Marlene Paez Dukes
Audience Takes the Stage
– Hosted at Co-Prosperity Sphere
part of a series on Tradition
About the speaker
Neftali Morales is a Chicago based comedy writer-performer, improviser and a solo performance artist. His sensibilities lie at the intersection of Guillermo Del Toro and a Pixar animated short. Neftali recently wrapped up his solo show run of Man-Y-Faces at The Annoyance Theatre and was recently cast in The Revival Theatre’s Winter Sketch Revue. Neftali has performed his solo work at Bentwood Comedy and Paper Machete at The Green Mill. Neftali has been an ensemble member of Trigger Happy at The Annoyance Theater and currently improvises in A Tribe Called Uncanny a latinx music improv adjacent troupe, while always performing solo material around town. Neftali is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory, Music Conservatory and writing program, as well as The Annoyance Theater, The Neo-Futurists’ Infinite Wrench course, iO Chicago and ComedySportz Chicago training centers. Follow Neftali on Instagram at @gorilao for posts about his shows and Jiu Jitsu.
Emily Carter is an accomplished designer and mentor with over 15 years of experience at ad agencies, media companies and tech startups. She has been a strategic consultant for Fortune 50 clients as varied as Kraft, Nestlé, Lowe’s, Walgreens, CNN, Time Inc., and Beam Suntory. After many meticulous evaluations of her career roles and company fit, she founded The Happy Career, a framework she developed that helps career-minded individuals analyze the 8 factors of their job to hone their satisfaction and find fulfillment and meaning in their careers. In addition to other entrepreneurial pursuits, Emily leads events for Designers + Geeks, a networking organization for those in design and technology. She previously grew the New York chapter to over 10,000 members and is now doing the same for the community in Chicago.
Dana Kaye is a veteran publicist, social media pro, and brand manager. In 2009, she founded Kaye Publicity, Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she coaches her clients on how to identify and establish their unique personal brands. Kaye is also the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales, and the creator of Branding Outside the Box, where she helps driven entrepreneurs and aspiring leaders become more memorable.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with the world’s largest and emerging businesses to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. In addition to traditional and enhanced PR, our work encompasses communications marketing, data-and-insight-driven approach to integrated campaigns; advisory services; and digital strategies and solutions. Follow them on Twitter @EdelmanPR
The Co-Prosperity Sphere is an experimental cultural center located in Bridgeport, Chicago. The space is used to showcase work by artists, performers and cultural workers. The C-PS hosts a radio station, publications office, exhibitions, screenings, presentations, installations, festivals, meetings, and performance programs in its 2,600+ square foot gallery. Follow them on Instagram @coprosperitysphere
Open Water is bottled water with a green conscience. That’s right: 16 ounces of purified water in 100% recyclable aluminum bottles. Aluminum is recycled more than twice as often as plastic and is also infinitely recyclable. Reusable bottles are always the best, but when you’re away from the tap, think beyond plastic. Follow them on Twitter @drinkopenwater
Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced based on traceability, innovation and social responsibility. In a world driven by technology and science, they are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. They are an innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion for delivering the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience. Follow them on Instagram @darkmattercoffee
TagPrints specializes in creating photo experiences that engage and captivate audiences across the country. We integrate data capture and social sharing with outputs like photos, animations, GIFs, Green Screens, and fully customizable hardware. Amplify your next event with a unique photo activation. Follow them on Twitter @TagPrints
Founded by Creative Producer, Edwin R. Ruiz, Mondo Machine is a film and digital media hub for Chicago artists, filmmakers, writers, organizations and patrons of the arts to facilitate work that resonates with audiences worldwide. We specialize in narrative storytelling, documentary, live performance archives, and innovative event experiences. Follow them on Twitter @MondoMachine
Event Farm is a brand-focused and data-driven event technology platform. The product suite includes experiential and event marketing capabilities to power events and offline experiences for Fortune 1000 companies and agencies. They help to streamline attendee management throughout the entire event lifecycle with customized invitations and registration processes, mobile check-in solutions at events, and powerful reporting tools for measuring event ROI. Follow them on Twitter @eventfarm
Established in 1937, Palmer Printing, the only printing company operating in Historic Printer’s Row, excels at bringing your design ideas to life through innovative print and email output solutions. Combining new technology with decades of experience produces a company ready to help solve its customers’ marketing dilemmas. Follow them on Twitter @PalmerNetwork