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World Creativity and Innovation Week is an international community dedicated to seizing the infinite creative potential that awaits us every day. Its purpose is to encourage people to use new ideas, make new decisions, and take new steps towards making the world, and your place in it, better through creativity. 

WCIW begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15th, as an homage to his revolutionary vision. It ends on April 21st as a UN International Day of Observance to encourage people to use creative multidisciplinary thinking at the individual and group levels with respect to advancing the United Nations sustainable development goals, also known as the "Global Goals".  Founded in 2001 the celebration has now flourished to people celebrating in over 50 countries every year - in their businesses, schools, associations, organizations, communities and homes. For more information, visit


Explore Innovative and Creative Ways to Solve Problems and move things forward in Life, Work, Family and the World

Hosted by the Morean Arts Center and My Favorite Art Place

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Changing Your Perspective - The Ocular Effect

If you change where you stand you will change what you see. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. One of the important skills in photography, or any art - including the art of life - is understanding two very important things. 

1) Where you stand to take a photo - if you don't like what you're looking at then move and it will look different. This could be as easy as walking around a tree until the sunlight is coming just right through the branches. It is also a metaphor for taking action.

2) True images are composed in your mind before you take the shot. This could be as easy as knowing you want to crop out the overhead electrical wires but keep the beautiful shadows that float across the front. It is also a metaphor of visualizing the next steps in any area of your life as a catalyst for change.

Join photographer Doc Jon, who has also been a successful international business owner/physican and motivational speaker.  Doc also does wildlife rescue and works with the groups Sea Shepherd (The group on TVs "Whale Wars ) and Birds in Helping Hands bird rescue. Speaker: Doc Jon

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm


The New Normal

So, you have a business that is based on getting a gallery show and getting as many people as you can to show up and see your body of work you’ve taken over a year to create. Or you are a location that relies on getting the most number of eyes to walk through.  But now - that may have changed.   Or - you have a retail establishment and now people don’t want to come out - and you don’t have a product or service that can be delivered. What Is Our New Normal???  This is a round table conversation where we share ideas and make choices / decisions based on our business model in our current climate. Please come and share - your input is valuable. Susana Weymouth, Howayda Alffan and Kathy Durdin, Facilitated by Jerri Menaul

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Be the Next Big Thing: How to Go From ‘Best Kept Secret’ to ‘Top of Mind Authority’

Regardless of what you do or you we do it for, there’s something everyone wants that is more valuable than money. 


With enough attention you can build a business. You can help people. You can do what you love. And you can create a community. 

With enough attention you can change the world. 

But what if the price for attention had less to do with your qualifications and more to do with a “feeling” that you evoke? In other words, what if the only thing keeping you from living out that big dream you have is the way your personal brand makes others people feel about you? 

Join branding and digital marketing expert Marc Ensign as he shows you the secret behind building a personal brand that your audience will fall in love with. Regardless of your industry. 

  • How to define your brand beyond colors, shapes and fonts

  • How to get clarity on who you are and why people should pay attention to you

  • How to build a community of advocates that help spread your message

Presented by Marc Ensign

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Every Next Level of Your Life Will Demand a Different You!

Live your best life, something most aspire to do, but can we, how do we? Understanding how approaching life's purpose from a holistic perspective is crucial, and how happiness is the main ingredient to living a fuller and longer life.

Open up a new way of thinking and looking at life. Gain exposure to techniques and modern ideas on the topic. Use in everyday living to improve their experience. This topic is essential knowledge for everyone, but especially women, to live a full and happy life. Speaker: Valerie Fulbright

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7:00p-9:00p on  


A Conversation Regarding Innovation and Artwork; What Does Tomorrow Look Like?

On April 16, the 2020 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artists will share their art journeys, how they tap into and hone their creativity during a special conversation with Danny Olda, Manager of Curatorial Programs, Content and Engagement with Creative Pinellas. Join Patricia Kluwe Derderian, Lynn Foskett, Steph Hargrove, Mark Mitchell, Zoe Papas, Gianna Pergamo, Kodi Thompson, Judy Vienneau, & Angela Warren as they discuss trends in art, artistic expression and innovation. Emerging Artist Grantees are artists with a recognized and proven promise, a history of success, a strong portfolio of work and a vision for their future. Each of the artists was selected because their potential shines exceptionally bright. The Conversation is held in conjunction with and recognizes World Creativity and Innovation Week, a global celebration from April 15th - 21st, sanctioned by the United Nations to raise awareness around the importance of creativity and innovation in problem solving and encouraging creative multidisciplinary thinking at the individual and group levels. In responsive to COVID-19, this conversation will be streamed on the Creative Pinellas Facebook Live.

