Let’s Play – Knockout Recess Event Lineup Announced


Let’s Play – Knockout Recess Event Lineup Announced

While it’s impossible to tie ROI to creativity, it’s what had us become marketers in the first place. Creativity makes campaigns stand out and ultimately win. And the muse is more likely to be stimulated when we’re nourished in a playful atmosphere.

The Colorado AMA has just announced the speaker lineup for Recess, an evening of learning and inspiration happening on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:00PM at the Denver Art Museum. Join your marketing network and eight amazing speakers as they share their insights on what they’ve done to find creativity outside of the cubicle:

  • How to create a powerful voice for your company that clients and customers will glom onto
  • The importance of cultivating a “Beginner’s Mind” in all of your branding efforts in order to maximize creativity
  • What to do to ensure your brand’s personality remains authentic as it grows

Reserve Your Spot at Recess

Our speakers will cover 5 tracks to spark your creative process: Creativity, Body, Play, Balance and The Difficult. Read more about each presenter below.


Chad Person – More about Chad Person

Chad Person is an American contemporary artist living in New Mexico. His dollar bill collages, inflatable sculptures, and other highly visible projects have appeared locally, nationally and internationally. His project: RECESS (resource exhaustion crisis evacuation safety shelter) is an example of his conceptual approach. In this ongoing project, Person undertakes a DIY conversion of a swimming pool into a bomb shelter / survival bunker, highlighting the potentially negative outcomes of maintaining a hardcore survivalist mentality.

Jovan Mays

Jovan Mays exemplifies the true spirit of community that is the basis of the poetry slam. Since 2010 he has been a competing member for the Denver Slam Nuba National Team. In just his 2nd year, he was crowned a National Poetry Slam Champion in Boston, Massachusetts. He has achieved notable success as a slam competitor locally and nationally. His commitment to community and education in both urban and rural communities distinguish him as an organizer and artist.

During his time attending college at The Chadron State Campus, he hosted the successful Sigma Tau Delta Open Mic Series, facilitated the highly popular “Write Track” workshop series and produced the variety show “Release” which introduced the art form of Performance Poetry to a whole new generation of young folks in rural Nebraska – all while playing football, wrestling and working toward his degree to become a History teacher and coach.

He now resides in Denver, Colorado, where he continues to workshop and educate people of all ages about this great art. His poetry program “Your Writing Counts” has reached upwards of 300 schools in just two years. Mays also serves as the SlamMaster for Slam Nuba and their Open Mic/ Slam night, which is sponsored by the Denver Film Society. This event occurs on the first and last Monday of the month at the Crossroads Theatre in the Historic Five Points District.

His third book entitled “The Tale of 3 Monarchs” is anticipated to be released at the top of the new year.


Gina Caputo – More about Gina Caputo

Gina’s passionate and inspirational style of teaching is called Integrated Vinyasa which emphasizes the fusion of alignment and flow, anatomy and energetics, focus and release, work and play. She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the modern-day householder yogi. She is an inspiring, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart and boldly dive in! She is the Founder and Director of the Colorado School of Yoga.

William Espey – Branding Voice Lead, Chipotle More about William Espey

William is the driving force behind Chipotle’s unique brand voice – irreverent and cheeky yet generous and intelligent. William started with Chipotle 15 years ago when the company had fewer than 20 locations and has seen the company grow to more than 1600 restaurants and counting in the U.S. and abroad. For the first decade of his tenure he was the sole internal creative resource, responsible for concept, copy, design and production, on everything from outdoor billboards to custom gift cards.

The voice of the Chipotle brand that he generated wasn’t the result of a calculated corporate strategy, but developed organically as William’s personal expression of Chipotle’s unique values and culture. Today, as the Brand Voice Lead, William ensures that Chipotle’s original tone and personality remains consistent across all aspects of the growing brand, from traditional advertising to the wildly innovative and successful unbranded content Chipotle now creates.


