Virtual 2020 Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon

June 25, 2020

12:00 - 1:30 PM

This virtual event is free, but please register in advance.

Your link to join the panel will be sent via email the day before the event.

Jun. 25, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2020

The 17th Annual Women in the Arts and Business Luncheon is coming to you — virtually — from your own homes!

Join us for a live-streamed panel discussion with business leaders and performing artists who are “paving the way” in the Atlanta community. 

As an added twist this year, you can have a catered lunch (with a personal bottle of Prosecco!) and swag delivered right to your door!

This year’s theme: Dynamic Journeys: Paving the Way. 

Panelists will discuss relevant issues facing Atlanta’s business and arts communities including cultural value shifts, life/work balance, how the arts and business ecology are evolving, and the place for arts in our community’s future.

Each year, we also honor two Atlantans who are making a valuable impact on our community with an all-star panel moderated by Synchronicity's Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Rachel May.

Our panelists: 

Terry Burrell – Broadway Actress and Writer

Geneva Gross  Vice President, Customer Experience, Call One, Inc. 

Christina Smith – Principal Flute, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Susana Maria Chavez –  Executive Vice President, Parking Company of America, Inc. (PCA)

Our two esteemed honorees

Sonya M. Halpern - Principal, WIAT Consulting

Ariel Fristoe - Artistic Director, Out of Hand Theatre


Our 2020 Silent Auction is now live! Bid on a variety of new experiences, swag packages, and more here. Helpful hint: our auction site will require you to register before you can bid, so click the "Register as a bidder" option before you start browsing! Double the community impact when you bid on any of our Artist–led or Black-Owned Business packages. 50% of all proceeds to both our Artist-led and Black-Owned Business items will go back to those who donated!

Online Networking

The networking component, one of the key opportunities the event has come to be known for, will be in the form of breakout sessions, and will be an interactive element offered during the event.


Find sponsorship details here.

We are happy to discuss custom sponsorship adjustments to meet a company’s needs.
For more information, please contact us at: 404.974.3291 or

Adventurers:  Assurant

Leaders:  Equifax, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Alston & Bird, Delta Community Credit Union, Agnes Scott College, Federal Home Loan Bank, KPMG, Small Business Services, Insight Design, The Lola

Host Committee:  Kristie Madara, Brian Kurlander, Laura Kurlander-Nagel


Sonya M. Halpern

Principal, WIAT Consulting

Sonya Halpern is an entrepreneur with two decades of fundraising, marketing and event production experience in for-profit and non-profit environments. She recently launched Whiskey in a Teacup (WIAT) Consulting, an arts and cultural consultancy and communications firm.

Sonya’s superpower is her ability to translate mission into a compelling oral, visual or programmatic narrative that allows entities to meet their goals. With a passion for the arts, politics and education, Ms. Halpern has dedicated her civic and philanthropic engagement in these areas.


Ariel Fristoe

Artistic Director | Out of Hand Theater

Ariel Fristoe is the founder and Artistic Director of Out of Hand Theater. Since 2001, Out of Hand has partnered with dozens of organizations to create innovative events that build community and promote social change. Ariel holds a BA in Theater and French, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where she received the Lewis Sudler Prize in the Arts and the Friends of Theater Emory Most Valuable Collaborator Award. She won the Loridans Artist Encouragement Award in 2009. Ariel teaches arts administration and arts management at Emory.

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We’ll see if there is a good match for you at Synchronicity as an intern!

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