Cre8path - An Exploration of Creative Careers and Studies for High School Students

Cre8path is an afternoon event for high school students (and their parents) who want to explore creative careers and college programs, helping the audience to envision a potential path to success. Cre8path is produced by the team behind Cre8con, the Portland Creative Conference.

Attendees will hear presentations by (and have unique access to) four highly successful Portland-area creative professionals. These speakers will talk about their journey from high school to a successful creative career (including college).*

After these presentations, there will be a mini-college fair consisting of representatives from several regional college degree programs related to creative careers who can answer any question you have about pursuing creative studies.*

The speakers will also be available during this time to network with.

Parents of students attending the event are welcome.


Angela Medlin - Apparel Design Director & Creative (Nike, adidas, Levis, The North Face, Eddie Bauer). Founder of the Functional Apparel and Accessories Studio (FAAS). In partnership with Pensole Academy and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, FAAS students will be directed and coached to work in “true to life” dynamic product creation teams and activewear industry development processes.

Tim Oakley - Graphic Designer (Starbucks, Nike, Dark Horse Comics), Movie Prop Designer (Dark Knight Rises, 300, Star Trek 1 & 2, Jurassic World, Terminator Salvation, Planet of the Apes, Grimm, American Horror Story, Hawaii 5-0, many others). Tim's early career includes work as a detail painter and model maker @ Lucasfilm, where he worked on the first 2 Star Wars movies and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Traci Cook – Video Game Senior Producer/Illustrator (SuperGenius Studio). Clients have included Dreamworks, Disney, Marvel, Oculus, Wizards of the Coast, Hololens, Double Fine, and Activision. Her early career included commercial work, with clients such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Quaker, Airwick, and Aflac.

Todd Greco - Interaction Design Director, Ziba Design. Bridging the traditional gap between developer and designer, he leads cross-disciplinary teams in the creation of software and physical interfaces for global clients including adidas, Samsung, FedEx, Intel and Technicolor.


* Portland State University College of the Arts (film, theater, music, etc.)
* Portland State University School of Art+Design
* University of Oregon Cinema Studies
* University of Oregon College of Design
* Oregon State University Apparel Design and Interior Design
* Oregon State University Graphic Design
* Art Institute of Portland
* Pacific Northwest College of Art
* Oregon College of Art & Craft
* Portland Community College Graphic Design Program

DOORS OPEN at 1:30pm for check-in and networking


Supporting Sponsor: Robin Carter

Scholarship Sponsor: Swift


Instagram: @cre8path
Twitter: @Cre8path



PROMOTION PARTNER: Portland Workforce Alliance

HOSTED BY: Ziba Design

LOGO DESIGN: Linda Lawyer Graphic Design

MARKETING MATERIALS: Ashley Hunter Creative

WEBSITE: Lisa Wagner, Xinnia, LLC


* Speakers and college programs subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Saturday, April 13

    1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Event Organizer

Portland Creative Conference

Keeping the Arts is an Oregon-based non-profit that gives cash grants to K-12 arts education programs in Oregon (> $118,000 given so far)


$10 (students) - $20 (parents/teachers)