The Guild Theater

The Guild Theater is the only remaining theater of the numerous early 20th century motion picture houses for which Oak Park was once known. Designed and financed by Joseph Lewis and completed in 1915, it was the largest of three theaters on 35th Street in Oak Park at that time. Originally called the Victor Theater, the building’s structure reflected the influence of the Moorish Revival on theaters of that era.

For many decades, the Guild Theater was a premiere entertainment destination and in its earliest days played host to vaudeville shows. The theater eventually fell into a state of disrepair and remained vacant for many years. St. HOPE has updated and restored the Guild Theater and currently showcases film, lectures and live performances.





Welcome/Local Speakers




Headline Speaker: Tad Carpenter


Headline Speaker: Mark Brickey




After Party


Mark Brickey

While still a niche show, Adventures in Design (AID) is quickly growing within the community of creative professionals. Simply put, cultural taste makers and the cool kids are listening daily at: During each 90-120 min podcast, AID creator, host and artist extraordinaire Mark Brickey interviews creative professionals from diverse industries — music, advertising, media, consumer products, entertainment, video games, publishing — to learn about designing a successful life. Conversational, personal and always inspirational, Mark keeps it real, uncensored and funny with his all his guests on AID.

Since starting three years ago, AID has been downloaded 1.5 million times with about 75,000+ episodes downloaded each month. Most content is free but exclusive content is available to paid subscribers

Tad Carpenter

Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O’Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has worked with numerous bands on poster campaigns for over 10 years, as well as writing and illustrating over a dozen children’s books in our marketplace today.

Tad also teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.

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Local Speakers To Be Announced Soon!


CMND SHFT is an entirely volunteer-run conference. We are currently looking for individuals who would like to volunteer the day of the event to help set up, work the registration tables and cleanup afterwards. Day of volunteers receive a free ticket to the event which includes lunch and entrance to the after party.

Other volunteer opportunities you may be interested in include:
Handing out posters and postcards to local businesses
Photographing the event
Contacting potential sponsors and vendors

If you are interested please contact for more information.