What are some highlighters of this year’s conference in Barcelona that you are super excited about?
I'm most excited about our speakers! They are so incredible and I feel so honoured to work with each of them!
We have speakers from all different backgrounds, industries and professions who share our ethos of community over competition, and want to share their knowledge with others. They were all strategically chosen to provide our attendees with a well-rounded roster of speakers.
The idea is that attendees can get a load of knowledge from each speaker; from Kendall Beveridge of Facebook, Product Marketing Extraordinaire with a deep knowledge of both marketing strategy and advertising due to her agency education and experience; to Ben Askins and Clara Saladich of VERB Brands, a London-based agency, focused on digital marketing and branding for luxury brands.
We also have speakers who are sharing tips and tricks on how to implement a fruitful social media strategy (Elizabeth Dehn), how to document travel and turn your passion into a full time gig (Liz Schaffer of Lodestars Anthology), how to create a healthier work environment utilizing psychoanalytical thinking, get to know their personal valency, and create a diverse work force (Gene Hewitt), how to create a brand that people love and feel connected to their experiences (not products) by Chupi, and more!
Then, we have hands-on creative workshops from amazing artists and makers, including Earl of East London, brilliant candle makers with an interior home line, Meg Lawson, dancer/choreographer from LA, woodworking with Lindsey, and screenprinting with Gillian Henderson of OhMyDays from Dublin. When your brain needs a break from the learning, you can opt for a hands-on workshop instead. During these sessions you'll get your hands dirty - you'll MAKE something tangible, but you'll also get to rub elbows with some amazing entrepreneurs and hear their start up stories.
We are also offering morning yoga and meditation from an amazing Irish yoga instructor Liz Costigan and many, many more! You can check out all of our confirmed speakers on our Speaker page.
We are also working with muralists, structural artists, designers and architects to create compelling and interactive creative pieces for the event space.
I'm most excited to see the transformation of each attendee of the duration of the conference. I imagine people will arrive nervous, cautious and a bit closed off. Over the three days, we will see layers of vulnerability shed off, leaving attendees open, engaged and connected to each other, nature and themselves. I hope to see lots of hugs and smiles on the last day, with people semi-dreading getting their phones back and getting back to normal life.
I also am really excited for The Collective Europe to evolve in the coming months and year after year. We have a strong road map for company growth - in people, concept and offerings - and it is sure to be an amazing resource for professional and creatives moving forward!