MacArthur Fellow & Host of the Peabody Award-winning Radiolab
Brooklyn, New York
Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the legal foundation for the war on terror. In 2010, Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and 2011 Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). In 2015, the Radiolab episode 60 Words was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award. Alongside his radio work, Abumrad continues to work as a composer and remixer.
“Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.” - MacArthur Foundation
Master Trainer, Blogger, and Author
Networked Nonprofit and Beth's Blog
San Francisco, Bay Area, California
Beth Kanter is an established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media. She is the author of Beth’s Blog, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She is also the author of The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, awarded the Terry McAdam Nonprofit Book Award for 2013. She was named by Fast Company as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” She was Visiting Scholar at David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2009-2013. Beth's keynote address will conclude the 2015 NAMP Conference through an interactive exploration into improving your social media presence, networks, measurement, and data
Vice President, Community Engagement; Founder
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Walker International Communications Group
Brooklyn, New York
Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in Audience Diversification by the Arts & Business Council, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. Currently, she is the Vice President, Community Engagement for The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). She is also the founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press and audience development consulting agency. She has provided multicultural marketing for over 20 Broadway productions (most recently A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Gerswin’s Porgy and Bess, STICK FLY, Time Stands Still, Driving Miss Daisy and Ragtime) as well as numerous non-profit arts organizations around the world. Donna is the recipient of the 2012 Women of Excellence Award from the National Action Network and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women from The Network Journal (2008).