What’s Her Story with Joan Brodsky
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This event is being offered as a free education session.
900 Elm Street
This networking series features successful women sharing their stories with other business owners and executives. Our guest speaker, Joan Brodsky, has a 40-year background in the arts, dance, and creative movement and is the founder of the New Hampshire Dance Collaborative, a nonprofit that provides interdisciplinary dance events across the state and offers well-paid opportunities for performing artists.
Founder, New Hampshire Dance Collaborative
Joan Brodsky has worked as a dance and movement professional for the last 40 years. After performing professionally, she trained in physical therapy, Pilates and Biosomatics, and opened The Studio in Bedford, New Hampshire in 2000. In 2015, Joan completed training with The National Institute for Whole Health as a Whole Health Educator and coach. Currently, she runs The Studio Within, a smaller, more intimate version of The Studio. She also serves as Vice Chair of Big Brother Big Sister of New Hampshire and Trustee at Canterbury Shaker Village. Joan is also a board member of Articine, an innovative organization that merges art and medicine.
The New Hampshire Dance Collaborative (NHDC) was inspired by a citizen action arts initiative called ArtFront. In 2017, four citizen activists organized a pop-up, multidisciplinary show that combined dance and visual arts. This unique event took the city by storm. Three successful nights of ArtFront demonstrated that dance can gain a foothold in the public’s appreciation. This event inspired Joan to launch New Hampshire Dance Collaborative, whose mission is to collaborative with other arts, cultural, educational or business organization while using dance as an interpretive element. Each performance is unique to the setting and allows the audience an informal way to better understand dance. To date NHDC has hosted more than 20 collaborative performances throughout New Hampshire. Most recently, Joan is using the business accelerator model with dance organizations because she saw that what emerging dance artists need to succeed is a small investment and strategic, marketing and business skills.
Director, McLane Middleton
Attorney Linda Johnson is a Director and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Education Law Group and Chair Emeritus of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Linda has been named as a leading education and employment attorney by Best Lawyers in America. She is also recognized as a national authority on student and campus safety issues, risk management, crisis response, employment law and independent school law issues. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest rating for legal ethics and services. Linda is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, and was the first woman to serve as an officer of the NH Bar Association when she became the treasurer in 1988. Among other awards, she has been selected as an Outstanding Business Woman of New Hampshire and part of the “New Hampshire 200,” The Granite State’s Most Influential Business Leaders by N.H. Business Review.