Ashley C Ford | Love & Risk

Join us for a new series Love & Risk part of our 2018 Year of Love celebration. Ever wonder about the ugly stories behind success, the grime of the grind, the darkness before the shine? Taking risks redirect careers, relationships and lives. Are you a risk-taker? A candid evening of personal stories shared by J.Reed, Tim Hackney, Rich Evenhouse and our Keynote Storyteller Ashley C. Ford

Saturday,February 17, 2018
7:00pm - 9:30pm at Détroit is the New Black.
$10 AIGA Members | $15 Public | $20 at the Door

  • 7:00pm – 8:00 pm › Mix+Mingle
    Live BandCabildoFoodLa Feria Tapas 
  • 8:00pm – 8:30 pm › Lighting Round: 
    Javier Reed, Tim Hackney + Rich Evenhouse
  • 8:35pm – 9:05 pm › Keynote: Ashley C. Ford
  • 9:05pm – 9:30 pm › Q & A + Farewell

*Includes 2 hour parking voucher in Z Lot
*ASL Interpreter provided. 


Javier Reed, Outreach Director of Beyond Basics & Detroit Musical Artist
A Detroit risk taker and strategist whose making moves to benefit his community. . As local lyricist, emcee, and musician he balances his time to serve as a community change agent. Javier highly regards his personal relationships and social capital.
Instagram, Twitter & SoundCloud: @ImSoJreed ,

Tim Hackney, Partner/Creative Director of Next Creative,
From Lansing to Chicago a Bartender, Librarian to Advertising Addict at  agencies like Y&R, BBDO, & JWT.  Tim's most rewarding work has taken place in Michigan where he's taken the most risk and appreciates anyone who believes in the power of great writing and design.
Instagram: @thetimhackney,

Rich Evenhouse, Partner/Digital Director/President of Next Creative
Working in web design and development since before it was cool. Filming in Saudi Arabia, the Middle east and Europe, photography and traveling are his first love. Rich has a passion to work with creatives who love taking risks and clients trying something completely new.
Instagram & Twitter: @richiebravo,

Keynote: AshleyC. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. A writer, editor, host and public speaker,
she is currently writing a memoir and working as a senior features writer at Refinery29. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, I.D., Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. Instagram: @SmashFizzle Twitter: @iSmashFizzle,, links:

Who is this for?
Local Creatives, Writers, Copywriters,Design Entrepreneurs, Designers (in-house & freelance), Authors, Poets, Storytellers, UX Community, Techies, Start Ups, the Curious, those who love risk, and those who risk it all for Love.

When & Where
Sat, Feb 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Détroit Is The New Black.
1426 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Currently Registered