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Talks and workshops that change the way creative entrepreneurs brand themselves and do business.

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I talk about branding, graphic and web design, and entrepreneurship to creative professionals and entrepreneurs.

I teach college students how to get ready for agencies, freelancing, or running a creative business after graduation.

When I’m invited to talk to middle and high school students, I teach them that art is indeed a safe and secure job.

By the end of my talks, my goal is for your attendees to do one of two things: 

(1) change the way they do business, or

(2) be affirmed that they’re going in the right direction and to move forward with courage.

Common themes throughout all of my talks and workshops:

Common themes throughout all of my talks and workshops:

“Dana has spoken at several events for Harlem’s Fashion Row. The last event was our designers retreat sponsored by Nike.

In addition to speaking, Dana attended our networking session and offered branding advice to our attendees, which were multicultural fashion designers from all around the country. Dana was relatable, provided incredible value, and received rave reviews from our attendees. We’ve booked her to speak at two more events!”

Brandice Daniel

Fashion Industry Leader, Author, Founder/CEO of Harlem's Fashion Row and ICON360

Here's what a few event and workshop attendees are saying.

FAVORITE Topic

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Confidence-Building Tips for Creatives

Where does confidence really come from? Is it a feeling you create or is confidence a muscle that you grow? I teach several business-building strategies that help service providers claim their brand difference, quote their prices, deliver proposals, present their work, and lead their clients without a shred of self-doubt getting in the way.

FAVORITE Topic

02

Personal Branding for Creatives

With the rise of artificial intelligence, there is an exciting chance in 2024 and beyond make your branding more powerful by using human connection more than ever before. Whether it’s through your YouTube channel, blog or podcast, I will show you how to rise above the noise in each of these arenas, with your “imperfectly perfect” human touch.

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Branding + Systems + Websites: The Holy Trifecta

Some business owners have excellent brand visuals (logos, colors, etc). While others may have their business systems down pat. Some may even have amazing websites. But very rarely do all three of these qualities exist within in the same business. What does it look like for a business to operate or run as good as it looks? I do talks and workshops on how to connect your brand messaging, streamline your operations, and create an online presence that truly reflects the heart of your business.

FAVORITE Topic

04

Art is a Safe Job

This is one of my most favorite topics to teach to middle schoolers and high schoolers. I enter classrooms and show teens how to use art, digital skills, and even artificial intelligence to turn their sketching or animation habits into a profitable side hustle or career that they can start now.

FAVORITE Topic

05

So You're Exiting Graphic Design School...Now What?

Graduating graphic design seniors have burning questions that keep them up at night, like “How do I get a good job at an agency?” or “How much should I charge for freelancing right out of college?” Or this one especially: “How can I compete with AI and do-it-yourself design programs?” I teach graphic and web design students how to become indispensable, no matter what turn the design industry takes.

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Last but not least, I also speak about:

FAVORITE Topic

01

Confidence-Building Tips for Creatives

Where does confidence really come from? Is it a feeling you create or is confidence a muscle that you grow? I teach several business-building strategies that help service providers claim their brand difference, quote their prices, deliver proposals, present their work, and lead their clients without a shred of self-doubt getting in the way.

FAVORITE Topic

02

Personal Branding for Creatives

With the rise of artificial intelligence, there is an exciting chance in 2024 and beyond make your branding more powerful by using human connection more than ever before. Whether it’s through your YouTube channel, blog or podcast, I will show you how to rise above the noise in each of these arenas, with your “imperfectly perfect” human touch.

FAVORITE Topic

03

Branding + Systems + Websites: The Holy Trifecta

Some business owners have excellent brand visuals (logos, colors, etc). While others may have their business systems down pat. Some may even have amazing websites. But very rarely do all three of these qualities exist within in the same business. What does it look like for a business to operate or run as good as it looks? I do talks and workshops on how to connect your brand messaging, streamline your operations, and create an online presence that truly reflects the heart of your business.

FAVORITE Topic

04

Art is a Safe Job

This is one of my most favorite topics to teach to middle schoolers and high schoolers. I enter classrooms and show teens how to use art, digital skills, and even artificial intelligence to turn their sketching or animation habits into a profitable side hustle or career that they can start now.

FAVORITE Topic

05

So You're Exiting Graphic Design School...Now What?

Graduating graphic design seniors have burning questions that keep them up at night, like “How do I get a good job at an agency?” or “How much should I charge for freelancing right out of college?” Or this one especially: “How can I compete with AI and do-it-yourself design programs?” I teach graphic and web design students how to become indispensable, no matter what turn the design industry takes.

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Last but not least, I also speak about:

FAVORITE Topic

05

So You're Exiting Graphic Design School...Now What?

Graduating graphic design seniors have burning questions that keep them up at night, like “How do I get a good job at an agency?” or “How much should I charge for freelancing right out of college?” Or this one especially: “How can I compete with AI and do-it-yourself design programs?” I teach graphic and web design students how to become indispensable, no matter what turn the design industry takes.

