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New organizers in Kuala Lumpur, Calgary, Jeddah, and Lviv!

CreativeMornings is reaching new creative communities around the world! We’re so excited to introduce you to the organizers of new chapters in Kuala Lumpur, Calgary, Jeddah, and Lviv!


Meet Stephan Wilhelm, Calgary, Alberta

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I would very much like to visit the NYC group. Not just because I love New York but also to meet with the group that started it all and because I love New York.

What excites you? That smell of a new book.

What have you failed at? I have failed at many things over the years. Which looking back now seems to me not so much as failures but just the necessary steps to get to where I am.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Not sure I can answer that with a specific person. For me the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker is someone who inspires, motivates & challenges. Someone who resonates with the creative community whoever that may be.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Whenever I come across this question I always think of family and personal as opposed to business achievements.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings Calgary? I want CreativeMornings in Calgary to become an active, vibrant creative community that supports and inspires. A place where you reconnect with old friends and meet amazing new people. Share inspiration and laughter. Build lifelong connections.

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Meet Rozana Al-Banawi, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I would like to visit the NYC chapter, because that’s where it all started, and to meet the founder Tina Roth Eisenberg and the lovely CreativeMorningsHQ team: Lisa, Sally, & more. I would like to visit Dubai too, because it’s hosted some awesome local Saudi speakers and it’s where lots of exciting things are happening in our region.

What excites you? Small ordinary moments excite me: witnessing a client win, seeing joy in my son’s eyes, walking in a beautiful sunny park, and being with loved ones over good food and good music. I am most grateful to those moments filled with grace, joy and love.

What have you failed at? I think we fail more than we think we do. Assaj, the small bakery shop that I co-founded with my husband, was the clearest example of ‘failing’. We opened it in 2005 to earn an income as we both studied and managed our tiny family with our first son. By 2010, it closed, because we were on a scholarship studying in the UK. I learned something important about failure. We encounter failure to experience a required milestone that is essential for our growth. So now, as an entrepreneur, constantly evolving with my business and people, I’m embracing the ‘failures’ and even celebrating what it brings.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Globally, Brené Brown, because I am obsessed with her work, books, and online workshops. Locally, I would love to host HRH Princess Lolowah Al-Faisal, Dr. Ghazi Bin Zagr, Mohammed Jameel, Maha Juffali and more (I have a long list), because they are visionary leaders that serve from their hearts in their communities. They have co-created legacies of giving & positive change.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is my wonderful family; my husband and my two boys. We have grown together over the past decade and I am proud of who I have become, and how we have evolved together within our larger family and local & global community.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Jeddah? I want CreativeMornings Jeddah to be the platform for local creatives, where they gather to connect and grow together as one community. CreativeMornings Jeddah will ‘hold the space’ for voicing what matters to and creating meaningful experiences. I can see the bridges being built between people and the good conversations taken to the next level. I want people to leave the event feeling more courageous, inspired and ready to make their creativity real – whatever that may mean to them!


Meet Arthur Bogdanov, Lviv, Lviv Oblast

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Berlin. That’s probably my favourite and most nostalgic city in Europe, where I spent a bunch of time. I would love to meet even more people from creative industries there.

What excites you? New things to explore, opportunities.

What have you failed at? Building my dream organization. But I haven’t given up yet.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Overcoming fear to dive deep into computer programming, at the age of 25, after six years in management.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Lviv? Ukraine is a developing country, and I think we need more events here with speakers who achieved great results in business, art, science and many other spheres. To excite others, motivate them for creating even greater things. I believe, we people of Ukraine, really need this kind of support, especially during the current times.


Meet Nastasha Zolotareva, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I would love to visit CreativeMornings in Jakarta for, oh, so many reasons! First of all, Rofi from Jakarta is my CreativeMornings buddy and I can’t wait to meet her in person. After many years in Asia I still haven’t been to Jakarta, and feel like that would be a good opportunity. And finally, I feel like some city realities might be similar to KL, where I’m starting a chapter. KL and Jakarta might just be “same same but different” like they say in Malaysia (and I’m sure, they say it in Indonesia too!)

What excites you? Those people whose eyes light up when they are telling you about something they are doing. It can be anything, Even fields that are absolutely foreign to me. I remember talking to a fundamental scientist, to a man who is trying to establish an opera culture in a country that never heard of it, to a women who is really-really into that book concept that she came up with, to a friend who found a new psychological profiling method and is eager to teach everyone. Can I say, people who are excited excite me?

What have you failed at? That surfing class I took when living in Costa Rica was definitely a fail. When the instructor was around I was beyond excited to be a “cool surfer girl” but once I decided that I can now try on my own with no one around… well, I could get pass that shore where waves are breaking and reach the part where surfers are sitting, waiting for the next wave to come. I was brutally knocked off my feet like 10 times before I got caught by a wave, rolled in the water stream, like a sushi and finally hit by that giant “beginner surfer board”. On my head.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Richard Bah

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Every time I manage to recognise that an experience does not longer serve me and to find a courage to walk away from it. I had couple big “walk aways” recently and still secretly patting myself on the back for that.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings KL? I see CreativeMornings KL as a place where a photographer runs into a model, performance artist meets a sound guru and a stage-lights magician. Here a producers finds his inspiration for a new weekend happening and meets a half of his future crew. CreativeMornings KL is a place where we come to expand our bubble, to get inspired by the community, to share our thoughts that, who knows, might inspire others! I absolutely can see it as a place that inspires us to create what city needs. Be it a recycling project, a charity bazar, “save KL from air pollution” movement or an idea of a new restaurant.

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