From the folks at Giant Steps 2011

Dear Creative Minds and Brave Souls,

We are excited to officially open registration for Giant Steps 2011, a day-long interactive event for creative entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial creatives forging their own paths.

Giant Steps will inspire you, connect you with like-minded souls, and introduce you to valuable resources. Giant steps is where people in the know will exchange ideas and stories with people on the verge of their creative and entrepreneurial paths. Giant Steps is about creating a community and finding new ways of working. And Giant Steps believes a great day of connections and creativity is best finished with an amazing evening concert!

In the follow-up survey to last year’s Giant Steps, 83 % of the people rated their experience at Giant Steps 2010 an 8 out of 10 or higher, and 21 % rated it a 10 out of 10. We’re looking forward to building on that success and making this year’s event even better–with more stories, more connections, and more conversations about what works and what doesn’t in building a life based on doing what you love.

We’ve got new digs, too. This year’s event (daytime and evening) will be held at the world-famous Guthrie Theater. We’re excited to be surrounded by the combination of creative history, forward-thinking architecture, and the power of the mighty Mississippi.

You will want to be a part of Giant Steps if you are looking to advance your thinking, meet other creative thinkers and potential collaborators, and enhance your skills to move your work forward. Learn More!

When:  Friday, October 7th,  2011

Where: The Dowling Theater at the Guthrie, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Plenaries and Workshops:  9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Happy Hour on the Endless Bridge:  5:30-7:30 pm

Evening Concert:  7:30-10:00 pm (in the Dowling Theater, with a cash bar)

Cost: $95 if you register before Sept 23rd (lunch, headshots, & evening concert are included) Register Now!

We’re bringing together inspiring Giants in many fields: creative entrepreneurs in design, artist activists and educators, technology software entrepreneurs who double as music promoters, chefs, photographers, musicians, consultants, and more. They’ll share their stories of how they got started, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and where they see ideas and possibilities for the future. This year’s event will feature a mix of new and returning speakers—including acclaimed photographer Wing Young Huie, Blu Dot COO Maurice Blanks, musician/actress/activist Maria Isa, playwright and performance artist May Lee-Yang, and many more.

There will also be workshops and panels to help you acquire the practical information and contacts you need add great value to your work–from information about alternative funding models , to discussions on more effective ways to promote and market your work, to legal and tax-related solutions. Become a part of this talented and forward-thinking community of Giants.   Register now!

To keep up-to-date on the list of speakers and other details about Giant Steps, be sure to “like” the Giant Steps Facebook page or follow Giant Steps on twitter.  Please help us to spread the word by sharing this information freely with your friends, colleagues, and any other Giants you may know.

We look forward to seeing you on October 7th!


Susan Campion, Founder of Camponovo Consulting

Kwame Tsikata (M.anifest), Artist