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    What first began as a simply meeting of creative minds in Orange County, California, has quickly become the nation’s newest sensational lecture series. Introducing Connecting Things. Unlike any other of its kind, this lecture series offers a uniqueness that the community just simply can’t find anywhere else.

    This particular lecture series offers original insight into the world of creativity and features entrepreneurs and local business owners as guest speakers. It’s a monthly opportunity for creatives to come together to be inspired by stories of failure and success from the most flourishing of community members. Oh, and to get free cookies and coffee, courtesy of Please & Thank You!

    And after spreading to several of America’s biggest cities, Connecting Things has finally come to Louisville. And we have none other than Louisville’s own Jessica Malloy to thank for that.

    A California native, Malloy is a fresh Louisville newbie. But it hasn’t taken her long to realize that this city is crawling with potential. How could someone not see the best in something they've fallen instantly in love with?

    She has taken it upon herself to promote the growth and progress of her beautiful new city, which is why she has rounded up a team of vital Louisvillians to make this free lecture series possible in Louisville. And her hard work in planning has definitely not gone to waste.

    A group of around 50 of Louisville’s most promising thinkers and doers were in attendance at the first ever Connecting Things Louisville meeting, which was held bright and early near BW Designs on Main Street on August 26th. Owner of the Revelry Boutique Gallery in NuLu, Mo McKnight Howe was featured as the inaugural speaker and shed some light on the city’s best artists along with her own small business strategy.

    Saying that the first meeting went over well would be an understatement. It’s clear that Connecting Things is about to totally rock Louisville.

    Here’s a glimpse at what this new series is all about.

    Louisville.com: How long have you been planning Connecting Things Louisville?

    Jessica Malloy: “Around the beginning of July, I started pulling the team together, talking to the original founders based out of Southern California, and setting goals. Once the team was in place, it only took a few weeks to figure out speaker, location, and sponsors.”

    Louisville.com: What is your personal goal in conducting this lecture series?

    Jessica Malloy: "As a freelance writer and a recent transplant from California, I didn't know where to start making connections with potential clients and other writers. My goal is to tighten and solidify the creative community in Louisville. Right now, we have all this talent that is waiting to be uncovered, but sometimes people just don't know where to start. I hope that Connecting Things can be that launching point for other creatives like it has already been for me."

    Louisville.com: What guest speakers do you have planned/would like to see at Connecting Things?

    Jessica Malloy: "Mo McKnight Howe was our first speaker and did absolutely wonderful. September 16th we will have Chef Kristina from V-Grits food truck, and October 7th we will have Teddy Abrams of the Louisville Orchestra. We are trying to have an artistic theme each month (Mo was visual, Chef Kristina will be culinary, Teddy will be music, etc.) so maybe someone in the fashion industry would be fun in the future!"

    Louisville.com: Where do you plan to host future lectures?

    Jessica Malloy: "We have a few locations in mind that we would like to bring attention to. I know Via Studios is on the list. I think the important thing is that we are trying to think outside the box and bring attention to venues that often go overlooked. We want to show off everything Louisville has to offer."

    Louisville.com: What is your personal favorite thing about Louisville?

    Jessica Malloy: "There always seems to be something going on, especially in the summer. I love the food, I love the people, and I love the potential. Louisville seems to be growing every day that goes by; I can't wait to see what it's going to do next."

    The next two meetings for the Connecting Things lecture series have been scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th and Wednesday, October 7th. The times and locations for these upcoming meetings have not yet been announced but are expected very soon – we’ll keep you updated!

    Everyone is invited to attend this free series. Come hungry for breakfast and prepared to make some new friends!

    For more information, visit the official Connecting Things website and check out the Louisville series on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

    Photos courtesy of StyleBlueprintPlease & Thank You,The Kentucky Gent and Jessica Malloy.

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