Ciara Pressler

Ciara Pressler helps people turn goals into an action plan. She is the founder of Pregame and Pressler Collaborative, author of Game Plan and Exit Stage Right, and creator of The Audience webseries.

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid […]

February 2019: Diversity & Culture

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Welcome to the most provocative issue of Pregame Magazine to date. In discussing this month’s topic of diversity and culture, our contributors opted to keep it real. No maxim-riddled fluff. We went straight for the cultural jugular, favoring much-needed call-outs over the typical overoptimistic (and oversimplistic) opinions which do little more than to serve to keep us all exactly where we are as an individual or as a culture. I […]

January 2019: Pregame Your Goals

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  We Don’t Make Resolutions. We Achieve Goals. Those are the words boldly emblazoned across the windows of Pregame HQ at this very moment. They’re a dare. They’re calling out empty intentions. They’re inviting you to rethink your New Year strategy. There seem to be three stages of New Year’s resolutions: Yeah! Resolutions! We optimistically intend to lose weight, save money, do a Whole 30. Then, after January’s discipline and […]

Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De […]

Featured Artists: re:home

Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Between Landscape and Memory (1105-D)

This month, we feature re:home, a For Freedoms exhibition exploring the plight of political and social refugees, examining sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit re:home Dec. 1 – 29 at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco  Opening reception on Saturday, December 1 from 5-8pm. Family + Community Day on Saturday December 8 from 11am-2pm will feature free art-making workshops + interventions. For Freedoms […]

December 2018: Impact

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A lot of lip service is paid to giving back; to what’s wrong, who’s responsible, who needs help, and how to help them. But how much action is being taken? My hunch is that the ratio of talk:action is wildly disproportionate. This month, we explore what our impact is on our clients and on our community at large. At Pregame HQ, every year, quarter, and month, we set Impact goals. Often […]

Smackdown: What the Arts Could Stand to Learn from Sports

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I like sports, but I love sporting events. Few experiences rival the theatricality and pageantry of, say, a pro football game, from fanatical fans to enthralling entrances – all with constant emotional engagement. Wait a second – isn’t that what live performance is supposed to do? The most popular sports go well beyond entertainment: they captivate the community, inspire across generations, and build unrivaled anticipation. So in team spirit, what if creatives borrowed from our […]

November 2018: Changing the Game

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Yeah, we know. We’re working that sports metaphor to death here at Pregame. But it’s warranted. Whether we admit it or not, we’re playing to win. So why do we compartmentalize the lessons learned in and from sports? Especially in creativity and art, we act as if sports don’t exist. Blame it on a vague feeling of competition (and perhaps, in the professional realm, resource envy), but those of us who […]

Putting Crowdfunding in Perspective: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

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Funding ain’t easy. Technology makes it seem easy, especially with platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe holding the promise of access to new fans with open wallets. Of course, it takes a tipping point of personal contacts funding a project to a certain dollar amount in order to access your yet-unknown audience. Which means outreach to friends, family, and colleagues is a necessary part of the phenomenon that is crowdfunding. […]

October 2018: Digital Life

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The amount of time you spend on screens is directly related to your level of anxiety. Extensive social media use leads to depression and isolation. At least, that’s what I think someone said they heard from a study that may or may not have been published in a reputable journal and/or website. In a new normal, where all news is fake and all personal truth is fact and everything is […]