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Q&A with April speakers—Sage Quiamno and Aparna Rae—who will be speaking on the topic INCLUSIVE.


Sage Quiamno, Co-Founder of Future for Us

1. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Creativity means breaking boundaries, creating new rules and challenging the status quo. Creativity is adaptation.

2. Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Art, music and culture. I lean on my ancestry and heritage to remind me of my values.

3. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Seek inspiration outside of your sphere.

4. Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Cristina Martinez, owner and artist of June and Mars

5. What fact about you would surprise people?
I’ve paddled with an outrigger canoe crew 36 miles from Newport beach to Catalina Island.

6. What music are you listening to these days?
Lauryn Hill MTV Unplugged performance album.

7. What was the best advice you were ever given?
The best advice I was given was to be your own best friend and give yourself grace.


Aparna Rae, Co-Founder of Future for Us

1. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Creativity is drawing outside the lines, pushing edges, and getting uncomfortable.  

2. Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Lately, in moments when I’m away from screens. In the mountains, on the water, while cooking. Most days, I’m inundated with information, and in moments when my mind takes a break from ‘work’, things click and I find creative inspiration.

3. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Build a routine and stay disciplined. It seems like the opposite of spontaneity, which we associate with creatives and creativity, but it’s a myth I’d like to set straight.

4. Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Michaela Ayers, Nourish

5. What fact about you would surprise people?
I’m an introvert!

6. How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?
I wanted to be an archaeologist and an artist, living in the South of France. Never envisioned a life as an entrepreneur.

7. What music are you listening to these days?
Coke Studio Pakistan

8. What was the best advice you were ever given?
Do your best and focus on building mastery today, stop obsessing about the future.