We’re talking COMMITMENT in May. 

A commitment is a promise to show up whether you’re having a good or bad day. It’s a behavior and mindset that signifies the posture of a professional. It’s about saying yes with your whole heart.

A creative life is built on the commitments you make to projects and people. It can feel like a leap of faith. But is that not the very essence of leading a creative life?

This month’s global exploration of Commitment was chosen by our Vienna chapter and illustrated by Florine Glück. Thank you to our global partners MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for their ongoing support of the CreativeMornings community.

Tickets for this event will go live Monday, May 14 at 10:00 am.


“Creative ideas to move forward come from breaking the rules of the game.”

Ali Greenberg, founder of The Broad, shared the four rules to her game at April’s event. We played some nostalgic games like Simon Says and even found Waldo. Take a look at the global expressions here: #CMgame.

Special Thanks to our Allstar Team and Local Partners at Capital One, ICF Olson, and  IdeaWeavers


Tickets go LIVE, Monday, April 16 

Throughout human history, games were about winning or losing.

Author James P. Carse extends this concept beautifully in Finite and Infinite Games: “A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Which game are you playing with your art?

It’s a question worth asking everyday. Is this decision, this attitude, sending you down a short game or long game? The same energy that we spend chasing rewards and likes can be refocused to loving our craft and shipping our best work.

Keep your eyes on the journey, not the prize.

This month’s global exploration of Game was chosen by our Liège chapter and illustrated by Jeffrey Phillips. This month is presented by our global partner MailChimp.


“You are far more courageous that you give yourself credit for.” 

We conquered fears and sure didn’t stop believing as we explored the theme of courage with Yewande Austin of Change Rocks Foundation

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Special Thanks to our Local Partners at Capital One, ICF Olson, Fahrenheit IT, IdeaWeavers

March’s theme is COURAGE. 

Tickets go LIVE March 12 at 10:00 am. 

We need your courage. It’s going to be risky and will require vulnerability. A posture of empathy and curiosity will empower you. And above all, you must take action.

When researching or writing about courage, other traits fall into the mix: risk, vulnerability, curiosity, empathy, and action. It seems, then, that courage has nothing to do with your title or level of expertise. It’s not for the few or the gifted. It’s an act of humanity, of choosing to take an action that is risky because it demands vulnerability and curiosity. 

Courage has no specific form and knows no bounds. From starting a side project to the act of listening when you would rather interject, every day we are wrapped in opportunities to exercise courage.

This month is presented by our global partner WordPress.com. This month’s global exploration of Courage was chosen by our Oakland chapter and illustrated by Annie Wong.


February’s conversation on CURIOSITY with philosopher, radio producer and motorcyclist Dr. Choike l’Anson left us challenged to pursue knowledge regardless of the cost. 

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Partners: Capital One, ICF Olson, NATIVE, IdeaWeavers


“No one has any idea what the hell they’re doing.” - Erin

This January, Erin Mahone helped face our anxieties and then reminded us that we are not alone. Erin is the author of the forthcoming book If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity, the Creator of It Runs in the Family, a one-woman show about family, mental health, and laughing through life’s sh@ttiest situations. She is also the Founder of #IfYouCouldSeeMe: Stories for Change a multi-media project dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental health and related diagnoses, helping people to find their voice, and create a more inclusive world through storytelling. 

It was quite the refreshing and inspiring start to the year.


  • Videography by Joey Tran, Double Take
  • Photography by Ashley Loth, Sound Snap Photography
  • Brewers Cafe • Nate’s Bagels
  • Venue Partner Art Works 
  • Printing by Keith Fabry
  • Partners: ICF Olson, CapTech, Capital One, Native Collab, Fahreinheit IT & Consulting, Ideaweavers


“We are linked to this planet.” - @lobomarino

We ended the year with a challenge to connect to community and our planet from Lobo Marino’s Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price. Watch the whole talk and share your favorite quotes.


  • Videography by Antonio Knoxx
  • Photography by Jon Tingen, J & J Photography
  • Brewers Cafe • GroundUp Coffee
  • Venue Partner Dogtown Dance Theater
  • Printing by Keith Fabry
  • Partners: ICF Olson, CapTech, Capital One, Native Collab, Fahreinheit IT & Consulting


“We must make choices to live a creative life. We make choices and sacrifices to live the lives we want.” - @smashleyrva 

In November,  Ashley Hawkins reminded us that even death can bring life to dreams if we hold on to what’s important. Watch the whole talk and let us know your favorite quotes.



“What we decide and the choices we make with people around us creates our culture. We should feel empowered to create meaning together." - @evrimdogu 

Evrim Dogu gave us all the feels by keeping it real, raw, and funny as he talked about pioneering culture & heart at #CMPioneer in October. Watch the whole talk and let us know your favorite quotes.