Join the community of artists, musicians, and creatives at the Creative Mixer Series event hosted at Foster Coffee in downtown Flint. Titled, Conversation Peace, this series explores how creatives can utilize their talents to make a positive impact in their community.
Hear empowering and encouraging stories from creatives, ask questions, and connect with other like minded people from all creative fields. The night will feature a time for networking, an interactive talk with a speaker, followed by a time for Q & A. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Gordon Pennington (Founder: Burning Media Group)
Transforming Our Communities By Design
Gordon is a cultural commentator, lecturer, consultant, and advisor to organizations, corporations, governments around the world. He is the Managing Director of Burning Media Group, a media and marketing communications firm based in New York City. He has been described by The Wall Street Journal as "a Hi-Tech Traveler in Lo-Tech Countries.” He is especially focused on cultural transformation, education, human rights and freedoms and how technology and media are changing societies and cultures globally.
In his travels to 55 countries with a special interest in developing nations, he has been described by The Wall Street Journal as "a Hi-Tech Traveler in Lo-Tech Countries." If "the media is the message" as Marshall McLuhan asserts, Pennington seeks to better understand messaging and assist clients in making their communications more effective in reaching highly targeted audiences. Pennington views the subject of media and cultural change not as an academic, or an observer, but as a communications insider. After developing award-winning marketing communications for Citicorp and serving as a consultant to both Chase Manhattan Bank and J.P. Morgan Bank, he turned to fast growth consumer product markets, serving as Director of Marketing for Tommy Hilfiger, where he helped position it as the fastest growing fashion company in the world. His experience spans changing international markets.
He has also managed marketing and strategy assignments and been advisor to Apple Computer, British Airways, the CBS Television Network, the Coca-Cola Company, Equinox Fitness, the Oxford Analytica, Meyado Investment Bank of London, Her Majesty’s Ministry of Defence in the UK and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University where he is also an advisory board member.
Along with his career in marketing and communications, Mr. Pennington has a keen interest in education. He has been a trustee of The Universal Literacy Project and gained a rich understanding of the significance of literacy as a fundamental necessity in the development of sustainable cultures and economies, with particular interest in the international educational setting. He has appeared on television and lectures in the United States and abroad where he has been a speaker on media, culture and communications and other related subjects at Columbia University, New York University, Yale, Princeton, Michigan State University, The University of Virginia, Universite de Montreal, Guelph University, McMaster University, McGill University, Oxford University and Cambridge University and the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He has provided briefings on media, culture and communications to The White House, members of Congress and the Senate in the United States and members of the British Parliament, the Peruvian Congressional leadership, as well as to members of the Supreme Court of Peru and judiciary bodies in Peru, Columbia and Canada. He studied international human rights law at the University of Strasbourg and has been a visiting scholar at the Wolfsberg think tank for Union Bank of Switzerland.