Past talks

 

CREATIVE INSIGHTS AND THE BRAIN

HANNAH BRATTERUD | @MULTIPLIERHANNAH

Friday, December 14, 2018

You know that moment when you suddenly have a great idea? Have you ever wondered where your best ideas come from, and how you can generate more of them? Learning consultant and leadership coach Hannah Bratterud of Multiplier Consulting showed us what happens in the brain when we solve complex problems, have a ‘flash’ of insight, or come up with a creative idea. We also heard how to create the conditions to generate more of those moments in our lives.


Balancing Business & Creativity

TESSA BURNETT WITMER | @lightboxbusiness

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tessa Burnett is the founder and owner of Hattie Rex, a handmade-jewelry-and-local-art boutique in downtown Bozeman, Montana. In 2016, Tessa established Lightbox, a consultancy that helps creative entrepreneurs illuminate the dark corners of business through community, coaching, and personalized consulting.


BUILDING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Catalin Corrigan | @catalin_corrigan

Friday, October 5, 2018

Cat Corrigan is an artist and graphic designer who works in a variety of craft and media. His focus is illustration and design for branding, advertisements, and fine art commissions. He believes that the best design is a balance of great communication and creative appeal.

Cat is the designer of the Farm To School mural at Bozeman's Red Tractor Pizza and spoke about his inspiration, creative path and his artistic projects in the Gallatin Valley.


Finding Magic in Materials

alayna rasile | may west

Friday, June 8, 2018

Textile designer Alayna Rasile spoke about interdisciplinary art and design that is a result of studying the past, acknowledging the present, and adapting for the future. All of these concepts are framed through Alayna’s Milkweed-based design studio, May West.  Her fine art practice and product design are focused on milkweed as a material and a means for reviving the soon-to-be endangered Monarch butterfly. 


CREATIVE CHOICES

VANESSA BAKKEN & VANESSA WALSTEN | FARMENTED

Friday, May 18, 2018

As consumers we make choices every day. Organic vs non-organic. Glass vs plastic. These choices affect more than our own lives. They drive the newest technology, fashion trends and quality standards. They can increase or decrease sustainability and our health. If leveraged correctly, they can also solve problems. These choices have a profound impact on environmental, social and economic issues and as entrepreneurs we can make business choices that can have an

Farmented Foods (Vanessa Walsten and Vanessa Bakken) has a mission to eliminate all unnecessary food loss on farms. They take the over produced and ugly vegetables from small, local, organic farms and ferment them into delicious products that customers love!


HOW TO PURSUE YOUR BEST IDEAS 

JARED JOYCE  |  INVENTOR/ENTREPRENEUR

Friday, April 13, 2018 

Jared is a dynamic inventor, passionate about creating products that bring efficient pleasure to the masses. His creative approach has yielded multiple patents and inventions licensed in diverse markets including the office, infant, organization, furniture, entertainment, and contact lens industry.


FACILITATING CREATIVITY

Melissa herron  |  townshend's bozeman teahouse

Friday, March 9, 2018 

Sometimes it’s hard to be creative; we get in a creative “slump,” or we simply lose confidence in our capacity to create. This workshop explored the valuable tools that we can use to facilitate the creativity of others, to help execute other people’s ingenious ideas, and to inspire ourselves in the process of aiding someone else’s creative process.


GIVE, GIVE, REceive

JEN, KATE & JEN  |  BEAUTIFULLY EQUIPPED

Friday, February 2, 2018 

How do an artist, a health coach, a financial advisor, and a marketing strategist combine their passions to create a podcast? By owning the courage to understand trust, this mastermind group learned the art of "give, give, receive." 

Jen, Jackie, Kate and Jen (yes, two Jen’s) shared their creative journey and what it means to truly collaborate on developing a podcast and business, communicating through the iterative process, and leaving space for individual creative flexibility.


FOLLOWING TRUTH

tad bradley  | tad bradley designs

Friday, January 5, 2018 

Raised on a forestry college campus in the Adirondack Park of New York State, Tad's best friend was a female black lab. They spent most of their time exploring the 14,000 acre campus. After attending three separate colleges he somehow landed in Montana to study architectural design...his masters-degree research studying the psychological effect/affects of space.


