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

I've had the pleasure of speaking at events, conferences, webinars and workshops for these awesome organizations and more:

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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.

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

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 public speaker with over 15 years of brand and web design expertise. Through her unique blend of confidence coaching and bold branding approaches, Dana has guided thousands of business owners in growing their online presence via talks, workshops, and training programs. At Cheers Creative, her Memphis-based creative hub, Dana leads the creation of standout brand designs and websites for industry leaders and content creators.

With extensive experience in teaching and business coaching, Dana has developed branding and career development workshops for organizations like the University of Memphis (her alma mater) and Women’s Business Center South. As the former Grow with Google Digital Coach for Tennessee, Dana taught digital skills to help Black and Latinx small business owners thrive online.

Dana co-hosts Grindset, a podcast highlighting successful Memphis entrepreneurs’ stories.

Her work, story, and writings on branding, design, and entrepreneurship are featured in numerous publications including Essence, AfroTech, and HubSpot.

Dana James Mwangi is an award-winning brand consultant, website strategist, and public speaker with over 15 years of brand and web design expertise. Through her distinctive blend of confidence coaching and bold branding approaches, Dana has helped thousands of business owners globally present a robust online presence through her talks, workshops, and training programs. At Cheers Creative, her creative hub, Dana has led the creation of award-winning brand designs and websites for industry leaders and content creators.

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Dana loved drawing and designing from a young age. She chose to study graphic design at the University of Memphis during her undergraduate years. While attending college, Dana became a freelance graphic designer for local small businesses to support herself while raising her child as a single mom.

After graduation, Dana began working in corporate America as a graphic designer while continuing freelance work. She designed marketing materials for Truist (formerly SunTrust) and Wells Fargo and packaging for home storage items sold in major retail stores, including Target, Walmart, and Home Depot. These experiences showed Dana how crucial good design is to protect a company and help it become a standout brand.
Dana launched Cheers Creative in 2012 to help businesses grow through consistent brand and web design. Since then, she’s become a sought-after brand designer and consultant across many industries, including fashion, music, and entertainment.

Dana quickly created a name for herself by developing attractive websites for her clients through WordPress, one of the most popular website builders in the world. In 2015, Dana’s progress was reinforced when she became an official partner of ThemeCo, creators of the popular “X” WordPress theme. Through this collaboration, over 220,000 customers on the ThemeCo platform were able to quickly create attractive websites using templates designed by Dana. Additionally, she customized websites for X Theme WordPress users worldwide.

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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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