Friday, April 17, 2020  from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced

Divorce is not a subject that most people want to talk about. However, with 50 percent of first marriages ending in divorce, it is a sad fact of life. Not only does divorce have a hugely negative impact on the couple and any children involved, but it also affects extended family and friends as well as the workplace.

Author and award-winning family law attorney, Joryn Jenkins, used to be one of those trial attorneys who ardently fought for clients, excited to win battles, and eventually, the war. But she came to realize that there is a huge negative impact on families who go through a trial divorce.

As a result, Joryn became a national advocate for a new way of approaching divorce--collaborative divorce. In this presentation, Joryn will present how collaborative divorce works as well as 6 other courtless divorce options. This is vital information for individuals who find themselves in the position of “first responder” for people going through a divorce. First responders include Human Resource staff, ministers, business and real estate attorneys, bartenders, and beauticians. Speaker: Joryn Jenkins, Esq.

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Friday, April 17, 2020  from 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Expand your Practice and Increase your Credibility by Publishing

In the highly competitive legal market, it is critical to stand out. Nothing helps a professional gain credibility faster than publishing articles online and writing a book.

Best selling author and collaborative family law attorney Joryn Jenkins, Esq., and Holly and Brendan Haggerty of Haggerty & Haggerty Digital Services, team up to present a fail-safe approach for collaborative professionals to expand their influence through publishing. Attendees will learn tips of the publishing trade they can put into immediate practice.

This presentation is for collaborative professionals in the field of law, financial services and counseling. Presented by Joryn Jenkins, Esq, Holly Haggerty and Brendan Haggerty

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Friday, April 17, 2020 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Telling the Story of Your Business

In the world of marketing, things have gotten more challenging. With the increased number of communication outlets, it can be difficult to know where to start. One thing is sure—no matter what outlet, telling your story is a critical aspect of marketing. In spite of this, many small businesses are hard-pressed to articulate exactly what their story is. The story of a business is not just its history. The story of a business is really the story of its target audience. What are the needs of your public? How does your business fill those needs? Holly and Brendan Haggerty founded Haggerty & Haggerty Digital Services to help small businesses navigate their way strategically through the digital marketing universe. One of the fundamental steps in this process is articulating your company's story. Presenters: Holly Haggerty and Brendan Haggerty

In this workshop, attendees will:

  • Get examples of excellent stories of businesses, both large and small, 
  • Learn the process and key ingredients for articulating their own story
  • Walk away with the first draft of their company’s story that can be used in marketing.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 10:30am - 11:15am

1 small Twist! - what a balloon artist can teach you
about passion, purpose, and fulfillment

The idea of change makes many people nervous, to a point where we are taught early on to establish a comfort zone and never stray from it.  Despite that, many people feel a sense of stagnation at some point, leaving a sense of illusion towards what they value.  The concept of change is foreign and frightening to many, leaving us to wonder how to go about finding the things in life that will help us feel truly fulfilled. 

“One Small Twist” shows the power of words and subtle actions work against us, but more importantly, how to find a well-positioned attitude shift to embrace the very things that are feared, creating a new path of thoughts, words, actions, and experiences to achieving whatever is desired. 

This presentation focuses on how slight adjustments, with time, result in huge desired changes. Speaker: Jimmy Leo

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Saturday, April 18, 2020  from 11:30am - 12:15pm

(C)C.O.F.F.E.E.! - 8 concepts to attaining and KEEPING the happier LIFE

Learn where happiness lies, what’s needed to find it, and what to do to keep it. Tools and strategies offer increased awareness and improvement in the areas of Change, Creativity, Organization, Focus, Fulfillment, Education, Envisioning, and Impact.  Speaker: Jimmy Leo

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 12:30 - 1:15pm

The 18 points of wealth-
Why life is easier when you know what’s important to you

