Patricia Beard Braga
Patricia Beard is the author of ten non-fiction books and one novel. Her subjects combine social history—the portrait of an era—with the dramatic stories of men and women who influenced, and were influenced by their times. The periods she writes about range from the Gilded Age to the present day. Beard's main characters experience success and rejoicing, failure and despair, each set in a time with its own distinctive personality.
A former features editor at Town & Country and Mirabella, and a former contributing editor at ELLE, Beard has interviewed subjects from A-list movie stars to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Monie Begley Feurey
Monie recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Forbes. She had direct responsibility for all corporate-level communications, both external and internal, and oversaw communication activities for all units of Forbes, reporting directly to Timothy C.Forbes, President and Chief Operation Officer of Forbes.
Ms Begley has also served as Senior VP, Public Relations for Madison Square Garden, as communications consultant to the Mayor’s Private Sector Survey and as Director of Public Relations for Christian Dior. She is also the author of two books and resides in New York City.
Internationally renowned interior designer.
Ms. Laudenslager is Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Center Stage Capital, Inc. She has over 35 years experience as a producer of Broadway, Off-Broadway, London West End, and television properties. She is a seasoned entertainment investor and producer for numerous productions in global markets.
Ms. Laudenslager is a two-time Tony Award winner for La Cage aux Folles (2010) and The Norman Conquests (2009), and a Drama Desk Award winner for such productions as La Cage aux Folles, The Norman Conquests, and The 39 Steps. She also was a producer for The King’s Speech staged at London’s West End.
She is a member of the League of Professional Theater Women and serves on the Advisory Board of the Tennessee Williams Center for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, The Advisory Council of Live Source Theater, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association for Senior Debate.
Reggie is a New Yorker who also makes her home in London. She is a Stanford graduate in journalism who travelled a lot and ended up in London writing for The Guardian and the Independent. She began writing and sometimes narrating and producing documentaries for the BBC.
As a journalist, she regularly writes on travel, fashion and culture for Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller and the Financial Times and contributes to BBC Radio’s From Our Own Correspondent. Reggie’s most beloved creation is the detective Artie Cohen, who first appeared in 1995 in Red Mercury Blues and has appeared in eight novels since.
Jane Scovell is the author of collaborative autobiographies with, among others, Elizabeth Taylor, Maureen Stapleton, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Horne, Kitty Dukakis, QVC host, Kathy Levine, and Tim Conway, She has also written biographies of Oona O’Neill Chaplin and Samuel Ramey. Her books Elizabeth Takes Off, It’s Better To Laugh, Now You Know, Tim Conway, What’s So Funny?and Oona, Living in the Shadows were on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller lists. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Sunday New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Travel and Leisure, and Opera News. She has just completed her first play, A Helluva Life, based on the life of Maureen Stapleton. “It’s never too late to switch careers.”