Designer’s Dinner Sparks Constructive Conversations

Cynthia Gale, a maker of historically based museum jewelry lines, holds an annual dinner to thank her supporters, including museum store proprietors, journalists, academics, and other industry friends. But the affair is more than just a way to show gratitude. It also primes participants for relaxed conversations and productive networking. “When you get an interesting mix of people together, conversations gel, and the evening becomes something vibrant,” Gale says. Susan DeLand, head of retail and merchandise development for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, appreciated the presentations at a recent dinner, from the food to the Indonesian dancers who provided entertainment. “We’re all in the business of presentation,” DeLand says. “We look at things all the time to appeal to an aesthetic or to create a mood.” DeLand also gained a valuable business contact. Her muse
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