Joel Connolly

Creative Director, Head of Blackbird Foundation

What do you do at Blackbird?

I'm Blackbird's creative force and I work primarily on building Blackbird into a world-class business. I build our brand, culture, and work on our social mission, which is to inspire young people through education and entrepreneurship. I'm also the head of the Blackbird Foundation. Previously I built Blackbirds community function as Head of Community.

What did you do before Blackbird?

Before Blackbird I founded a talent management business. We managed bands! I also founded a craft beer festival. I studied comms and theatre at Uni.

What do you believe that others do not?

Underdogs and outsiders are the best kind of people. They're the only ones capable of creating meaningful change. Art is everything. Qualitative > quantitative.

What projects have you led at Blackbird?

Sunrise Island, First Robotics partnership, Blackbird rebrand, new website build, design and fit-out of our Sydney office, building the Blackbird foundation, setting our Vision, Mission and Values plus loads more. My work is almost all project-based.