Greyt Big Talk

Greyt Big Talk

Greyt Big Talk is an arts & entrepreneurship lecture series featuring personal stories and lessons from creative people. Talks are often recorded before live audiences. Stories focus on the forces at play in the creative process as it arises in people who identify as artists, entrepreneurs, and many other fields. These testimonies and lessons dispel the notion that creativity is a capacity limited to a select few people, but rather a process that anyone can learn to help accomplish important things. The program is hosted by multi-disciplinary creative producer, Thomas Fox.


August 19, 2022 21 min

Karen Small | Promise The World Around You

The idea of serving food in restaurants from farm to table is a normalized and common practice, but it wasn't always this way. Karen Small discusses her story, the people, places, and choices in the radical movement of localizing our food sources closer to home.

Karen Small is a chef and serial entrepreneur with 30+ years in Cleveland culinary scene. This interview was filmed during...

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Bob Ruggeri gives a first-hand account of his journey to become a film producer. He talks about finding your passion or in his words, your “Soulgasm” and pursuing that without any excuse.

Bob Ruggeri is the founder of Omega Point Films, a television and film production company based in his hometown of Cleveland. He launched in January of 2014 to produce the movie Lost In Austin, starring Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson & Kristi...

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July 15, 2022 21 min

Howard Washington speaks on "the duality of me" the juxtaposing sides of a creative entrepreneur and the internal battling forces that define who we are.

Howard Washington founded the ELEVĀTED Dance Company, for dancers who wanted to pursue hip hop as a career in Cleveland, Ohio. Since he formed the company in 2017, ELEVĀTED has performed at Playhouse Square, Akron Peacemakers, Best of the Best Fashion Show, House of Blues...

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May 20, 2022 16 min

“We all have talents that are unique to us, but confidence is not one of them”

Siaara Freeman is a writer and performer of slam poetry. She believes confidence is a mindset interwoven with insecurity and describes her process to determine what she’ll bring to stage each time she performs.

Siaara Freeman was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio where she is the current lake Erie siren. She’s very proud of this even when others assume she...

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May 20, 2022 18 min

Individuals and organizations alike are compelled to discover our why, with the hope of establishing a strong foundation for all we are and all we do, one that will eventually lead to incredible success. In this talk, Rick Simmons asks what if the answer to our why actually lies in our when? What if when we exist on the continuum of our journey holds the key to harnessing our greatest opportunities for change, growth, and developme...

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May 20, 2022 17 min

Baiju R. Shah is the President & CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership, the region’s leading economic development organization. With nearly 12,000 members, GCP is the largest metro chamber of commerce in the nation. Guided by a board of corporate and entrepreneurial CEOs, the organization focuses on accelerating growth and inclusive prosperity through strategic initiatives, business services, real estate, and advocacy.

Prior to G...

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May 18, 2022 27 min

Candy Mashmoor is a Mother, Jewish, Brazilian by birth, Israeli citizen by choice, and a proud American. She loves to cook and share her cooking with family and friends. She has made a multi-million dollar enterprise where she had the privilege to work with six of the top 10 retailers in the world, but after losing her daughter she decided it was time to be a part of something greater. Her daughter’s untimely passing made her reali...

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