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Gaynor Strachan Chun

THOUGHT LEADER AND ADVOCATE: Invited to participate in several Obama White House Initiatives on The Arts and Arts Education.

Participated in Americans for the Arts (AFTA), Leadership in the Arts Summit, at The Aspen Institute.

Worked with The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (Obama), The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), Arts Advocacy Day and Nancy Hanks Lecture, Washington D.C. to advocate for, and illuminate the benefits of the arts and arts education for all.

Creator of The InnOvation Grants awarded to artists rejuvenating economically distressed communities.

Board Director for The Canales Project. A not-for-profit created to give voice to issues of identity and culture through the arts and conversation. Founded by Carla Dirlikov Canales, Mezzo-Soprano and Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient.

ENTREPRENEUR: Co-Founder, TCoY: The Culture of You. Multi-media interactive curriculum and professional development labs for ed-tech learning platforms and the workplace. We use a mix of proven concepts and methodologies and culture as a familiar and relevant entry point to engage youth and young adults and help them develop the skills needed to navigate life’s big transitions.

Managing Director, The Craftsmanship Initiative. A media brand with purpose. Through the original, in-depth stories in our online magazine, Craftsmanship Quarterly, and our other programs, TCI inspires and supports social impact programs reflecting our core priority: Re-orienting education and job training toward an economy that fosters creativity, sustainable wages, and ecological balance.

STORYTELLER: Recent examples: Published in The Journal of Brand Strategy; Curriculum creator for TCoY: The Culture of you; Keynote Speaker at conference of CEO’s in Dallas, Texas; Frequent blog writer for The Craftsmanship Initiative.

EXPERIENCE: Broad industry experience: Technology, Media, Arts and Entertainment, The Arts, and Fashion. Marketing, Communications, and Business Development Senior Executive. Forger of strategic partnerships and advocate of unconventional ideas. CHIAT/DAY Advertising, Esprit, Revo Sunglasses, Oxygen Media, TechTV, G4, Ovation TV, The Craftsmanship Initiative, TCoY: The Culture of You.

RECOGNITION: One of the 50 most powerful women in cable television, 2009 and 2012. CableFAX’s Marketer of the Year, 2012.