May 5th, 2017 – Inside The Minds of Creative Geniuses

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Inside The Minds of Creative Geniuses


Ruby Rose Fox

Musician, Actress, Activist, and Coach

“Hey Everyone! I’m Ruby and I am a musician, actress, activist, and coach in Boston, MA. Besides creating art and events, I love helping other artists connect more authentically to themselves and their audience. Looking forward to meeting you!”

Ruby Rose Fox, a vocal powerhouse of soul­-driven, edgy rock ‘n’ roll (with a nod to new­wave pop), whose voice threatens to knock down the walls of any room in which she performs is making 2016 her strongest year of new releases and live performances.

The Boston Herald describes Ruby Rose Fox’s music as “arty, edgy rock ‘n’ roll that lets her be Lou Reed and Nico at the same time… [and seems] to come from another scene, another world.”

In July & August 2015 Ruby Rose Fox was both the Improper Bostonian magazine’s pick for Best Musician of 2015 in the “Boston’s Best” issue, and featured on the cover of its 2015 “Music” issue. Ruby also took home the “Best Pop Artist,” and “Best Female Vocalist” honors at the 2015 Boston Music Awards, and was named “Female Performer of the Year,” by the 2016 New England Music Awards.


Maria Finkelmeier

Founder, Kadence Arts

“Hello! I’m Maria – a percussionist, composer, and all-around-noise-maker. I create multi-faceted artistic projects through my own practice, as well as through my non-profit, Kadence Arts.”

Maria Finkelmeier – Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. Maria is founder and director of Kadence Arts, a non-profit devoted to incubating artistic projects, curating performances, and engaging local communities through music making. Dedicated to shaping the next generation of performers and arts administrators, Maria is a lecturer at Northeastern University’s Music Industry Leadership program, and from 2012 – 2015 she served as the program manager of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence.


Peter DiMuro

Executive Director, Dance Complex

Hello! I’m Peter and I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Get there early! 

Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts engager, touring and teaching internationally.

He was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, capping a 15 year relationship as performer and lead-artist with the company founded by MacArthur “Genius” Lerman.

His current creative umbrella is Public Displays of Motion, a company that develops and performs artistic works and cultivates dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. The company was recently awarded a Boston Center for the Arts residency, as well as the Boston Dance Alliance’s 2014/15 Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship. In his earlier Boston years, he created work with his own Peter DiMuro Performance Associates and danced with Gerri Houlihan, Ruth Birnberg, Susan Rose and in the eclectic repertory (Bebe Miller, Lucinda Childs, Charles Moulton, Wendy Perron) of Concert Dance Company. He made his professional debut at what is now The Dance Complex’s Julie Ince Thompson Theatre.

Peter was named a White House Millennial Artist in 2000, a 1995 Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts Award recipient, and his work has received grants/support from the National Performance Network, the Mass Artists’ Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2010, he represented the US as an emissary for the Department of State in Madrid, teaching and adjudicating an international competition for emerging artists.

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Chris Schroeder

BOSTON-BASED MUSICIAN, CHRISTOPHER SCHROEDER is a catalyst for social change through music. As an experienced conductor and trumpeter, he connects and inspires musicians of all ages to achieve their highest level of musicianship, while instilling character traits that transcend rehearsal and performance spaces. As a nationally recognized speaker, Schroeder works with educators and conductors on building classroom culture, refining rehearsal techniques, strategic program development and music and arts-infused curriculum design.

An active conductor and music educator, Schroeder is Music Director for the Cape Youth Orchestra on Cape Cod, MA; Director of Community Engagement & Music Director for Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, MA; Program Manager and Faculty for Longy School of Music of Bard College’s El Sistema Side by Side orchestra in Cambridge, MA; National Teaching Faculty with the LA Phil and Longy School of Music of Bard College National “Take A Stand” Festival.

Having begun his career as a performer at Walt Disney World, he seeks to create a synergy with audiences through entertaining and participatory programing. Schroeder has experienced the transformative power of project-based, music and arts-infused teaching models first-hand in his work with Conservatory Lab Charter School. Understanding the importance of regular and authentic music experiences for students, Schroeder works with music and arts organizations throughout the Northeast and the nation on collaborations in which his students and music professionals engage in side-by-side rehearsals and performances. As an active speaker, guest clinician, and consultant through Conn Selmer, Schroeder has observed and taught in socially-conscious music programs, in urban settings primarily, across the United States, Europe and South America and leads professional development sessions for teachers and arts-leaders.


My name is Kit and I’m the founder of BostonSpeaks. I’ve started this monthly breakfast series in order to build a community where entrepreneurs, business professionals, workaholics and individuals could come together to get motivated, learn the latest tips and discover new insights. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @kitpangx 

Bio: Kit Pang is a Speaker Coach, TEDx, Inbound & Keynote Speaker and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission to help individuals fall in love with public speaking. Kit has worked with CEOs, popular authors, celebrities, TEDx speakers and entrepreneurs looking to bring their speaking and presentation skills to the next level. @boston_speaks |




MAY 5th, 2017 | 8AM-10AM | 50 Milk Street, ANCHOR Room Boston, MA 02109

Breakfast, Networking, Chit-Chat
Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
Leadership and Communication Educational Session
My Story, My Life, My Rules
Panel Discussion
Closing, Shout-outs, Networking

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The event will be from 8am-10am. Seating will be first come, first serve. Be sure to arrive early as the room is usually packed. Feel free to leave at anytime. 

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BostonSpeaks invites you to join our monthly panel breakfast series for the entrepreneurial community! Learn, network and get inspired every month as we invite some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and top thought leaders in Boston to discuss tricks-of-the-trade in their fields and the success principles they gained along the way! First Friday, Every Month!

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