Brian Andreas is the creative architect and founder of tumblecloud.com, a creative collaborative web platform. He’s also the artist and writer behind StoryPeople, a series of prints, calendars, and cards featuring abstract “people” in mid-conversation: Most people don’t realize, one reads, that there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life. His work reclaims and cultivates the imagination, play, and wonder we all knew as children. “I think of it as pointing people back to the place where we remember our truest selves.”.. Read More t

Sheryl Connelly is manager of global trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, tracking shifts and trends in topics as far reaching as the environment, politics and millennials and analyzing those shifts to predict consumer preferences. Her insights inform the company’s automotive design, product development and corporate strategy and help anticipate the needs and desires of car buyers. A natural artist and licensed attorney with an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in finance, Ford found her current role through a search for work in the “sweet spot” where business, law, and finance intersect.. Read More t

Michael-Birch Pierce is an artist based in Richmond. Pierce’s talk will be part performance and part conversation. To him, art is not about making grand statements or perfectly crafting a beautiful object, but rather it’s a tool for connecting individuals. It’s that shared experience – through brief but very intimate interactions with his subjects – that Pierce values above the finished product... Read More t