Meet The Team

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RICHARD BAXTER

Brand Ambassador

"Baxter" is the founder of #racismstinks and has partnered with us to spread the word that we are working tirelessly to bring visibility to underserved communities within our city.

Q&A with Baxter

1. When you were a kid, what'd you want to be when you grew up?

A ninja turtle 🐢and a judge.

2. Who inspires you?

Lisa Nichols: She is an overcomer. She beat all the obstacles that were put in her way by other people, and the obstacles she put in her own way.

3. What's a trip, moment, or circumstance that changed your life and why?

St. Louis Civil Rights Museum. I learned that white people helped free black people to end slavery and fought during the civil rights movement. Then I started my nonprofit #racismstinks (Racism Stinks.)

4. What's your favorite thing about Tulsa?

I like that even though Tulsa is not a large city we have a large impact and a big history.

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BRIAN DU

Digital Media Specialist

Brian is a digital media guru and handles all of our photo and video needs. He studied film at the University of Tulsa and also has a podcast called, Slugline. Check it out on iTunes.

Q&A with Brian

1. When you were a kid, what'd you want to be when you grew up?

Ironically, I wanted to be a web/software developer! But the older I got and the more I submerged myself in computer science, I realized that I really suck at programming. Now I just surround myself with those kinds of people!

2. Who inspires you?

Not one person in particular, but filmmakers Philip Wang and Wesley Chan of Wong Fu Productions are major influences on my creative work. As they are the pioneers of creating high-quality original content on YouTube and the trailblazers for Asian American creators, I aspire to reach their level of versatility in storytelling and independent film.

3. What's a trip, moment, or circumstance that changed your life and why?

The moment I decided to change my academic and career aspirations from information technology to film studies was a major point in my life. For many years, I had essentially ignored the creative and artistic side of myself. Once I was able to embrace that, I was a much happier and sociable person.

4. What's your favorite thing about Tulsa?

My favorite thing about Tulsa is the ever growing and evolving film community in town. I've been in Tulsa all my life and it's always interesting to see the constant shift in creative local endeavors. There's never a dull moment.

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KRISTIN TOWLES

Chief Empathy Officer

Our founder, Kristin, is an accidental marketer with a background in international community development. Passionate about helping people, she came to believe that marketing ought to be used to help and connect people.

Q&A with Kristin

1. When you were a kid, what'd you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an architect.

2. Who inspires you?

A few old mentors - Ossie Mills, phenomenal communicator and K. Reid-Martinez, an out of the box thinker way ahead of her time. Sometimes Gary Vee until the text message marketing started...

3. What's a trip, moment, or circumstance that changed your life and why?

I think my time in Mexico was very eye-opening to different pace in life. It definitely eliminated any attachment I had to material things. Also, loved my time in Europe and Asia.

4. What's your favorite thing about Tulsa?

I love the hometown feel while still striving for big city... fame for lack of a better word. The work our Mayor has been doing to bring recognition and opportunities to Tulsa is phenomenal.