"Reinvent Your Creative Career"

  • October 23, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Our next program topic will be "Reinventing Your Creative Career". Panelists, Tom Clifford (writer), Eric Knight (entrepreneur/inventor) and Karl Heine (Creative Solutionist/Career Coach) will share stories and offer insights that can help us "retool" our skill sets to become more marketable.

Cost: $16, includes assorted vegetarian & meat sandwiches, water and dessert. BYOB. Cups & ice provided. RSVP BY FRIDAY, OCT 18th.

• BONUS REASON TO ATTEND!  Jack McConnell is showing 32 color photos of CT Stone Walls and 28 B&W photos of farmers and details from their farms. Jack has adapted his career from shooting annual report/advertising projects for Fortune 500 clients, to selling fine art, posters and rental prints to corporations and professional buildings; and stock photography to graphic designers, ad agencies, magazines and textbooks. He exhibits 12 collections of personal works to galleries, museums, and public spaces around the state.

Panelist Bios:

• Thomas Clifford  Thomas Clifford is a copywriter, content marketing writer and award-winning blogger. Before copywriting, Tom spent 25 years as an award-winning filmmaker/producer/director. He traveled the country producing more than 500 films for Fortune 100s, national nonprofits and local businesses. 

Tom is recognized as a pioneer in producing films for businesses using the documentary format. Tom co-authored three books for "The Age of Conversation" book series, wrote for Fast Company as an “Expert Blogger” and was a featured blogger for Content Marketing Institute. Tom is also featured in the book, Content Rules

For information about Tom and his 5-step copywriting process, go to www.DirectorTom.com.

• Eric Knight  Eric Knight is a veteran business owner, entrepreneur, and inventor.  He is the President of Remarkable Technologies, Inc. (www.remarkable.com), a company he founded in 1994.  In the 1980s, Eric created what many now recognize as one of the world's first global "e-commerce" systems, providing online software sales -- worldwide -- via credit cards.  In 1996, he created one of the world's first online travel agencies:  Travelforless.com.  As an inventor, he has been on numerous television programs and talk shows -- including a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.  You may have also spotted Eric on CNN or the Discovery Channel for his rocketry company that in 2007 launched the ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty" into space.  In our industry specifically, for 13 years Eric had numerous roles and positions at Mintz & Hoke, including as one of their senior copywriters, an Associate Creative Director, and a Vice President. 


• Karl Heine  Karl Heine has more than 25 years in the field of creative professional recruitment and the development of all levels of talent for major brands, agencies, design firms, corporate communications and companies. Heine has remained hands-on as a creative professional throughout his career. He lectures frequently at design institutions and industry associations speaking on developing stellar communications to get noticed and hired faster.

Past engagements include: AIGA Connecticut, How Live-Boston Conference/Freelancers Roundtables, SVA, RISD, Creative Circus, Syracuse University, Graphic Artist Guild, Noble Desktop, Carnegie Mellon University, SASD/University of Bridgeport, UCONN, CCSU, University of Hartford, CADC, ICC, AWNY, AMA.

Heine serves as Adjunct Professor of Business Practices and Ethics at SASD, the new design program at the University of Bridgeport. 

Industry articles: Communication Arts — Insights, Education, Information, The Dieline — Packaging a Talent Agency, Felt & Wire — Creativity Comes in Small Packages.

Visit creativeplacement.com for all the details.



ABOUT THE ICC: The Independent Creative Club (ICC) began in 1995 in the Hartford, Connecticut, area when a group of four graphic designers began meeting informally to talk about the business issues unique to independent creative professionals. They soon began inviting other independent graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, writers and marketing strategists to join them, and since then, membership has grown to almost 200 creative professionals located throughout the state.

The ICC continues to be an informal organization open to anyone who derives the major portion of their income from providing independent creative communication services to businesses. The ICC has no officers, dues, nonprofit status or other characteristics of an organized group. Meetings are informal and and aim to foster open discussion and exchange of issues relative to the creative field.



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  • Eileen A.

    I found this article which ties right into the topics we discussed at the meeting: ATTITUDE, AGE DISCRIMINATION, NETWORKING... AND MORE! I though it was a good read and wanted to share it with the group! It was an eye opener for me on a few points! There is always something new to learn! Best, Eileen http://networkingahead.com/networking-tips/

    October 25, 2013

  • Jack H.

    Great evening and great presenters, much inspiration. Thanks to all for so much effort in putting it together.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Laura T.

    A great meeting and topic. Many thanks to Hartford Framing and Jack and Paula for the great venue and Amanda and Laura for coordinating.Thanks to Tom, Karl & Eric for their useful info and insights!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Amy G.

    Thank you Amanda and Laura for organizing this event. Enjoyed listening to the different views of the guest speakers and the participation of the group.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • gretchen

    This was a terrific meeting. Thanks so much to everyone!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Paula Zakrzewski S.

    This was my first meeting as a new ICC member. I came a little late and left a little early, so I didn't get to network much. What I did experience was excellent speakers and thoughtful topics. Great participation and insightful questions and comments from the group. Very helpful for those of us trying to find our way in a constantly changing marketplace. Excellent job Amanda and Laura. Can't wait for the next session.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Marc B.

    The meeting was very informative, made some good contacts and the venue was perfect.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Eileen A.

    Very informative

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Hey Folks...if you're on Facebook, we would appreciate it if you "like" Hartford Fine Art & Framing. They kindly donated their space to us.

    2 · October 24, 2013

  • Kim V.

    This was such a great and timely event. Loved all the speakers and thought they had really good tips.

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Janet C.

    The advice was insightful. I left feeling inspired.

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    The meeting was everything I hope for: good crowd, good food, a couple new people and great presenters to inspire us. A special thank you to Paula & Jack for helping set up the meeting, Jane at Hartford Fine Art & Framing, as well as our informative presenters : Tom Clifford, Eric Knight and Karl Heine

    October 23, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Folks, don't forget the meeting is BYOB. We'll have water, cups & ice.

    October 21, 2013

  • Chana M.

    Another one I will miss...already have a commitment the same night. One of these times my schedule will allow my attendance. The topics have been great and I'm bummed to be missing the opportunity to learn about them.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • cyn

    Sad to miss so many of my favorite people! Sorry but I have a commitment on Wednesdays at 6pm. (Tai chi, if anyone wants to join us!)

    October 15, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Ginger - I"m glad you're busy....Perhaps we can pick your brain - or cross reference our new knowledge with you to see if you have anything to add. ?

    October 9, 2013

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