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We create what we manifest. Navigating this world as a creative can be daunting particularly if you are on the margins.


Main Stage: SATURDAY
4:35 to 5:10 p.m.


Marshall is an award-winning entrepreneur, artist, and designer with a passion for creativity. His creative passion is only rivaled by his commitment to being an agent of change for his community, fellow creatives, and entrepreneurs.

He is Founder and Creative-N-Chief of Artfluential formerly  Soulo Theory Creative, a creative collective made up of artisans, designers, developers & thinkers that live at the intersection of design, technology & culture. Since 2010, he has worked with organizations such as Nationwide Insurance, PACT, RAMA Consulting, City of Columbus, and more.

In an effort to engage the creative industries more comprehensively, Marshall co-founded Creative Control Fest (CCF) in 2012. CCF is an annual grassroots con-fest aimed at the mutual exchange of resources with creatives of color in the industries of art, design, activism, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. The conference focuses on inclusion, exposure, education and opportunities for underrepresented groups in the growing creative and tech industries.

In 2014 Marshall won the Increase CDC small business award in the communications category and co-authored his first book From This Moment On...Personal Reminders for Success At Work, At Play, and In the Shower. In 2016 he gave his first TEDx Columbus talk which was recognized by the National TEDx organization.

Marshall’s passion for growing the creative fields has afforded him the opportunity to speak across the country and to teach at his alma mater, the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). The Cleveland native is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a proud husband to Tyiesha Radford Shorts and father to his son Marshall "Amari" Shorts III.

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