Kim Chestney is an internationally-published author, artist and the founding director of the CREATE! Festival and the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Creative Industries Network. Through her innovative work, Kim has become a national cultural influencer, and serves on the Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts. She has spent the last twenty years disrupting traditional concepts around Creativity and Intuition, for both cultural and personal transformation. Her book, The Psychic Workshop: A Complete Program for Fulfilling Your Spiritual Potential, has been published around the world and translated to multiple languages.

Each year, Kim brings together over 100 artists, performers, speakers, spiritual motivators and creatives with over 1000 festival attendees at the CREATE! Festival, to share creativity and new ideas at the two-day festival in Pittsburgh, PA. For over a decade, Kim has been establishing programs to empower creatives at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, including: the Co-CREATE Business Ignition Program for Creative Entrepreneurs; the Creative Clash, Design Matters, and DIY Business Building event series; Innovation City, an innovation party at SXSW Interactive with Carnegie Mellon University; and Inclusion, Innovation and Integrative Design, a Creative Industries Research Studies with Richard Florida’s research team at the University of Toronto. 

Since 1998, Kim has been the President of Mystic Studios, Inc., a company she launched for for creative and intuitive empowerment. She leads holistic classes, workshops and talks focused on Self-actualization ~ for body, mind, heart and spirit. She is a working artist, has studied and lived around the globe, earning degrees in Art, English and Philosophy, with an ecumenical MS in Metaphysics and PhD in Comparative Religion. She serves on several boards, holds Interfaith Ministerial Ordination, Intuitive Counseling Certifications and Reiki Mastership. 

When not roaming the world, Kim lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, dog, cat and two daughters.


Early on, I realized that Intuition and Creativity, together, are fundamental forces of Self- and world-transformation. Our Intuition leads us to Truth; and, through Creativity, we manifest it. Without either in our lives, we die -- die to the expansion of consciousness, to innovation, to joy and peace. Intuit or die. 

Parmahansa Yogananda taught that Intuition is the byproduct of the evolution of our spirits. Steve Jobs gave a copy of his Autobiography of a Yogi to every new employee at Apple, creating a global ideology that has changed our world, and is now leading the way in a new era of thinking.

Whether we are innovating new culture, or transforming our spirits ~ or both ~ Intuition is the best kept secret of our existence. And it's available to everyone. Isn't it time we all discover the power we hold within?