Romain Vakilitabar – Vice President, Watson University More about Romain Vakilitabar

After losing a battle to keep alive a business Romain started in his dorm, he packed up a bag and journeyed across the world to find miracles in unexpected places. Romain wrote a children’s book discussing climate change and dedicates himself to the world’s most pressing, intractable problems through his work at Watson University, a new university model that accelerates the solutions brought forth by the next generation through world-class training, networks, and mentorship from global leaders, entrepreneurs, and thinkers.


Ashara Ekundayo – More about Ashara Ekundayo

Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist and convener who consults with start-ups and organizations to assess and build capacity for increased community engagement in their ventures through the uses of permaculture design, mindfulness, creative arts practice, exhibition and project management. Her combined passions for media, food, art and technology also inspire her to produce events such as Pecha Kucha Night Oakland and “Grits & Greens” while hosting a monthly segment on KPOO Radio in San Francisco featuring women creatives committed to racial and environmental justice.

Considered a thought leader on social constructs such as cultural intersectionality and creative placemaking, she was tapped by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovator “stimulating the green economy,“ and continues to work as a sustainability consultant crafting programming to support transformative healing in communities around the world. She was hired by the U.S. Department of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security, is a Fellow with Green For All, and is the co-founder The GrowHaus, an interactive aquaponic farm in Denver, CO.  Ashara’s voice is often heard presenting as keynote or panelist at conferences such as IONS, SXSW, Dreamforce, Net Impact, the World Social Forum, and SOCAP.

Currently, Ashara serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Impact Hub Oakland, an inspiring co-working space that connects and supports socially engaged changemakers and entrepreneurs in manifesting “what makes them come alive.” She is also the Director of Omi Gallery, a social practice art space located in both Oakland and San Francisco, CA, is a member of the “Urban Futures Think Tank” at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and holds Advisory Board positions with Just Global Partners, KQED Arts and Our City.is. Additionally, Ashara is an Emerging Arts Professional Fellow, an Institute For the Future “Fellow4Good,” and is the “Curator in Residence” with Schools Without Borders where she presents “Collaboratorium” – a methodology amplifying the intersections of social permaculture/social entrepreneurship/social justice. Find her on Twitter & Instagram: @BluBlakwomyn

DJ Cavem – More about DJ Cavem

Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita is an O.G. (Organic Gardener), educator, midwife, vegan chef, emcee, producer, b-boy, Dj, and the founder of Eco HipHop and Going Green Living Bling. Recently, DJ Cavem was nominated for the 2014 Music Educator Grammy Award  and was featured in Oprah Magazine and Yes! Magazine for his award winning curriculum, an album entitled “The Produce Section.”

The Difficult:

Mike Sales – More about Michael Sales

Since 1992, Mike Sales has been studying human potential, achievement and the psychology of success. Through these extensive studies, he’s developed skills and philosophies that have allowed him to thrive despite extremely difficult life-changing circumstances.

On April 5th, 2013, his life changed forever when a small aircraft he was piloting stalled and crashed into the ground. He suffered major injuries, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. And he lost everything.

A former pro-level martial artist and commercial airline pilot, he continues to use success principles learned in those fields to overcome extreme adversity, live an inspired life and teach others to become their best.

Debbie Sheer – Comedian More about Debbie Scheer

Debbie Scheer is a comedian and emcee who resides in Denver Colorado with her two young boys. Her perspective on life, thus her comedy, has an element that will get a laugh from anybody. Her comedic timing is naturally clever, while the punchlines show off her kind but provocative nature. She is dedicated to her laugh-craft and it shows on stage. Debbie brings to her comedy an authentic and vulnerable space as she shines the brightest of lights on the topics that we may feel shy talking about. She approaches topics such as sexuality, adoption, single parenthood with such raw vulnerability and this in turn creates an inclusive space for her audience to let down their guard and view the topics through a different lens. Debbie passionately believes combining humor with education is the only way to approach these oftentimes hilarious topics.



Brinton Taylor