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Conference 2014 Keynote Address

NDEO is excited to announce the 2014 National Conference Keynote Address:
GRAND CLOSING: NDEO Awards and Dinner featuring Keynote Address by Mary Ittelson: "Civic Collaborations: Elevating Dance Education in Chicago"
Saturday, November 8, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm 
Regency Ballroom
Hyatt McCormick Regency Place
Attendance to the Grand Closing is included in all full NDEO conference registrations and Saturday One-Day registrations. For a la carte pricing, please contact the office at 301.585.2880 or


Mary Ittelson founded Ittelson Consulting in 1996 to provide strategic planning and leadership counsel to arts and cultural organizations. Her clients include museums, theaters, dance companies, foundations and government agencies. Ms. Ittelson’s previous consulting experience was at McKinsey and Company Inc. where she served a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

A leader and manager in the cultural sector, Ms. Ittelson recently completed a four-year term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). An MCA board member since 2002, Ms. Ittelson has chaired the Performance Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chaired the Director’s Search Committee. She was the MCA Associate Director for eight years responsible for all business aspects as well as for overseeing the new museum building and expansion project.

Mary Ittelson

Prior to launching her arts and management career, Mary Ittelson was a professional dancer and choreographer. She was an Assistant Professor of Theater at Northwestern University where she participated in the launch of the university’s first accredited dance program and was elected to the faculty Honor Roll for teaching excellence. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Crossroads, Inc., a New York based company of dancers and musicians. 

Ms. Ittelson created a body of work as a freelance choreographer and received a Music and Dance Fellowship at the American Dance Festival. Her performances include concerts in New York City at The Juilliard School, New York University and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and in Chicago at Northwestern University, MoMing and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Ms. Ittelson earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1985, a BA in Choreography in 1979 from New York University and studied dance at The Julliard School. She serves on the Stanford University Arts Advisory Council, the City of Chicago Cultural Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of Ingenuity, Inc.