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Rob had been enjoying the fine arts events and great company at The National Arts Club as a member for many years when in 2011 he proposed that the club create an event series focused on art & technology. Since then, the Art & Technology Committee has been welcoming the orthodox and iconoclasts alike to share their profound ideas and perspectives with the public. From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s outer space to Graham Hancock’s inner space, the events are an opportunity to excite the curious, provoke discussion on world-changing topics that aren’t yet woven into the fabric of our collective discourse, and bring together big brains and kind hearts so they may meet, collaborate and inspire one another.
As a founding partner of business law firm Griffitts O’Hara, Rob spends his days counseling entrepreneurs, start-ups and creative professionals. He was a founding board member of Figment, which produces the annual Figment arts festival in ten cities around the country, including on Governors Island in New York City, and Sympho, which is reinventing the classical music experience for younger audiences.
Dave first learned about the National Arts Club from Rob Griffitts while on a trip deep in the Amazon jungle. The idea of stimulating conversation about timely, thought-provoking ideas intrigued him greatly, and he joined the Club and the Committee soon after returning from the jungle. Together, they further refined the Committee’s vision and have since been curating inspirational talks from thought leaders around the world.
Dave spends his days working as a Strategic Account Director for Sharethrough, a Silicon Valley backed venture in the advertising technology sector. His passions are extreme world travel, cultural anthropology, and ancient civilizations. He collects indigenous art from around the world. He has traveled extensively including to South America, Africa, Antarctica, Australia, and Europe. He has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier. You can read more about his adventures at www.daveforddoesearth.com.
Steven is a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard LLP, and a principal at CDAS Venture Law Group. Steve is one of the first digital media lawyers, and has been a highly active dealmaker in the technology venture scene for over 20 years. He brings a uniquely high level of practical business experience to working out new deal structures in digital media, mobile, entertainment, and a wide variety of other industries. His primary areas of expertise include corporate, intellectual property, contracts, negotiation and strategic deal-making.
Steve is a regular speaker at Sundance, CES, SXSW, CTIA, Mobile World Congress, and Digital Hollywood and has written a great many articles on cutting edge business and legal issues. He edited the 2010 International Association of Entertainment Lawyers book on Collective Rights Licensing, and frequently blogs about new business issues. He serves on the board of New York’s Industrial Assistance Technology Corporation, Institute of Play (using game theory in education), HarvestWorks Digital Media Arts Center, and the National Arts Club Art and Technology Committee. Steve started his career working on and off Capitol Hill in Washington DC, worked at Sabin, Bermant & Gould on Conde Nast‘s corporate and cable TV deals, and founded MasurLaw, a boutique venture and digital media law firm, which he ran for nearly 20 years. Steve went to Colby College, and got his law degree at American University, Washington College of Law.
Persia is a digital marketer and has held various roles in the advertising industry over the past eleven years. Working with new technologies she accomplished many creative digital firsts for companies including Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Fox Searchlight.
She enjoys creating unique and memorable experiences online as well as in the physical world. To-date she has produced over 50 events in New York City and across the country from fashion shows to art happenings.
Her pursuit of the “wow” moment extends to SUCRÉ BLEU, which merges art with the culinary to create edible sculptures.