Founder and Chairman
In addition to The September Concert, Smith is a full-time COO of Felissimo Universal Corporation of America.
She directs DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, a joint venture with UNESCO, which promotes Design for the
Greater Good (www.design21sdn.com) and its companion website, Social Designer (www.socialdesigner.com).
Under her leadership, Felissimo’s landmark townhouse has also long been a home to many creative ideas, products and
exhibitions, as well as a venue for socially and culturally significant events. Smith also serves as Director of the
UNESCO/Tribute 21 Fund, overseeing the launch of DREAM (Dance, Read, Express Art, Music) Centers for children in
post-conflict regions of the world. Since 2002, DREAM Center has opened in Kabul (Afghanistan), Port-au-Prince (Haiti),
Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Monrovia (Liberia) and East Jerusalem. In 2005 she was a New Yorker of the Week on NY1,
and a nominee for NY Public Library's Brooke Astor Award. She received Community Service Award from the
Asian American Foundation in 2007, and Culture Machine Award in 2009.
Director, Dancer, Choreographer and Founder of National Dance Institute
Jacques is a world renowned American ballet dancer and choreographer. He was a principal dancer with the
New York City Ballet, where ballets were especially created for him by famous choreographer George
Balanchine. Additionally he choreographed ballets for the New York City Ballet. Jacques d'Amboise
founded the National Dance Institute, which teaches school children how to dance. A documentary film
about Jacques d'Amboise and the National Dance Institute won an Academy Award. Jacques d'Amboise has
received many honors and awards, including a Kennedy Center Honors Award, a National Medal of the Arts,
and a New York Governor's Award.
Beth Browde, President of Browde Communications
Beth runs her own consulting firm specializing in marketing, communication, organizational change, and
executive coaching. Before launching Browde Communications, Beth headed strategic communications for Ci2i;
served as manager in the Business Strategy practice at Answerthink Consulting; and headed firm-wide
communication at KPMG. In 2004 Beth started a not-for-profit, The Millennium Initiative, through which
she has worked with Jeffrey Sachs to help to engage individuals, communities and the business sector to
achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Before Beth’s corporate engagements she began life in the arts,
studying with famed music teacher, Nadia Boulanger and achieving modest success first as a singer, later
as a classical guitarist, and finally as an actress and writer. Beth’s writing has appeared in
Harper’s Magazine, New York Magazine and a number of business publications. Her plays have been produced
off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
Milagros del Corral, Ph.D.
Director-General of the National Library of Spain and Chairperson of the National Commission for Digitization of Cultural Contents, Ministry of Culture, Spain
Formerly Deputy-Assistant Director General for Culture at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
in Paris, Ms. Del Corral has had a long and successful career in information science, publishing, and arts & cultural industries,
holding many key public positions. She speaks 6 languages and is an accomplished classical pianist. She lives in Madrid and spends
her vacations in her second home in Popayan, Columbia.
John Daly Goodwin
Conductor & Music Director for New York Choral Society
John Goodwin is a world famous conductor and music director. He has conducted more than ninety concerts in
and around New York City alone, including thirty performances in Carnegie Hall and six at Lincoln Center,
and he has led eight international concert tours at music festivals and major concert halls in Europe and
Asia. He has conducted for many national television broadcasts including the 1998 Grammy Awards from
Rockefeller Center, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala from Lincoln Center, a July 4th concert from
Liberty State Park with Andrea Bocelli, and numerous appearances on the Today Show on NBC. He is the
music director of the New York Choral Society, on the music faculty at New York University, and also
a founding member of the professional vocal quartet A Viva Voce.
Darryl Pottorf has been creating complex, inspiring works for more than 30 years, continuously pushing the
boundaries of his medium and subject matter. He has traveled extensively, and his work reflects his love of
classical and architectural forms. (He is a practicing architect. He has designed Robert Rauschenberg's home
and studio as well as his own, and continues to design both residential and commercial spaces.) Pottorf's work
has been exhibited at major galleries and museums throughout the world. He has also collaborated with
Robert Rauschenberg on a series of outstanding exhibitions. He is now President of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation,
and lives and works in Captiva, Florida.
Attorney at Law
Rebecca Seawright is an attorney with a practice specializing in Charitable Gift Annuity Licensing.
She is the former Assistant District Attorney in Kings County and former Executive Director of the
Texas Women's Political Caucus.
Taro Patrick Smith Ph.D.
A University of Colorado graduate, Dr. Smith has over 10 years combined
experience in business management, market development, and biomedical
research. His specialty is in translational science (bench to bedside
research) bridging the gap between scientific ideas and the market. He has
participated in the formation, development, and funding of several start-ups
within the medical industry. Previously, Dr. Smith served as the Chief
Operating Officer a medical provider network. He is a competitive bicycle
racer and ski product tester.
Curator & Gallery Owner
Sundaram is a New York-based curator and gallery owner. He promotes East-West dialogues through
multicultural and multidisciplinary exhibitions and events. Previously a director at Pace Wildenstein,
Sundaram has worked with many international organizations including The Peggy Guggenheim Foundation,
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MOMA, New York; the United Nations; and the National Gallery of
Modern Art, New Delhi. In 1999, he was nominated by Avenue magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential
Asian-Americans in the United States.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925 - 2008)
"The irrepressibly prolific American artist who time and again reshaped art in the 20th century, died on
Monday night at his home on Captiva Island, Fla. He was 82."
(NY Times, 5/14/08)
Bob Rauschenberg was a
founding member of this Board, a precious friend and great source of inspiration. We were very proud to
have had him on the Board and miss him very much.