New York, January 10, 2010 –Artist Judith Z. Miller of Sticks & Stones, a Park Slope Brooklyn NY woman-owned business, today announced that she has been selected by British Airways as a 2010 Face-of-Opportunity winner and has been awarded travel to anywhere in the world to conduct vital business meetings as well as attend the British Airways Face-of-Opportunity business conference. This award is part of the British Airways Face-to-Face program, which provides small business owners and entrepreneurs the critical tools for building business relationships abroad and stimulating growth through the power of face- to-face interaction.
“I am thrilled to be part of the prestigious group of entrepreneurs who were chosen by British Airways as a Face-of-Opportunity winner,” said Ms. Miller. “This flight will give me the chance to meet and study with indigenous artistsand local shaman in Thailand, which is vital for my personal development as anartist and ritual healer, and the growth of my business in 2011.”
Before taking off for Thailand, Miller will attend the British Airways Face-of-Opportunityconference in New York City on Feb. 2, 2011 where the company will receive free counsel from top influential international business experts while networkingwith venture capitalists, renowned entrepreneurs, media and other small business owners including Ms. Miller.
Miller continues, “I plan to travel to Thailand, a country with a centuries-old tradition of woodcarving, inorder to meet and study with indigenous master woodcarvers and native shaman. My goalis to increase my technical proficiency, deepen my work as a healing ritual artist -- and document the experience on video. I will also learn about international commerce from the British Airways sessions, make global connections with the other contest winners, and explore ways to exhibit my work overseas.
The conference,which includes an introduction by Simon Talling-Smith, Executive Vice President Americas, British Airways, and keynote speeches by Rhonda Abrams,best-selling author and USA Todaysmall business columnist and Bill Rancic, best-selling author and first season winner of The Apprentice, will provide Sticks & Stoneswith additional tools in business planning, marketing and travel to assist the company in its strategy to exhibit and sell artwork internationally.
“We are very excited for this phase of the program and for the 250 small business owners who, beyond the educational resources already provided through the Face-to-Faceprogram, now have the opportunity to fly British Airways overseas to conduct vital face-to-face meetings for their business,” said Simon Talling-Smith. “Each of the winner’s stories is uniquely inspiring and our hope is that the program is a powerful catalyst in ensuring lasting and fruitful businesses for them.”
Brooklynites may recall Ms. Miller’s three-month solo in 2007 in Prospect Parks’ Audubon Center in honor of Arbor Day at the Boathouse, which drew over 8,000 visitors and profiles on both NY1, and in The Daily News. To view images of Ms.Millers’ artwork and contribute to the fundraising campaign to support her trip to Thailand, go to: Sticks & Stones Goes Global Campaign
About Artist Judith Z. Miller
Judith Z. Miller is aself-trained artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She creates primal sculpture and wearable art fromtrees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs andwearable art. Her designs are entirely hand-made and one-of-a-kind, using noelectric tools. She also enjoys drawing and designing custom-made work forhealing and adornment. Her wearable art and sculpture were exhibited and seen by over 8,000 visitors in a 3-month solo show “Sticks & Stones” at the Boathouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance and the Audubon Center, and a two-month solo show at The National Museum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History. She has taught her jewelry-making/experiential workshops at retreat centers, non-profit organizations and for private clients. She was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park SlopePaper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. Judith co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre (formerly Earth Onion Women's Theatre)in Washington DC, funded in part by the NEA, acted in numerous productions and produced many special constituency projects, including pioneering the Fine Line’s groundbreaking Women’s Prison Project. She was awarded an NEA Art sManagement Fellowship in Theatre, a Fractured Atlas Development Grant, and received Honorable Mention from the International Society of Acrylic Painters. In 2009 she was in residency with master Tlingit woodcarver Tommy Joseph at the Southeast Alaskan Indian Cultural Center, Sitka National Historical Park, where she created the mask on display at the Fresh Fruit Festival 2010. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just aTree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. Judith was the founder and director of ZAMO! (Zelda Arts ManagementOrganization), an arts management organization that represented amulti-cultural mix of award winning performing artists and the Chief Rhythm officer of Microfundo, a crowdfunding platform supporting musicians worldwide. Judith resides in Park Slope Brooklyn.
About British Airways:
British Airwaysis one of the world's largest international airlines. Operating one of the most extensive international scheduledairline route networks, together with its codeshare and franchise partners, theairline flies to more than 300 destinations worldwide. Also, one of the world's longest established airlines, it has always been regarded as an industry-leader. British Airways flies its customers at convenient times to the best located airports across the world.
British Airways is one of the world’s leading global premium airlines with its principal place of business is London with significant presence atHeathrow, Gatwick and London City. It also operates a worldwide air cargobusiness, largely in conjunction with scheduled passenger services. The airline operates the majority ofits domestic UK, international and intercontinental flights from its home at Terminal 5, Heathrow.
Whether customers are in the air or on theground, British Airways takes pride in providing a full service experience.
Additional information onFace-to-Face is available by visiting the airlines website, ba.com/facetoface.
Jacquelyn Einaugler for British Airways
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Judith Z. Miller
Sticks & Stones