“There’s a beauty, humor, and ridiculousness that comes with being an entrepreneur.” ~ Kelly Trager
We’ll be joined by special guest, Kelly Trager, a multi-passionate, serial entrepreneur who believes that art is for everyone. Kelly is the co-owner of Trager Contemporary, but she’s also a dancer, choreographer, speaker, writer, arts lawyer, and a professor!
We’ll share a delightful conversation with Kelly around:
Fiercely pursuing your goals
Keeping it all together on days when you feel like falling apart
Balancing building a business and taking care of yourself
Protecting your intellectual property
And more, with plenty of time for Q&A!
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MEET KELLY TRAGER
Kelly Kocinski Trager is the co-owner of Trager Contemporary, dancer and choreographer, speaker, writer, arts lawyer and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Design Management and Arts and Cultural Management graduate programs at Pratt Institute in New York and adjunct professor of Arts Management at the College of Charleston. She serves as Secretary of the Charleston Gallery Association and board member of the Mt. Pleasant Commission for Culture, Arts and Pride.
Kelly started Trager Contemporary in the fall of 2017 with her husband, Josiah, an actor and attorney. The gallery is dedicated to presenting distinctive local, national, and international emerging and mid-career artists working in traditional, nontraditional, and mixed media, from painting and sculpture to installations and works on paper. Not only are we focused on showcasing and cultivating the work and careers of our artists, but we also believe in supporting the practical components of art for creators, enthusiasts, and collectors through gallery talks, workshops and events, and a speaker series. We aim to build a diverse community of people who want to engage with art, broaden the dialogue about culture and contemporary art, and provide a gathering space where all are welcome.
As a professional modern dancer, Kelly saw first-hand that there was a need for attorneys who understood artists’ concerns and the need to protect their creative property and eventually decided that she would help fill this need. She went to and graduated from Brooklyn Law School where she received the Ortner Prize for Achievement in Entertainment Law and was a Richardson Merit Scholar recipient. Upon graduation, Kelly began working full-time for New York’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – a prestigious arts-related legal aid organization providing legal services and advocacy for artists – where she served as a staff attorney and director of development, until she left the VLA to found her own law firm 9 years ago. KKT Law is a solo practice that serves the legal and business needs of individuals in creative and entrepreneurial ventures, as well as nonprofit and for profit arts and entertainment companies.
Kelly teaches and gives talks and seminars in the areas of Understanding Creativity, Intellectual Property Law, Business Strategy, Nonprofit Corporate Formation, Entertainment Law, Legal Issues in the Arts, Arts Management, Dispute Resolution, and International Law and the Arts. She has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit art organizations; worked in fundraising and development, company management and stage managing; and served as a grant reviewer for state art funding organizations and art reviewer for numerous publications. In addition to her current teaching roles at College of Charleston and Pratt Institute, she has also taught at New York Film Academy, University of Texas, Arlington and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Kelly still dances on occasion with Racoco Productions and is in the process of creating new choreographic work. She is also a certified yoga and gyrotonic instructor and triathlete.
About World Entrepreneurs’ Day
Every year, August 21 is the WED : World Entrepreneurs’ Day. The purpose of the World Entrepreneurs’ Day is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world. WED is the perfect day to celebrate the people who starts a business alone. WED is the day of founders, managers, producers, contractors, industrialists, innovators, administrators, designers and producers.
We want to thank our partners who are helping make this event possible! Please support them as they show up BIG for women entrepreneurs in your city.
Who Should Attend:
If you’re a woman entrepreneur craving meaningful connection with other like-minded and passionate business owners, you’re in the right place! Hatch Tribe creates opportunities for women entrepreneurs to gather, whether it’s for gaining practical skills, bouncing ideas off one another, making new business besties, or simply finding someone who understands what it's like to run her own business.
All women entrepreneurs are welcome! Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, navigating the start-up, or a well-established boss, you are welcome. Always.
About the Event:
Doors open at 8:30am for coffee & time to mingle with the TRIBE. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00am and we’ll wrap up so you can be out the door by 10am! Coffee & light snacks are provided.
Paying It Forward:
We believe in paying it forward and supporting fellow female entrepreneurs in their journey, which is why Hatch Tribe has pledged to invest a portion of proceeds from all live gatherings into women owned businesses through Kiva. Learn more about our lending team at Kiva & get involved!