Denise Baxter

I’m Denise Baxter and I’m a local business entrepreneur.  I currently own Creative Solutions, a business management entity designed to assist organizations to survive and thrive in the ever-changing world of today’s business environment.

Most recently, I was the Founder and Executive Director of Ashland Art Center, a non profit community art center, located at 357 East Main Street in downtown Ashland, Oregon.  I enjoyed building that business into a successful entity over a period of one decade.

I have had the pleasure of living in Ashland for 16 years.  I moved here from the Bay Area, specifically the Oakland Hills, with my then husband and two year old son.  We immediately fell in love with Ashland.  Our daughter was born at Ashland Community Hospital a few years later.  Today, I am married and my children are 14 and 18.  We consider Ashland to be our forever home.

As an artist I have experience working with a multitude of media including, but not limited to, photography, printing, sculpture, water colors, computer-aided design, and oil painting.  Throughout my life, art has been my safe haven.  Through the creative process I have gained the self-esteem and problem solving techniques that have enabled me to thrive in a myriad of other ways.

I obtained my BA in Design with a minor in Art History from Seton Hill University located in Pennsylvania.  After a stint as a graphic designer I returned to school to obtain my Masters degrees in International Business Management and Business Administration from The American Graduate School of International Business located in Glendale, Arizona.

From that point I went on to work in the for-profit sector for several companies, including a fortune 500 corporation and two start up ventures located in San Francisco.  The experience that I gained working in the corporate world prepared me for the intensity of what would lie ahead.

Denise’s Monday Session:

Managing the Early Years: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Starting a Nonprofit

Tips from successful non-profit founders on how to make your organization a success. Join our three panelists, with experience in nonprofit organizations meeting a wide range of community needs; including art, music,wilderness trail access and fair trade. Hear their stories, learn what worked and what didn’t, and get the inside scoop on the good, bad and ugly of building an effective nonprofit from scratch. Bring a few questions and a notebook for a list of helpful resources.

Brad Russell will moderate a panel of local experts including Gabe Howe, Dee Fretwell & Denise Baxter