International organization 99U chooses Baton Rouge for creative networking event

    An international organization has chosen Baton Rouge as one of 27 cities across six continents for a one-night-only event aimed at drawing creatively driven people for a series of talks and networking.

    99U Local: Baton Rouge, as the event will be called, will feature talks from five local speakers on how to succeed and think outside the box in any field.

    The speakers are Rodney Richardson, founder of RARE Design; Sean Rivera, chef and food personality of Foodie Patutie; Alejandra Juan, executive director of the USS Kidd; John Gray, local musician and music educator; and Drew Reilley, creative director and owner of Slash.

    “A lot of people look for jobs outside of this state because they believe they can only find creative minds, opportunities and insights somewhere else,” says Robert Killeen, director of student outreach for 99U Local. “This event will be a good reminder to the Baton Rouge area that you don’t need to travel to a place like New York or San Francisco to find talented, driven, and creative minds.”

    The 99U series was formed as a way to get creative individuals from several fields offline and together in one room. The group aims to foster growth and expansion through experimenting, learning and adapting on a daily basis.

    “At 99U, we don’t want to give you more ideas—we want to empower you to make good on the ones you’ve got,” the organization says on its website.

    The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 at Creative Bloc, 804 Main St., Event space is limited to 150 people so those interested are asked to RSVP at

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