Hearing from the women at the Summer Leadership Intensive made me feel like my goals were more achievable.
- 2019 ALI Fellow


Keynote Speakers

Community Impact Leader
Gensler, a Global Architecture & Design Firm
Social Impact as a Catalyst for Career Growth

Using artistic opportunities to engage with your community can positively help businesses, organizations, individuals and YOU as an artist, especially in times of unexpected change. In this session, see examples of how Gensler designers have reimagined connecting with their communities to give back while growing their skills and professional networks.

Read Kathleen Carey's full bio

Kathleen Carey is the Community Impact Leader at Gensler, a global architecture and design firm with offices in 50 cities around the world. Kathleen has responsibility for all of Gensler’s community engagement efforts, including the firm’s volunteer and pro bono work and its philanthropic efforts. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing the firm’s Community Impact strategy which focuses on four key areas: the Environment, Health and Wellness, the Next Generation and Housing and Homelessness. Carey joined Gensler in April of 2018. Prior to joining Gensler, she spent five years with the Urban Land Institute, first as the Institute’s Chief Content Officer and most recently as President and CEO of the Urban Land Institute Foundation. Prior to ULI, Carey spent 17 years at GE Capital Real Estate where she was a Senior Vice President with global responsibilities including portfolio management and leadership of an investment advisory business. Kathleen is an attorney by training and is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and California.


President and Artistic Director

Sphinx Organization

Women Leaders Breaking the Sound Barrier


In this session, we will be examining a rich legacy of women in classical music and paving a pathway forward to leaders and heroines in the making. During a transformative time in our nation's history, each of us lead from every seat.  Beyond innovation and transformation we can bring about today, we also look forward by empowering others.  A candle loses nothing by lighting another: let us discover the ways in which we can pay it forward and augment our impact by lifting up those around us.  

Read Afa Dworkin's full bio

A recipient of Kennedy Center’s Human Spirit Award, as well as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers in the nation and Detroit Crain’s 40 Under 40, Afa Sadykhly Dworkin is a musical thought leader and cross-sector strategist driving national programming that promotes diversity in classical music. She currently serves as President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization, the nation’s leading organization transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. In this role, she oversees all fundraising, strategic and artistic initiatives through which Sphinx expands access to classical music education and supports a national roster of distinguished musicians of color, while annually reaching 10,000 through its programming and more than 2 million through live and broadcast audiences. During her tenure, Ms. Dworkin has expanded the organization’s international partner network to 50+ foundations and leading enterprises, resulting in the organization’s most successful fundraising campaign in its twenty-three year history. Under her leadership, her team’s national artistic network has also grown to 60+ symphony orchestras, enabling Sphinx to continue scaling its programming to new audiences worldwide. The strength of Ms. Dworkin’s leadership across sectors and national divides is informed by her musical training, 25+ years of experience in the field, as well as her international corporate experience as a trilingual interpreter and Executive Assistant to the President of ARCO, The International Oil and Gas Company in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition to her role at Sphinx, Ms. Dworkin has helped to shape the national classical music landscape as a multi-year orchestra grant review panelist for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, 3Arts Awards, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the MetLife Awards. Beyond the orchestral community, she has aided grant review for the Surdna Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Charlotte Arts and Sciences Council, Independent Sector’s American Express NGen Awards, and numerous state councils across the United States. Ms. Dworkin has delivered ongoing thought leadership through an extensive roster of speaking engagements including those at the International Arts & Ideas Festival, Independent Sector, Grantmakers in the Arts, Young Audiences Norway, Esmeraldas Festival in Ecuador, Chamber Music America, National Association for Schools of Music, League of American Orchestras, ICSOM, and Association of Canadian Orchestras. Former faculty at Clarkston Conservatory in Michigan, she serves as a lecturer at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and as adjunct faculty at Roosevelt University’s Master’s in Arts Administration program, with past lectures at Bowling Green State University, Penn State and Central Michigan University. Ms. Dworkin also builds capacity for the midwestern arts community as a trustee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Creative Many Michigan and CultureSource. Born in Moscow and raised in Azerbaijan, Ms. Dworkin’s music training began with the Soviet training at the prestigious Azerbaijan National Conservatory where she honed her craft under the tutelage of the region’s leading artists. She subsequently joined the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra as an entering freshman at the University of Michigan School of Music, also earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Violin Performance with High Honors. Her career as a performer has taken her to Russia, Switzerland, Austria, and the United States. An avid chef, Ms. Dworkin makes her home in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband Aaron Dworkin (an internationally renowned leader in cultural entrepreneurship) in their home, Alegria (“Joy”) in Ann Arbor, MI. Her youngest son Amani attends the A2STEAM school, plays piano and soccer on the Liverpool junior league and step-son Noah attends the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan

I was motivated, uplifted, and encouraged to cultivate connections, raise my standards, and find a voice of my own.
- 2019 ALI Fellow




Grants Manger

Utah Division of Arts & Museums 

Grants manager for Utah Division of Arts & Museums. During her career, Laurel has been a forward-thinking, strategic and steady leader in Utah’s nonprofit communities focusing on building partnerships and empowering leaders. Education: MA Arts Administration and Philanthropy, Indiana University, BA Liberal Arts & Sciences, Utah State University.


