Brand Is. It just is. Whether you like it or not, you have a brand.

It’s what you do to shape it that makes all the difference.

Our industry events seek to untangle the brand knot through presentation, conversation, and camaraderie. Speakers from various industries and roles within will share their approach to brand — what’s worked and what hasn’t, as well as actionable ways to help your brand matter more to those you’re trying to reach.

These events are ideal for marketing directors, CEOs, or creatives who want to learn more about brand and all that it entails.

6 talks.

10 minutes each.

All about brand.

Event Info

Doors open at 5:30pm | First speaker at 6:30pm | Food • Wine • Craft beer | Buy tickets through our Facebook group: $10 in advance. $15 at the door. | Space is limited.

Networking time will be built in before and between sessions. Stick around for food and drinks at the after-party, hosted at Cultivate.

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Brand Is. Presented by Cultivate.

Amy Schwartz

Serving as creative director at Bright Bright Great, Amy specializes in brand design and digital experiences. She’s also served as design director at Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox where she won the Command X award and in PRINT Magazine’s 15 under 30.

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Meegan Czop

Meegan is the creator of Great Lakes Yard, a reclaimed lumber and salvage business selling heritage materials that have been sustainably harvested across the Great Lakes Region through deconstruction and demolition as an innovative model towards sustainable reuse.

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Sarah Colella

Sarah is co-owner of Great Lakes Tattoo, a one-of-a-kind shop with an attitude-free atmosphere that celebrates and honors the art of tattooing; past, present, and future.

Brand Is. Presented by Cultivate.

Dee Clements

In a hard, technologically advanced world, Dee aims to create work with a tactile and sensory experience, one that invites comfort and joy while also being aesthetically pleasing and useful.

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Ed Odyniec

Ed Odyniec is a lifelong creative with a fine art degree and a business degree. He’s been trying to marry art and business for over twenty years. The majority of his career has been spent in the creative department at Leo Burnett; most recently as a senior vice president. His past clients included Allstate, Hallmark, Petsmart, Jenn-Air, Maytag, Altoids, and many others. He has won awards for his work including, multiple ADDYs, an Effie, the Mosaic Award, and a Clio for his work on Allstate’s Mayhem campaign. He is currently a freelance creative director working for Allstate.

Brand Is. Presented by Cultivate.

Matt Woodard

Matt joined the Glantz Design team as a production designer after graduating from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago with a BS in Graphic Design. He was born in Chicago and moved back to the area 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO. Matt is an avid photographer and likes to travel around Chicago and take photos as well as shooting videos, working on music and occasionally DJ-ing in his free time.

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Our 2018 speaker lineup is in the works

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