By examining different forms of wealth, you will understand yourself in improved ways, understanding a potential within yourself never realized before.  Offering tips, tricks, and techniques to increase your productivity, Jimmy Leo will take you out of the comfort zone and into a realm of self-awareness, creativity, and fulfillment.  Develop your leadership skills, balance, and identity. Speaker: Jimmy Leo

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Bringing Humanity First Policies to our Communities

American entrepreneur, author, and lawyer, Andrew Yang, has created a national movement.  Join local community activists aka “Yang Gang” members as we discuss in-depth with slides and videos Andrew’s key, Humanity First proposals and where the movement is going from here. Part of the presentation will allow for networking so people can join forces with others from their community for change.

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Monday, April 20, 2020  from 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Creativity in Business: Fueled by Fundamentals

I’ve noticed that people become unhappy in their work when their option to be creative is taken away.

Entrepreneurs become entrepreneurs because they want to have control over their ability to be creative.

Entrepreneurs become frustrated when they have to spend so much time on organizational work that they don’t have time to do the fun creative work. (E-Myth Revisited)

So, what’s the solution? Yes, organization! A focus on the fundamentals frees the entrepreneur from administivia by putting that part of the process on automatic.

The problem is…if you ask 20 entrepreneurs to list basic business fundamentals, you will get 40 different answers.

This session will present three business fundamentals based on the findings in a study of entrepreneurs who have built companies from 0 to $100 million in annual revenue.

Jump into this conversation and challenge the findings. Let’s be creative!  Presented by Russ Barnes

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Monday, April 20, 2020  3:30pm - 4:45pm

Creating a Native Ecosystem Garden - A Case study using Florida Native Plants

Did you know that there is a garden of only native plantings which has created an Urban Ecosystem in the garden of the Chihuly Collection? There are many positive results in focusing on native plant species for use in landscaping. They attract endangered native lizard species, rare butterflies and bees.  Andy Schlauch from the Chihuly and David Byrkit of Wilcox Nursery will discuss the plants, their benefits and the development of a mini-ecosystem in an urban environment that leads to the successful implementation of native plants in the institution's landscaping as well as ideas how you can do this in your own location. Presented by Andy Schlauch and David Byrkit

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Monday, April 20, 2020  5:00pm - 6:00pm

Life Lessons on the curve of a glass bubble

Chris Stowe is a husband, dad, seasoned military strategist, Veteran, passionate advocate for the needs of military patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and PTSD and ARTIST. In this candid and insightful presentation Chris will share how important it is to be willing to shatter everything to achieve creative and life fulfillment.

His personal journey through PTSD and exploration of the creative arts is the inspiration for Operation: Art of Valor. Glassblowing is a particularly good medium for veterans because it requires the concentration and teamwork that they learned in the military. It also provides veterans who have struggled with return to civilian life, a framework to reconnect with society and feel part of the community.

You will be inspired and learn how mission driven alignment supports collaborative solutions. In this example, a Veteran with a vision, the community-based Morean Arts Center, and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital are transforming lives and families while building a stronger community.

Seed funding through Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, a partnership among the National Endowment of the Arts, Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs and state agencies supported the establishment of a partnership between the Morean Arts Center & James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (JAHVH), The Operation: Art of Valor program currently offers a six-level glassblowing course to military patients and veterans and the Morean is establishing similar programs using photography and clay to serve the special needs of military patients and veterans who benefit from the opportunity for continued self-expression and connecting to community through the arts outside of clinical care. Presented by Chris Stowe

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

How to negotiate for world peace and other things where we can all be WINNERS

Whether we are wanting our child to put on their raincoat so we are not late for a meeting, or trying to negotiate two opposing parties to align their viewpoints to help citizens in need - the rules, tactics, strategies and process are all the same. Dorothy Davis specializes in identifying, connecting, and executing common interests between people, cultures and business from local to global levels to produce positive, effective, and sustainable results. She is known for transforming the unimaginable and inconceivable into powerful, holistic and impactful outcomes. She finds solutions to extraordinary complex challenges by creatively connecting intangible and tangible dots tailored to the circumstances. Always starting with the question, “what do you need?” and end with the answer. And in this session - she is going to share her ideas with you so you can negotiate for world peace and other things where we can all be WINNERS! Speaker: Dorothy Davis

