A live conversation series about resetting as we emerge from the pandemic, featuring Philly’s creative community.
The past year has been… different. We’ve all had to adapt to a new and evolving set of constraints, and many have had to endure and persevere through significant changes to their work, social lives, and creativity. But we have also learned new skills and discovered new ways of doing things. As we begin to return to more traditional, in-person activities, how can we take what we’ve learned during the pandemic and do things better?
In this series, co-hosts Melinda Steffy and Youngmoo Kim will talk to members of Philadelphia’s creative community (broadly defined) about what they’ve learned and what changes will inform their efforts moving forward. We’ll catch up with authors, performers, educators, industry and government leaders, and more. By sharing experiences and ideas for the future, we seek to highlight pathways and opportunities to find creative solutions for the many challenges we still face, individually and collectively.
- Ep. 9: Rob Cottman, Executive Chef & Director of Food & Beverage, World Cafe Live
- Ep. 8: Donald Nally, Music Director and Conductor, The Crossing
- Ep. 7: Sarah Williams, Director of New Works & Creative Producer, Opera Philadelphia
- Ep. 6: Lisa Nelson-Hayes, Executive Director, Philadelphia Young Playwrights
- Ep. 5: Sean Kelley, Sr. Vice President & Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
- Ep. 4: David Bradley, theater director & producer
- Ep. 3: Michelle Sipics, Accenture Technology Innovation
- Ep. 2: ELLECT (Steve Tyson), artist & hip-hop educator
- Ep. 1: Natalie Nixon, author & creativity strategist
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Melinda is the Founder & Principal of Concentric Strategy, bringing creative problem solving to organizational strategy & communications. Her 18-year career in the nonprofit sector has been deeply shaped by her perspective as a visual artist and musician. She brings innate creativity and nimbleness to her work, making complex ideas come to life through careful process, attention to detail, and abundant empathy. She previously served as Executive Director of music education nonprofit LiveConnections, which she guided for 8 years from start-up phase through its merger with music venue World Cafe Live. Melinda is an experienced public speaker and facilitator, and a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia fellow.
Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary collaboration and learning, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues AI for music, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and STEAM education. He has also served as Resident Technologist for Opera Philadelphia and serves as an advisor for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can view his TEDxPhiladelphia 2019 talk here.