The Nineteen


Cimone Key is the founder and chief executive officer of CK Creative Studio, the first Black-owned branding and interactive agency in Dallas, Texas with a breathtaking integrative Louisiana-themed shared office space for innovators, founders, and self-driven creatives to thrive together in a creative and inclusive environment.

Cimone Key

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Through her resilience and leadership, Cimone Key has emerged as a leading expert, advocate, and voice for the next generation of creative change-makers by creating a table where all are welcome, she continues to spearhead a new direction for Dallas businesses, culture, and society.

Since CK Creative Studio launched in 2015, at the age of 24, Cimone has acquired Adidas, Amazon, Boys and Girls Club, Capital One, Chimy’s, City of Dallas, Live Nation, National Football League (NFL), Neiman Marcus, and Sally Beauty as her clientele.

She promotes an inclusive and diverse environment and is a proud advocate of minorities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineer, Art, Mathematics). She is also the creator of Black Creative Table, a visual podcast where she lends her perspective as a creative who is breaking down barriers and shares her own teachable moments with complete transparency and authenticity.

Key’s roots extend back from being a student at The Art Institute of Dallas, which propelled her into the world of design.

She was diagnosed legally blind at the age of 21, and had surgery to correct it. By the grace of God she gained  20/20 eye sight back and never looked back.

Cimone’s professional career advanced quickly into Corporate America, where she served three different Fortune 500 advertising agencies within the first 3 years. In 2015, she was unexpectedly fired and thus began her journey to start a business. Within her first year in business, she then pursued a Web Design Certificate at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in order to offer her clients an array of services.

Key used her experiences to fuel her faith and purpose, which ultimately brought to fruition a full-service agency located in the prestigious Design District in Dallas.

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