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Thursday Gathering

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Learn about new opportunities to earn revenue and increase awareness through engaging content strategies. Meet top business and creative leaders of the new creative economy.

3:00 – 5:00  Office Hours |

  • Karl Fowlkes | Entertainment & Start-Up Attorney (book here)
  • Ravid Butz | Sales & Go-To-Market for Startups (book here)
  • Kayla O’Donnell | Optimizing Habits  (book here)

3:30 – 4:00  Primer: The Basics of the New Creative Economy | Speaker: Karin Copeland |

Business needs creativity to flourish. Innovative companies can now connect directly with consumers on platforms like Amazon Publishing, Instagram, Twitter, Etsy and YouTube. If you’ve got an iPhone and an idea, you are well on your way to finding your audience. This development is more revolutionary than it may appear. |

4:00 – 4:30 How to Work With Creatives in 2019 | Speaker: Dave Silver |

Learn how to work more affordably and effectively to achieve your business goals. REC Philly nurtures local creatives and connects the business and creative communities. Co-founded by Dave Silver and William Toms, REC Philly provides performing and visual artists with spaces and resources to turn talent into sustainable business. |

4:45-5:30  Global Journey of a Creative Change Maker | Speaker: Dhairya Pujara |

Dhairya reveals his latest venture, aimed at high impact innovative organizations in Philadelphia. The Founder and CEO of Ycenter explains how he uses human centered design innovation and creative thinking to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs. Dhairya, who trained as a biomedical engineer, is an entrepreneur, design thinking facilitator, and public speaker.|

5:30-6:00 Mural Unveiling at Quorum and talk “Our Town: The Art of Edith Neff” |

A work by the late Edith Neff depicting West Philadelphia will be celebrated in the new Quorum space. Rachel McCay, Curator at the Woodmere, will give a short talk, “Our Town: The Art of Edith Neff”  |

6:00- 6:30 The Art + Magic of Marketing on Social Media | Sue Spolan moderates |

Conrad Benner, Abu Fofanah, and Melissa Alam tell us how they maximize social platforms. Conrad operates the popular Streets Dept blog and Instagram account. Abu trains brands on how to monetize their social platforms. Melissa is a brand strategist, designer and photographer. |

6:30-6:45 Live Performance | Brianna Reed |

6:45 to 7:15 Navigate the World of Creative Capitalism | Dhairya Pujara moderates |

How do you monetize a creative business? How do you protect your creative work with the right intellectual property framework? Brendan Lowry, Karl Fowlkes, and Dr. Hava Rose talk about how they leverage online audiences to grow their businesses.|

7:15-7:45 Think Tank: Creative Economy of Philadelphia |

It’s time to add your thoughts to help build the future of Philadelphia as a global creative capital. |


January 31
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venture Cafe
3675 Market St., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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