Meet the Speaker: Clare Fieseler

Clare Fieseler started her creative career working for National Geographic in wildlife filmmaking but eventually returned graduate school to research study coral reefs and marine ecology. She spent countless hours underwater collecting data, logging time on boats, and traveling throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. During field expeditions she began applying her skills from filmmaking and started shooting still images for various digital publications. 

In 2016, Clare began working professionally as an independent photographer while maintaining a career in academia. Clare is currently an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University, but continues to enjoy a part-time career in photojournalism covering gender, science and the environment. She was IWMF Reporting Fellow in 2018 and a AAAS Fellow reporting for The Washington Post in 2019. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, she has been turning the lens on herself and documenting her own experience parenting and trying to connect with nature under lock-down. Her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.

It’s Our Birthday!

Seven years ago this month, #CMDC began with 80 people at our inaugural event. Today, our community is over 10K strong. If you’ve been to one of our events — as an attendee, volunteer, speaker or partner — we are so grateful. To celebrate our birthday this month, we decided to give back to the community we love so much, particularly as many of our partners and DC creatives may be struggling during these unprecedented times. Follow and join the celebration this week on Twitter and Instagram.

A Note to our Community


To our community — Given the current global health situation, we have decided to cancel our March event. Our first and foremost responsibility is to keep our community safe and follow expert advice like this.

This is hugely disappointing for us, as it would be our annual evening event to celebrate our 7th anniversary. But the health and well-being of the people within our CreativeMornings/DC community is so much more important. We hope you will continue to join us via social media, email, and other virtual channels. 

We have seven years of CreativeMornings/DC to celebrate, especially the supporters, volunteers, partners and speaker who make it great. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Meet Our February Speaker: Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review among others.

Join us on Friday, February 28 at 8:30AM for #CMInvest with Rion! 

Registration will open on Monday, February 24 at 10:30AM.

February’s Theme is Invest

“Convert your doubts into positive currency and bet on yourself.”

Registration for #CMInveset will open on Monday, February 24 at 10:30AM!

Our Hong Kong chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invest and Bao Ho illustrated the theme.

December’s Theme is Silence

Join CreativeMornings/DC for #CMSilence on Wednesday, December 18 at Studio Theatre with speaker Dian Holton

Tickets for the event will be available starting Thursday, December 12.

As the end of the year draws near, life can get humorously hectic. We rush to finish up projects, try to squeeze in appointments with loved ones, and can easily lose track of ourselves in the process.Is this inevitable? Or can we find ways to ground ourselves amid all the chaos? In this busy season, create moments of stillness where you can.When silence is intentional, it is valuable and restorative. It brings us back to our senses and is essential to our holistic well-being. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton defines quiet as a ‘presence’ and ‘think tank of the soul.’ Silence is a powerful tool that allows us to take a step back from the atmosphere around us and realign with our intentions, our hopes, and ourselves.This December, set aside time to tune out the noise. You can go for a walk outdoors, find a cozy corner, or simply close your eyes. The magic of silence is that we can access it wherever we are.
Your beacon is the light that blazes within you, a signal made up of your values, dreams, and priorities.The essayist Anaïs Nin put it best when she wrote: “The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress.”Shine your light. Ask for help and let go of the idea that you have to make a perfect choice. You may feel lost, but you are not alone.Our Montevideo chapter chose this month’s exploration of Silence and Dani Scharf illustrated the theme.

Meet our Speaker

A poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Reginald Dwayne Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, as well as a memoir, A Question of Freedom. A graduate of Yale Law School, he lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and their two sons.

#CMLost with Reginald Dwayne Betts will be on November 22nd at Sixth & I. Register on Monday November 18 at 10:30AM.

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