Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST
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435 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208

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Maureen Sager 
Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy 

DIY Career Paths in the Creative Economy 


When: Friday, January 18, 2019 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: 435 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208 Cost: FREE!

Career "paths" in the Creative Economy are often considered the “road(s) less traveled” and completely defy traditional job descriptions. Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) and Overit are hosting a symposium where industry thought leaders, who have navigated these lesser traveled roads, will share their stories, struggles, and successes. These entrepreneurs have created unorthodox careers built on a unique set of skills, an unusual amount of passion, and the ability to bravely embark on niche careers that occur in today's rapidly changing landscapes. Their efforts have helped to make the Creative Economy the 4th largest employment area within the Capital Region.

The discussion will be moderated by Gregor Wynnyczuk, Principal and Consultant at Rock Paper Partners. Stay tuned for details on where to find the Live Stream of the event as well.

Speakers include:

Gregor Wynnyczuk is an artist, storyteller and creative facilitator. As the principal consultant at Rock Paper Partners, he is devoted to helping people and organizations improve how they think, communicate, and solve problems. Gregor is certified as a Master Trainer, Facilitator, and Learning Designer. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). He has degrees in Business and Communications (B.A. Loyola College, M.A. University at Albany) and a Certificate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard. 

Dor Dotson runs Genuine Article, a boutique marketing consultancy, helping distributors, film festivals, independent filmmakers and other creative professionals with their crowdfunding, email marketing and social media campaigns.  She relocated from Brooklyn to Catskill, NY in 2016 where she lives with her husband, two cats and infant son.

Erin Sikopoulos left a career in television to pursue Massage Therapy and to become a practitioner and leader in the exceptionally rare practice of Gemstone Energy Medicine. Sikopoulos is the owner of Turn A New Leaf Massage & Energy Work in Saratoga Springs NY and is the only certified Gemstone Energy Practitioner in the Capital Region and one of just a handful of practitioners in the entire North East. Her business is one of a kind, not only offering uniquely blended massage and energy work sessions, but holding gemstone energy courses and meditations to educate about Gemstone Energy Medicine and has recently opened the very first physical store dedicated Gemstone Energy Medicine on the East Coast.

Lily Hevesh is a professional Domino Artist who produces weekly videos on her YouTube channel, Hevesh5, while also doing professional projects for companies, ad agencies, brands, schools, and others seeking Domino Art. Currently she has over 600 million total YouTube views and 2,000,000 subscribers, making her the #1 most subscribed Domino Artist on the web. In addition to creating domino videos, Lily has done significant commercial projects for brands including Disney, Marvel, Ford, Honda, LEGO, Pizza Hut, and more. She has worked with Will Smith for the feature film Collateral Beauty, as well as Katy Perry for the launch of her new album, Witness. Her videos have been featured on NBC, FOX News, Nickelodeon, CNN, CBS, MSN, and more.

Gordon Sacks started 9 Miles East Farm to make it easy for busy people to enjoy healthy local food. The farm's workplace wellness operation serves more than 100 companies in New York and another 75 in the Boston area. 9 Miles East's subscription meal service delivers healthy, locally sourced prepared meals to hundreds of households. And www.pizzadelivery.farm offers high-quality sourdough crust pizza made with local organic flour. Sacks has a BA from Vassar College.