President & CEO

ADA Artist Management

Ana De Archuleta has quickly established herself as one of the most sought-after managers in the operatic field. Representing a thriving roster of vocalists, conductors, and directors worldwide, ADA Artists can be seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Salzburg Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.


Community & Performing Arts Manager

Utah Division of Arts & Museums ​

Community and Performing Arts Manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. He has overseen the Performing Arts program, launched and produced the annual Mountain West Arts Conference, and has facilitated the Change Leader Program which received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in May 2018. 


Adjunct Faculty

BYU Marriott School of Business


The principal trainer and consultant for Leverage Communication Workshops, LLC, Liz trains business executives to improve their written and oral communication skills. She has trained at American Express, VISA, Intermountain Health Care, and LDS Motion Picture Studios.

Liz teaches similar professional communication workshops to BYU MBA students who have gone on to work for companies such as Adobe, Amazon, Union Pacific, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Vivint.


Career Coach

Launched by Linda & Trinity University​

Linda Evans is a strengths-based career coach and higher education professional. She has a B.A. in American Studies and minor in Ballroom Dance from Brigham Young University, and a M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. Linda has taught personal branding in college courses, conferences, webinars, and podcasts. As an artist, she enjoys dancing, taking dance photos, playing piano, and accompanying herself singing song covers on her Youtube channel. She works full-time in Career Services at Trinity University.


Community Arts Coordinator
Utah Division of Arts & Museums 

Tracy Hansford grew up dancing, acting, singing, and administrating from a young age. She is currently the Community Arts Coordinator for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums where she works with Local Arts Agencies across the state. Tracy works to grow and strengthen UA&M’s network of Change Leaders.


Founder & Creative Director

The House That Lars Built

Brittany Watson Jepsen is the founder and creative director of The House That Lars Built, an award-winning design website and shop focused on teaching people the importance of making things with your hands and creating whimsical projects to uplift the spirit. Established in 2008, the site has now been featured in The New York Times, Martha Stewart, Vogue, and more. She is the author of Craft the Rainbow and My Life in Color. She believes that making has the power to transform lives.





Sara Jones creates global diversity and inclusion strategies to elevate inclusive work cultures.  Sara was adopted from South Korea in 1977 at age three and miraculously found her birth family after 42 years of separation. Sara was featured by TED sharing about adoption at  She has advocated throughout her career for the benefits of greater diversity in our companies, boardrooms, and circles of power. Above all, Sara is an inclusionist, working to amplify inclusion as a core leadership skill. 


Attorney & Writer

Broadcast Music, Inc.

Erika Stallings is an attorney and freelance writer based in New York City. She currently works as an attorney in the music industry. Prior to her current role she spent six years in private practice with a focus on copyright and trademark infringement, online intellectual property enforcement and intellectual property portfolio management. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to intellectual property law and is a member of the Associates Board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.


Assistant Professor of Acting

Yale School of Drama

Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous Yale Rep and YSD productions including Cymbeline (Evan Yionoulis, director), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Liz Diamond, dir.), Hamletstarring Paul Giamatti (James Bundy, dir.), The Winter’s Tale(Liz Diamond, dir.), Romeo and Juliet (Shana Cooper, dir.), and The Three Sisters (Les Waters, dir.), among many others. 

The ALI Team and Speakers really care about us and helping us go out into the world and make a difference.
- 2019 ALI Fellow

Mentor Alliance


Editorial Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Deseret News


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Senior Director of Leadership
& Gifts 

Lyric Opera of Chicago


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Senior Designer
Cullman & Kravis, Inc.


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General & Artistic Director
OPERA San Antonio


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Motivational Speaker
Hayley Titus Speaks


Artistic Director

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company


Director, Distribution & Educational Programming


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Graphic Designer & Art Director


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Owner & Instructor
Key Lime Piano


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Mezzo Soprano


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Vocalist & Vocal Coach
Chelsea Wilson Vocal Studio



Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Doctors for Dancers


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Founder & Creative Director



Director of Vocal Activities
Dixie State University


Manager of Education & Community Programming
Aspen Music Festival & School


Executive Director & Chief Curator
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


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