Nature as Creative Therapy
Nov
15
9:30 AM09:30

Nature as Creative Therapy

Whether you crave a breath of fresh air or a long walk through the wilderness, there is nothing like the lure of nature when you are stuck inside struggling to get through your day. Do you wonder if you could get more accomplished if you just had a few minutes outside?

There are several studies that have found that spending time in nature is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Learn about the ways in which researchers have found that spending time in nature will help inspire creativity.

Diana Proemm (@youradventurerx) is a recreation therapist promoting holistic health and wellness through adventure in the great outdoors. She will share ways to invoke your creative side by spending time in nature. Utilizing your creativity is the heart and soul of life as you need creativity in your personal and work life to get ahead. 

She will share ways to play in nature and invoke that inner child through curiosity.  Find out how nature can inspire creativity, boost your memory, overcome creative blocks and improve your overall mental health. 

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Accessing Creativity on the Road
Oct
11
9:30 AM09:30

Accessing Creativity on the Road

Kelsey Dzintars is a prolific Montana artist and graphic designer based in Bozeman, with much of her inspiration coming from her time as a river guide on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and other personal experiences in the outdoors.

Kelsey regularly exhibit her paintings in the west and has had her creations on products such as skis, apparel (and even a driftboat!) in partnership with brands with whom she resonates. Kelsey will share some of her experiences and tips traveling and working from the road as an independent artist and designer these past 4 years.

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Harnessing Your Creativity
Apr
12
9:30 AM09:30

Harnessing Your Creativity

How can we encourage and seek out creativity in our everyday lives? Priscilla Perez is a window painter, muralist and chalk artist in and around Downtown Bozeman (PLUS, she’s a formally trained pastry chef) who finds and captures inspiration by observing, listening and practicing. She’ll share her tips and tricks to help strengthen our creative muscles (hint: a bicycle helps) and teach us the best ways to find inspiration in our surroundings.

Originally from New York City, Priscilla recently worked with Bozeman Field School students to design and make an indoor mural at Knife Bistro. Priscilla has lent her artistic talents to Bozeman Film Festival, Yellowstone Forever and Big Sky PBR. She believes that embarking on adventures through art is one way to help us grow and expand as natural creatives.

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Finding the Right Guide
Feb
8
9:30 AM09:30

Finding the Right Guide

What’s the fastest way to learn something new, especially something that feels intimidating or out of reach? Find the right guide to show you the ropes. What could you accomplish if you had the right guide by your side, and what makes someone a good guide?

Katie Smith spent her 20s teaching people how to rock climb, cross-country ski, and horseback ride. Today she runs The Marketing Hat, a marketing coaching and strategy business, and applies the lessons and techniques she learned as a guide to give business owners the confidence and skills to tackle their own marketing goals and plans. In this talk, she breaks down how to apply guiding to teaching anything and what to look for in your own guide, no matter what you want to learn.

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Creating Civilized Debate
Jan
11
9:30 AM09:30

Creating Civilized Debate

How do we have civil discussions about divisive topics like climate change? Dr. Steve Running is an internationally recognized scholar in satellite-remote sensing data, global vegetation productivity, climate change and more. He has taught at the University of Montana since 1979 and among a long list of notable achievements was Steve's position as a chapter lead author for the Nobel Prize-winning 2007 Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In a conversation with Steve, we’ll explore how he’s navigated challenging discussions and how he responded when one student said, “I want to be able to argue with my father about climate change. What can I tell him?”

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Balancing Business & Creativity
Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

Balancing Business & Creativity

Tessa Burnett founded the handmade-jewelry-and-local-art boutique in downtown Bozeman called Hattie Rex. Over time, Tessa made Hattie Rex operate so efficiently that she effectively worked herself out of a job: Hattie Rex is alive and well, open 7 days a week in downtown Bozeman, and runs without her. In 2016, Tessa established Lightbox, a consultancy that helps creative entrepreneurs illuminate the dark corners of business through community, coaching, and personalized consulting. She’ll help us find the balance between running a business and making time for creativity.

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BUILDING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY
Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

BUILDING A CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Catalin 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.

Catalin attended MSU and earned a degree in Graphic Design giving him the knowledge and education to explore different media in art and design. His journey through art grew a love for mixed media, working with his hands to create 3-dimensional art and sculpture bridging the two to create conceptual visual art.

He’s currently painting the Farm To School mural at Red Tractor Pizza and will talk about his creative process.

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Finding Magic in Materials
Jun
8
9:30 AM09:30

Finding Magic in Materials

Textile Designer Alayna Rasile will speak 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. 

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Creative Choices
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Creative Choices

Farmented Foods has a mission to eliminate all unnecessary food loss on farms. We take the over produced and ugly vegetables from small, local, organic farms and ferment them into delicious products our customers love!

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How to Pursue Your Best Ideas
Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

How to Pursue Your Best Ideas

Jared is one of the most dynamic inventors in action today. Having his formal education roots in Architecture and from there graduating into the world of intellectual property, Jared is an inventor whose insight for the human condition leaves him in a class all his own.

