Somewhere between forced water-cooler-conversations and The Tonight's Show, you find Small Talk & Big Ideas, an event where clueless ad students meet rockstar creatives. 

Stay tuned

The series with continue Spring 2020.

Jenna Livingston


Creative Director at Facebook, San Francisco.

In November we hung out with Jenna, one of America's most inspiring creatives with work that has been recognized in award shows, parodied on SNL, and published in a pop-culture book. 

She talked about her awesome side projects and how an idea to hide Ryan Gosling Easter eggs all over New York City could lead to an ocean of possibilities. 

Austin O'Connor

Associate Creative Director at Heat, San Francisco

In December, we met this top-level creative who avoids making ads that feel like ads.


He shared his tricks on landing dream jobs and winning awards. Because not only has he won them himself, but he has also managed to lead students to 4 Pencils and 15 Merits in the One Show.

Derek Man Lui

Creative at Wieden + Kennedy, London

In October we were lucky to meet Derek who told us how he, an American copywriter,  built a successful international career at top agencies in Beijing, Shanghai and now London.

He talked about his creative process and the cool things you make when you push yourself to execute your ideas in the most unexpected ways.