Connect Speaker Series: Debi Chess Mabie
November 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm$5
Our ten week speaker series was created with the intention of inspiring creatives of all backgrounds, of all expertise levels not only through a panel discussion but also through an interactive attendee to speaker experience.
In this ninth discussion, Debi Chess Mabie of the Arts Foundation will be speaking on accepting change as a part of the process. May it be business or personal, not everything always goes as planned. When to acknowledge it, how to handle it, and moving on will be key points in this discussion.
Debi has over 25 years of nonprofit program development and leadership experience in a variety of sectors– including youth and community development, and arts-based economic development. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wright State University, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She served in the United States Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991. Prior to moving to Tucson with her husband and children in 2010, was the Executive Director of BooCoo Cultural Center and Café in Evanston, Illinois.
She was the Development Director of the Loft Cinema for three years, and is now the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly Tucson Pima Arts Council) where she has helped lead, and shape, the newly emerging conversation around the role of the arts, and arts funding in economic development and city planning.
She is the Chair and a founding member of the Tucson Black Film Club, a board member of Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and the Non-Profit Loan Fund.
She is the mother of three, knitter, spinner (not the bike kind!), and loves calling the desert her Home.