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ABC-TV Nightline
African American Institute
ARTS Magazine
BBC-TV
Boston University
Caribbean Cultural Center
CelebrationQuilt.com
City College of New York
City of New York
Computer Museum,
  Boston
Community Works, NYC
Leonard and Sophie Davis
Peter F. Drucker
El Museo del Barrio
Free Speech TV
Funk and Wagnals Encyclopedia
Global Organization for
  Leadership & Diversity
Henry Morrison Flagler
   Museum
Human Resource Institute
Grammavision Records
Harvard University
Jewish Community Center
   of Palm Beach County
Ted Koppel Productions
J. Patrick Lannan
   Foundation
Joyce Rey / Rodeo Reality
Lenox Library Association
Leonard & Sophie Davis
   Foundation
Metropolitan Museum
   of Art
Mutual of America
National Opinion Research
   Council University of
    Chicago
Neve Shalom /
  Wahat al-Salaam
Manhattan Borough
  President
NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
New York City Arts Alliance
New York City Public
   Schools
New York State Arts
  Council
Norton Museum
Oracle Corporation
Oram Group
Orion Pictures
Palm Beach Atlantic
  College
Palm Beach Daily News
Palm Beach Festival
Palm Beach Post
Playwrights Platform
PBS Satellite Service
Peter F. Drucker
  Foundation for NonProfit
   Management
Public Broadcasting
  Foundation of Palm
  Beach County
Regional Arts Foundation
Rodeo Realty / Joyce Rey
Schomberg Center for
  Research in Black Culture
South Florida Telecommunications
UCLA Extension
USC School of Policy,
  Planning & Development
UNICEF
U. S. Department of
  Commerce, Bureau of
  the Census
U.S. Department of State
WHRS-FM
Williams College
 

 
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Project Portfolio |Work with Visionaries | Productions
Creative Portfolio  | Writing | Testimonials
 
 
Project Portfolio – Highlights
 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP, CONSULTING, PROJECT DIRECTION
NUMEROUS INSTITUTIONS AND CLIENTS
  • 35 years of affiliations with pioneering projects — helping visionaries, leaders,
   philanthropists, educators, creators, and entrepreneurs launch new initiatives . . .
  • Distinguished achievements in an unusual breadth of disciplines —
 
 media and communications, arts, education,  journalism, nonprofit management,
   social entrepreneurship, library advancement, mental health, conflict resolution,
   survey research, web producing, social justice, arts-in-curriculum
  • Talented interdisciplinary strategic thinker, marketing and branding strategist,
   teacher and trainer, researcher, writer and editor, creative problem solver . . .
  • Reputation for helping people and organizations move beyond self-imposed
   limitations ... discover and leverage strengths ... boost performance ... innovate ...
  
and become imbued with a strategic thinking and planning orientation
  • Expertise in all aspects of Non-Profit Management — with special focus on
   Leadership Innovation, Strategic Planning, Best Practices, Fundraising Strategies
 CURRENT PROJECTS
EXECUTIVE COACHING. Recent clients have included successfully-elected city council candidate, entrepreneurs, real estate professionals,
TEACHING
• UCLA Extension
• University of Southern California Graduate School of Policy,
   Planning, and Development
WEB PORTAL DEVELOPMENT
BRANDING AND MARKETING FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
PRODUCING AND CREATIVE PROJECTC
 PROJECT PORTFOLIO
Web Site Producer/Designer and Marketing and Branding Consultant  - Currently
JOYCE REY - Executive Director Coldwell Banker Previews International
Link: www.JoyceRey.com
Consulting Director of Special Projects - 2006
GLOBAL ORGANIZATION FOR LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY
U.S. - Japan collaboration to advance global women's leadership
Development Director
PUBLIC COMMUNICATORS, INC.
Established Development Department for Public Interest TV Network. Increased donors from 400 to 8,000
Program Director
Peter F. Drucker Foundation for NonProfit Management
Resources for private, public, and social sector leaders.
  • Project Director: "The Leader of the Future" with Peter Drucker.
   Live-by-satellite seminar for largest-ever gathering of private, public, and social
   sector leaders — 10,000 people at 250 sites in the U.S. and South America.

• Project Director: Peter F. Drucker Award for NonProfit Innovation
• Editor: The Drucker Foundation News
Founding Artistic Director, Executive Vice President, Executive Producer
AARON DAVIS HALL, THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK (CCNY)
  Aaron Davis Hall - CCNYRetained by philanthropists,
Sophie and Leonard Davis (founder,
Colonial Penn Insurance; co-founder AARP
)
to solve problems with the newly-opened
three- theatre cultural center they had spearheaded.
• Created a non-profit support organization under the chairmanship of
   Arnold Picker, Chairman Emeritus of the United Artists Executive Committee.
• Established three-theatre complex as one of the nation's
   first multicultural educational and public cultural centers.
• Developed the center's sustainable management, funding, and programming
   structure; established strategic partnerships with NYC cultural institutions;
   produced hundreds of performing, visual, and media arts events; created seminal
   outreach projects; worked closely with college president to advance mission.

• Founded The International Series, a seminal Arts-in-Curriculum program that
   has served hundred of thousands of New York City public school children.

 

“I want you to know how much I appreciate what you have done for
the revitalization of Harlem and for your role in the promotion of
a multi-cultural center for the City. Under your leadership,
Aaron Davis Hall has become New York’s ‘Lincoln Center Uptown’.”

–  Edward I. Koch, former Mayor, New York City

Lenox LibraryProject Director: Model Library of the Future Project
LENOX LIBRARY
  •  Lenox, Massachusetts
"The most famous U.S. rural library"

• Secured a $225,000 Challenge Grant from
  the National Endowment for the Humanities —
   the largest grant ever given to a rural library.

