In an age where divisiveness and intolerance seem the norm, our Salon Series aspires to bridge the growing divides through candid, respectful conversations and inspirational stories.


What is a PathNorth Salon?

Salons were born of the French literary and philosophical traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries. Like-minded leaders would gather around tables, enjoy good food and wine and explore issues of consequence in spirited conversation. The table was inviting to thoughtful leaders of goodwill even though their politics and opinions often diverged. This is the magic that fuels each of our Salon evenings. In our age of divisiveness and intolerance, PathNorth aspires through such settings to bridge divides, lifting the conversation to our shared longing for greater meaning and contribution. 


Take for instance PathNorth’s October 2018 Salon at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. After exploring the current exhibit featuring the art of Burning Man, Stephanie Stebich, Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum, discussed why she found it critical to shine a spotlight on a decades-long community movement that has also become an important yearly experience for CEO’s and other leaders. Joined by Jim Benjamin, President, Precision Brush Company and seven-time Burner (burning man participant) and Shelby Coffey, former editor, LA Times, we explored the importance of disrupting our daily routines, experiencing those who are different than us and discovering deeper meaning through creativity.

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Salons are more than just dinners. They’re an opportunity to meet old and new friends and have conversations centered on the stories that help us make sense of the world around us.