Chicagoverse 163 - Mel Safford (Chicago Ideas Week)

In the midst of preparing and promoting the festival, Chicago Ideas Week booking director Mel Safford visits Dynasty Podcasts to speak about this year’s CIW.

Safford looks back at her beginning in the creative industries, to her role as a booking producer at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Safford also shares what she loves about her role booking thought leaders as speakers at Chicago Ideas Week, and affirms why it’s important for the festival to remain affordable and accessible to a creative audience. Finally, Safford speaks on the high profile speakers lineup at this year’s edition of the festival, from Kim Kardashian to hometown heroes Joe Freshgoods and Elise Swopes, to acclaimed actor and screenwriter and Chicago native Lena Waithe.

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