Story City’s CEO, Emily Craven, has worked in the publishing industry for close to a decade and experienced first-hand the difficulty in getting publishing opportunities or professional development in new media as an emerging author in Australia. Seeing traditional opportunities to find work from the creative industries was shrinking, and the success of Amazon Kindle as it created its first wave of millionaire independent authors, she set out to find a new way through the digital revolution for emerging content creators. Story City has garnered Emily several nominations, significant awards and grants, and a full-time creative career many seasoned writers in the industry don’t achieve. She has a degree in Astrophysics, has trained over 1000 people in interactive storytelling, writing, and publishing, has published 6 novels, and travelled to 32 countries all before she was 30. You can find out more about Emily at www.cravenstories.com
Lyndsey Manyluk is a founding team member of DiveThru — a guided journaling app that helps you DiveThru what you go thru. Working with mental health professionals, DiveThru creates guided journaling exercises that help you to take charge of your mental wellbeing.
Within the company, Lyndsey works closely alongside DiveThru’s founder to ensure their community sits at the center of every decision they make. From managing critical relationships to executing campaigns that reach millions, Lyndsey’s commitment to building genuine, meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships shines through.
Upon completing her BCom with a major in Marketing, Lyndsey joined a local marketing agency that went on to win awards for their work. From there, Lyndsey managed the events and community-based marketing initiatives for a multi-million dollar restaurant chain.
Outside of the office, Lyndsey volunteers with mental health and wellness-based initiatives. Her efforts have helped raise over $20,000 for local mental health charities.
Lyndsey’s passion for community stems from her love of the thriving city that #YEG has become.
With a background in sales, sales training and product development, Adam has been involved with multiple startups, as either a co-founder or collaborator, and chases the feeling that comes from connecting dots that have not been lined up before. Working with AlignVR, Adam is focussed on turning inspiring ideas and psychological principles into game changing soft skill assessment and learning tools, as well as coordinating research. Adam has an amazing wife and a 5 month old baby boy.
Michael Zouhri is a Edmonton based entrepreneur who had been involved with various technology projects for well over a decade. In his youth he created a digital publication that reached over 60 million readers through various partnerships, including Microsoft MSN. He has won several awards over the years, including top 40 under 40, top 20 under 30, and a medal from the Queen, among others. Today, Mike sits on the investment committee for a private equity firm and participates in the occasional angel investment, but he mostly focuses on his physical recovery after being hit by a drunk driver. His new startup, PainWorth, automates the assessment, calculations and settlement for injury victims; it is a direct response to the frustration he endured with his own injury case and the dysfunctional legal services industry in general. In under 4 months of bootstrapping, PainWorth has already been lauded as an important tool to help bridge the access to justice Gap, has collected over $3million in total case claim sign-ups, has signed up a large commercial Insurance company (with 2 more circling), and has already won a prestigious data science award.
Allison is a part of Kudoz – an experience platform connecting people with and without disabilities to do splendid things together. In her role as the Kudoz Community Mobilizer, she keeps things real social utilizing a cocktail of Social Science, Service Design and storytelling. She works alongside her teammates to leverage growth mindset as the foundation of mutual exchange that lead to better mental health, meaningful employment, independence and lifelong learning. After earning her B.Des in Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Arts + Design, Allison’s curiosities have led her to experiences around the world in fashion, human centred design and now Kudoz- to become a better storyteller and a better human with every iteration.