Pulse Leadership Luncheon
45 W. Orchard Park Drive
Greenville, SC 29615
Ever wonder how the arts play a part in your life? Probably more than you think. Join us as we hear from an expert panel of local heavy-hitters in the Greenville arts community.
They'll discuss how, no matter your profession, creativity serves as a key component to professional success. We will also hear where our city stands with the arts - Is there anything missing? How does is affect our economy?
See you there to find out!
GP McLeer, Director of the SC Arts Alliance
Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief at TOWN Magazine
Janet Krupka, Director of Recruiting at Michelin
Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of Metropolitan Arts Council
Panelist, Alan Ethridge: Before becoming MAC’s Executive Director in January 2006, Alan had been Director of Marketing & Development since January, 2004. He was previously Director of Donor Research in the Office for Development at Clemson University since December, 1991. Prior to returning to Greenville in 1989, he had worked for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Atlanta and Henderson Advertising in Greenville. Alan is a 1982 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Vanderbilt University where he received a B.A. in English Literature and Fine Arts. He serves on the Board of Directors of VisitGreenvilleSC and Artisphere and the Board of Governors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Department of Visual Arts of Greenville Tech. In 2010, Alan received the Excellence in Arts Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
Panelist, Blair Knobel: Blair brought her integral aesthetic to Community Journals three years ago as part of the editorial team that created TOWN Magazine. Prior to that, Blair acquired a BA in studio art from Furman University and worked in book publishing in New York City, where she moved for a broader perspective than her South Carolina roots. She was first employed in New York at Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit that supports fine art photography, then at an academic book publisher called Chelsea House. Once an intern and next a senior editor for G Magazine, Blair is now known as a visionary of the TOWN brand. She is specifically known for editing, writing, conceptualizing, and packaging; her knack for words/puns/wordsmithing; and for seeing small things (literally and figuratively) while seeing the big picture. This recipe of unique talents is recognizable in every word and page of the publication. She enjoys food culture (particularly cooking or indulging in delicious food and drink with friends at any number of downtown restaurants). She also finds satisfaction in sustainable living and being active outdoors, spiritual study and reflection, traveling, and (when there’s time for it) being domestic in her apartment.
Panelist, Janet Krupka: Janet earned her B.S. at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and then a M.I.B.S. (Master in International Business Studies) degree from USC. As a part of the program, Janet had a six-month internship with Michelin in France, and then joined the company full-time in the US after graduation. Throughout the course of her more than 30-year career with Michelin, Janet has held numerous roles in Human Resources and in Sales. Currently, Janet is the Director of Recruiting for Michelin North America. In the community, her passion for people and diversity also led to her volunteer involvement with Upstate International and Meals on Wheels.