Friday, September 19, 2014
New York Foundation’s Mottola Questions the Need for Celebrity Speakers at Philanthropic Conferences
Why would it bother me that Alec Baldwin is going to be the keynote speaker at the Independent Sector conference in Seattle? I've been on conference planning committees and I know you need a big name to entice people to log off email and travel great distances to talk to one another.
The whole idea is kind of depressing. While it may be a coup to snag Alec Baldwin as a speaker, to give him the spotlight at this particular point in his career feels like we won the celebrity consolation prize. It feels, truth be told, a little desperate....