How do you sustain a childlike wonder and exuberant creativity as you grow a multi-million dollar, global business? Executive Creative Director and co-founder of Refinery29, Piera Gelardi, has turned her fantasy dreamworld into a reality with the media powerhouse, while holding onto the passion, purpose and optimism that inspired the launch 12 years ago. Based on her op-ed “10 Secrets for a More Creative Life,” Piera will share her experience and approach – and how to translate that into a thriving, soulful company.
Piera Gelardi is Executive Creative Director and co-founder of the award-winning digital media company, Refinery29. She leads a growing team of creatives who bring the brand to life online and IRL through diverse, original content, storytelling, and experiences created to empower and inspire women. She and her team have won numerous awards and honors including CLIO Image, Webby’s, Digiday Publishing, and spots on both Inc 500 and Fast Company’s lists of most innovative companies. Piera was recently honored as one of Ad Age’s 50 Most Creative People of the year.