A discussion with Bénédicte de Montlaur – What is Cultural Diplomacy?

Join us on January 22 for an exclusive discussion with Bénédicte de Montlaur about “What is cultural diplomacy?” at The Pierre Hotel.
About this Event
The conference will take place on the 4th floor of The Pierre (Park/Lexington rooms) and will be followed by a glass of champagne in the Two E lounge at 8pm.

Bénédicte de Montlaur is Chief Executive Officer of World Monuments Fund (WMF), the world’s foremost private organization dedicated to saving extraordinary places while empowering the communities around them. She is responsible for defining WMF’s strategic vision, currently implementing that vision in more than 30 countries around the world and leading a team that spans the globe.

Her background mixes culture and the arts, politics, international diplomacy and human rights. Prior to joining WMF, Montlaur spent two decades working across three continents as a senior diplomat at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Most recently, she served as Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, leading France’s largest international cultural advocacy network and its two partner foundations—Albertine and FACE—and directing a team of 90 people in ten US offices. In this role, Montlaur created and expanded numerous programs, including the French-American Dual Language Fund, the annual Festival Albertine featuring curators including Ta-Nehisi Coates and Gloria Steinem, and the podcast The Thing About France, which presented conversations with prominent Americans about their country’s relationship with France. Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in charge of North Africa, United Nations Security Council Negotiator on Africa and the Middle East and French Embassy First Secretary in Damascus, Syria.

Montlaur studied sociology and Arabic at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and public affairs at Sciences Po, Paris. She was a Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has served on the Boards of several cultural and educational institutions, and is currently a Trustee of the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Montlaur is a member of The New York Times literary critic Liesl Schillinger’s book club and created an original exhibition of photos entitled “Islam and the City.” Beyond her professional accomplishments, Montlaur is a polyglot—speaking French, English, Arabic and Spanish—and completed the New York City Marathon in 2011.

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Storm wines at Sen Sakana

Join us on December 10 for an exclusive wine pairing dinner at Sen Sakana restaurant featuring Storm Wines.

Ernst Storm came in 2001 from South Africa to study the techniques used in California. He never left and decided to create 2 wineries : Storm Wines and Notary Public. His wines reflect the beauty of Santa Barbara Terroir from the Chardonnay , the Sauvignon Blanc , the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir. Santa Barbara is becoming an American gem for winemaking and Ernst is happy to produce wines that respect the standards of the area : Terroir driven wines and biodynamic.

5 course menu with wine pairing from Storm Wines:

Storm Wines Sauvignon Blanc Presqu’Ile Vineyard 2014
Notary Public Chardonnay 2016
Storm Wines Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016
Notary Public Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley 2015
Storm Wines Pinot Noir Presqu’Ile 2014
Storm Wines Pinot Noir Duravita Vineyard 2015
Aperitif will start at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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