Maude Wilson ~ Mastermind and Sparkle Plenty
Founder and Principal Event Curator at Ascend Events
RELIGION STUDIES STUDENT AT THE GRADUATE THEOLOGIAN UNION
PRIESTESS IN THE MAKING
“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Thurman
Curating experiences that inspire people to express as their uniquely creative selves is what makes me come alive. I am a world traveler, a lifetime learner and a spiritual seeker. From the time I was 10 years old, I have been bringing people together around a common idea or need. That’s what happens when you are the youngest of nine children, outgoing, friendly and social.
I left public relations 10 years ago to found Ascend Events with a vision of bringing people together in safe spaces that allow them the freedom to experience joy through music, community and self discovery. Eversince I made that career change, my professional life has been so much more exhilarating, creatively challenging and fulfilling.
I work with some of the most creative and inspirational people through my work as an events curator. I often collaborate with larger event marketing companies like MKTG, Hartmann, Dominic Phillips Event Marketing and Jack Morton to support and lead events for Google, Facebook, Benefit Cosmetics, Oracle, Bayer and UCSF to name a few. I also work closely with executive and creative directors to produce cultural arts events that bring participants into new worlds in transformative ways. Some such events include the Destiny Arts Annual Showcase, Bandaloop, Ethnic Dance Festival, Maker Faire, CubaCaribe, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Conference, Brazilian Day Festival, and the International Body Music Festival, among others.
As Ascend Events moves into its 10th year, we are undergoing a transformation ourselves. We recently launched The Transformative Travel Experience (3TE) which promotes the development of a compassionate global community through culturally curated travel experiences and cultural exchange programming. The makeover will be complete in 2020.