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Fri 8/30 CreativeMornings w/Summer Lee @ City of Asylum

State Representative Summer Lee will speak on the topic “justice” at the August CreativeMornings Pittsburgh on Friday. 

Very Local is excited to be one of the sponsors for this month’s CreativeMorning’s talk. (New to CreartiveMornings? Keep reading for all the details on this free monthly lecture series.) The theme for August is “justice” and the speaker is State Representative Summer Lee.

From the CreativeMorning’s website:

Summer Lee is a lawyer, a community organizer, and the Democratic representative for the 34th district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Lee became the first black woman to represent Southwestern Pennsylvania in the state legislature.

Summer is a lifelong resident of the 34th district, growing up in the North Braddock and Rankin neighborhoods, and currently residing in Swissvale. She is a proud graduate of Woodland Hills High School, Pennsylvania State University and Howard University School of Law, where she specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. While at Howard, Summer worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she was an Oliver White Hill Fellow, and in the Office of the General Counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She also served as a student attorney in the Howard University School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, representing and assisting clients with civil rights complaints.

Since graduating law school, Summer has been a dedicated organizer, activist, and advocate for social justice. During the 2016 presidential election, she served as a Field Organizer in her home district for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, where she recruited, managed, and led volunteers engaged in direct voter contact. She has also worked in community and labor organizing, advocating for workers’ rights and a $15 minimum wage.

Summer has been a leader in the recent struggles to bring justice to the Woodland Hills School District. During the 2017 primary elections, she spearheaded a successful write-in campaign to bring immediate change to the Woodland Hills School Board after the board’s failure to address repeated instances of violence against students from police officers and schools administrators. She currently serves on the Woodland Hills Commission on Youth Development and Learning, where she has zealously pushed for increased cultural competency training for teaching staff, the elimination of an armed police presence in schools, and a commitment from the district to decreasing the disproportionate punishment of minority children and children with disabilities.

August CreativeMornings Pittsburgh Details

What is CreativeMornings?

CreativeMornings is a monthly morning meetup that features free coffee and a short talk by a local member of the creative community. These monthly talks take place in more than 190 cities around the globe. CreativeMornings was founded in 2008 by Tina Roth Eisenberg, who writes the blog/website Swissmiss. She is the founder of Tattly, a line of temporary tattoos (you may have seen in Starbucks last year), as well as a founder of Friends Work Here, a co-working space in Brooklyn, New York.

Each month, CreativeMornings picks a one-word theme, and the local events feature a speaker who gives a short 20-30 minute talk on the featured theme. Past themes include chaos, color, risk, and intention.


CreativeMornings launched in Pittsburgh in December 2012 with a talk titled “Making Learning Fun” by Nina Barbuto, founder of Assemble (a community arts space in Garfield) at The Warhol Museum. CreativeMornings Pittsburgh has been hosting monthly events around the city ever since.

  • When: One Friday a month, usually the last Friday of the month.
  • Where: Events take place at different venues around the city of Pittsburgh.
  • Time: Always 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free.

What to expect at CreativeMornings…

  • Coffee – every CreativeMornings Pittsburgh event includes coffee, occasionally breakfast, but it depends on the location.
  • Conversation/networking – if you wish, there is time to chat with other attendees. More on the networking stuff below.
  • A talk from a local thought-leader – usually 20-30 minutes long.

Who should attend CreativeMornings Pittsburgh events?

The short answer: Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in learning something new or hearing what kinds of unique and interesting things that Pittsburghers are doing, then the CreativeMornings talks are a great way to spend a Friday morning. I don’t want to describe CreativeMornings as a networking event, because most networking events are formal and awkward, and many people hate the idea of networking. If you want to come to CreativeMornings and meet some other people you can do that; if you want to attend the event, listen to the speaker and leave, you can do that too.

One of the nice things about the CreativeMornings events is that both speakers and guests come from a wide range of specialties. This is not just an event for artists or designers, but a place where anyone, even the most corporate types, share how they are creative in their industry.

Can’t make it to CreativeMornings? Follow along online.

You can follow the CreativeMornings Pittsburgh on all of your favorite social media channels.

Keep an eye on the #CMpgh hashtag for live updates from the event.

By the way, you can watch all of the past talks from CreativeMornings Pittsburgh online here.