Creative Collective: Where do ideas come from?

The Roger Smith is pleased to present a morning talk session brought to us by the Creative Collective.

Topic: Where do ideas come from?

It is widely acknowledged that the ability to think creatively is fundamental to both personal and professional success and happiness. For anyone who is looking to develop their career, solve problems in just about any work environment, or simply advance personal hobbies and pursuits- you’ll find this Creative Collective session fascinating.

In this session we’ll hear from three creative professionals who will discuss their well honed techniques to develop more new ideas, ways to push past creative blocks and how to recognize a truly excellent idea.

September 13th, 2016
7:30-8am coffee and ‘meet and greet’
8-9:30am The Talk: Where do ideas comes from?

Please rsvp to Danika Druttman email:ddruttman@rogersmith.com Ph. (212) 339-2092

There is no charge for this event, however there are only 35 seats so RSVP’s are essential to ensure your spot.

Who’s Who:

Sam Saunders

Image of the event speaker Sam Saunders

Sam Saunders was rubbish at a lot of things in his 20s, including acting, finance, private investigating and delivering auto parts. Then he found advertising.

Since then, he’s worked at a lot of shops including M&C Saatchi, Wong Doody Weiner and SS+K where he was the Executive Creative Director. He then started his own NYC-based agency and then very happily sold that in 2015 to consult and work on entrepreneurial pursuits with the venture arm of his business.

Today, Sam is the Chief Creative Officer and founder of booze brand Cangria, charity Hopeland, BUMP, and yet-to-be-launched book series Unholy Bibles, while he consults to Apple, Diageo, Liquid Asset and ad agencies the world over. He’s judged One Show twice, did three talks at the Cannes Lions in 2015 and two more in 2016. He lives and works in New York.


Elisa Tan

Image of the event speaker Elisa Tan

Eli was born with a highly attuned ninety-second attention span, a GIF-based memory and the work ethic of a desert dung beetle. Hyper-focused and distractible yet casually obsessive, with a keen interest in all sorts of randomness, advertising (or whatever it is we call it today) has proven to be the perfect fit for her talent for over a decade. She began her career in Singapore, won a medium-sized barrel of awards, helped break world records, and has spent most of her personal time as a part-time ballet dancer, a quadlingual typefondler and an avid hiker prone to get lost in vast, bear-infested, remote wilderness ranges. Previously featured as one of the top 36 creative women in advertising, the last time she checked she was still a woman, still creative, and still sometimes finds herself wandering off trails, on purpose. Eli is currently a Creative Director working in New York.

Host/Moderator:

Rodd Chant

Image of the event host Rodd Chant

Rodd is the founder of the Creative Collective, originally from Sydney, Australia his creative career has seen him at the creative helm of advertising agencies (including FCB and Publicis) and creative, branding and design firms on three continents (North America, Asia and Australia), he’s been an Executive Creative Director three times and his creative work has won awards such as Cannes, One Show, London International, New York Festivals and his school’s art prize at age 7.

Prior to advertising Rodd tried his hand at many things but must notably was his time as a bass player in punk bands that never went anywhere and as a roadie for much better bands that went everywhere.

He is passionate about all things creative and loves to share his thoughts on how to be a better creative thinker and idea generator. Rodd lives in New York and also spends time in South East Asia.


The Creative Collective was founded in New York in late 2007 as a way to connect creative people from design, art, advertising, writing, filmmaking, photography, architecture, culinary crafts, and more.

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