Meet the Team: Kei Baritugo
August 27th, 2014
This week we’re introducing you to one of our communication experts. Meet our Public Relations Manager, Kei Baritugo. With the largest event in TEDxVancouver history coming up this October 18, you can bet she’ll be busy. Learn more about Kei below.
What do you currently do for work?
I am the founder and principal of BoldLove Communications, a boutique public relations agency that represents award-winning local and international clients in the arts and entertainment, technology, travel and non-profit sectors. My team and I build and manage the reputation and credibility of our clients while magnifying their achievements and passion. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for Brief Encounters, the first and longest running interdisciplinary performing arts series in Vancouver. In my spare time, I mentor young women who want a career in public relations and I write for the Vancouver Observer.
Why did you got involved with TEDx?
I got involved with TEDxVancouver because this event provides a wonderful platform for the cross pollination of big ideas and connecting like-minded people who are passionate about the future.
What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
Beyond gastronomic delights and surreal landscapes, my favourite thing about Vancouver is how open this city is to possibilities, new ideas and initiatives — especially in the arts/culture and entrepreneurial spaces. I frequently travel and spend a significant time working and temporarily living in other cities. And while it’s obvious that Vancouver is a mere baby (barely 130 years old) compared to New York, London, Berlin, or Paris, this city has managed to attract talented, boot-strappy creatives who are willing to manifest big ideas, despite pre-existing obstructions and risks such as not having the sort of capital or resources afforded to their counterparts in other metropolises. I feel honoured to live in a city that is in metamorphosis. In many ways, I think Vancouver is still very much a ‘frontier’ town that is on the verge of blooming culturally… and there’s something very beautiful and sexy about that.
What is your favourite way to spend a day off?
I love spending quality time with the people I deeply care for in my life. My favourite way to spend a day off is by nourishing my beloveds with lavish meals, storytelling, laughter and dance parties (in the living room or wherever our feet take us).
What books are on your nightstand right now?
“Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” by Steven Johnson and “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran
When was the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?
Ziplining. I’ve always wanted to go but the opportunity only presented itself recently. I’m working my way up to hang gliding and eventually, skydiving.
What’s one thing you do to keep you inspired?
I voraciously consume art in pursuit of cognitive ecstasy: read poetry, visit art galleries, listen to music, admire dance, and watch art house or documentary films.
What is something we wouldn’t expect about you?
I’m a poet who publishes under a pseudonym, which shall not be divulged (for now).
Tell us about your favourite TED talk.
One of my favourites is author Elizabeth Gilbert’s inspiring talk Your Elusive Creative Genius, where she proposes the idea of “having” genius as opposed to “being” a genius.
What’s your motto?
Be bold enough to engage the world with love.