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About Our Speakers

Doc Jon, Photographer 

When I took up photography I immediately started seeing the world differently as I experimented with shutter speed and lighting.  As I slowed the world down I noticed things that aren't noticeable with the naked eye.  As I took new photos I saw more and more that we don't see with our eyes which made me even more curious what else were were missing.  It opened a whole new world of wonder and beauty that is around us constantly.  As this new world, hidden right there in front of us, opened up I started to think differently.  I noticed how beautiful it was and I was transported from the anxiety, panic, and even the hate I saw around me to a much happier place.  I could breathe it all in and was more excited to wake up and start my days seeing what my next discovery was. Sharing my photos, and my process I am able to make a difference with my art form.

Susana Weymouth

Susana Weymouth is Executive Director, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts. Founded by Tampa Bay business leaders in 1989, non-profit Tampa Bay BCA, is one of the national Business Committees for the Arts. For over 30 years, TBBCA has united businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community, leveraging private sector support of arts and culture as vital economic drivers, catalysts for innovation, creativity, transformation, and as essential contributors to quality of life. TBBCA is a proud member of Americans for the Arts and the national pARTnership Movement that connects, motivates and recognizes the business community’s key role in strategically aligning in support of the arts, because the arts are good for business, and business is good for the arts.

Susana Weymouth has long been involved with arts and culture and education. Since taking the helm of  TBBCA in January 2015, Weymouth’s business acumen and leadership skills, and passionate advocacy for the arts, have led to transformative relationship and community building, successful fundraising and stewardship, and high impact programming. Weymouth currently serves on numerous Tampa Bay area advisory boards including the Tampa Museum of Art, USF Institute for Research in Art; HCC Gallery 221; University of Tampa Dean of College Arts & Letters Advisory Board, and others.

Her prior professional experience includes as Coordinator International Programs, Florida International University; founding Executive Director of the Board FIU’s Dean of Undergraduate Education; Development Director, Miami International Film Festival; Development Consultant, National Film and Television School, London, England; and founding Executive Director Government Research Corporation China Advisory Group. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.


Howayda Affan

A museum professional, Howayda Affan began her career at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as an intern, earned her Master’s degree in Museum Studies at Harvard University, and became the Assistant Director of the Armenian Museum in Boston and later the Director of Development at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville. Having spent the majority of her career in the museum trenches, Affan has experienced the operations of arts organizations from different levels and is drawn to collaborative work and the mission of arts organizations. Throughout her career, she spent her time doing things she feels committed to: emphasizing the importance and accessibility of visual culture.  Affan is excited to be leading the Morean, an organization that has been part of the community for more than 100 years. She believes that Morean can take a leadership role in the evolution of the arts and is excited to help it move toward the goal of forging a culture of creativity and inclusion.

Kathy Durdin

Kathy Durdin uniquely combines a varied background in management consulting, leadership development and arts, and applies all of these experiences and disciplines to meet her clients’ needs.

Kathy has had a broad based career encompassing client service and organizational management in both the consulting and non-profit environments. After over twenty-five years of management consulting experience, Kathy changed her focus to an area about which she has always been passionate – enhancing and encouraging individual development, and expanding inclusive leadership. Over five years, she envisioned, developed and implemented the Women’s Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Navigant, emphasizing leadership development. Working with small groups and one on one, she coached individuals on career and skills development to achieve their desired objectives.

Now, she is sharing her experiences with others, helping organizations better engage with employees and assisting individuals in furthering their careers, find or reconnect with the passions, identify their goals and achieve their own objectives. Kathy is a Certified Hudson Institute Coach and an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation. Her goal is to help others through programming that supports the organization and the individual in their evolution to meet the business and talent development needs of the twenty-first century. Among her focuses are individuals in transition – both within their careers and in their roles beyond their careers.

Kathy has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the College of William and Mary. She is a CPA in Virginia and Florida and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Kathy is also a nationally recognized watercolor and mixed media artist. She has exhibited across Florida, as well as nationally, from New York to California. She was in included in the 2013 Watercolor Artists “Ones to Watch” and won the grand prize in the 2014 Georgia Watercolor Society’s National Exhibition. She is a signature member of Florida, Southern, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tallahassee and Florida Suncoast Watercolor Societies. She was also the 2012 President of Florida Watercolor Society, and is now its Director of Operations, and the President of Tampa Regional Artists. Her work is in permanent collections in Florida and the President’s Collection at the College of William and Mary.


