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New organizers in Dallas, San Salvador, Guatemala City, and Seoul!

CreativeMornings is in new corners of the globe! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the organizers of brand new chapters in Dallas, San Salvador, Guatemala City, and Seoul. Get to know them and be sure to give them a high-five at their next event!


Meet Mariah Hay, Dallas, USA

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I would love to visit CreativeMornings NYC because that is where all the magic started.

What excites you? I love problem solving; most of all social problems surrounding healthcare and education.

What have you failed at? My most spectacular successes first started with failures. To fail is to walk a path that has not been walked before, learn from the experience and do it right the next time.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Hmmm. Geographical boundaries aside - one of my personal heroes is Don Norman. He is the father of design thinking and without his work to pave the way my work might be much different today.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Interesting question. Every day that I can positively influence my community, profession, and contribute to making this planet a better place to live on is my greatest achievement.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Dallas? I want CreativeMornings/Dallas to transcend industry, age, and socioeconomic background. I know it’s a tall order, but you have to dream big.

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Meet Alejandra Palma, San Salvador, El Salvador

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Definitely New York City, because it is where it all began and where everything new brews.

What excites you? Creating anything, new projects, new recipes, alliances, art, and life. For me every day is a new opportunity to create.

What have you failed at? Creating; sometimes I dream too big.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? ALIVE: Irina Bokova – culture, education and science. I bet she has seen and experienced a lot, so she must have something interesting to communicate. DEAD: Joaquin Rodrigo Vidre, it would be such a sensitive and romantic CreativeMornings.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Identifying my biggest flaws and turning them into strengths. Embracing yourself is the only key to success. BE WHO YOU REALLY ARE AND BE HAPPY. Literally.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/SanSalvador? Simple, to get people to engage in real social spaces and to create a culture of participation and integration.


Meet Ana Beatriz Saravia, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? The one in New York, being able to meet Tina Roth Eisenberg. She is the reason we are now participating in this wonderful project. Before learning about CreativeMornings, some of the members of the Guatemala City team began a group in which we got together periodically to study and share about personal growth. In one of the exercises we did on self-knowledge, we had to identify our super power. Jenny’s (our creative organizer team member) was ENTHUSIASM and Eu, another member of team CreativeMornings/Guatemala, who was trying to find an image to fit that superpower came upon Tina’s video. I saw the video, and immediately fell in love with CreativeMornings.

What excites you? Seeing people’s faces when they discover something they didn’t know before or hadn’t seen on another perspective. Listening to other people’s stories. Researching, connecting ideas, finding creative and innovative ways to present ideas to others. Using my superpower, which is ‘facilitate.’

What have you failed at? At one point, I thought I didn’t have the necessary abilities to make important decisions in my life. I thought that pleasing everybody else and trying to meet their expectations was enough. I realized I’m the only one responsible for such an important task, and I was able to try and pursue my dreams, my wishes and take control of my life.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Oprah Winfrey. I admire her for being a seeker of knowledge, of inspiration. She is a person who had faith in herself and fought to make her dreams come true, in spite of the difficulties she faced. I would love the feeling of having an “aha moment” by having her as a speaker.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement was to dare myself to undertake my own path, without knowing where this independence would take me. A true leap of faith made me realize that when we close a door, another one opens if we have faith in ourselves. That’s how the door on coaching, learning and personal development opened itself up to me. Through the workshops we give, I have been able to discover how people benefit, connect and get inspired by sharing their stories of struggle, failure and success. I’ve always been amazed of how the universe conspires in your favor when you put yourself at its service and the fact that several of our people, through CreativeMornings, will be given the opportunity to share their stories is further proof of it.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Guatemala City? Aside from all the benefits generated by having a space to share all those wonderful inspirational stories through CreativeMornings, we will be able to make a community come together, to create a space for collaborating where multiple minds can work on a project or a solution. This is something really fulfilling and that automatically promotes creativity.

We love the idea that it is an inclusive and totally open space, where age doesn’t matter, neither does your profession or what stage of your life you’re in. Everybody can inspire and be inspired by others and can add creativity to their profession and life. Having the opportunity to share the warmth and flavor of Guatemalans to the whole world is an incredible privilege for us.


Meet Jay Kim, Seoul, South Korea

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? It’s hard to choose one, but if I have to, I would love to visit the Paris chapter. Paris was the first city outside of my country I visited in my life (I was 18) and became my home for a while, when I was a student. I can’t wait to meet creative Parisians and to make it happen. It’s time to brush up on my French!

What excites you? So many things: like changes in society, smiles from strangers, traveling, new technology coming up, hope to make a better world, new dessert recipes and above everything - my relationship with my creator makes me the most excited.

What have you failed at? I have failed a couple of big exams, maybe business I have run. Umm it’s not true - I don’t think I failed, rather that it was part of the journey. I think the way you are looking at matters changes your perspective.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? There are so many :D I love Ping Fu & Moby.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? I think my life journey is the greatest achievement which is still on its way. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to live in five different countries from Europe to Africa, including India. It was not because of what I had or who I was, just I was so blessed to have had those chances. I have experienced different cultures and seen so many things - I don’t feel deserving of it all. These experiences have made me who I am. I’m so thankful.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Seoul? CreativeMornings/Seoul will be a platform for creative people to come and inspire and be inspired. Typically in my culture, people are very shy and we haven’t learnt how to mingle with others well. I will make a bilingual platform so it’s open to locals and to people who want to meet locals. There are so many great ideas – I can’t wait to start step by step.

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It it so good to know you guys are expanding. Especially seeing South Korea there was uplifting. I hope to hear more about stuff like this.

Elijah Turner