KEYNOTE / WORKSHOPS

Lara has designed, presented and facilitated hundreds of customized keynote and other talks, workshops and classes for and with a wide variety of audiences and participants, including cultural arts & nonprofit organizations, business partners, government and philanthropic entities, academic institutions, and faith communities.

CURRENT TALKS & WORKSHOP THEMES

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  • Building Creative Confidence & Courage
  • Self-Care for the Caring Professions
  • Mission, Values, Bridge- and Team-Building
  • Songwriting Essentials
  • Social Justice Advocacy Through Music
  • Miles to Go: Songs, Stories & Insights From a Life in Music


PAST WORKSHOP THEMES

  • Philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building and business partnerships
  • Macro social work, advocacy, the legislative process
  • Juvenile justice system reform, racial and ethnic disparities


SELECT CURRENT & PAST PARTNERS

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

NONPROFIT - The Ana Grace Project, Artreach, Community Leadership Program, Connecticut Public Television (Corporation for Public Broadcasting), Connecticut Youth Service Association & multiple Youth Service Bureaus, Middlesex Health Hospice Program, People’s Music Network, Unitarian Universalist Society (Tupelo MS, Manchester CT, SUUSI)

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

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. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (Department of Justice)

 

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 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

 

"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