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Last but not least, I also speak about:

Grab my bios, resume, and photos here.

Dana is an award-winning brand consultant, website strategist, and national speaker for creative professionals. She founded Cheers Creative, a Memphis-based consultancy that offers brand consulting, design, and online training to help entrepreneurs make courageous decisions with their online presence.

As a sought-after WordPress website expert with over 15 years of experience in brand development and graphic design, Dana has used her unique blend of confidence lessons, brand strategy, and design techniques to coach thousands of business owners into reaching their highest potential. She has led branding and career development workshops for Google, the University of Memphis, Women’s Business Center South, and more.

Dana’s work, story, and writings about branding, design, and entrepreneurship are featured in over 60 publications including Essence, AfroTech, and HubSpot.

Dana is an award-winning brand expert, website consultant, and public speaker who blends confidence lessons with branding and design techniques to make sure business owners succeed.

After studying graphic design during her undergraduate years at the University of Memphis, Dana created marketing material for SunTrust, Wells Fargo, and home storage items sold in major retail stores like Walmart and Target. These experiences motivated Dana to realize that great design has the potential to safeguard a company and help it grow into a powerful brand.

Dana launched Cheers Creative in 2012 with the goal to help businesses grow through consistent brand and web design. Cheers has amassed an international client roster including fashion, music, and entertainment industry movers and shakers.

In 2015, Dana was an official partner of ThemeCo, creators of the “X” WordPress theme. The “X” Theme was one of the most popular and best-selling WordPress Themes in 2015. Through this collaboration, Dana has worked on sites for X Theme users all around the world. She also created website templates that are included as part of the X theme, making it possible for over 220,000 customers using the ThemeCo platform to construct attractive websites quickly.

As Cheers Creative grew, Dana became a highly sought-after WordPress designer and website consultant. Her entrepreneurial path, writings, design work, and advice have been highlighted and referred to in over 60 publications including Essence, Forbes, AfroTech.com, HubSpot, and .Net Magazine (the world’s largest publication for web designers).

Through her work at Cheers Creative and her 15+ year brand and web design career, Dana noticed that her most successful brand and web design clients had simple business models. She wanted to see more business owners succeed with a foundation of simplicity and clarity.

Dana has launched the Cheers Creative Brave Branding Academy™, an online education program for budding entrepreneurs. The program guides business owners to make courageous branding choices, embrace clarity in their messaging, simplify their brand design, create business processes and systems, and combine those systems with their websites to stand out and become industry leaders. Students at the Brave Branding Academy™ have established themselves as just that, with lucrative clients, five-figure speaking engagements, government and school contracts, and brand partnerships. Students have also been published in the New York Times, NPR, HGTV, Discovery+, and other media outlets.

In 2020, Dana was named the Grow with Google Digital Coach for Memphis, Tennessee. As one of 20 successful entrepreneurs in the United States serving as a Grow with Google Digital coach, Dana provides free Google tools workshops to help Black and Latinx small business owners in her community reach new customers, thrive online, and grow. In 2022, Dana began to work as the Grow with Google Digital Coach for the entire state of Tennessee. She also highlights Tennessee-based entrepreneurs of color as guest speakers during her workshops.

Dana was recognized as a Memphis Business Journal 2021 40 under 40 honoree for her entrepreneurial creativity and success.

In 2022, Dana was chosen as one of three Memphis-based seasoned entrepreneurs with proven success to be an ArtUp Senior Accelerator Fellow. While working in this capacity, Dana advised Binghampton-area residents on how to compete in a business pitch competition sponsored by Cummins CARES (Cummins Advocates for Racial Equity).

Dana is a highly sought-after national speaker on branding, design, and entrepreneurship. She has spoken at events and conferences for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Momference, Women’s Business Center South, Awwwards, and other notable organizations. She has been an instructional guest lecturer at the University of Memphis for graphic design students. For organizations such as 2U, she has given motivational pep talks to big graphic design teams and creative departments.

When she’s not spending time with her husband and children, Dana loves to spread her message on how creative professionals can build confidence, push past fears, and lead with bravery to win in business.

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Photo Credit for all Images: Stephon Ballard, Picture This Memphis.

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Dana is an award-winning brand consultant, website strategist, and national speaker for creative professionals. She founded Cheers Creative, a Memphis-based consultancy that offers brand consulting, design, and online training to help entrepreneurs make courageous decisions with their online presence.

As a sought-after WordPress website expert with over 15 years of experience in brand development and graphic design, Dana has used her unique blend of confidence lessons, brand strategy, and design techniques to coach thousands of business owners into reaching their highest potential. She has led branding and career development workshops for Google, the University of Memphis, Women’s Business Center South, and more.

Dana’s work, story, and writings about branding, design, and entrepreneurship are featured in over 60 publications including Essence, AfroTech, and HubSpot.

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