Teaaching a Master Class at 99U in NYC; photo by Ryan Muir

Teaaching a Master Class at 99U in NYC; photo by Ryan Muir


Tina imparts insights from her experiences as a coach, interviewer, and writer to inspire action among audiences around the world.

Tina is a keynote speaker and interviewer who has presented at conferences, companies, and events around the world. Whether delivering a keynote on a conference main stage, conducting interviews with notable creators, or moderating discussions with influential voices, Tina encourages audiences to get curious and ask questions of meaning about how we engage in our work and show up for our lives.

Drawing upon her training as a coach and the six years she spent interviewing hundreds of creators as Cofounder and Editor in Chief of The Great Discontent magazine, Tina addresses themes that permeate the creative landscape: self-doubt and imposter syndrome, how to build a sustainable career, burnout, managing uncertainty and risk, prioritizing opportunities, unexpected and planned transitions, and the search for fulfillment.

book tina to SPEAK or teach

I’m currently accepting invitations for limited speaking engagements through early 2020. I can be booked for 15 minute spark talks (think TED Talk style), 45 minute keynotes, or classes taught in breakout session (45+ minutes).

I’m also available to conduct interviews with industry leaders and innovators at events and conferences and participate in interviews or panels.

Send an email to hello@tinaessmaker.com with details about your request.

past events

Creative Works Co October 2019 | Memphis, TN

Design a Career You Love at General Assembly London August 21, 2019 | London, England

The Great Contentment Masterclass at NEW INC May 2019 | New York, NY

99U Conference May 9-10, 2019 | New York, NY

HOW Design Live Creative Leadership Track: Leadership Begins with You May 2019 | Chicago, IL

Women Talk Design: Conferences April 2019 | New York, NY

Wieden+Kennedy Design Studio April 2019 | Portland, OR

Pretty With Purpose at Design Week Portland April 2019 | Portland, OR

On Being A Founder: Leading your business into the future at NEW INC March 2019 | New York, NY

Freshbooks #imakealiving Panel at On Air Fest March 2019 | Brooklyn, NY

Behind the Mic: Intimate Conversations with Creators at On Air Fest March 2019 | Brooklyn, NY

AIGA/NY The Great Contentment: Abandoning the Hustle to Build a Life You Love February 2019 | New York, NY

AIGA Brand Central 5Q Series January 2019| New York, NY

AIGA LeadCon August 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

Sky TV August 2018 | London, England

Wood Creative Group July 2018| London, England

Vice UK July 2018 | London, England

The Next Web May 2018 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

HOW Design Live April 2018 | Boston, MA

AIGA One in Ten Panel March 2018 | New York, NY

Yeah Field Trip x Make Nice February 2018 | El Capitan Canyon, CA

The Next Web NY December 2017 | New York, NY

AIGA Design Conference Chair October 2017 | Minneapolis, MN

Unique Camp May 2017 | Big Bear, CA

MagCulture x SPD Panel May 2017 | New York, NY

AIGA Design Conference October 2016 | Las Vegas, NV

Keynote for Sky TV x Adobe in London

Keynote for Sky TV x Adobe in London

HOW Design Live Main Stage Spark Session

As former Editor in Chief of The Great Discontent magazine, Tina spent 6 years interviewing creatives before launching her coaching practice. In this talk, Tina weaves personal narrative into the themes we wrestle with as creatives to inspire us to find our own great contentment by abandoning the hustle.

AIGA Creative LeadCon

In an interview with Ande La Monica at LeadCon 2018 in Philadelphia, Tina shares frameworks and insights from her work as a creative coach to help us build helpful daily practices that can transform our work and lives and encourage us to lead from the inside out, starting with ourselves.

AIGA National Design Conference Chair

In her opening remarks from the main stage as Chair of the 2017 AIGA Design Conference Tina reminds us of our humanity and the importance of vulnerability and empathy in our work by choosing to be go first as she opens up about reimagining her career and life after divorcing her business partner and starting anew.

Live from 99U: Build A Career & Life You Love

Watch Tina recorded live at 99U as she answers questions from livestream viewers, talks about how she transformed her career from social worker to magazine publisher to creative coach, and gives practical advice on where to start in your own life.