Laura Peña encourages us to look inward for the muse, the flow and the potential for creative inspiration.

Through creating a global platform, Laura has discovered that instead of waiting to know the exact ‘right’ next step, she can instead listen out for the quiet whispers and internal intuition, and take action based on creative trust. Does a creative project have the potential to ‘choose’ us, instead of us choosing it? Why do our instincts want us to have full clarity before taking action? How does the muse help propel a global project forwards?

About the speaker

Laura Peña is the founder of She is the Universe, a global platform designed to amplify the voices of teenage girls from around the world. She looks to inspire, empower and offer them the support they need to stand in their own stories and to pursue their dreams, through storytelling, mentorship and community. You can follow along or support the project on Patreon.

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, she discovered a love of design, animation, filmmaking, storytelling and technology that led her to New York City to study. Her fierce commitment to her craft led her to work with many of the top brands in the world and eventually found her own creative design lab, JelloMonsters.

For the past year, Laura has put nearly every part of her life on hiatus and has been traveling the globe, creating a video docuseries for She is the Universe. She is on a quest to capture and share the stories, dreams, hopes, struggles and triumphs of 111 teenage girls of all shapes, sizes, colors, languages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Her ultimate goal is to not only offer their unfiltered stories, but also create a place for them to see themselves in others and find a sense of community, mentorship and possibility.

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I believe—like I really really do believe—that each one of us have something inside, all of us. And the world will miss out if we don't do something about it. Because someone out there needs to see what we need to create. — laura pena

I just started filming girls that were friends of friends, and I recorded this audio. I was like, I'm just going to test this microphone. And so I tricked myself with little things like that, like I'm just going to do this little thing. And then things happen. — laura pena

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