WHAT'S NEXT: THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

CONNOR HARBISON  | BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD MSU

Friday, December 8, 2017 

Connor gave about 500 American history tours in Philadelphia and therein, learned a lot about storytelling. He walks us through the most successful structure of a story and offers tips on the best ways to leave your audience wanting more.


cultivating compassion: travel, life, and the compassion project

KAYTE kaminski  | the compassion project

Friday, November 17, 2017 

An avid traveler to over 40 countries, Kayte Kaminski has learned that opportunities for exploring compassion are everywhere- when to practice it, when to embrace it, when to look for a deeper understanding.


CONNECTING BUSINESS STRATEGY TO CREATIVE THINKING

TYREL THORNTON | ARMSTRONG MARKETING SOLUTIONS

Friday, October 13, 2017 

Tyrel Thornton currently steers the creative ship at AMS, a marketing and design agency in downtown Bozeman. He is passionate about the design process, using a strategic approach to problem solving. One of his greatest talents is his ability to communicate with broad audiences through creative content—finding the language of a business and delivering the values of a brand to connect with customer values.  


LEading with CREATIVity

Matt williams of REACH air medical services

Friday August 4, 2017

As part of his many deployments as an active duty naval officer, Matt flew Anti-Piracy operations and Counter-Narcotics Operations around the world. A graduate of Gonzaga University’s Masters of Organizational Leadership Program, Matt is an expert in a wide variety of leadership styles and knows how to work in both heavily structured and unstructured environments. Learn as Matt describes how he’s used creative leadership in his military service and as a medical pilot today.


designing dance

karen smith FROM montana ballet company academy

Friday July 7, 2017

An accomplished dancer and dance educator, Karen Smith has studied, choreographed and performed with leading ballet instructors across the U.S. and around the world. Currently, Karen serves as a Dance Instructor at Bozeman's Montana Ballet Company Academy where she teaches an Adaptive Dance Program, designed to provide creative movement and introductory ballet instruction for children ages 3-12 with Down syndrome. In her talk, Karen shared her insights and experiences designing an Adaptive Dance Program created for children ages 3–12 with Down syndrome and how this group of incredible kids continues to teach her about movement, ability and empowerment.


FINDING YOUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY

NILAM PATEL FROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Friday June 7, 2017

Nilam Patel is the Social Media Strategist for Montana State University and knows just how to find the right group of friends when she doesn't know anyone in town (think 20 Dates, but a platonic version). Before moving to Bozeman, Nilam worked in Information Systems at Wake Forest University, where she received her B.A. in History. She earned her M.S. in Communications from Syracuse University and would be happy to share her recipe for fermented garlic honey.


Creative ways to promote behavior change

John etgen OF Project Wet foundation

Friday May 12, 2017

Part of the Project WET Foundation since 1994, John is committed to raising the global awareness and appreciation of water and empowers individuals to take actions small and large to sustain this life-giving resource. Project WET is currently active in more than 60 countries and partners with hundreds of water-related, government, and private organizations who share their mission of bringing water education and actions to people of the world. 


USING CREATIVITY IN CHAOS

KRIS KAULL OF PULSARA

Friday April 7, 2017

Regarded as one of the leading experts in online media and public safety, Kris is a serial entrepreneur with over 24 years of experience in both the tech world and public safety. After beginning his career as a firefighter and EMT, Kaull started paramedic.com and co-founded EMS1.com (now the largest online paramedic resource) before transitioning to his current role as Chief Marketing Officer at Pulsara, a Bozeman-based healthcare tech start-up. Join us as Kris digs into the world of chaos: how to manage it, how to stop it, how to create it and—most importantly—how to embrace and thrive in it.


FAILURE MAKES YOU AWESOME

Ben Fjare of Prime Incorporated

March 10, 2017

Ben is an owner and the digital director for Prime Incorporated, a website, branding and inbound marketing firm in Bozeman. He does all things digital at Prime, whether its leading the team to a great new user interface or creating outstanding web functionality. He spends his days art directing, writing code, and telling people about the one time he saved a baby at Sea World. Ben takes work pretty seriously but not much else.


NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

Tiffany Van Heel of IGNITE By Design

February 3, 2017 • 8:15 a.m.
Through her innovative and transformative workshops, Tiffany develops leaders across the state of Montana in the business and educational communities. She is passionate about bringing out the best in people. Download Tiffany's values assessment here.