Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speakers | Panther Leadership Summit 2022

Baron Batch

Pittsburgh Artist

Man standing in front of colorful paintings.Baron Batch is a multidimensional artist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, designer, community organizer, and positivity activist based here in Pittsburgh. Being a full-time creative powerhouse for about a decade, his artistic practice continues to reach into many unique forms of expression and collaboration, both locally and nationally. 


Baron Batch is the founder of the creative lifestyle agency “Studio A-M”, and in 2021 he opened “The Residency Gallery”, which is not only an art gallery exhibiting his works, but also a work/study space for students and creative professionals, and event space in an evolving collaboration with The Southside Works. Visitors to the space can view and collect art in an environment immersed in creativity, and ultimately leave feeling inspired with great vibes.


Baron has been known for his “FREE” art drops, which are a scavenger hunt way of sharing his artworks around the world– Art Drops happen when pieces of art appear in various communities with clues to the location posted on social media, allowing whoever finds them to take one for free! This is a tool to facilitate spontaneous adventure, human interaction, and to energize kindness and inspiration. 


Baron’s practice continues to unfold in his 10th year as a full-time artist, and as the head of the Studio A-M Team, there is a lot of art to be shared, and  many immersive experiences to be had in 2022.


“Hearing accomplished professionals share their individual leadership journeys at the TEDx style talks was inspiring. All of their experiences were so different which gave me confidence in knowing that there’s diversity in leadership. I learned that there isn’t one specific path to leadership; everyone possesses unique backgrounds and skills that can make them strong leaders.”

– Jennifer Wallace, 2019 Panther Leadership Summit Attendee