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past speaking engagements


A passionate arts and creative entrepreneurship advocate and public speaker, Desiree Venn Frederic has engaged audiences as a panelist at The National Endownment for the Arts, University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Made in DC and Creative World Summits.

General Assembly, August 2, 2016 Being a creative is no walk in the park. Join General Assembly & BUNCH Magazine to discuss the challenges & opportunities that come along with starting and maintaining a successful creative business. Discuss tackling accounting and planning (which creatives are notoriously bad at) and hear founder stories about tackling the investor scene. Learn best practices for connecting with fellow creatives, and deep dive into the business of creativity and how to charge for your services and monetize in unconventional ways.

NCN Event: Creative Economy by Design - A Confab, July 28, 2016 Curious about the Creative Economy? At this year’s inaugural Creative World, Arlington is host to creatives, makers, business leaders and big thinkers across the region who take risks, break rules and open conversations about who and what is creativity. Set in the dynamic space at TechShop, you’ll hear about trends, listen to music, ask questions, watch demos, have fun. View the lineup of speakers and agenda. Sponsored by TechShop and the Crystal City BID.

The National Maker Faire, June 2016 The arts are about making--at the intersections of creativity , collaboration, and new approaches to complex issues. In this panel moderated by the National Endowment for the Arts, hear from artists tackling inequities in their communities and the role of the arts in turning ideas to solutions.

The Made In DC Summit, June 1, 2016 Nearly 200 attendees joined us for an afternoon of panels, workshops, q+a's, speakers, and networking geared towards growing creative small businesses, in D.C. and beyond. The Made in DC Program is a partnership between the Department of Small and Local Business Development and Think Local First DC. The Made in DC Maker Summit was made possible by DLSBD, TLF, and Union Market DC, and sponsored in part by Bruce Pike Productions.

Earlier Event: December 12
gather|on // identity
Later Event: January 30
gather|on // the personal is political