President, Maven Productions
Nona Gandelman has been an entrepreneur since she opened her own tennis shop at the age of 16. After graduate school she managed rock bands and bought talent for nightclubs, which led her to create Maven Productions in 1985.
Maven Productions produced and promoted hundreds of concerts, theatrical productions, music festivals and events in most of the Rocky Mountain region's major venues. Nona's client list ranged from eclectic to electric and included such magawatt artists as BB King, Etta James, Phish, Roseanne Barr, Emmilou Harris, Joan Baez, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Ani DiFranco.
Over the years Nona began to focus her marketing, managing, and production skills on artists whose voices and vision spoke to her in a profound way. In 1993 she became events director and lecture tour manager for international bestselling author, poet, and Diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D, who speaks from the nexus of the psyche, spirituality, and culture.
In 1999, after producing a Colorado lecture tour for world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, she began a 10-year tenure as Communications Vice President at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Nona guided JGI's communications and marketing; supervised global publicity, website operations, and online presence; managed all publications, and directed licensing efforts, including contract negotiations and relationships with National Geographic and Discovery Communications.
Today Maven Productions continues to develop these and other long-standing relationships, whose separate and collective voices are to Nona a clarion call to reason, clarity, hope, and social responsibility, and united actions for healing, conservation, and peace.