• Created innovative Annual Fund Appeal  —
   increasing average gift by 60%.

 
 
 
Consultant to the Founder and President
  COMMUNITY WORKS •  New York City
Created initial Five Year Plan and case statement for this now thriving institution.
Associate Producer and Assistant to the Founder
REGIONAL ARTS FOUNDATION
Pioneer in the regional arts movement and, in the 1980s, the largest independent presenter of classical music and dance in the country.
NYC Ballet 1977. Photo by & copyright Aaron M. Cohen
Assistant to the Artistic Director and Founder
PALM BEACH FESTIVAL
Help produced the inaugural year festival: first appearance in the South of the New York City Ballet, Eubie Blake, Edward Albee, Agnes de Mille
Assistant to the President
PUBLIC BROADCASTING FOUNDATION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
Co-wrote FCC Application for new public television station
 EducatOR and trainER
Workshop Instructor: Graduate Students - Currently
USC - School of Policy, Planning, and Development
Fundamentals of Social Sector, Public Sector, and Educational Sector Fundraising:
The Essentials of Successful Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing
Instructor
UCLA EXTENSION  - Currently
Journalism, Public Relations, and Fundraising Program
Supervisor for Training and Development, Field Operations • 2000 Census
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
Palm Beach County, Florida
Asked to assume specially-created position to rescue office from impending failure;
Developed improved training for 2000 Census Enumerators for four Census projects.
Guest Instructor
WILLIAMS COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
• Issues in Leadership: The Politics of Arts Management, undergraduate course
• Guest Lecturer: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    "The Role of the Arts in Easing the Transition to a Pluralistic Society"
Adjunct Instructor
PALM BEACH ATLANTIC COLLEGE
• Mass Media and Society, undergraduate course
• Group Dynamics, for graduate nursing students
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING MEDIA CENTER
 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Over 1000 major events in the Fine, Performing, Visual, and Media Arts including:
 
  • Co-executive producer of the ABC/Ted Koppel Nightline production:
    "International Town Meeting with Nelson Mandela"

  • Executive Producer, Gala Benefit at Lincoln Center, co-chaired by major CEOs, for the premiere of the film, "Beat Street," produced by Harry Belafonte and David V. Picker. Raised $100,000 for CCNY arts education.

  • Producer. 1988 Mayoral Candidates Forum. NYC Arts Coalition

  • Co-Producer, with Opera Ebony. World premiere of operas:
    "Frederick Douglass" and "Sojourner Truth"

  • Salute to Elizabeth Cotton, with Odetta
    Composer of "Freight Train" last concert before her death

  • Executive Producer. New York Philharmonic Comes to Harlem

  • Founding Producer, Aaron Davis Hall: New Faces, New Voices, New Visions series • International Storytelling Festival • International Series and Meet the Artists series  • Art Exhibitions • Festivals •  Residencies by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dance Theatre of Harlem, UNICEF, NYC Opera National Company, Caribbean Cultural Center . . .

  • Associate Producer. Gala Opening of Aaron Davis Hall, with Ella Fitzgerald and the American Symphony Orchestra. Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patricia McBride.

  • Executive Producer. J. Patrick Lannan Salutes WHRS-FM

  • Executive Producer. Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic.
    Regional Arts Productions

 

"It was a pleasure working with you and your staff for the
visit of Nelson Mandela. You have the thanks and respect of
the U.S. Department of State. I hope to work with you again."

                – Special Agent in Charge, U. S. State Department,
                   Nelson Mandela’s first trip to the United States

At the leading edge of emerging talent to public awareness:
 
  • In 1984, produced Hip Hop, It's Hot, a Gala Benefit at Lincoln Center that previewed the film, Beat Street, for which he had helped producers Harry Belafonte and David Picker.

  • At Davis Hall at CCNY, he produced film festivals that screened Spike Lee films before the celebrated filmmaker emerged as a major talent.

  • As Executive Producer of Davis Hall, from 1984 to 1989, he hosted annual Artists in the Electronic Age Expositions — the first NYC showcase of collaborations among artists, computer programmers, and video technicians.

 WritER, EditOR, PublishER
Editor-Publisher: The Democracy Chronicle. Digest chronicling the 2000 election and September 11: writings by noted investigative journalists and thought leaders.
Editor: Issues in Leadership: The Politics of Arts Management. Williams College
Editor: The Drucker Foundation News

Flagler Museum - Palm BeachDocumentary Writer-Director-Producer.
And the Wilderness Shall Bloom: The
Story of Henry Morrison Flagler and the East Coast of Florida. Commissioned by the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach Florida.

Columnist/Reviewer: Palm Beach Post; Palm Beach Daily News
Writer-Director-Producer. Florida: State of the Arts. TV and radio Public Service Announcements, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
Editor-in-Chief: 1970 Boston University HUB
Copy Editor, Funk and Wagnals Encyclopedia. Mentored by Joseph Laffan Morse, who made encyclopedias affordable and available to everyone.
 

"Mr. Cohen is rare talented individual who I believe will
record, shape, invent, create, and influence the future.”
– Chairman, Theatre Department, Palm Beach Atlantic College

 Mission and Core Values
  Mission

To make a difference in the quality of peoples lives — now and in the future — by providing strategic and creative services, education, and skills training that support vision, foster innovation, nurture creativity, encourage curiosity, advance leadership and management excellence; and promote life-enhancing products of the human imagination.

  Core Values
  • Providing supportive, results-driven strategies and action plans that advance personal, professional, and organizational development

  • Creating new opportunities for intellectual and creative talent

  • Expanding access to educational and cultural opportunities

  • Developing interdisciplinary strategies to address critical social issues

  • Facilitating cross-cultural collaboration and communication

  • Designing innovative partnerships among the private, public, and social sectors

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