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A celebrated organizer and producer, Khyentse James has brought to fruition such notable events as the 1940s White Christmas Ball, the 1940s WWII Era Ball, and the 1950s Tiki Exotica Ball. Khyentse James drew inspiration for these events from her grandparents, who met and fell in love as radio performers during the Second World War. The events featured entertainment including live music and required era-specific clothing, transporting attendees back in time. The proceeds benefited such charitable organizations as the Spirit of Flight Center in Colorado and the Wounded Warrior Project. Khyentse James first gained national attention with her documentary film, Coup d’Etat. As the Producer and Director, she gathered some of the most driven female musicians of the past decades, including Joan Jett, Kathleen Hanna, and Amy Ray. She also created the popular Decibelle Music and Culture Festival, which received attention from NPR and SPIN Magazine. Khyentse James studied at Boston University and finished her undergraduate degree at Columbia College Chicago, where she received awards including a President’s Scholarship, an Academic Excellence Scholarship, and an Outstanding Voluntary Service Award. She also holds a business degree and a Master’s in Engaged Buddhism and Environmental Studies, from the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business and Naropa University, respectively. She has drawn on her extensive education in her involvement with social projects around the world. Outside of the United States, she has lived and worked in South America, Africa, East Asia, and Europe. Throughout her career, Khyentse James has earned several honors, including the Outstanding Community Leader Award from the National Organization for Women and a spot on the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes social activists.

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Decibelle Music and Culture Festival




Naropa University