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Using Creativity to Drive Inclusion in Colorado Business

| 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Emmanuel Gallery
1205 10th Street
Denver, CO

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Using Creativity to Drive Inclusion in Colorado Business: Arts, Equity, and Access as Tools for Economic Growth

August 24,  2021 | 4 – 5:30 PM
(followed by a networking happy hour at Tivoli Taproom, cash bar)

This event is for business leaders, creative leaders, and thought leaders who are looking to positively impact and place make in the future of the Colorado economy.


Using Creativity to Drive Inclusion in Colorado Business will amplify the work of entrepreneurs and small businesses who use arts, media and creativity to drive economic growth and build inclusion in business and industry. Resources, storytelling, discussion, and intentional interaction will help set a road map for the Colorado business sector whose recovery and growth will be dependent on models that prioritize access, innovation, and equity.

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Barbara Brooks at 54 years-young is the founder and CEO of SecondActWomen. Built by and for women 40 and beyond, the company is an IRL and virtual club for women 40 & 50+ that provides access to professional and self-development courses and workshops led by industry experts, resources and on-demand content, and a network of women entering middlescence with vigor. Founded to counter the ageist bias waged against females 40 & 50+ in corporate, business ownership and in society, SecondActWomen gives women the opportunity to ReThink, ReTool and ReBoot in order to design their future on their terms.
Panelists and speakers:
Fa’al Ali, entrepreneur and owner of Eazy Media and ILA Gallery, is happiest when he’s traveling and capturing the moments with the camera. He has extensive experience in multimedia, marketing, print design, commercial and web videography, video editing, sound design and 3D animation. Fa’al has been featured on Camber Outdoor Panel, Denver Start-up week panel, has served as a mentor and created URBN Media-a coworking space for minority owned business owners. Currently this diverse artist owns ILA Gallery and helps other artists elevate themselves. His love of nature is presented throughout his photography gallery and his work with lighting makes for the perfect prints.
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Brian Corrigan is a creative placemaking artist-designer-entrepreneur working at the intersection of creative economy, technology and community development. His socially engaged practice spans rural/urban/suburban communities and is focused on sparking and supporting the development of healthy, inclusive and vibrant neighborhoods for all people. His work has been recognized by NPR, PBS, Cool Hunting, Springwise, Denver Post, Streetwise, Business Journal and Dwell. He is an ArtPlace America Grantee, NewCities Global Urban Innovator Finalist, Knight Public Spaces Fellowship Finalist and an International Award for Public Art Finalist. His projects have been published in Streets Reconsidered: Inclusive Design for the Public Realm and The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place.

Theo Edmonds is the Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Research & Innovation at University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) College of Arts & Media (CAM). Before coming to Colorado in 2021, Edmonds served at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Science where he founded and co-led the Center for Creative Placehealing—a culture, innovation, and entrepreneurship program at the intersection of public health and the creative industries. In addition to his work in healthcare and higher education, Edmonds is the co-founder of Underestimated People of Purpose(UPOP), a for-profit public benefit organization that uses cultural wellbeing science to support quality improvement and strategic communications processes that humanize the future of work and spark inclusive innovation. Along with his husband, Josh Miller, Edmonds founded IDEAS xLab, an artist-run nonprofit that champions inclusion and belonging through creativity, art, and action.
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Sara Moore is the Executive Director for Colorado Dragon Boat, the umbrella organization encompassing the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival, and the AAPI Emerging Leaders Program. Sara has been with the organization since 2017 and some of her proudest accomplishments to-date are: creating and implementing a sustainable budget and hosting the largest Dragon Boat Festival in North America in 2019 (150K attendees). Sara’s passions include rock climbing, hiking, and learning about her Japanese heritage. Sara can talk on end about her grandfather, Masamichi (Mac) Suzuki. Mac was interned during WWII as a nisei at Tule Lake, California. He later served on the ABCC (Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission) in Hiroshima, Japan, as an OBGYN studying fertility in the victims of the atomic bombs, later retiring from the U.S. Army as a Captain.  Sara is honored to be a part of this amazing organization that helps promote and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments from the Asian Pacific American community here in Colorado.
Michelle Bauer Carpenter is a professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award-winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
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David Liban is chair of Film & Television at CU Denver. His films and videos have received numerous awards from both national and international film festivals. His recent film, A Feral World will be streaming starting September 22nd 2020. A Full filmography can be found on His film Mortal Lessons was awarded an Emmy in July 2010. Liban was also nominated for an Emmy in the Best Director category in 2010. Through PBS distribution and cablecast airings, this film has been available for viewing to over 26 million households. A previous film, Carhenge: Genius or Junk? was also aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2002 Liban received a Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Award to Porto, Portugal where he taught television production.
Sean McGowan, interim chair of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies at CAM, is an award-winning guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. He has produced five solo recordings of original music and jazz standards, all of which have garnered critical acclaim from leading periodicals and musicians. His two most recent recordings were both first round Grammy nominations in four categories by voting NARAS peer groups (2015). McGowan earned a DMA with high honors from USC in Los Angeles and is a strong advocate for injury prevention and health education for musicians. Since joining the faculty at CU Denver, McGowan has presented over twenty peer-reviewed papers, workshops, and performances at international, national, and regional conferences.
His guitar students have achieved recognition in competitions, scholarships to various summer guitar programs, and success within the professional music industry. Since his appointment in 2007, McGowan has hosted over two dozen guitar masterclasses with high profile artists (including several Grammy winners), curated three guitar festivals, and has organized the annual CU Denver Guitar Night.

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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