Our full line-up of international speakers and panelists will be announced soon.

Creativity & Resilience

Conn’s talk will explore the intersection of creativity, technology and resilience for a world under stress.

About Conn

Conn is respected as one of South Africas top creative thinkers having won gold awards at all the major creative and design festivals around the world as well as performing the role of Creative Director of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 after beating cancer in 2013. Conn consults as a Creative and Purpose Strategist for brands, organisations and individuals facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.


You Just Don't Understand: Managing Creatives in Left Brain Culture

Does your team struggle with getting creatives and analytical, operational staff to communicate and work well together? Many right-brained creative types report to, or collaborate with, left-brained operational managers. Learning the necessary skills to work well together is often elusive but nonetheless essential to running a seamless and efficient organisation. This session will help you understand the behavioral and personality differences between left- and right-brain types. In addition, you’ll learn best-practice strategies that improve how creatives and operational teams can better communicate, work with, and manage each other.

About Emily

Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms and, through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped these firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies. She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, her Skillshare class, Lynda.com course*, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, in her new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest: No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business. Emily Cohen is also fast-talker, a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her client’s advocate.