For over 15 years, The Water Coolers have entertained audiences around the world, as far-reaching as Singapore and Australia, with their high energy, uncommonly funny, authentic take on work and life. Smartphones, conference calls, kids, co-workers, errant emails, and travel are just a few topics this group of top NYC talent turns into hilarious sketch comedy and song. Imagine the funniest YouTube song parody you’ve ever seen performed live and you’re there. They are one of the few acts to win Event Solutions magazine’s Spotlight Awards for Entertainment of the Year multiple times.
Besides their long-standing place as a top comedy act in the events world, they’ve recently added a keynote presentation to their offerings. Using their unique mix of music and comedy combined with real-world practical tips, their laugh-out-loud keynote, “Getting to Great Performance” has been described as engaging, motivational, amazing, relevant, on point, unforgettable, and brilliant by audience members.
The Water Coolers writing team is a mix of professional comedy writers and people working in the “real world” and headed up by one creator of New York’s longest-running comedy hit ever, “Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding.”
The performing cast is made up of New York professionals with resumes including top comedy clubs like Igby’s, the Improv, the Comic Strip, and the Icehouse and Broadway productions of such shows as “Wicked,” “Rock of Ages,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Adams Family,” “Chicago,” “Hair,” “Pippin,” “In The Heights,” “Les Misérables,” “Mamma Mia,” and many more.
Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, and photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information and recognize biases that impede decision making.
She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, Interpol, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community.
In her highly participatory presentation, she demonstrates the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and how the analysis of works of art affords participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills for improved performance and effective leadership. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others.
Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016 and was on the New York Times and Washington Post best sellers’ lists.