BabsonARTS conversations showcase dynamic speakers ranging from prominent arts leaders to literary luminaries. They discuss their work and share their insights, engaging with the audience in an intimate setting.

Jamie Kent

CONVERSATION: Friday, September 27, 12:30 P.M.
Jamie Kent ’09, Kerry O’Neil M ’79, and
Allison Clifford, Marketing Specialist, Bose Live Music Team
Sorenson Black Box
(FREE with reservation at *Reservation link will be available in late-August.

Jamie Kent’s fusion of entrepreneurship and music, which he refers to as “Artrepreneurship,” has led him to top Billboard charts and founding a touring music festival. In this panel discussion Jamie brings together two of his frequent collaborators: Kerry O’Neil M’79, founding member of the entertainment consulting firm of O’Neil Hagaman, LLC, which is focused solely on the entertainment industry as well as co-founder of Big Yellow Dog Music, an independent music publishing and artist development company; and Allison Clifford, Marketing Specialist for the Bose Live Music Team where she develops and tracks marketing strategies and collaborates with PR agencies to create featured product stories focused on artist and festival applications. The panel will discuss the music industry, music management, and how the entrepreneurial and creative thought processes utilize the same filter for idea generation.


Crafting Political Discourse: A Conversation with Adam Farina ’15, Speechwriter

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 P.M.
Carling-Sorenson Theater
(FREE with reservation at *Reservation link will be available in late-August.

At a time when the U.S. political landscape is dynamic and often divisive, speechwriters craft the persuasive, memorable, and influential messages that help win elections and keep citizens engaged. Adam Farina, valedictorian of the Babson class of 2015, serves as the speechwriter for Congressman and 2020 Presidential candidate, Seth Moulton. Adam will share anecdotes from the campaign trail about the power of political rhetoric and discuss how an entrepreneurship education prepared him for an unorthodox post–Babson career.
Foundations of Critical Inquiry (FCI) Speaker, presented by the Arts & Humanities and History & Society Divisions.


Fine Art & Business: A Conversation with Stephanie Bond ’96 of Childs Gallery

ARTS & BUSINESS CONVERSATION: Friday, October 11, 12:30 P.M.
Sorenson Upper Lobby
(FREE with reservation at *Reservation link will be available in late-August.

Stephanie V. Bond, director and co-owner of Childs Gallery in Boston, MA, is an avid collector and has been engaged in the purchase and sale of American and European art for the past twenty years. Established in 1937 on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, Childs Gallery holds one of the largest inventories of oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, and sculpture in the United States and has a long-standing focus on women artists. The gallery serves collectors, artists, estates, and corporate clients in the buying and selling of fine art, and places exceptional works in major museums nationwide. Stephanie has served on the board of the Newbury Street League and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Annual Sale.


Jay Gassner ’97: United Talent Agency

ARTS & BUSINESS CONVERSATION: Friday, November 1, 12:30 P.M.
Sorenson Upper Lobby
(FREE with reservation at *Reservation link will be available in late-August.

Motion Picture Talent Agent Jay Gassner ’97 grew up in Holliston, MA and joined United Talent Agency in Los Angeles shortly after graduating from Babson College. There he started in the mailroom and was promoted to an agent in the TV Literary Department in 2001. In 2013, he was named a Partner in the agency and has been the Co-Head of the Motion Picture Talent Department since 2015. He also oversees the Commercial & Endorsements Group. Gassner’s clients include Kevin Hart, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone (collectively The Lonely Island), Issa Rae, Craig Robinson, Keegan Michael Key, Randall Park, Constance Wu, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and RICK & MORTY creator Justin Roiland. We wrap up the fall Arts & Business series featuring Babson alumni with this candid talk about working with actors and talent in Hollywood.