I would like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who got in the spirit of giving and donated art supplies for the Nationwide Children’s Toy Drive this past holiday season. Your generosity filled two large boxes with crayons, colored pencils, and coloring books (to name a few!), in the hopes of sparking young patients’ hearts and minds with joy and creativity during their stay at the hospital.
Mentorships can broaden your horizons, make you look at the bigger picture, and be your chance to help an aspiring creative out. At January’s Rise & Design we discussed the ins and outs of mentoring.
Lindsey has always been an artist. Her path took her from painting, to illustration, to graphic design. A constant volunteer in the community, this month we get to hear more of her story.
Thank you. Thank you for being part of this community, for joing our conversations, and for just being here. Let’s talk about gratitude this month.
Nand would never claim he’s self-taught. He cultivated and built a learning environment that was always hands-on, helping him continuously grow as a creative.
Failing is terrifying. Absolutely terrifying. Like, gut wrenching terrifying. We dedicated an entire discussion to help us figure out how to best face our fear of failure.
Leanne, The Joy Enthusiast, has a mission to make the world a happier place. No, it’s not as cheesy as it sounds. Her goal is to help people create connections and community through event planning.
That horrible voice bouncing around in your head? We all have it. This September we talked about how to battle (and beat) imposter syndrome.
Social media is exhausting as a creative. We have to balance what to post, how to post, where to post, who we are talking to, how often should we post, and how everyone else’s stuff looks better than ours.
From woodworking to graphic design, one could say Christopher does it all. And does it all really well.
Anoo Vyas braved all of our questions regarding contracts, internet law, copyright, and more. Luckily for us he was a natural teacher.
For our upcoming July 6th meet-up, we are delighted to have Anoo Vyas join us for the last AMA (Ask Me Anything) of the year! It's rare enough to talk to a lawyer outside of an actual legal case that may have come up, but even more rare to have that lawyer be one who just happens to specialize in working with small business creatives!
In July, he will be sharing his expertise and advice on how to adequately protect our work and intellectual property, as well as how to read contracts. You will have an opportunity to ask him any questions that you've always wondered about but never knew the right person to ask. Running a business comes with a lot of stress and anxiety, but understanding the legal side of it shouldn't be one of them. Anoo will be here to give us some simple but important steps we can take to build a more sustaining business!
Anoo Vyas: lawyer, professor
Anoo Vyas is a business lawyer and the current Co-Director of Center of Experiential Learning at the University of Akron. In previous years, he has taught Business Planning Law, Internet Law, and the Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Legal Clinic through University of Akron. With his work at the SEED clinic, he was able to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate through business and intellectual property legal matters. In addition to his many academic merits, he was also part of the nineteen-attorney team representing Obama-Biden 2008 in Ohio litigation related to the United States Presidential Election!
His work as Supervising Attorney at a Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic also advocated on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. His law review article on reforming patent law was named one of the best law review articles in the nation related to intellectual property law in 2015.
Yao & Danielle