Kim Chestney is an author, artist and the founding director of the CREATE! Festival and the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Creative Industries Network

She has spent the last twenty years exploring the concepts of Intuition and Creativity, in regards to global and personal transformation. Her book, The Psychic Workshop: A Complete Program for Fulfilling Your Spiritual Potential, has been published around the world for over 10 years.

For over a decade, Kim has been establishing programs to empower creatives, including: the Co-CREATE Business Ignition Program for Creative Entrepreneurs; the Creative Clash, Design Matters, DIY Business Building and CMO Insights event series; Innovation City, creative tech party at SXSW Interactive with Carnegie Mellon University; and Inclusion, Innovation and Integrative Design, a Creative Industries Research Studies with the Richard Florida’s research team at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

The annual CREATE! Festival features over 100 artists, performers, speakers and creatives each year, and attracts over 1000 visitors to the two-day festival in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Her creative work stems from a passion for raising awareness of Intuition, the source of all Creativity and Innovation. In 1998, Kim founded Mystic Studios as a resource for creative and intuitive empowerment. Kim's writings have been featured in publications around the globe; and her book has been translated into four different languages.

Kim has lived around the globe, and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Art and English, with minor studies in Philosophy, and Physics -- as well as an ecumenical Master of Science degree in Metaphysics and PhD in Comparative Religion. In addition, 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.


Life isn't supposed to be easy. It's a growth process, an evolution. In my life, I rarely find myself on the easy path, but I have never given up. And have lived a life of adventure, full of love. 

It's my job to share this passion for life and creative expression in the best way that I can -- writing; making art; trying to help other people follow their bliss and actualize their dreams. And, most importantly, striving to live by example.

Early on, I realized that Intuition and Creativity, together, are fundamental forces of self- and world-transformation. Our Intuition guides on what to do; our Creativity moves us to do it. 

Without either in our lives, we die -- die to positive change, to innovation, to peace. That's why we choose life. Choose to honor our inner guidance, and live meaningful lives that make this world a better place for everyone.

Steve Jobs gave a copy of Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi to every new employee at Apple. Both of these cultural icons got Intuition and how important it was for creativity, innovation and the progress of our souls -- and the world.