Anthropology as a Business

  • 10 May 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm


Jo Anne Schneider, PhD, Principal Chrysalis Collaborations (Moderator)

Jeanne Ward, MA, RPA, President and Principal Archaeologist,  Applied Archaeology and History Associates, Inc.

Niel Tashima, PhD, Managing Partners, LTG Associates, Inc.

Cathleen Crain, MA, Managing Partner, LTG Associates, Inc.

Matt Artz, MS, MBA, Head of Product at Artmatcher, Founder of Anthro to UX and Azimuth Labs

Suanna Selby Crowley, PhD, President & Principal Investigator, HeadFort Consulting, LLC


About the talk: Anthropologists form businesses to provide a wide range of services from contract archeology and cultural resources management (CRM) to cultural/social science and health consulting, coaching and training for large companies, and myriad other services. This panel will focus on anthropology as a business, with business owners talking about the motivation for forming their businesses, their experiences running a business, advice for others interested in starting a business, and what it means to be an anthropologist with their own business.

About the Speakers:

Moderator: Jo Anne Schneider, Principal Chrysalis Collaborations

Jo Anne is an applied anthropologist/policy researcher (MA, PhD Temple University) with over 30 years of experience in multi-methods applied research on opportunity structures for refugees/immigrants, low-income families, people of color, people with disabilities and other groups, as well as U.S. health, human services, and workforce development systems. A former American Anthropological Association (AAA) Congressional Fellow and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), her career has combined anthropology, policy and non-profit management.  She is author of two books (Social Capital and Welfare Reform (2006), Reshaping Ethnic and Racial Relations in Philadelphia: Immigrants in a Divided City (with Judith Goode, 1994); numerous academic and practitioner articles, policy and practice reports, and editor of three journal special issues (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 42(3) Faith Based Organizations, Nonprofit Management and Leadership 16(4) Research Best Practices, and American Anthropologist 103(3) Welfare Reform (with Alex Stepick and Rae Bridgman). She founded Chrysalis Collaborations in 2016 to work more closely with non-profits, state and local governments and communities. She is also an associate research professor in Anthropology at George Washington University.



Archeology/Cultural Resource Management (CRM):  Jeanne Ward, President and Principal Archaeologist,  Applied Archaeology and History Associates, Inc.

Jeanne A. Ward, RPA(President / Principal Investigator) a cultural resources management consultant with over 40 years of professional experience, is President of Applied Archaeology and History Associates, Inc. (AAHA). Ms. Ward’s academic credentials include a BA in anthropology from the University of Georgia and an MA in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her experience encompasses both historic and prehistoric archaeology and historic structure identification and evaluation. Projects have ranged from cultural resource sensitivity studies, through location/identification surveys, evaluations of significance, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and large-scale data recovery excavations. Ms. Ward’s professional qualifications exceed all U. S. Department of the Interior criteria for archaeologists and historians (36 CFR 61). In addition, she is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), a national evaluation and certification of professional qualifications. Ms. Ward is the author, co-author, or contributor to over 350 cultural resources management reports and has presented numerous papers at professional conferences. 

Cultural/Social: Niel Tashima and Cathleen Crain, Managing Partners, LTG Associates, Inc.

Dr. Nathaniel (Niel) Tashima is one of the two founding and Managing Partners of LTG Associates, Inc., the oldest anthropologically based consulting firm in North America. For four decades, he has led projects that have helped to shape policy and services that affect the health and welfare of minority and at-risk communities. Clients have ranged from community-based organizations and foundations, to local, state, federal, and international agencies. In addition to being an active social scientist, Niel is responsible for oversight of the administrative functioning of the firm.

Niel is a past president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a past member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Executive Board, and a current member of the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). He is a long-standing member of WAPA. He chairs the NAPA Mentor program which matches new/young professionals with seasoned professional anthropologists. He co-chairs the NAPA committee responsible for the annual Careers Expo.

Cathleen Crain, M.A. is a Managing Partner of LTG Associates, the oldest anthropologically based consulting firm in the U.S. and a senior professional anthropologist. She has more than forty years of experience in health and human services research, program development, evaluation, policy analysis, and technical assistance. Cathleen has been engaged in scores of projects for international, federal, state, and local governmental organizations, and with for- and non-profit organizations and foundations. In addition to being an active social scientist working on projects, Cathleen is responsible for the development side of the firm.

Cathleen is the current president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a past member of the SfAA Nominations and Elections Committee, a past chair of the NAPA committee responsible for the Careers Expo, a founder of the NAPA mentor program, a long-standing and proud member of WAPA, and a current member of the WAPA program committee.

Nontraditional arts/business services: Matt Artz, Head of Product at Artmatcher, Founder of Anthro to UX and Azimuth Labs

Matt Artz is a business and design anthropologist, consultant, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and creator. He is the Head of Product for Artmatcher and the Founder of Anthro to UX and Azimuth Labs. He holds an MS in Applied Anthropology (2018), an MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems (2008), a BS in Biotechnology (2008), and a BBA in Computer Information Systems (2006). He is also the creator and host of the Anthropology in Business and Anthro to UX podcasts and has given talks about his research and work at TEDx, South by Southwest, the Global Business Anthropology Summit, SfAA, AAA, and Why the World Needs Anthropologists.

Science communications and fundraising: Suanna Selby Crowley, President & Principal Investigator, HeadFort Consulting, LLC

Dr. Suanna Crowley is an anthropologist and science communications expert who is passionate about creating messages that resonate with global audiences. Founder and Principal at HeadFort Consulting, LLC, Suanna advises universities, nonprofits, and tech startups – along with individual researchers, authors, and artists – on ways to connect with the public or to advance scientific and cultural understanding. Her work uses an anthropological lens to amplify discoveries and data, including a social media strategy that propelled the first-ever image of a Black Hole in front of 4.5 billion people in 2019. These strategies also contribute to her track record of raising more than $12 million dollars for research and facilitating international collaborations before Zoom was a household name. Suanna completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Archaeology at the College of William & Mary. She finished interdisciplinary Masters and PhD degrees in Anthropology and Geosciences at New York University, pursuing fieldwork in the US, Europe, Middle East, and South Asia. When she isn’t thinking about science communication, Suanna returns to her roots in geoarchaeology, working and speaking publicly under the nickname “Dr. Dirt.”

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