Personal stories about surviving grief, failure and burnout

At our Audience Takes The Stage event Rachel Sato-Banks, Alex Kitain and Christiana Courtright shared their personal stories of survival. What does it mean to lose someone you love and how does that affect your creativity? If you fail as an entrepreneur, how do you move forward? And if burnout takes you down, not once but twice, how do you get back up? The answers to these questions are in the moving, personal stories of our three speakers.

About the speaker

Rachel Sato-Banks is a writer and conceptual creative from London, who now calls Amsterdam home. She cut her teeth in magazine journalism, before moving onto the creation of branded content at VICE’s creative agency Virtue and Unseen Photo Fair. Since then, she’s been working for brands such as Adidas, as well as having fun with side projects that sometimes involve her dancing like a maniac for a music video or co-producing a denim photography project, Hadaka Denim, with a friend. She likes embarrassing stories, eccentric octogenarians and crappy kid’s drawings. Not to mention, she’s fiercely in love with her rescue dog Hummer.

Alex Kitain is the founder of The Coffeevine, a widely-read guide to the best cafés in the world and makers of Europe’s most exciting monthly coffee box. He recently founded his newest company, Freshdrip, that will soon revolutionize the way we drink exquisite coffee on the go. He has been living and working in Amsterdam for almost 10 years.

Christiana Courtright is a Senior Social Strategist at Kingsday. Originally hailing from Britain, she fell into digital marketing in 2008 when her travel blog was discovered by Microsoft, who then hired her as a social influencer. Her career spans international journalism and digital marketing, when she’s not creating engaging social campaigns for clients you’ll find her cycling like a maniac around Amsterdam.

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