February 10-11, 2011
Alison Brown and Garry West, Co-founders, Compass Records
Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso. Brown’s journey to a professional music career took a detour while she attended Harvard, studying history and literature, then UCLA, where she secured an MBA and went to work as an investment banker. After taking a hiatus to return to composing and recording music, Brown assembled the material for her solo debut, the GRAMMY nominated Simple Pleasures. A three-year stint with Alison Krauss and Union Station and a year serving as band leader for Michelle Shocked followed as did bluegrass music’s highest accolade for an instrumentalist: the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991.
In 1995 Brown put her financial background to work, founding Compass Records with her husband Garry West. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009, the Nashville-based Compass Records Group is an internationally recognized label group and has been called “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade” by Billboard Magazine. Since its inception Compass Records Group (the subject of both Harvard Business School and Darden Business School case studies) has pursued an ambitious path of growth and met every goal including the most important one: providing a thriving haven of creativity for artists and a reliable beacon of quality for music fans.
Sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Program in Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship Education, the Music Department and Technology and Community: Denison's 2010-11 Spectrum Series.
February 22-24, 2010
M.J. Clark, President, M.J. Clark Communications
M.J. Clark has worked in the communication field for more than 20 years. She has a master's degree in organizational communication from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ohio University. She was a visiting professor of public relations in OU’s Scripps School of Journalism in 2006 and 2007.
M.J. is a leadership consultant for Integrated Leadership Systems, a leadership and organizational development company in Columbus. Through company training and one-on-one executive coaching, M.J. helps clients become better communicators in their businesses and in their personal lives. M.J. is president of M.J. Clark Communications, a public relations and marketing consulting business that helps clients better communicate with their various internal and external audiences. M.J. was the 2005 president of the Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America and is accredited in public relations.
Sponsored by The Burton D. Morgan Program in Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship Education and the Communication Department.
November 4-6, 2009
Bryan Kaehr, President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering (2008-2011), Sandia National Laboratory
Bryan Kaehr currently holds the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering (2008-2011) at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM—a 3 year appointment awarded to new Ph.D. scientists who have made significant breakthroughs in their thesis work. Bryan earned a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Studying under Jason Shear, Professor of Analytical Chemistry, he developed a microfabrication approach compatible with living cells and invented a 3D microprinting process combining photomask-based lithography with three-dimensional photochemistry. This technology has been employed across a range of areas including the development of micro-scale, 3D smart materials and bacterial-driven microfluidics.
His work is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Lab on a Chip has been featured in Nature, Scientific American, and Materials Today. From 2007-2008, he worked as lead scientific consultant for a Bay Area venture firm specializing in microtechnologies applied to medicine and energy conversion.
Sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Program in Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship Education and the Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments.