Lara Herscovitch

 
 

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES

Lara has conducted and facilitated hundreds of presentations, workshops and classes for a wide variety of audiences, including arts & nonprofit, business, government, philanthropic, academic and faith communities. She is currently offering the following workshops / classes for cultural arts organizations, retreat centers, libraries and other settings. Customized facilitated sessions are also possible.

 

CURRENT WORKSHOPS/CLASSES

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  • Wingspan: Building Creative Confidence & Courage
  • Mission, Values & Bridge-Building
  • Songwriting Essentials
  • Miles to Go: Songs, Stories & Insights From a Life in Music


PAST THEMES

  • Music, arts & social justice
  • Philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building & business partnerships
  • Macro social work, legislative process & advocacy
  • Juvenile and criminal justice system reform, racial & ethnic disparities
  • Early childhood development, education, youth development


SELECT CURRENT & PAST PARTNERS

 

ACADEMIC - Albertus Magnus College, Brown University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, New England College & New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sacred Heart University, University of Connecticut School of Social Work, Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth, Yale School of Management

 

GOVERNMENT - Commission on Racial & Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Connecticut Office of Policy & Management / Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Connecticut State Department of Education, U.S. Attorney’s Office & The Justice Education Center, U.S. Department of Justice / Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention

 

COALITION, PHILANTHROPY & BUSINESS - Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Connecticut Conference on Volunteerism, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, General Electric Company, Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation, MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change, JP Morgan Chase, National Juvenile Justice Network, National Society of Fund Raising Executives-CT, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition, New York State Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships, People’s Music Network

 

NONPROFIT - The Ana Grace Project, Artreach, Broward Folk Club, Community Leadership Program, Connecticut Public Television (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), Connecticut Youth Service Association & multiple Youth Service Bureaus, National Association on Mental Illness-CT, South Florida Folk Festival

 

Testimonials:

 

"Lara Herscovitch was amazing. She walks the walk, provided a safe space for us to really delve into the issues at hand and guide us through ways of empowering ourselves. I can't say enough good things about her and the weekend. Love love love. I came back changed and uplifted."-Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY Campus, Confidence, Courage & Creativity: An Exploration for Artists workshop participant

 

"Lara is an incredibly gifted musician, artist and facilitator. She brought energy and compassion as well as passion to the whole weekend. I was hesitant at the beginning but knew by the end I was in good hands with Lara and our entire group." -Omega Institute, Confidence, Courage & Creativity workshop participant 

  

"Lara is a joy to work with; it was our pleasure to have her at Wisdom House, to do individual coaching around songwriting and creative courage, as well as a full concert. We look forward to having her back!" -Deborah Kelley, Executive Director & Bonnie Mis, Program Manager

  

"It is always wonderful to have Lara with us. Whether she is adding her soulful original music to a service, or helping design and implement workshops or retreats, I am always inspired and transformed by her gifts. In these crazy days we are living in, I feel better just knowing she is in the world and sharing her gifts for good.” -Rev. Erica Thompson, Asylum Hill Congregational Church

  

"Deeply connecting, challenging, encouraging. I am so grateful for this workshop with Lara!" -Omega Institute, Confidence, Courage & Creativity workshop participant

 

Faculty comments, New England College & New Hampshire Institute of Art merger workshop on Mission, Values & Team-Building: "Great energy... Excellent workshop! Had a great time… Great facilitator integrated her own singer/songwriter skills effectively for our needs… Great job. Well worth the time today… Thank you for sharing your gifts with us… Particularly worthwhile… Very helpful... Thank you for bringing us back to being human…"

 

 "Lara is the real deal. Kindness, knowledge, patience, what a gift. She has helped me with my song writing and music insight, Lara creates the space for magic to happen. She is one very special soul.” -Cricket Murphy, individual artist songwriting / coaching

 

"Lara was a delightful presenter and facilitator for our faculty development full-day workshop. She was extremely well-prepared and based her presentation on the college’s objectives and goals, refreshing the long time faculty while enlightening our new faculty members with what we, as a college, stand for.  Several faculty in attendance commented how the discussions were the best they had been a part of in years. Others were appreciative of Lara being an artist and having that sensitivity to their concerns.  She was also very effective in addressing some sensitive issues and winning over an unwilling participant. She is someone I would bring back without hesitation." -Kittie M. Weber, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Chair of Faculty Development Committee, New England College