2018 Keynote Speaker


Stephanie Pruitt is a TEDx speaker and nationally recognized workshop leader committed to banishing starving artist syndrome and helping all of us to live, work, and learn with greater creativity and meaningfulness. She helps businesses incorporate art and creativity as a growth strategy, and helps artists embrace sound business practices in order to make a living creating what they love. 

Stephanie will serve as Chair of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville that creates mutually beneficial partnerships between arts and business; provide direct services, key opportunities, and education to the creative community to help them master the business of art; and inspire workplace creativity in businesses to demonstrate the impact of the arts through tangible benefits and develop life-long arts participants and supporters. They promote programs like Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts where pro bono legal services are provided  to low-income artists, as well as legal and business assistance to emerging nonprofit arts organizations; Arts Board Matching which promotes dynamic leadership in the arts community by cultivating the skills needed to be effective, engaged board members; WorkCreative a new tool for building a more engaged, innovative and productive work force through the tactful collision of art and industry ,and Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training an eight-week intensive training opportunity  that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens.

The native Nashvillian is educated in Marketing and earned an MFA at Vanderbilt University. She has taught arts education, creative writing, and ARTrepreneurship at Peabody College of Education and Sewanee University of the South, as well as over 100 corporate and community settings. She is a poet and social practice artist who has collaborated with businesses and published poems as public art in her community. When not writing on napkins or one of the three notebooks stashed in her car, you'll often find Stephanie with a 70lb dog in her lap, obsessing over her soon to leave the nest daughter, Nia.