speaker series

The St. Paul Academy and Summit School Alumni/ae Council created the Speaker Series in 2014 to showcase the wide-ranging achievements and expertise of SPA alumni/ae. Each Speaker Series event features a program around an individual or a panel with expertise in a particular field, and is followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Speaker Series events are lively and interactive, and provide alumni/ae, parents, and friends of SPA an opportunity to learn about a new topic, engage in interesting conversation, and connect and network with each other. All SPA alumni/ae, parents, friends and their guests are welcome to attend. The Alumni/ae Council is looking forward to producing the fifth year of the Speaker Series during the 2018-19 academic year.


A Conversation on Art Crime and Fraud

The February Alumni/ae Council Speaker Series will feature: Laura Ballman Patten '89 and will be moderated by Melissa Krasnow '85.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
The Minneapolis Club
729 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55402
5:30 P.M. Networking
6:15 P.M. Program
Networking to follow program

To register for the Speaker Series, please visit the registration page.

Laura Ballman Patten '89

Laura Ballman Patten '89 currently leads Deloitte’s Art & Finance practice in the US, focusing on institutional clients who sell, finance, insure, and display artwork, as well as family offices with significant artwork.  Previously, Laura led complex national security programs (to include establishing intelligence capabilities for the FBI’s Art Crime Team), and serving undercover in her capacity as a CIA officer in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Earlier in her career, Laura worked as a journalist, both in the United States and abroad, for international media including The Economist Group, CNN, and The Associated Press.

Laura earned a Bachelor’s of Art in History from the University of Minnesota; a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University; and a Master’s in Business of Art from Sotheby’s institute of Art.  Laura also is a studio-trained artist.

MODERATOR: Melissa Krasnow '85

Melissa Krasnow is a Partner at Palo Alto-based VLP Law Group LLP. Melissa advises clients ranging from start-ups to global companies in the U.S., Canada and the European Union on domestic and cross-border privacy, data security, big data, artificial intelligence and governance matters, technology agreements and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly presents, publishes, and receives additional education on these topics. Melissa earned her A.B. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Northwestern University and graduated from St. Paul Academy and Summit School in 1985. 

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