New Organizers in Buenos Aires, Las Vegas, Cleveland and San Diego
Very excited to introduce our newest chapter hosts living in the marvelous cities of Buenos Aires, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and San Diego! Please join us in welcoming these friendly faces.
Meet Laura Marcello, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I’d like to visit CM/MX because I feel there’s a vibrant community there, and I’d like to know why.
What excites you? A good idea waiting to happen.
What have you failed at? Understanding torrents. I still fail.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? The ultimate CreativeMornings speaker would be James Victore, because that man can move mountains.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I believe.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Buenos Aires? When likeminded people get together, something magical happens. Not everyone gets it, not everyone can explain it. But, like love, you know when it’s happening. And the domino effect of people awakening to their own dreams is wonderful and unbelieavable and unstoppable. That’s what I want for my community.
Meet Megan Arzaga, Las Vegas, Nevada
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Would a straight through world tour of all the CM chapters be a viable plan? No? Oh okay, I guess I’ll start with our comrades in Australia and New Zealand then. The last time I was in AU, I experienced a creative awakening of sorts. I would love to be in that environment and culture again and add NZ to the list!
What excites you? What excites me the most is connecting with new people, especially in travels, and most specifically if we can create something together. Even if we just create a happy memory through adventure and some laughter.
What have you failed at? I’ve failed at maintaining my appetite for life. It’s good to be ambitious, but pursuing too many things at once can really leave important aspects of things neglected. I’m learning how to really maintain focus and prioritize goals, desires, and relationships.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? To me personally, an ultimate speaker for CreativeMornings would be James Turrell. Experiencing his work has changed my life on multiple occasions and his dedication to projects such as Roden Crater, inspire and test my concept of patience. He expresses a world and ideas I wish I lived in on a daily basis, both physically and mentally.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I consider my greatest achievement to be any time a friend has reached out to tell me I’ve changed their life for the better somehow. I couldn’t feel more joy than thinking someone else feels more positive from my existence.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Las Vegas? The vision we’re fostering over here for the Las Vegas chapter is one of co-evolution. We have a lot of divided creative territories and nowhere really that the city as a whole can use as a platform or backbone to be recognized and heard. We’re really hoping to create a home for the energy the city is currently experiencing and to invite the rest of the world to come experience our growth with us!
Meet Thomas Fox, Cleveland, Ohio
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Auckland is the obligatory response here. As an American there is some inexplainable romanticization of New Zealand as a magical utopia, I’d simply love to see the country. I’m going to cheat and say that I’d like to visit SF’s CreativeMornings as well since I’ve heard great things about Stewart Scott-Curan from friends here in Cleveland.
What excites you? It’s hard to disconnect interests from excitement. I like to work, I like ideas, I like music and friends… the excitement in all of that comes in when you’re at the moment of discovering a solution to a challenging problem, something that will make a lot of people happy.
What have you failed at? What a vulnerable question, it’s tough but here’s an honest answer. I could write books on things that have gone wrong in projects that I’ve worked on, but that isn’t really failure. Real failure only happens when you give up, or if you’re defeated by someone else’s agenda. I started and ran a successful recording studio in Cleveland for several years, but pressure from personal and financial issues made it impossible to communicate vision and expectations with a very eccentric business partner. It wasn’t possible to manage a plethora of challenges all at once and I had to sell my equity in the business. That was a big failure, it cost me something I loved dearly.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Living: Elon Musk. Not Living: Fulton Sheen. Not sure: David Bowie
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My first instinct here was to say something sarcastic like “I invented the keyboard necktie!” but really I’m just bad at bragging about myself. I’ve done some cool stuff that I’m proud of, I made a really awesome recording studio, music video series and developed a massive art & music festival. I’m still pretty far from my “greatest achievement” though… that’s still coming.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Cleveland? Cleveland is an interesting town, lots of food, lots of doctors, lots of craft artisans, and lots of masochistic sports fans. Amongst all of that I’ve met some fascinating people. My vision for the chapter can be summed up in these three goals:
- Move to different venues for each event. 2. Build to include exorbitant breakfast spreads. 3. Selfishly, I’d like to meet some really interesting people.
Meet Nate Spees, San Diego, California
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I think it would be fantastic to visit the newly minted CM Dubai. Dubai seems like an incredibly unique city in a dynamic part of the world. I’d be interested to observe how creatives from the Dubai chapter are learning from one another and solving creative challenges.
What excites you? I get excited about solving complex creative challenges. I’m a huge believer in the power of human ingenuity, and love what happens when individuals collaborate to build the remarkable.
What have you failed at? As a life-long entrepreneur, I’ve experienced my fair share of blunders. I’ve seen businesses go up, down, and sideways through the years. Each experience has been an opportunity for learning. I was a partner at a creative agency that eventually dissolved and left me looking for another gig. If I had to sum that experience up, I’d say that failure has reminded me of the golden rule - “treat others how you would like to be treated.” You can’t guarantee that your ideas will work, but you can guarantee that you’ll be working with people. How they remember you is what ultimately matters.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? I’ve always been a fan of Dieter Rams’ work. His approach and belief in "less but better” design is something that I think many designers continue to use in daily life. He’s worked on some incredible projects through the years, and I’m sure he could provide great value to the creative community.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Over time, I’ve carved a place for myself doing brand development and strategy here in San Diego. I’m very proud to have partnered with incredible organizations of all shapes and sizes, helping to facilitate growth for their businesses. I’ve had the privilege to work with organizations like World Vision, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Qualcomm, and Active Ride Shop on branding & strategy efforts. Howard Schultz once said, “When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” I’ve been blown away by the talented people I have collaborated with, and count that among my greatest achievements.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/San Diego? The team and I can’t wait to see CreativeMornings San Diego become the epicenter for creative conversations taking place in America’s Finest City. There’s incredible momentum in San Diego right now and we believe getting the creative community together is going to be like lighting a match at a gas station…. BOOM!