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Innovative Thinker Summer Speaker Series: Priya Parker with Wendy Woon

July 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


SITE Santa Fe’s Innovative Thinker Summer Speaker Series brings together high-profile visionaries to discuss thought-provoking, relevant, and complex cultural issues.

In 2022, SITE Santa Fe is thrilled to host two public conversations: Priya Parker with Wendy Woon, and Anand Giridharadas with Amy Whitaker. This series will cover poignant topics including interpersonal connection in the pandemic era and the vast inequities of the art world.

The New Era in (Re)Gathering: Priya Parker with Wendy Woon

Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 pm

Priya Parker is helping us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. She is a master facilitator, strategic advisor, acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters​, and executive producer and host of the​ ​New York Times​ podcast ​Together Apart​. Parker ​has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community and identity and vision at moments of transition. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India.

Parker is a founding member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Values Council and the New Models of Leadership, and a Senior Expert at Mobius Executive Leadership. She studied organizational design at MIT, public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia.

Parker’s ​The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters ​(Riverhead, 2018) has been named a Best Business Book of the year by Amazon, Esquire Magazine, NPR, the Financial Times, 1-800-CEO-READS, and Bloomberg. She has spoken on the TED Main Stage, and her TEDx talk on purpose has been viewed over 1 million times. Parker’s work has been featured in numerous outlets including the ​New York Times​, the ​Wall Street Journal​, NPR, ted.com, forbes.com, Real Simple magazine, oprah.com, Bloomberg, Glamour, the Today Show and Morning Joe. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband ​Anand Giridharadas, and their two children.

Wendy Woon is an artist, educator, instigator, cultivator, partner, parent, friend, and mentor with over 35 years of innovative leadership in progressively high-profile contemporary art institutions. Most recently, she held the deputy director for education position at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Woon is a highly regarded thinker featured in public conversations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Americas. She considers art an important catalyst that connects people across differences, a vibrant source for people to learn with and from each other. She believes that art museums must radically change to remain relevant to future generations, reimagining their roles, priorities, and how they define and deploy their resources. Woon envisions art museums that are research-based and values-driven, and holistically responsive to the needs of their communities now and in the future.

About the Innovative Thinker Summer Speaker Series

Innovative Thinker was established as an annual event to honor SITE Santa Fe’s former Director of Education, Juliet Myers. SITE Santa Fe is grateful to the Gale Family Foundation for their significant support of the Innovative Thinker Summer Speaker Series.


July 26, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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