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2016 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts

2016 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts
Saturday, October 15th '16 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Michelle Angela Ortiz ‘00

Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Parkway

Sponsored by BLICK Art Materials 


Registration for the conference is closed but we will be accepting day-of registration at Moore.

What are the skills needed for you to be a leader in the competitive world of art and design? At this interactive, day-long conference you will learn from speakers who have achieved success by taking risks, being flexible, developing a solid network and creating collaborative endeavors. You will also have the opportunity to have invigorating conversations with students from other colleges and universities as well as women from the community.

8:30 am

9:00 am 
Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Michelle Angela Ortiz

10:15 am-11:15 am
Morning Mentoring – alumna experts
Envision Your Future – Sarah Kolker
How I Started Printfresh – Amy Voloshin
Design Thinking for Problem Solving – Caitlin Garozzo
The Value of an Artist’s Community – Luiza Cardenuto
Cultural Diversity & Awareness for the Modern Day Leader – Sristi Chanda

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Channel Confidence Through Movement – Elisabeth Reinkordt & Taryn Mudge
Organize Your Way to Balance – Darla DeMorrow
The Regional Center for Women in the Arts – Valetta
Leadership Beyond the Title – Kayla Jaeb
The Leadership Challenge – Colleen Moretz

12:45 pm-1:30 pm

1:45 pm-2:45 pm
Get in Touch with Your Inner Beauty – HanNa Jung
Financial Literacy & Philanthropy – Hala Al Shawaf
Collaborative Leadership: Two Views – Jess Massabrook & Maria Lindenfeldar
Leadership, Technology, & Authenticity – Heather Ujiie
Thrive Virtual – Sacha Sterling

3:00 pm
Closing remarks and reception

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist/ skilled muralist/ community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community. For over fifteen years, Ortiz continues to be an active educator in using the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. As a highly skilled muralist, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally (PA, NJ, MS, NY) and internationally.

Since 2008, Ortiz has led community building and art for social change public art projects through the United States Embassy as a Cultural Envoy in Suva, Fiji, Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico, Vitoria, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Caracas, Venezuela, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She also has led independent public art projects in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Puebla, Mexico. In addition to her community arts work, she maintains her commitment to her own studio practice. She has exhibited her paintings and prints in numerous galleries and museums such as: Delaware Art Museum, George Washington Carver Center, The African American Museum, The Painted Bride, Ice Box Gallery, Penn State HUB Gallery and the Goldey Paley Gallery.

She has work in permanent and private collections abroad such as the Rohm and Haas Company, Galeria Tonatzin (San Juan Bautista, CA) and Xicanoindio Gallery (Mesa, AZ). Ortiz continues to work with various nonprofit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In 2007, she joined the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation where she has developed programs and workshops to support the professional development of teaching artists. She is also an active member of "Las Gallas" a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary arts collective that gathers to share stories, inspire dialogue and debate about ideas of family, traditions, religion, education and gender roles. Ortiz is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Grant (2012 & 2006). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design and a Master's Degree in Science of Arts and Cultural Management from Rosemont College.

2016 Leadership Conference Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios


Morning Mentoring


Applying for Grants & Residencies

Darla Jackson, ‘03

Entrepreneurship/Starting Your Own Business

Sherita Cuffee, ‘07

Fashion & Beyond

Gail Demarzo Sacharczuk, ‘85

Build a Career

Joan Becker, ‘69

Joan says she had two career loves when she graduated from Moore - art and the environment.  Joan enjoyed an early career in environmental education and architectural programs and preservation. Much of her work included development of strong visual campaigns including: development of a national and regional educational program about drinking water; oversight of architectural preservation and museum planning for the Fairmount Water Works; education programs for New York City residents about solid waste (garbage); and public awareness programs in the northeastern United States related to water contamination and pollution. Currently, Joan is a fine arts painter who shows in both Philadelphia and Key West, Fl.  Her complete artist's resume is available at

Portfolio Review/Crit for Fine Arts

Eleanor Schimmel, ‘84

Eleanor is an artist who works with encaustic, a painting technique that uses pigmented molten wax.  She has exhibited throughout the United States for over 30 years.  Her work has been recognized through numerous awards, museum and gallery exhibitions, and public installations. Her innovative use of this ancient technique of painting has elicited significant praise from critics. Helen A. Harrison of the New York Times notes that “Eleanor Schimmel treats paint as a sculptural medium… [Her works] recall the landscapes of Albert Pinkham Ryder, but without Ryder’s explicit symbolism.” Edward Sosanski of The Philadelphia Inquirer describes Schimmel’s paintings as “mystical in an archaic way, implying both the enormous vitality of nature and its historical continuity….painted in an atavistic manner that makes it seem like a Neolithic icon.” Eleanor attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design, where she was honored as a Distinguished Alumna in 2005.  Born in St. Louis, MO, Schimmel lives and works near Philadelphia.

