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Bringing Back NYC: Sports, Live Events, and Tourism.


Join us for a discussion about the opportunities, threats and branding around bringing back large scale events and mass gatherings to NYC and what will the new “normal” look like for success?

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Moderated by Professor Paul Hardart and featuring Producer at Front Row Productions, Alia Jones-Harvey (MBA '03); Managing Director at the United States Tennis Association, Nicole Kankam (MBA '05); and SVP for Finance and Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jamie Kelleher (MBA '08).

Alia Jones-Harvey

The Olivier Award Winning and 4-time Tony Nominated Producer, has spent the past 15 years with Front Row Productions and producing partner Stephen C. Byrd mounting productions on Broadway and London’s West End with a focus on diversity on the stage, on the creative team, in management and amongst investors.  As the only African American woman lead-producing on Broadway, she is extremely proud of Broadway  directorial debuts for Debbie Allen and Liesl Tommy; as well as debuts for Danai Gurira as playwright and Dominique Morisseau as book writer of a musical.  Past productions include  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose;  A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Emily Mann and starring Blair Underwood, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and NYU Tisch alumni Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris;  The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson; Romeo & Juliet starring Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom; Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy and starring Lupita Nyong’o; Paramour, the first Cirque du Soleil musical on Broadway; Iceman Cometh directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Denzel Washington; American Son directed by Kenny Leon and starring Kerry Washington; and her 10th production, re-opening on October 16th, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.  Upcoming productions for Front Row Productions include Get Up, Stand Up: The Bob Marley Musical set to open on London’s West End October 20th and MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical set to begin performances on Broadway on December 6th.  

Jones-Harvey serves as Co-Chair of the Front Row Productions Fellowship in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, launched this Spring, to support the development over a year of gifted theatrical producers of color aiming for Broadway.  She also serves on the Board of the National Urban Technology Center, the Board of the Arthur Miller Foundation, the Advisory Board of the American Theater Wing, and is a Tony voter. Her honors include the Broadway Global Producer of the Year, Theater Communications Group Trailblazer Award, Hollywood NAACP Theatre Trailblazer Award, and Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst Award. Originally from Largo, Maryland, Jones-Harvey earned, concurrently, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. She completed her MBA in Finance and Marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business.   She is married to Phillip Harvey, Producer/Host of C3Arts Radio and Principal of Nat Creole Projects. @accessFrontRow

Nicole Kankam 

Nicole Kankam is a managing director for the United States Tennis Association overseeing all professional tennis marketing in North America as well as the USTA Foundation.

During her tenure at the USTA, Kankam has been instrumental in elevating the award-winning marketing efforts around the US Open Tennis Championships, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, including driving record-setting ticket sales and fan engagement as well as developing inspiring social justice campaigns.  She has also brought to new heights the marketing campaigns of the US Open Series summer tournaments as well as USTA Pro Circuit and Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Fed Cup home ties and the USTA Foundation fundraising efforts.

Prior to the USTA, Kankam served as the senior director for consumer marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), where she led a consumer marketing team that generated integrated marketing plans to increase viewership and attendance at fan events. Prior to the USTA and WWE, Kankam held positions with other notable brands including MTV, Virgin Mobile and Atlantic Records in a career that has spanned 20+ years in the sports and entertainment industry. A native of Akron, Ohio, Kankam graduated with honors from DePaul University, where she earned a bachelor’s of music in music business, and she subsequently earned her MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business where she was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellow. Kankam currently lives in New Rochelle, New York with her husband and their two children.

Jamie Kelleher

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ms. Kelleher serves as the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). In this role, Ms. Kelleher oversees the Museum’s fiscal strategy, financial operations, technology function, human resources, and risk management. She joined the Museum in 2014 as Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. Ms. Kelleher has overseen the transformation of the Museum’s financial operations and budget and planning function while also leading the development and execution of multiple finance and operating plans to address deficit challenges including those faced during the Covid-19 crisis. Prior to joining The Met, Ms. Kelleher led the finance and auction service operations at Phillips, an international contemporary art auction house, and consulted with a private equity firm on a broad range of financial restructuring initiatives within the food industry. She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the firm's technology audit practice and rose to manager in its capital markets, accounting, and valuation practice, advising complex organizations on a wide range of accounting, valuation, and due diligence topics. Ms. Kelleher is a graduate of Bucknell University and New York University's Stern School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Ms. Kelleher is also an avid runner and a board director for Consumer Reports

Paul Hardart

Paul Hardart joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Professor of Marketing in July 2017.
Professor Hardart is a partner in the online storytelling platform Witnify, which captures and curates first-person accounts of important world events. He has produced a number of critically acclaimed feature films and documentaries, including Mary and Max, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens and Before the Rains. He is an active speaker at conferences and panels related to media and technology.

Before joining NYU Stern, Professor Hardart was the founding director of the Graduate Program in Media Management at The New School. He has guest lectured at the University of California Los Angeles, The American Film Institute, Columbia University, Temple University and the University of California at San Diego. He founded and ran Universal Focus, the independent film label of Universal Pictures. During his tenure there, he oversaw the release of such films as Being John Malkovich, Pitch Black, Nurse Betty and Billy Elliot. He also created Universal Pictures’ library management program, overseeing the restoration and re-issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and the re-edit of Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil. Prior to Universal Focus, he oversaw strategic planning for Universal Pictures, which included launching new businesses and helping shape the Studio’s long-term strategy. He has also held senior positions at Warner Brothers and Turner Broadcasting and began his career at ABC Sports, CNBC and The Newark Star-Ledger.
Professor Hardart received his B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Graduate Management at Northwestern University.