- Speaker A panel of local creatives
- Cost Free for members. $10 contribution requested from guests when you RSVP
- Reception: 6:00 pm (Socializing in small groups in Breakout Rooms)
- Meeting: 6:30 pm (Brief CDPUG business followed by program)
Finding your career path as an artist or evolving your craft as you change can be challenging. Join us for a conversation with a variety of artists that have successfully reinvented themselves. Our panelists will share experiences and insights from their personal transformations. A lively conversation is intended to inspire and motivate both newcomers to the field and seasoned professionals. In addition to artists, our panel will include the unique perspective of a Job Coach who has assisted artists and non-artists with their career aspirations.
Our Panelists & Their Artistic Transformations:
Lisa Griffis. Former photo editor and now the owner of a new business Rescue Your Photos.
Lisa Gruber-Gebby. Former graphic designer and now a web designer for over ten years and business owner of OrangeWall Creative.
Karen Jewell-Kett. Retired graphic designer and now a studio painter, instructor and owner of FirstHand Studio.
Sue Nelson. Owner of the Job Search Center.
Moderator: Spike Radway, CDPUG Director of Programming and owner of Team Spike Consulting, LLC.
Lisa Gruber-Gebby is the founder and creative director of OrangeWall Creative where she leverages her 20+ years of design and strategic marketing experience in providing interactive web and print design. Lisa supports her clients’ distinct, evolving needs in back-end web programming, editorial content, photography, SEO, social media and advanced analytics.
Lisa earned her BFA in graphic design and minored in photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Lisa was a classmate of CDPUG stalwart Henry Lee and can share some stories. Lisa is also the god-mother of the CDPUG Showcase, now in it's 16th year.
After earning a master’s degree in visual communications from Ohio University, Lisa worked as a newspaper and magazine photo editor and graphic designer for 30 years. Her expertise in visual storytelling has earned more than 50 national awards.
Since leaving the Plain Dealer in 2013, Lisa has done freelance writing, graphic design and websites for her clients. Starting Rescue Your Photos seemed like the best way to combine her love of visual storytelling and helping other preserve their visual legacies.
Karen Jewell-Kett retired as the manager of Creative Services at Cleveland State University after 35 years of service. Karen earned a certificate in Design from Cooper School of Art and her B.A. in Communication from Cleveland State University.
Since retirement Karen has opened FirstHand Studio in the Screw Factory where she paints, offers art classes, and displays her art. Her contemporary impressionist paintings can be viewed and purchased through her website at KarenJewellKett.com. Karen believes that everyone can connect directly with their own creativity and the world around them to create meaningful art
Sue Nelson has helped 4,000 job seekers from all industries and fields to make career choices and then find The Perfect Job, faster.
Recognizing that small business owners, creatives, and job seekers are often isolated and left to their own devices to sort through conflicting how-to information online, she founded The Job Search Center to provide compassionate one-on-one coaching and group workshops, courses and Happy Hours.
Check out her weekly Wednesday afternoon Action Accountability Group to accelerate your prospecting results. Your first meeting is free and carries no obligation.