Jerri Menaul

Jerri Menaul, together with her late husband, abstract surrealist artist Scott Menaul, have brought over three decades of leadership to the visual communications and arts business that they as co-founders and owners built from the ground up. Over the years they have acquired other businesses and forged strong collaborations to promote the arts as well as attracting their own clientele for artwork for both residential and wide-ranging commercial projects. My Favorite Art Place serves both wholesale and retail clients with fine art printing and custom art framing. While her business has both a retail and wholesale component, Jerri’s focus is helping businesses brand themselves and create culture through the use of artwork.

My Favorite Art Place
(aka Canvas Zoo, Image Creations of Florida, Menaul Art, Menaul Art Printing)

We're Hoping that My Favorite Art Place becomes Your Favorite Art Place!


Marc Ensign

Marc Ensign's story began way back when he was a kid who wanted to change the world. Upon realizing that it might take a little longer than anticipated, he got sidetracked and found himself playing bass on Broadway with the Tony Award Winning show Rent. He was completely unqualified (his words) but had a gift for marketing himself and the rest is Broadway history.  
Fast forward a bunch of years later and Marc is now "The Big Cheese" at LoudMouse, a personal branding agency specializing in making some of the world’s most inspiring speakers, authors, coaches, and entrepreneurs impossible to ignore. Through their 1 in 10 initiative, Marc and his team have a goal of reaching one billion people in ten years through the work of their clients. If you are reading this, they are one person closer. I guess Marc really is changing the world after all!

Valerie D. Fulbright MA, SPHR, CPC

Valerie is a Human Resources executive with 30 years of HR, Community & Business expertise, with experience in Manufacturing, Telecom, Healthcare, and Financial Services.

In her current role as VP, Community Engagement & Program Development, at First Home Bank in St. Petersburg FL, Valerie leads the banks community engagement and program growth activities.  Before launching The Fulbright Method, her own consulting firm, Valerie served in an executive level at; Well Care Health Plans, GTE Financial, Truman Medical Center, and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Valerie began her career at General Motors while attending undergrad at the University of Michigan in 1982 where Valerie received her bachelor’s degree. She later received her master’s from Webster University in 1993. Valerie enjoys developing others and thus is an experienced Certified Professional Coaching (“CPC”).  She also has her Senior Professional Human Resources, (“SPHR”) certification.

Valerie served on several boards; the Suncoast HR Board, Director of Diversity. Previously she served on the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, in 2014, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Board, The Foster Care of Missouri, and The Girl Scout of America.


Joryn Jenkins, Esq.

In 2002 I discovered the newly-imagined collaborative process and have become more and more enamored of it as I do more of this cutting-edge work. Having made my name early on, as a leader and mentor in the American Inns of Court movement, as editor-in-chief of two national magazines, and as an expert on ethics, I’ve now written nine books, first on the collaborative divorce process and later for lawyers and other professionals on marketing their practices. As a lawyer’s lawyer (many of my clients are lawyers), I have learned a lot about family law and about people. I am grateful to be able to work in an area where I can truly make a difference in people's lives; we work hard to make that a positive difference.

My clients divorce their spouses without destroying their families or their finances. Using collaborative and other court-less divorce processes, my clients spend less money, take less time, they make the decisions (not judges who don't know them or their children, or share their values), and they protect their relationships with the people they care about. This is critical to achieving a Dream Divorce, in which the restructured family can thrive. Reconstruction, not destruction, is what my law practice is about! Find my book, War or Peace, at or on Amazon, at

Brendan Haggerty, Holly Haggerty

Haggerty & Haggerty brings 25+ years of diverse experience in marketing and public relations to each and every client, assembling teams and talent to execute on each client’s specific and tailored needs.

Whether managing advertising and marketing opportunities for the aerospace industry, working on Capitol Hill, crafting successful campaigns for both B2B and B2C businesses or constructing a company’s entire funnel from acquisition to planned sales engineering, we have the experience you can leverage.

We help businesses find their way in the ever-changing and important digital landscape. Count on us for clear answers in an unclear environment.