Portfolio Review/Crit for Design

Shannon Hampton, ‘11

So you want to go to Grad School?

Christina Kimmel, ’15

Christina has worked for the Philadelphia School District for the past six years as a dedicated kindergarten through eighth-grade art specialist teacher. Within that time, she has participated and created many annual community events as well as raised over $11,000, with the help of parents and staff, in grants to the schools where she has served as an art teacher.  In August 2016, she completed her Masters in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations at Moore College of Art & Design. Since her graduation, she has been invited and became an active member of the Graduate Art Education Advisory Board for Moore. She continues to work closely with Moore college and teach art in her neighborhood school. 

Networking Advice

Margie Morace, ‘85

Social Media/Brand IdentiTy

Carlee Myers, ‘14

Carlee is the founder and CEO of APOP Studios, a company that helps artists and designers launch their lives after college with balance and poise. Since APOP was launched in May 2015, Carlee has worked with artists and designers alike to grow their creative practices into sustainable businesses that support their ideal lifestyle—a life that balances their creativity with their day job and social life. Before founding APOP Studios, Carlee earned her BFA in Curatorial Studies and Fine Art and worked as an artist, curator and arts administrator for a number of years. She has exhibited across the U.S. and has received prestigious awards such as the Fob Fellowship at Second State Press in Philadelphia, PA. Carlee recently launched The Happiness Journal, a tool that helps creative hustlers understand what influences their happiness on a daily basis. She resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Selling your Work

Suzanne Kopko, ‘93

While at Moore and after graduation, Suzanne worked in wardrobe/costumes for professional theater. After landing what she thought was her dream position, the theater closed mid-season and she decided to change careers. Since then she has worked in educational programming and exhibition planning at a theatrical museum (Center for Puppetry Arts), niche museum (NWACC Museum of Clocks and Watches) and sculpture based art gallery (Center for Art in Wood). Suzanne’s passion is working with objects and promoting artists. She currently manages the Art Shop at Moore.

Envision Your Future

Belief is the first and largest step on the road to success. Creative individuals can tap into their strong suit to help advance their lives and careers. Center and focus during this mind-body integrative class to help you craft a right-brained business plan that will get results and focus on getting your dreams accomplished.

Sarah Kolker, ‘15

Sarah, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, was born and raised in Philadelphia and has studied health and wellness practices in Philadelphia, Jamaica, SF Bay Area and New York City. Sarah is an artist, arts administrator, chef and certified yoga instructor.

 As an artist she has worked with well-known mosaic tile artist Isaiah Zagar, the Philadelphia Mural Arts program, Groundswell Community Mural Project, DOPE SWAN, and has completed a Create Change Artist in Residency with The Laundromat Project.

 As a chef, Sarah started at A Full Plate Cafe, worked at Integral Yoga Foods, and was honored as Chef of the Month at Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley CA. Sarah recently consulted for Pure Sweets in Philadelphia. Sarah’s specialty is gluten-free and vegan and sometimes raw “baked” goods and salads.

 Sarah organized “How to Build a Community,” an Earth day event in Queens New York, and 2008’s Art Fence for New England’s Culture Fest. Her work has been displayed at The Protest Space in New York’s Chelsea art district, Yippee Museum for Af3irm’s Annual Transnational Woman’s Art Show, New York University, at the Barbara Walter’s Gallery, at 10th Street Laundromat, Dirty Girl Brigade Boutique, Rock Star Crystal Gallery and at the Infusion Gallery in Philadelphia, and Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley, CA.

