The Director of Strategy at Glass Canvas, father of four, and a man who knows how to set creative free to live in their anointing.
David Kang was one of the team that created the Vatican’s documentary “The Humanum Series,” which followed Pope Francis to his meetings with leaders in France, Nigeria, Lebanon, Mexico, Scotland, England, and the United States. His philosophy is: “This world can get noisy sometimes. As storytellers, we thrive in discovering the essence of an idea and crafting it into a story that grabs you by the hand, touches the heart, and illuminates the mind.” Dave is a writer at Ecce! Films.
JM spent the majority of his school years attending to his entrepreneurial obsessions rather than classes. After building and selling his first business between the ages of 14 and 18, he moved on to developing networks and tinkering with the internet. Past lives have found him toiling as a project manager, marketing consultant, hotel manager, commercial photography producer, events coordinator, and enthusiastic albeit unsuccessful band manager.
He converted to Catholicism and Canadianism in relatively the same timeframe and now spends his time as a strategist and partner at Glass Canvas.
Erica truly embodies the spirit of CC that seeks to be excellent within the secular world as well as the Church, operating in both spheres. She is the founder and designer of Be A Heart, and her work has been featured in goop, the "Los Angeles Party Planning Guide," fashion magazine Elle, and Verily, the Christian women’s magazine. Be A Heart began as a place to contemplate compassion, generosity, and authenticity. These three values have shaped Be A Heart in its unique approach to branding, custom hand lettering, and stationery. Erica seeks to bring beauty with her into everything she does because she believes that it is “beauty that will save the world.”
Steven Lawson is the Director of Communications for Dynamic Catholic, a fast growing nonprofit that develops innovative learning-systems to inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. While working towards his childhood dream to become an animation director in New York City, Steve had a profound conversion experience. In 2011, he founded Why I'm Catholic, an online community that spreads subjective conversion testimonies that pay witness to the Truth. Steven leaves in Cincinnati, Ohio with his incredible wife Lauren and two son's Henry and Jack.
Msgr. Don is a beloved father of many creators and thinkers. He founded the Pastoral Reflections Institute as a way to awaken hearts to the ever creating presence of God. His message is rooted in the recognition that as believers we are called to accept our human condition and its perfect compliment, the indwelling presence of a loving God. As one who longs 'to see', Msgr. Don has always looked for the story within the story, the hidden teaching of Christ, which rather than telling us what to do or what to believe, heals and transforms us.
Joel & Rachel Triska
Joel Triska is the cofounder of Life in Deep Ellum, a cultural center built for the artistic, social, economic and spiritual benefit of Deep Ellum and urban Dallas. He also co-pastors The Gathering at Life in Deep Ellum with her wife Rachel. Their work in Deep Ellum has been featured all over the place for their innovative approach to church, art, and cultural impact, including The New York Times and Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal.
Marcellino and Augusta
Marcellino and Augusta are partners at Sherwood Fellows, a creative agency that builds tribes. They are students of family, clan, and tribe, and will be sharing insight into why Catholics need to start founding families that outlast nations, and just how to do that.
Br. Malachy was once a hippie. He is now a Franciscan friar of the renewal. He knows how to vocation and he’s a spiritual brother to many in the community.
Sean is the founder, chief operating officer, and president of several businesses, and he is also a speaker who talks on pro-life issues, Christian apologetics, and business. What most people don’t know, is that Sean also is running one of the first underground catholic cultural centers of it’s kind, a convent in NYC hat has been given over to the purpose of evangelizing through culture.
Story Architect at Sherwood Fellows, Captain of the Ship at Catholic Creatives, and Executive producer of 8beats.
Samuel Sorich is the owner of Glass Darkly Films, a production company that makes films in the area of culture, faith, and philosophy. Sam is the executive producer of 8beats national and team midwest. He is passionate about hospitality and the crucible of collaboration for the sake of artistic excellence.
Ralph Meeks is a kid, and as such, is more creative than any of us. He will speak to us about many many very important things.