Guild Hall Highlights East End Visionaries

Christina Isaly Liceaga. Courtesy Guild Hall.

Visionaries 2020 is a series of small gatherings hosted by East Hampton’s Guild Hall introducing innovators and their personal stories of success. The series will follow the journeys of three creative “visionaries” as they realize their dreams, break boundaries and create businesses and organizations that reflect their values and histories. Conversations are moderated by someone close to the featured speaker and reveal extraordinary narratives about starting something new.

The series kicks off with Christina Isaly Liceaga at her Amagansett restaurant, Rosie’s, diving into her career in fashion, sales, Broadway production and hospitality. Guests are invited for a socially distanced conversation and cocktail reception on Thursday, November 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn what motivated Liceaga to create a restaurant based on a beach lifestyle, health, local produce, and family ties.

“Visionaries is an essential series at Guild Hall because it champions creativity, originality and resourcefulness and introduces new ways of thinking about business and the arts,” said Andrea Grover, Executive Director of Guild Hall. “Participants engage with next generation leaders and learn about how they are igniting change in their respective fields.”

Christina Isaly Liceaga is a born and bred New Yorker who takes on every opportunity with the positive, go-getter mind of an athlete and the sensitivity of an artist. She studied industrial design and history at Carnegie Mellon, spending most of her free time on the soccer field and basketball court as part of the University’s Division III teams.

After graduation she lived in Mexico City, teaching English, learning Spanish and playing soccer with the women’s national team feeder club. Upon her return to New York, Liceaga began a career in fashion with shoe designer Nancy Geist of ZeitGeist NYC, and later, Ralph Lauren. After years in fashion, she ventured into new terrain, taking a finance position within her family’s company, OrbiMed, and then running her own real estate development business, Fractal Management, overseeing more than 30 New York City properties.

Liceaga made her way to Amagansett 12 years ago, and it was love at first sight. She was immediately inspired to create a new type of place to eat, drink, and gather. In 2019, she opened Rosie’s, a full-service farm-to-table restaurant right on Main Street. She has most recently added the role of Broadway producer to her resume, with her first credit, “Jagged Little Pill,” earning 15 Tony Award nominations in 2020.

She divides her time between Amagansett and New York City and is the proud mother of five children.

The format of this event has shifted to accommodate the safety and health of patrons while continuing to provide creative and impactful content. Capacity is limited. The cost for the November 12 event is $300 for a table for two guests (sold as a table to keep all guests safely together with their group). Table for two for Visionaries Members is $250. A Visionaries membership (up to 2 people) is $1,000 and provides access to select performances, previews, talks, and exclusive visual, performing arts, and networking events.

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