Jimmy Leo

Jimmy connect with young adults educating, facilitating, and speaking about creativity, personal development, positive outcomes, and points of wealth.

His Creativity enables him to educate and entertain at schools, colleges, and corporations. Whether his message is on catapulting Creativity, embracing points of wealth, or powerfully adjusting outcomes, Jimmy’s innovative approach to audience connection and interaction leaves his audiences energized.

A published author of “Get Quotivated!”, Jimmy has also filmed instructional DVDs on performance and presentation skills as well as written numerous articles on the arts, marketing, and psychology of performance and creativity. He has delivered presentations from New York to Las Vegas and many locations in between.  Humorist, Speaker, Coach, and educator, Jimmy Leo will engage and connect with you in outstanding, and at times, hilarious ways that will have you achieving desired OUTCOMES.


Dr Russ Barnes, Colonel, USAF (ret), PhD, MBA, MS

Colonel Russ Barnes is Senior Business Advisor for Systro Solutions, an organization design firm specializing in small business strategy. He has more than 30 years’ experience drawn from military service, small business ownership and consulting.

Russ created the Purposefully Profitable Program to help business owners focus and to be intentional in their progress along their path to prosperity. In support of the Purposefully Profitable Program, he produced the Purposefully Profitable Podcast. His program is a content show for small business owners that covers money math, tips and techniques, words of wisdom, book reviews and entrepreneurs of excellence. He is also an author and a public speaker.

Colonel Barnes received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College (NY), his MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, his Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from Air University and his PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University.


Andy Schlauch

Executive Director of the Chihuly Collection and Morean Glass Studio

Schlauch directly oversees the teams who engage guests daily at the Chihuly Collection and Glass Studio. He generates programming, curates temporary exhibitions and is developing an accessibility initiative. Prior to joining the Morean Arts Center in 2013 Schlauch spent six years working directly for world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly as a liaison for galleries representing the artist around the globe. He also currently holds the Chair position for the Art Advisory Council for the city of St. Petersburg.

Andy Schlauch

Chris Stowe

Chris Stowe is a retired United States Marine that spent 24 years on active duty.  In his capacity as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician, Chris spent several deployments in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, countries in Africa, and Europe dismantling road side bombs for a living.  

His repeated deployments eventually caused him to have to seek out treatment for Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Chris was referred to the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Walter Reed where he was given the gift of art therapy through the NEA's program Creative Forces. 

Retiring to Tampa, FL in 2016, Chris had the opportunity to learn glassblowing and immediately began work on founding a program that would allow other veterans the opportunity to learn this transitive medium.  Through deep and meaningful collaboration with The Morean Arts Education Center, Operation: Art of Valor was born.  Now in its second full year, AoV provides the means for veterans to learn how to gain strength through their struggles using the positive creative outlet of glassblowing.  

Chris helps to show other that the things that happen to you in your life don't define you.  You can be stronger because of them depending on how you process it.  Art of Valor aims to help provide strength in this process through creation.

Creative Pinellas' Danny Olda, Manager of Curatorial Programs, Content and Engagement with Creative Pinellas. Join Patricia Kluwe Derderian, Lynn Foskett, Steph Hargrove, Mark Mitchell, Zoe Papas, Gianna Pergamo, Kodi Thompson, Judy Vienneau, & Angela Warren.

Dorothy Davis

Dorothy Davis is a pioneer, social entrepreneur, writer, film creator, innovator, and strategic thinker. She specializes in identifying, connecting, and executing common interests between people, cultures and business from local to global levels to produce positive, effective, and sustainable results.

Born in Liberia of U.S. Foreign Service parents, Ms. Davis grew up in Tunisia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the United States. With a Caribbean heritage spanning Jamaica, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Cuba and Barbados, she imbues all aspects of her work with a unique multicultural perspective.

Her clients include Africa America Institute (AAI), UN Office of South-South Cooperation, AMREF, UN Women, UN-OHRLLS, IFAD, WHO, UNECA, the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, the African Women’s Development Fund, Femmes Africa Solidarite, and the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL). Partners include: the African Union, the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, UN Secretariat, UNESCO, ILO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNEP, and a spectrum of local to national governments, civil society organizations and private sector in the U.S. and spanning the globe.

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