Our incredible staff makes the Vail Symposium what it is.
James Kenly- Executive Director
James Kenly joined the Vail Symposium at the beginning of 2023. He is proud to have served other nonprofit missions in our community, including as the Director of Individual Giving at Walking Mountains Science Center and as Executive Director of the Vail Jazz Foundation during its 25th anniversary. He is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is a happy Colorado transplant and Eagle-Vail resident with his wife, a teacher at Vail Mountain School, and two children. Prior to settling in the Vail Valley, James worked as an artist manager and event producer in the music industry, a software development consultant, and a nonprofit cofounder.
He attended Phillips Andover Academy and earned a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver where he serves as a guest lecturer in management ethics. He is an avid skier and hiker and loves spending time on the river and at campsites with his family. His academic interests include organizational psychology, early American history, technology, music, and climate change.
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Rebecca Zweig- Programming Manager
Rebecca Zweig joined Vail Symposium as programming manager in April 2022.
Since 2003, Zweig served as the President/CEO/Founder of Business-Smart Solutions, Inc., leading various multi-year instructional and educational projects. Working with national magazines like Inc. and Fast Company, Zweig created and developed new products and program offerings, driving revenue, attendance and sponsorship while building new communities. Prior to starting Business-Smart Solutions, Zweig was the Director of Executive Education at University of Colorado at Denver Business School, Director of Special Events and Public Relations for the Brooklyn Historical Society and Conference Director for the Fulcrum Information Services in New York. Zweig also served on the board of Watermark, a female membership group in Silicon Valley and on the board of the University of Colorado at Denver’s Business School.
Zweig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has completed training as a business coach. She lives in Eagle-Vail and enjoys being with family, loves the arts and visiting bookstores, volunteering and going on daily hikes in the mountains.
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Arzu Basyildiz- Manager of Business Operation
Arzu is a long time resident of the Vail Valley. She loves volunteering throughout the Vail Valley and joined Vail Symposium team in September 2017.
Before joining the Vail Symposium team, she worked at Vail Jazz; she also works part-time at Vail Resorts. She and her husband own a small retail shop in Edwards, Nomadic Collection, where she was the buyer and store manager for more than 15 years. She also managed a bank branch for seven years when she was living in Turkey. She has Economics and Interior designs degrees and is also a professional interpreter for legal needs.
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Katie Coakley-Marketing Manager
Katie Coakley joined the Vail Symposium as the marketing manager in June 2017.
Katie has worked in the Vail area since 2006. She began as an Account Supervisor with Peeples Ink PR, working with businesses and organizations like Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Vail International Dance Festival and Vail Summer. In 2011, she started Katydid PR, providing communications services for events and organizations in addition to providing contracting and consulting work for other public relations firms.
She is also a freelance journalist, contributing to local publications like the Vail Daily and Vail Valley Magazine as well as state-wide and national editorial outlets.
Katie received a BA in English with a secondary education certificate from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and taught high school English for several years before moving to Colorado.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dale Mosier became the Chairman of the Vail Symposium Board of Directors on July 1, 2016. He assumed the role from Rohn Robbins. Mosier himself has been an integral part of the Symposium. First as a program volunteer, then board member, then as chairman of the Program Committee, he is credited with bringing some of the most high-caliber speakers and programs to the Symposium.
Originally from Dallas, Pennsylvania, Dale retired from the field of engineering before entering the Peace Corps as a volunteer alongside his wife, Jeanne, for two years in rural South Africa and three years in Lolongwe, Malawi, where Dale served as the Malawi Country Director. He then spent a year in Washington DC training new country directors.
Dale has always been interested in current events and hot button issues and he views it as the Vail Symposium’s role in this community to bring such issues to the forefront of discussion. He also believes in a diverse program schedule including stimulating discussion on art, adventure and more.
Mary Pat Rapp
James C. Ruh
Dr. Eben Alexander
Dr. Robert Lipnick
Mary Pat Rapp
Executive Director Emeritus
Executive Director Emeritus
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