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Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
After being sentenced to several years in prison, Vincent Bragg quickly learned that some of the most outside-of-the-box thinking happens inside the box. During his incarceration he watched as his fellow convicts were able to make something from nothing—books, music, entire meals—all created between four barren concrete walls. It was here Vincent realized the cells meant to imprison them for 23 hours a day were actually breeding grounds for creativity.
Throughout the rest of his sentence, Vincent naturally assumed a leadership role among his fellow inmates—a set of skills he previously obtained from his extremely successful run as Marketing VP of X.Radio.Biz.
Using his years of experience from the marketing and entertainment industries, Vincent organized think tanks, book clubs, led a cancer walk and developed an animated series—all behind bars.
Years later, still inspired by the sheer amount of talent he saw in prison, he founded ConCreates, a creative agency that crowdsources ideas from incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated men and women.
Today, he serves as the agency’s CEO, developing radical ideas for brands with his team of radical thinkers: the ConCreators. Now, the same skills that put his creative teams behind bars are helping them find careers, and become contributing, creative members of society.
Pure strategist, charismatic, and creative genius isn’t something you normally would think when you talk about a bank robber. But in the case of Joe Michael Nickson, a South Central L.A. native, his ability to turn media nightmares into marketing miracles allowed him to turn his life around. Growing up in the home of a logistics expert and a caregiver, Joe developed skills that took him places he could never
imagine and at the age of 25 he ended up in Federal Prison.
On June 6, 2005 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for having robbed 27 banks. While in prison he
met Vincent who helped him to see the potential of his skills in the agency space and there they formed ConCreates. After 17.5 years, Joe has transitioned from navigating relationships inside to finessing marketing tactics on the outside
Janeya Griffin has always had a natural talent for recognizing latent potential. As the founder and CEO of The Commercializer, a consulting firm for entrepreneurs, Janeya uses that skill to help small businesses and the underserved monetize their developing ideas.
She puts that same talent to work as a Technology Transfer Specialist Contractor for NASA; assessing the potential of new tech and intellectual property, helping to bring them to the marketplace.
Janeya is not only an amazing businesswoman and strategist, but beyond that she has a passionate sense of social justice that was born from her personal experiences.
When Janeya was 16, both her parents were incarcerated, leaving her to temporarily care for her 6-year-old brother. After her mother’s release, Janeya learned how harmful society’s stigma toward felons could be as she watched her mother struggle to find a job. From then on she was filled with a purpose and declared that one day she’d make an impact on how the world views felons, giving them the second chance they deserve.
Today, she’s fulfilling that purpose as the Chief Innovation Strategist and Co-Founder of ConCreates, a creative agency that crowdsources ideas from incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated men and women across the country. Here, Janeya uses the same skills from years of experience at NASA and The Commercializer to help felons realize their potential and place them in fulfilling creative careers.
Host, Author, Innovation Advocate
Chris Denson, innovation expert, Innovation Crush podcast host, and author of the #1 bestseller, Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules, delivers keynotes that are informative, engaging and entertaining. He merges his experience advertising and marketing expertise, POV as an innovation expert, and his comedic talent to deliver memorable messages to audiences across industries, at home and abroad. He is also skilled at leading insightful conversations, moderating panels and providing continuity as the MC/host for conferences and workshops.