Registration Deadline: July 7, 2023
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2023-07-11T17:00:00 - 2023-07-11T17:30:00
|Include the optional walking tour with your registration|
Mill River Park and Greenway in Downtown Stamford is the result of more than 20 years of collaboration between government, corporations, foundations, and private citizens. This active park features a carousel, playground, restored river, interactive fountain, ice skating center, and brand new Whittingham Discovery Center – a year-round environmental education facility and visitor center. The park is managed by the Mill River Collaborative through a public-private partnership.
Join us on July 11th on the rooftop amenity space of the Whittingham Discovery Center for an interactive discussion on the development of the park and its buildings, with a focus on the Collaborative's efforts to activate the public space, the key environmental features of the park and buildings, and best practices for public private partnerships. A networking reception will follow.
SVP Event and Marketing, Stamford Downtown
President & CEO, Mill River Park Collaborative
Director, Education and Sustainability, Mill River Park Collaborative
Kristi Janowski, SEA, is the Director of Education and Sustainability for Mill River Park Collaborative. She has over 20 years of experience in Environmental Education and previously helped launch and scale a wildlife education company that has served the tri-state area for nearly two decades. Before joining the Collaborative, she worked as an environmental and sustainability education consultant. She serves as the Co-Chair for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ New York City Chapter and previously served on the boards of the Conscious Capitalism Connecticut Chapter and the Connecticut Outdoor Education Association
Nette Compton is the President & CEO of Mill River Park Collaborative, a world-class urban park in the heart of Stamford that serves as both an oasis in city life and a vibrant, diverse, green-space that inspires sound environmental practices and learning. She took over the helm of the organization at the start of 2022, after 8 years with The Trust for Public Land. In her previous role, she was the AVP, Director of Strategy who oversaw the creation and implementation of multiple strategic plans, built programs in creative placemaking, climate and community health, and informed the organization’s work on equity. She is a licensed landscape architect with a masters degree from Cornell University in urban horticulture with deep experience in public parks, green infrastructure, and organizational management.
Ms. Colatrella is a lifelong force in the Stamford arts community. For the past 21 years, as Senior Vice President of Events and Marketing for the Stamford Downtown, Lynne has been instrumental in the economic success of the downtown. As a concert promoter, Lynne has brought national artists to the downtown. Artists BB King, T-Pain, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Beach Boys and countless others have graced the downtown stage. Openers for these headliners are always local acts allowing them the opportunity to perform for thousands. Lynne also curates public art in Stamford Downtown. From Botero to Seward Johnson to local artists, Art in Public Places is seen every summer in the downtown. Currently, Lynne serves as Chair of Stamford Arts and Culture Commission. As co-founder and Executive Director of Curtain Call, Inc., Lynne was instrumental in successfully negotiating a contract with the City of Stamford to run Curtain Call out of the almost defunct Sterling Barn Theatre Property. Curtain Call was the first not for profit company in the City of Stamford to be housed in a city owned facility. During her tenure there Curtain Call ranked number 2 in audience development according to the Mackenzie Study that was completed in 1997. In 1991, Lynne created Summer Youth Theatre and over the years has trained 1000’s of local kids in the theatre arts. Many of which have Broadway, Television and Film careers. Curtain Call is 30 years old and is still celebrating success. As a stage director, Lynne has directed at local theatres from Wilton to Stamford. She is currently the creative producer of Scripts on Tap at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, creating an outlet for stage readings of new works. Lynne’s professional background includes marketing, sponsorships, media relations, corporate, city and state partnerships. She is accomplished in event logistics and public safety measures. Lynne is a member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is also an accomplished actress, singer and stage director and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity