Joy, Limitations, Gathering, Exploration, and Humility

Announcing Studio/E’s 2019 Hero Speaker Series

We’ve decided 2019 is the year of opportunity. To support our decision, we’ve loaded up our calendar with five extraordinary individuals to join us for our Hero Speaker Series. While each speaker has his or her own focus, what they all have in common is the belief that you can create the future you desire. Whether you are designing joyful spaces or redefining how you look at limitations, the future is yours if you’re up for creating it.

Here’s a look at our year ahead:


What is it about a laughing baby, a kaleidoscopic sunset, or sparkling fireworks that make us feel so good?

The joy they evoke.

Designer and writer Ingrid Fetell Lee believes the physical world is a powerful resource for creating happier, healthier lives, and she’s coming to Studio/E to share her ideas about creating environments that promote more joy.

An emerging body of research reveals a strong link between the spaces and objects we interact with daily and our mental health. Deep within us all is an impulse to seek out joy in our surroundings, and Ingrid is going to show us where to begin creating the joyful environments we need to thrive.

Learn how to harness the power of your surroundings to live a more abundant and joyful life. Join us for a joyful evening with Ingrid Fetell Lee.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Tickets


Phil Hansen was a burgeoning pointillist. He spent years creating beautiful art pieces out of thousands of tiny dots, each piece more intricate than the last. Until he developed a career-ending tremor in his hand and was no longer able to produce his art.

Crushed, Phil abandoned his dreams of being an artist. When, three years later, he learned he had permanent nerve damage, a magical thing happened: Phil decided to embrace his shake. He began producing again, using squiggly lines to create expansive art pieces just as impressive as his pointillist work. Using bigger materials, Phil lost sight of his limitation and his work began to flourish.

It was during this time that Phil realized embracing his limitation actually drove his creativity. Come learn to embrace your limits and release your creativity with Phil Hansen on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Through this interactive experience, we will identify our own obstacles and constraints and learn how to transform them into catalysts to creativity.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Tickets


You know when you leave a gathering and you feel inspired, energized, and ready to tackle anything that comes your way? And you know when you leave thinking your time would have been better spent elsewhere? We want to create more of the former – those experiences when people come together with intention and meaning, making connections and sharing ideas.

Does that sound ideal to you?

If so, we invite you to join us for a transformative evening with Priya Parker, strategic advisor and founder of Thrive Labs, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Studio/E Clubhouse. Her book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Mattersdraws on her experience facilitating high-powered gatherings, including conflict resolution processes in the Arab world and meetings of the minds at the Museum of Modern Art, while also touching on more casual engagements – like a backyard barbecue.

From her brilliant dinner series for global leaders called 15 Toasts to her experiment-turned-movement, #IAmHereDays, Priya knows how to make meaning out of a gathering, and she will be sharing her approach with us as we engage in what is guaranteed to be a memorable evening.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Tickets


Jimmy Chin is an adventurer, filmmaker, BAFTA winner, and Academy Award® nominee. He’s known known for capturing the best adventure athletes in the world as they defy human achievement, and in order to do so, he is a world-class athlete himself. In collaboration with his wife and fellow filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy brings people on journeys that few would ever brave.

His 2015 film, Merutells the gripping story of survival and perseverance as he and two of the globe’s best climbers attempt to scale the most dangerous peak in the Himalayas. Free Solo, which is up for an Oscar and just won a BAFTA for best documentary, follows athlete Alex Honnold as he climbs the 3,000-foot El Capitan without a rope. These films have been met with much acclaim, and it’s easy to see why: his skill in capturing these moments is only rivaled by his capacity to keep up with the adventurers in these high-risk environments – like skiing off the summit of Mount Everest or climbing 1,500 feet of smooth granite.

A Minnesota native, Jimmy is coming to Studio/E on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 to share his stories about exploration, resilience, and how he captures the extreme.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | Tickets


Do you know what one of the biggest impediments is to creating the future you desire?

It’s your ego.

Author of bestselling books Ego is the EnemyObstacle is the WayConspiracy, and more, Ryan Holiday believes that ego holds us back from living full, successful lives. Like Marcus Aurelius and other philosophers he draws research and inspiration from, Exploratory Leaders like Ryan are artful at subduing their egos in order to focus on the work they’ve set out to achieve.

Ryan believes that ego ruins the very thing it celebrates, and in an era in which social media and other forms of self-promotion reign supreme, the battle against ego must be fought hard.

Join us for an event with Ryan Holiday on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 as we learn his practical techniques for combatting the ego and living into humility. In Ryan’s own words, armed with the lessons in Ego is the Enemy, “You will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | Tickets

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