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Changemaker Speaker Series

We are thrilled to unveil our highly anticipated 2023 Speaker Series brought to you by Changemaker Talent. Prepare to be captivated by the stories and insights of our four extraordinary speakers: Ben Moon, an esteemed Adventure Photographer; Jean Fruth, a top Sports Photographer; Brian Skerry, a renowned Underwater Photographer; and Father/Son duo, Fine Art Photographer Andy Katz and celebrated Sonoma winemaker Jesse Katz.

Join us for this exceptional series, where each speaker brings their unique perspective and expertise to the stage. The pricing for individual speaker events is $40 per ticket for general admission and $25 for member admission.

Jean Fruth

Join us on September 28, 2023, at 7:00 PM for an engaging evening with sports photographer and Sony Artisan Jean Fruth in an event titled "FROM SANDLOTS TO STADIUMS: Inside America's Favorite Pastime."

Breaking barriers and bringing a fresh perspective to the world of sports journalism, Jean Fruth has secured a unique position in the industry. Rather than taking a seat at the table, she has chosen to position herself down the third baseline, capturing the essence of America's favorite game. Jean's infectious passion for baseball is evident as she explores the storied ballparks of the U.S. and delves into grassroots leagues along Route 66 and beyond.

Jean's work extends beyond the game itself, focusing on the remarkable contributions of women in baseball. Her project, Grassroots Baseball: Women, documents the inspiring stories of women who have shattered stereotypes and broken barriers, from the diamond to the owner's box. Through extensive interviews with baseball legends, exploration of the all-women league that inspired the film A League of Their Own, and encounters with the trailblazers energizing the game today, Jean paints a vivid picture of the sport's rich history and its exciting future.

Join Jean Fruth on an unforgettable journey through the world of baseball, where she uncovers the profound impact it has on individuals and communities. Discover why baseball is so much more than just a game as Jean brings to life its deep-rooted traditions, remarkable stories, and its enduring significance in American culture.

Save the date: September 28, 2023, at 7:00 PM, and prepare to be captivated by Jean Fruth's insights and her celebration of the beloved pastime that unites us all. Use the link below to purchase your tickets.

Brian Skerry

Dive deep into the epicenter of whale culture on October 26, 2023, at 7:00 PM, as we present "The Secret Lives of Whales."

Join us for an extraordinary evening with acclaimed underwater photographer Brian Skerry as he unveils the captivating world of whales. In this immersive experience, Brian takes you on a mesmerizing journey into the intricate lives of five different whale species: belugas, humpbacks, narwhals, orcas, and sperm whales.

Drawing from his Primetime Emmy Award-winning film series, "The Secrets of the Whales," co-created with James Cameron, Brian shares his awe-inspiring footage filmed over three years in 24 locations. Through his lens, we witness the astonishing communication skills and complex social structures of these incredible creatures. The series reveals that whales are far more intricate and relatable to us than we could have ever imagined.

As a dedicated storyteller of the underwater realm, Brian spends the majority of each year at sea, capturing compelling images and creating films that shed light on the intricate relationships between humans and wildlife. Through his work, he showcases both the challenges our planet faces in achieving balance and the hopeful instances where we are making a positive impact.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain a profound understanding of whales and their remarkable existence. Join us on October 26, 2023, at 7:00 pm, for an unforgettable journey beneath the waves, off the coast of all seven continents, as Brian shares highlights of his career, including a close look at whales. Use the link below to purchase your tickets.

Jesse & Andy Katz

Photo credits on six million album covers, a wall of awards, and a full passport—Sony Artisan Andy Katz says it was all an excuse to enjoy good music, drink world-class wine, and explore the world with his young son Jesse in tow.  The world works in mysterious ways.  Father and son lived for a time in Burgundy, while Andy documented the great wineries of France. Traveling village to village, Jesse was fascinated by the difference the land, or “terroir” had on the taste of the same varietal of grapes.

He fell in love with the art and science of winemaking, taking a summer job interning at wineries in Santa Barbara While he went to Business school to figure out his career path.  That experience showed him that you did not have to be born into a wine family to be a winemaker and there were degrees that could pave the way for him. He switched schools and completed degrees in enology, viticulture, and a minor in chemistry. To fast-track his apprenticeship, he worked back-to-back harvests in the Southern and Northern hemispheres, and started his own brand, Aperture, while working at Napa’s famed Screaming Eagle in 2009.

Since then, Jesse has made the first 100-point wines in the region's history, made the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold (selling for $1M to charity) and was named winemaker of the year multiple times.  In 2019, Jesse built a winery for Aperture Cellars, where the buildings are shaped like the lens of the camera, as a nod to his father’s craft and the inspiration for his career. Join us for a talk that celebrates life, love, and the art of winemaking.

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