Keynote Speakers

Kristin Larsen has 25+ years of experience in the administration of nonprofit and commercial cultural agencies that support the performing arts through presentation, production, organizational stabilization, and technical assistance.

Kristin rejoined Arts & Business Council of Chicago in May 2017 after serving as its Director of Programs in 2001 where she directed the staff and restructuring of the Councils three primary programs: onBoard, a training and placement program for individuals interested in serving on the boards of arts organizations, Business Volunteers for the Arts which trains and matches business professionals to skills-based volunteer projects, and the Arts Marketing Program which offered programs and services for audience development. 

Ms. Larsen ran two Chicago not for profit theatre companies between 2002 and 2013. She has been a business representative with Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents Actors and Stage Managers nationwide, the operations manager of Facets Multimedia, a premier film presenter and supplier of hard-to-find and independent films and a stage manager, company manager, and production manager in Chicago, regionally and off-Broadway for various theatres and dance companies.

Kristin served on the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, an alliance of theaters which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry. She also served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community’s fundraising effort in the fight against AIDS. Kristin currently serves on the Advisory Council of Pivot Arts Festival and she is also a volunteer for with the Joseph Jefferson Committee’s (Chicago’s local Tony Awards), DePaul University’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge program and an active member of the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

Kristin has taught at Columbia College and regularly presents on arts management, especially on topics pertaining to finance, board development and governance and organizational development and stabilization.

Ms. Larsen has her BFA in production management from The Theatre School, DePaul University and a MA in facilitating organizational effectiveness in the arts from DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

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Linda Carlisle leads the Corporate Communications function for Elkay Manufacturing. In this capacity, she is responsible for public relations, employee communications, employment branding, change management communications, crisis communications as well as community relations/philanthropy.

During her tenure with Elkay, Linda was responsible for creating the ELKAYcares annual giving campaign, because ELKAYcares employee volunteering program, and Use Your Smarts for the Arts skills-based volunteering program. Since their inception, these programs have generated over $2.6 million in support for the communities where Elkay’s employees work and live.

 Linda holds a Master’s of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Her diverse marketing career spans over two decades and includes leadership roles with both Fortune 100 companies and small entrepreneurial concerns