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Karen Brooks Hopkins | 2014 Keynote Speaker

Karen Brooks Hopkins is the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she has worked since 1979. She oversees the institution’s 230 full-time employees and its multiple theaters and cinemas. Hopkins has served as the Chair of the Cultural Institutions Group, has been a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and the New York State Board of Regents, and she is currently a member of the Boards of NYC & Company, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Global Cultural Districts Network.
Hopkins was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star from the Royal Dramatic Theater of Sweden, named Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and awarded the King Olav Medal by Norway. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association of Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s.

Her widely read book, Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations is currently in its second edition. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she received her MFA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Hopkins resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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