January 19, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Roundhouse Creative
part of a series on Anxiety
About the speaker
Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a writer, journalist, and champion of women — and on February 4th, 2017, she also became a widow. That morning, her 32-year-old husband, Jamie, collapsed and died while running a half marathon. The couple was months away from adopting their first child. In the days and months that followed, Katie explored how to grieve, learned to share her struggles, and worked to honor her late husband as she pieced her life back together. Looking back on a year of profound growth and unexpected hope, Katie shares how she used creativity to conquer her anxiety and embrace the unknown.
Katie is taking 2018 off to travel, work on a book, and figure out what’s next in life. She previously worked at The Poynter Institute, where she taught journalists about workplace culture, digital innovation, and audience engagement. Prior to that, she worked at CNN, where she led a team of producers based in Atlanta and London. Outside of work, she’s written and shared about lessons learned from losing her dad in 2013 and her husband in 2017. Katie is a big fan of no one else dying, and, despite it all, is (mostly) happy and looking forward to what’s next in life.
Roundhouse is a creative production studio rooted in video, motion graphics, and powerful storytelling. From their self-sustaining net-zero studio in sunny St. Pete, they provide clients from coast to coast with stories that evoke emotion and inspire action. As the CreativeMornings/SP headquarters, the studio provides monthly support to the chapter’s ongoing operation.
Craft Kafé is dedicated to recreating the ultimate bakery experience for anyone with a gluten intolerance. They proudly serve specialty coffee, tea, pastries, salads, and more out of a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. By stone milling their own flours freshly in house, they ensure only the highest quality ingredients are used, and the utmost care is taken. Located at 6653 Central Ave in St. Pete.
Combining the traditional European Brasserie with the the relaxed flair of American eateries, Cassis American Brasserie serves simple, hearty food and drinks at affordable prices in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Ideal for both quick bites and leisurely meals, Chef Jeremy Duclut offers American classics with subtle French influences for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Impeccable service and a front-row seat on Beach Drive make this DTSP establishment a staple in our city’s culinary scene.
Ray’s Vegan Soul is a local vegan catering service that travels to farms, festivals, bars, and private events around Tampa Bay. Well-known for their hearty, yet healthy food, Ray’s Vegan offers plant-based crowd-pleasers that prove good-for-you food can also taste amazing.
Black crow coffee is nestled in the heart of historic old Northeast in downtown St. Petersburg. As a neighborhood coffee shop they believe that supporting our community is the most important part of what they do. By encouraging local artists through monthly art shows, poetry readings, and music open mic nights, they are able to witness the connections and growth of the people that truly make this such a wonderful city.
Laura Lialios is a local baker who shares her passions for travel and baking through her homemade baked goods. She prioritizes local sourcing, traditional skill, and making people smile, working with other local business owners like Grassroots Kava House and The Caterer to bring her coffee shop baked goods to the Tampa Bay area.
Wandering Whisk Bakeshop is a whimsical home bakery specializing in custom-made sweets from scratch. Every dessert is artfully designed with each unique customer in mind. Their buttercream frosting has been awarded as the best in St. Pete! Check out their delicious Instagram feed.
Happy Birthday, CreativeMornings St. Pete! In addition to Katie’s talk, we’ll be celebrating our one year anniversary at this month’s event! Join us for breakfast birthday cakes, lots of lettered takeaways, mood music by Billy Mays III, a featured performance from The Third Thought, and all the anxiety of making this year even better than the last! Hope to see you there!
Doors open at 8:00am, and pre-registration is required. Free street parking is available on Central and 1st Ave South—carpooling is encouraged! Attendees on bikes can find assorted racks in the neighborhood, or lock up more creatively around the back of the building.