Sarah was trained in Raja Yoga at Niroga Institute in Berkeley Ca. She holds a certificate in adult yoga and youth yoga and has taken workshops at Omega Institute on teaching mindfulness to youth. Sarah has offered mindfulness trainings to teachers and students alike, and has consulted in mindfulness for ArtWell Collaborative.

 Sarah finished the Masters of Art Education Program at Moore College of Art in 2015.  She is also coaching and creating art.

Channel Your Confidence Through Movement

Rather than joining a gym, Elisabeth and Taryn found avenues for sustaining and improving physical and emotional health, networking, and intentional women's community building through sport, namely cycling and yoga. Learn how to build your individual confidence through connecting to a larger community, how to instantly make friends in a new city, and how to ensure your out-of-work life offers a supportive and strengthening balance to your professional and creative success.

Elisabeth Reinkordt

Elisabeth is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, writer, and avid cyclist. After graduating from Brown University's Department of Modern Culture and Media in 2005, she fell into the world of cycling as a means to become physically active and build friendships with other women. She co-founded Sheclismo, a women's cycling club based in the Midwest, in 2010. Her interest in education led her to study education policy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she brings the study of pedagogy into practice in teaching and mentoring new racers. She co-founded the Women Bike PHL Devo racing program, a six-week intensive women's cycling development program, in 2015, and is a mentor for the Little Bellas mountain bike mentorship program for 7-13-year-old girls. She's a communications specialist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, maintains an independent filmmaking practice under the No Coast Films label, and races for Team Laser Cats, an all-women's team based in Philadelphia. 

Taryn Mudge

Taryn is an architectural designer, professor, yoga instructor, and competitive cyclist.  In 2012, she attained her Masters in Architecture, and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training.  For several years following her degree she balanced a professional practice in architecture, taught as an adjunct professor at Portland State University, and instructed Vinyasa yoga classes. In 2014, Taryn moved from the West Coast to Philadelphia to begin a PhD in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. It was in Philadelphia that she discovered cycling and became involved with several women's specific cycling initiatives.  Taryn races for two teams, Team Laser Cats and Fearless Femme Racing, both of which are all-women’s teams based in Philadelphia with a focus on community engagement through clinics and workshops.  She is involved in a community bike share program for women, the Rocky Bike Program, and offers free cycling specific yoga classes at a local bike shop.  Professionally, she continues her dissertation research on the intersection between photography and architecture in the twentieth century, and instructs seminars and design studios at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

Organize Your Way to Balance

Balance is a verb, not a noun. Life is exciting. But if life is always “I can’t find my keys” exciting, then this class is for you. Darla will provide timely tips and practical strategies for being creative, amazing, and female, with all the balancing that we do.  She’ll discuss strategies for both work and home, and everything in between. The five simple steps to organizing any space will be your jumping off point for any space challenge, time management goal, or creative project that you are rocking right this minute.

Darla DeMorrow

Darla DeMorrow is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), decorator, personal photo organizer, speaker, author, and owner of HeartWork Organizing, LLC, based in Wayne, PA. After twenty years in corporate and small businesses, she has built a 12 year old business and having  more fun by combining two loves, making homes more beautiful and meeting interesting people… because boring people don’t need organizing. With two active kids, and a busy blog, she’s perfecting the art of “good enough” if it leads to a full night of sleep. Her book is The Pregnant Entrepreneur. You can find her at HeartWork Organizing, on Facebook, YouTube, and on Twitter.

Get in Touch with Your Inner Beauty

Today's media heavily focuses on the physical attributes of TV personalities, celebrities and models, setting a very specific and unrealistic standard of beauty: the tall, the skinny and the provocative. In the quest for this unrealistic but accepted standard of beauty, many girls and young women develop and idealize a negative body image. Confront these negative images and raise your self-esteem.

HanNa Jung, ‘04

HanNa is a business owner, freelance business consultant, designer and coffee enthusiast. She launched Bonded Boutique in 2011.  Since then, she has helped brand and launch other successful small businesses and organizations. A Moore graduate of the Class of 2004, she majored in fashion design with a minor in 3D fine arts. As a survivor of domestic abuse, she is passionate about encouraging other women to realize their true identity, beauty and strength.


Do Well by Doing Good: Financial Health and Philanthropy

Learn about tools for healthy financial planning and supporting the causes and concerns that matter most to you.

Hala Al Shawaf, ‘05

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