Shortly after Joe Chielli’s passing, I recieved this email from Adobe:

“Hello Kristine,

My team at Adobe loves your work. We are having a Creative Jam at Penn State University on March 17th.

We would like to invite you to present for 20 minutes on a recent project sharing the behind the scenes process with an audience of over 100 students and the city’s creative community. There will be 2 other presenters and we will announce the event next week. Let me know if you are interested and I can share more!

We would cover your flight, hotel for 2 nights and compensation.

Thanks for your time. 🙂 We hope you’ll say yes!

Liz Schmidt
Sr. Community Manager, Adobe”

At first I didn’t think it was real, but sure enough I said “yes” and next minute you know I was flying out there and having dinner upon arrival with the adobe team and Penn State directors and educators.

This was a great experience for me. I was feeling really lost without Joe and my confidence was low, but after this I realized something. I realized that I must retain my confidence to be as creative as possible. I realized that its okay to push the envelope, put it out there, and not to be afraid. I realized that after years of hard work it paid off and to keep going.

Thank you adobe for re-inspiring me and allow me the pleasure to inspire others as well.

Photos of me speaking on stage by William Ames. There was no filming that day so this is all I have folks.