. Meitus received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, his masters of international affairs from Columbia University, and his B.A. from Wabash College. He also performs in his band Blue Sky Back and lives in Bloomington, IN, with his singer-songwriter wife, Carrie Newcomer, whom he also manages.
Dr. Sarah “Intellagirl” Smith-Robbins is the Senior Director of Emerging Technologies at Kelley Executive Partners at Indiana University. She is also a member of the Marketing faculty at the Kelley School of Business, where she teaches digital and social media marketing courses. She has advised over 100 universities and businesses in the use of social and mobile technologies for learning, marketing, and process improvement. In her free time, Sarah sculpts, paints, knits, and creates works of geeky creativity with her 12 year old triplets.
Laura Zabel (*keynote) is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency based in Minnesota. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life; and programs that help communities tap into the resource that artists provide. Some of Springboard's projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program, and the Irrigate project, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard's programs have been replicated in over 50 communities across the country. Laura is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and community development at convenings such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Urban Land Institute and Americans for the Arts. Laura was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in the U.S. Nonprofit Arts and received the 2012 Visionary Leader award from the MN Council of Nonprofits. She has been one of Minneapolis Business Journal's 40 Under Forty and Minnesota Monthly’s 12 Minnesotans Who Can See the Future. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC and the University of Kansas. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband, Levi Weinhagen, and their 7-year old daughter.
Funmi Arewa, University of California, Irvine
Mark Avsec, Practitioner
Arpan Banerjee, Jindal Global Law School, India
June Besek, Columbia Law School
Mike Carroll, American University Washington College of Law
Christine Farley, American University Washington College of Law
Roberta Kwall, DePaul University College of Law
Mary LaFrance, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Landau, Georgia State University College of Law
Lydia Pallas Loren, Lewis and Clark University
Robert S. Meitus, Practitioner and Adjunct Faculty at IU Maurer School of Law
Marybeth Peters (*keynote), Practitioner and Former US Register of Copyrights
Anthony Reese, Univeristy of California, Irvine
John Simson, Practitioner and American University
Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, Tulane University