While the group’s first meeting is at capacity, those interested can join an online waitlist in hopes of scoring a free ticket.
A new-to-Richmond morning networking group will host its first meeting this Friday morning. CreativeMornings, which first started in Brooklyn and branched out into other cities, was brought to the River City by Doug Nunn, a Project Manager at CapitalOne.
Interest is so strong in the free networking group that the first meet up, scheduled for Friday, November 20th at The Frontier Project in Scott’s Addition, is already at capacity, but those interested can join the waitlist online.
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CreativeMornings was established in 2008 in Brooklyn, NY by Tina Roth Eisenberg, known to many through her popular SwissMiss blog. It originally started by Eisenberg inviting friends to informal gatherings to enjoy coffee and pastries and listen to different designers give inspiring talks. From those beginnings the experience of CreativeMornings has grown to more than 130 cities around the world. Richmond is one of the most recent cities to earn a license to host CreativeMornings. While the organization has grown exponentially, the recipe is still the same; a monthly series in which admittance is free and guests enjoy coffee and pastries while listening to the inspiring words of a speaker sharing their story as it relates to a particular theme.
In September, Doug Nunn earned a license to establish the CreativeMornings Richmond chapter and will be hosting the first event on November 20th. “When I first learned about CreativeMornings, I initially thought what an incredible platform this is and started looking for the information about the Richmond chapter. That was when I realized that despite the thriving creative community that is here in Richmond, we did not have a chapter. It was pretty clear to me that I needed to take the steps to bring CreativeMornings to RVA.”
Nunn is a graduate of Midlothian High School and holds a BA from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in from Georgetown University. He currently works as a Project Manager for Capital One focusing on customer experience for Capital One’s banking customers.
CreativeMornings is an organization that believes everyone is creative and therefore everyone is welcome to attend. A typical audience of an event may include marketing professionals, software designers, entrepreneurs, artists, customer experience consultants, and other professionals focused on creating new and innovative ideas. CreativeMornings events are free to attend for guests, as the individual chapters are supported by corporate partners within their local community. The parent organization has established partnership with entities the likes of SquareSpace, MailChimp, Shutterstock, and Freshbooks which allows CreativeMornings to maintain headquarters in Brooklyn and support the growth of local chapters. According to Nunn, the Richmond chapter is “currently talking with a few organizations around town and are actively seeking supporting partners that share our view on the importance of creative thought and innovation through sharing ideas across disciplines.”
The first event for the Richmond chapter of CreativeMornings is scheduled for Friday, November 20th and will be held at the new offices of The Frontier Project in Scott’s Addition. Tickets for the event become available at 9:00 am on Monday November 16th through the Richmond chapter page on the CreativeMornings website. Regarding the first event, Nunn states “my hope is that when people come to a CreativeMornings RVA event, they leave feeling inspired, ready to take something they hear back to their everyday work, and feeling energized to be part of Richmond’s dynamic creative community.”
Learn more and join the online waitlist here.