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Hot Takes is an international event series featuring fresh perspectives on contemporary sex, love and relationships.

Our mission is to bring people together for open discussions and liberating experiences, fostering new ideas and attitudes about what’s possible in love and sex.


Our Team



Morgan Catalina creates experiences that build community around art, science and technology. She is Co-Founder of Hot Takes, which was born from a personal interest in creating safe spaces for sex positivity and the desire to explore how technology shapes our relationships. As founder of Out-Of-Office, she works with visual artists, designers and scientists to research how society is evolving and creates compelling platforms to present pioneering experiments in arts and culture. Before moving to Amsterdam, Morgan served as Executive Producer of SXSW Eco and co-founded the SXSW Art Program. She earned a degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Georgia. 

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Carolyn specializes in creating content for live events that aims to foster collaboration to address our world's most complex challenges. Throughout her career, she has brought together leaders in industry, government, media and the not-for-profit world and helped organizations of all sizes activate events to achieve their goals. