State Theatre New Jersey


Annual Partners' Breakfast

Each summer, State Theatre New Jersey hosts a unique event in our elegant Heldrich Room: the annual Partners' Breakfast. First launched in 2012, this "State of the State Theatre" gathering features networking opportunities and a rotating guest panel that discusses important issues pertaining to the arts and our community. (Pictured at right: panelists at our 2016 Partners' Breakfast)

State Theatre New Jersey is proud to gather together our corporate, foundation, and government supporters, media partners, and prominent business leaders from across the region. Guests have an opportunity to network and mingle over a breakfast buffet, which is followed by remarks from President & CEO Tom Carto, a lively panel discussion, and a Q&A session. Attendance has grown every year for this very special event; we anticipate more than 100 of our most passionate arts advocates and business leaders will attend this year's breakfast.

The panel discussion for the Partners' Breakfast on July 11, 2017 focuses on three key issues affecting today's arts community: Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, Partnering Across Organizations, and Building a Creative Workforce. Our distinguished guest panelists include David L. Gonzales, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Johnson & Johnson; and Carlos Medina, Chair, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. The discussion will be moderated by Dale G. Caldwell, author of Intelligent Influence: The 4 Steps of Highly Successful Leaders and Organizations. (Pictured at right, below: Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, a panel participant at the 2016 Partners' Breakfast )

Past topics of discussion have included:

  • Business and the Arts, led by John Fitzgerald, President & CEO, Magyar Bank; and Frank Lucchesi, Director of External Affairs, PSEG
  • The Arts and National, State, and Local Economies, featuring guest speaker James W. Hughes, Ph.D., Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Green Eggs and Hamlet…or Much Ado about Something with featured speaker Carol Cronheim, Assistant Secretary of State
  • The Impact of the Arts on Local Economies, featuring panelists Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of the NJ State Council on the Arts; and The Honorable James M. Cahill, Mayor of New Brunswick
  • Arts Partnerships: Building Better Communities Together, featuring panelists Ronald G. Rios, Middlesex County Freeholder Director; Etta Denk, Senior Vice President & NJ Market Manager, Bank of America; Bill Engel, President, The Hyde & Watson Foundation; and Susan Stucker, Interim President & CEO, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (panel picture at top right)

Interested in attending this year’s Partners’ Breakfast? Please contact Audrey Carmeli at 732-247-7200, ext. 546 for more information. To learn more about becoming a Corporate Partner and the benefits associated with supporting State Theatre New Jersey, please visit our Corporate Partnership Page. (Pictured below: L-R: Adam Perle, ArtPride NJ; panelist Susan Strucker, NJSO; and State Theatre New Jersey President & CEO Tom Carto)

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