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YoungStars: Culinary Crafters

Posted By Web Admin, Thursday, August 31, 2017

Food and drink has long-been the uniting social front for friends, family and strangers alike to share time together. For those who’ve dedicated their careers to envisioning, crafting and innovating in this space, it’s crucial to understand modern marketing’s seat at the table.

At this YoungStars held on Aug. 8 at RPA, we heard from a variety of young professionals in the Food & Beverage industry and learned about the vast challenges and successes in this highly competitive ecosystem.

PANELISTS

  • Krista Simmons, Food and Travel Content Creator
  • Max Baumann, Founder, Just Chill
  • Andrea Borgen, GM/Owner, Barcito
  • Yong Kim, Co-Founder, Seoul Sausage
  • Michael Keller, Co-Owner and CEO, The Blending Lab

 

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YoungStars is ThinkLA's quarterly panel discussion and mixer with diverse thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers, all under the age of 35, in the Los Angeles media, tech, and advertising industries.

Tags:  #ThinkStars  Career  Career Advice  Food Event  Food Trucks  Foodie  Young Professionals  Young Stars  YoungStars 

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YoungStars presented by Forbes

Posted By Web Admin, Friday, February 5, 2016

What a fantastic evening! Thank you to all that attended our YoungStars panel & mixer on 2/4 & big thank you to Forbes​, Atom Factory​, Smashd​, Hennessy​, the panelists & our esteemed team of fabulous volunteers. We're on an exciting journey with YoungStars and look forward to sharing more unique evenings with you. #thinkStars

  • "If it doesn't set your soul on fire, you're wasting your time" - Bing Chen, CCO, Victorious
  • "Successful people have a squad; someone for hype, reality check, financial advice, to commiserate and to celebrate". - Jaclyn Johnson, CEO, Create + Cultivate & (No Subject)
  • "Starting a company is less learning about the business, more about yourself." - Joe Matsushima, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Denizen Company
  • "When you're told you're not good enough, take that negative energy and use it as motivation." - Joel Jensen, Co-Founder & Creative Director, HelloDenizen & Denizen Company
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Tags:  #thinkStars  30 Under 30  Atom Factory  Bing Chen  Career Advice  Create + Cultivate  Denizen Company  Entrepreneurs  Forbes  HelloDenizen  Jaclyn Johnson  Joe Matsushima  Joel Jensen  No Subject  Smashd  Under 30  Victorious  Young Professionals  Young Stars  YoungStars 

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Takeaways from ThinkLA’s First YoungStars Panel by Derek Hand

Posted By thinkLA, Friday, October 23, 2015

ThinkLA has done it again, putting on its first quarterly YoungStars event! This is a brand new event put on by the Young Professionals of ThinkLA. Its goal is to educate and inspire with a Q&A panel of creative, intelligent, and successful entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

 

This first event was hosted at OMD with a great turnout. The moderator, Liz Plank, Senior Editor at Mic.com, did a phenomenal job leading the panel. She was accompanied by three speakers: Natasha Case, Co-Founder of Coolhaus, Brian Wong, Founder & CEO of Kiip, and Kai Wright, Director of Communication at Atom Factory.

  

Liz began the event by asking each speaker where they were 5 years ago, and if they ever imagined where they would be today. Right off the bat, it was amazing to hear the panel discuss the completely different paths they took, which truly makes the point that there is not just one right way to become successful. Natasha spoke of how it was helpful to have the security of more typical employment, which allowed her to feel comfortable developing Coolhaus in her spare time. Brian, on the other hand, had been laid off and it was this lack of security that allowed him to explore and develop his ideas for Kiip. Finally, Kai was in a transition period and spent it travelling the world – the result of which was exploration of both self and ideas for the future.

 

Though these three had completely different paths that led them to where they are today, they share a common thread: the importance of curiosity and creativity, finding something you believe in and going with it.

 

A couple of key points included Brian's idea of generating one's own serendipity by putting oneself in situations that hold the potential for good things to happen. In addition, he strongly believes in going to museums and art galleries as they are "brain vitamins" for our creativity. Kai truly believes in having a work/life balance. He finds for himself that it is important to be able to know when to go into overdrive, and equally important to know when to turn off. Finally, Natasha believes that there is no reason that work shouldn't be fun.

 

Overall, YoungStars was an awesome and successful event and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next one in January!

 

Derek Hand

Assistant Digital Media Planner

Palisades MediaGroup

 

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Thank you to our speakers:

Natasha Case, Co-Founder, Coolhaus     
Brian Wong, Founder & CEO, Kiip     
Kai Wright, Director of Communication, Atom Factory     
Liz Plank, Senior Editor, Mic.com (moderator)
 

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

Tags:  #ThinkStars  Atom Factory  Career Advice  Coolhaus  Education  Kiip  OMD  Startup  Young Professionals  Young Stars  YoungStars 

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