Creative Women’s Conference at the North Branch Library

Creative Women’s Conference at the North Branch Library

Saturday, September 27   from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This conference is a drop in, come when you can, stay as long as you can, event offered at no cost.  All are welcome to come learn and be inspired.

What is it all about?

The Creative Women’s Conference was born out of the idea that there are a lot of women in the creative industry and these women deserve some recognition.  Not only should we recognize these women for their artistic talents, but for the resources they are to the community, men, women, girls and boys. So no, this is not a conference for women only; everyone can come and learn from these inspiring women who have turned their art and their passion into a way of living.

Which creative industries will be represented?

Graphic Design, Fashion, Radio, Theater and Film, Dance and Theater Production, Voice Acting, Photography, Comic and Video Game Art, Jewelry, Gaming Miniatures, Toy Creation, Novel Writing and Home Décor

What can you gain from attending?

Inspiration to be creative, to foster your artistic talents and to do what you  love for life.

These women are more than creative; they are business women making a living doing what they love. Learn from their experience, learn what it took for them to become successful – which does not usually happen overnight or without blood, sweat and tears. All these women have stories to tell and they are choosing to be a part of this conference to help others find their way.

In addition, Kerry Montz, the Denton Public Library’s Business Librarian will be here and will present at 1 p.m. on all the ingenious, free business tools and services the library provides.

The schedule for the day can be seen by clicking on the conference poster:







Who can you expect to see on Saturday?

The long list starts here: Make sure you scroll all the way down to check out everyone!

Art. Design, Fashion, Writing, Photography –


Halo Seraphim – artist, illustrator, toymaker and co-owner and art director of Shonuff! Studio

Designer of Graphic Lab Tees, Creator of a toy line for Collected Comic Stores

Contributor Literati Press, Production Assistant on Monsterverse Comics

@theonlyhalo  /   /


Eliamaria Madrid-Onofre – comic artist, writer, actress / Creator of webcomic – Elia In a Box

Senior Theater Performance major at UT Arlington,

Leader of Maverick Theater Company’s “Flight 12” Improv Troupe  / /


Jessica Nida – Video Game Artist eight years and running

19 games under her belt including: Star Wars and Walking Dead

Masters Degree in Video Game Creation – Has her own label

Teaches, Speaks and Demos to help budding developers learn how to launch their own games   /

@geekthumb     @harpygames


Elizabeth Howard – Graphic Designer at TWU, online shop – Wild Designs

Social Media Manager for magician and master electrician, Daryl Howard

Personal work focuses on pop (Geek) culture

Wife and mom of her son and three dogs   /

Nikki Duong-Koenig









Nikki Duong Koenig – Founder/owner and the “Chik” in her brand of fun, cruelty-free, eco-friendly and custom- made vegan hand bags and accessories, Cykochik, a business she started in her dorm room at SMU

Before committing to her business full time, worked as – advertising art director at several global agencies in New York and later as a creative director for an interactive marketing agency in Dallas.

Successful Kickstarter campaign allowed her to spend 100% of her time on Cykochik

In 2013, PETA recognized Cykochik with their Compassionate Business Award  @cykochik








Christine Curda – highly creative fashion designer

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design – UNT


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Kelsey Macke – long time creative, recently published her first novel, Damsel Distressed

Talk about creative, her novel inspired a soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, produced and performed by Wedding Day Rain, her and her husband Daron’s band.

@kelsnotchels  /  /


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Shannon Stiltz – Owner Queen Penguin Productions

Production and modification of pewter items – custom jewelry, accessories and figurines

Ten years with Reaper Miniatures – casting, moldmaking, painting    @shannonstiltz  /








Kaitlyn Qualls – photographer, blogger, event planner, graphic designer

Attending TWU for Graphic Design  /    @kaitbq  /







Cherry Fargo –  Arts, Crafts, Home Décor, Jewelry, Accessories








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Kristen McGuire – artist and voice actor, self-published six comic books / webcomic

Published a children’s book / Funimation voice actress / @kriscomics  /


Apphia Yu – AKA Ayu – writer – head of visual novel group Sakevisual

Written and produced award winning Jisei Murder Mystery Series and Otome Games

Comic – “Ties that Bind” / Voice Actress – Funimation  /  @soymilkpudding   /  /  /


Radio, TV, Film, Theater –


Nicholle Walton-Durban – producer, development executive, performing artist, actor, wife,

mom,business entrepreneur

CEO of Edgen Films

Regional Director of Heyman Talent’s Crew Division – Austin, TX


Kristi Rothrock – communications and broadcasting

Co-host of The Nerd Show

Texoma Broadcasting host KBBC 99.7 Durant, OK  @krockjock   / @grandpa_trout


Jennifer Hobson – CEO Jennifer Hudson Productions

Professional Artistic & Creative Director and Producer

Credits: Dallas Children’s Theater, Samuel French Commissioned Broadway Plays

Southern Dallas Magazine /Best Fashion Show in DFW 3 years running  / @jenniferjhobson


Leslie Stephens-MacFall – Founder, Artistic Director Black Fox Players – local income-based

theater company / Instructor, Choreographer, Student – Green Space Arts Collaborative

Royal Academy of Dance Trained – Perform community dance efforts: College Dance Festival,

Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival featuring Cirque Du Horror  /


Karen Hallford – Casting Works LA – network of resources to find actors, extras and stand ins

Eye for talent – merging backgrounds in advertising, art and industry

Bridging gap between the creative vision of the director, producer and client – brings conceptual

vision to an on screen reality

recently brought producing services and capabilities to Casting Works LA     @karenhallford


For more information call or email Juli Gonzalez, 940-349-8741 /

– Juli Gonzalez

Librarian at the North Branch Library


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