Jared has presented his work on national television and licensed his inventions in the office, infant, organization, furniture, entertainment, and contact lens industries - and has several more in development

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Facilitating Creativity
Mar
9
8:15 AM08:15

Facilitating Creativity

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 will explore 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.

Upon graduating from college, Livingston, Montana native Melissa Herron and her college sweetheart, Scott, were ready to construct a career that would make them each happy, make others happy, and hopefully pay the bills. Together, Melissa and Scott pursued business consulting and self-education in the realm of owning and operating a small business, and both worked in the beverage industry in Oregon for multiple years. After gaining career-related experience and clarifying a promising business plan, the couple moved to Bozeman and opened Townshend's Bozeman Teahouse, with the goal of bringing the joy, character and integrity of quality tea to the Bozeman community. Melissa and Scott co-own and manage the Teahouse, and if you've ever visited, it's likely you've seen one of them behind the counter on in the kitchen preparing tea. 

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Give, Give, Receive
Feb
2
8:30 AM08:30

Give, Give, Receive

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) are the founders of Beautifully Equipped, a podcast focusing on finding your genius through collaboration. They’ll share their creative journey and what it means to truly collaborate on developing a business, communicating through the iterative process, and leaving space for individual creative flexibility. 

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Tad Bradley | Following Truth
Jan
5
8:30 AM08:30

Tad Bradley | Following Truth

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. From the forest and lakes, to the fourth largest state, to design firms in Boston and Bozeman to becoming a passionate educator/artist and now.....all because of that internal voice within us all that pushes and pulls and inspires us to make difficult and intimidating decisions. 

Tad will speak of this path, lessons learned, and show one project bringing art, psychology, empathy, disability, music, and education together. 

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What’s Next? The Power of Storytelling
Dec
8
8:30 AM08:30

What’s Next? The Power of Storytelling

Connor Harbison studied history and political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Since graduating, he has conducted research for a nuclear energy startup and served as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill. Connor currently serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA through Montana Campus Compact. He directs outreach for the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU, an organization that helps campus affiliated entrepreneurs start businesses. In his free time, Connor enjoys reading and hiking. 

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Kayte Kaminski | Cultivating Compassion: Travel, Life, and The Compassion Project
Nov
17
8:15 AM08:15

Kayte Kaminski | Cultivating Compassion: Travel, Life, and The Compassion Project

An avid traveler to over 40 countries, Kayte has learned that opportunities for exploring compassion are everywhere—when to practice it, when to embrace it and when to look for a deeper understanding. As the current director of The Compassion Project in Bozeman and an administrator at Montana State University, Kayte will share what she has learned and how she continues to strive for cultivating compassion in a sometimes difficult world.

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Connecting Business Strategy to Creative Thinking
Oct
13
8:15 AM08:15

Connecting Business Strategy to Creative Thinking

Tyrel Thornton completed his degree in Graphic Design at Montana State University and currently steers the creative ship at Armstrong Marketing Solutions, a marketing and design agency in downtown Bozeman. Tyrel 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.

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Creating Innovative Global Team Culture
Sep
1
8:15 AM08:15

Creating Innovative Global Team Culture

Speakers: Garima Chawla and Alysia Andrikopoulos

Having worked on Google's audacious project to map the world from scratch in just under eight years, Garima and Alysia worked across teams in the US, India, Europe and Japan, bridging culture and communication gaps along the way. Having scaled at an unprecedented speed, the project required continual problem solving and creative approaches in order to accomplish something that the industry had never seen before. Garima now works/lives in the US, and Alysia once lived/worked in India. They will talk about differences in the innovation culture between India/US and some of the lessons learned along the way that are applicable for any global endeavor. 

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Matt Williams: Leading With Creativity
Aug
4
8:15 AM08:15

Matt Williams: Leading With Creativity

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Matt is an air medical pilot for REACH Air Medical Services in Bozeman, providing trauma scene response and long range air medical transport. He flew “Seahawk” helicopters as an active duty naval officer on multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Caribbean, South America and North Atlantic in support of Carrier Strike Group Operations, Anti-Piracy operations and Counter-Narcotics Operations. 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. Join us as Matt describes how he’s used creative leadership in his military service and as a medical pilot today.

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Karen Smith: Designing Dance
Jul
7
8:15 AM08:15

Karen Smith: Designing Dance

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. Join us as Karen shares her experiences designing dance for these incredible children who continue to teach her about movement, ability and empowerment.

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Nilam Patel: Finding Your Creative Community
Jun
9
8:15 AM08:15

Nilam Patel: Finding Your Creative Community

Nilam is the Social Media Strategist for Montana State University and knows just how to find the right group of friends when she's completely new to 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.

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John Etgen: Creative Ways to Promote Behavior Change
May
12
8:15 AM08:15

John Etgen: Creative Ways to Promote Behavior Change

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. Come to John's interactive talk and learn techniques to help move people to take action. 

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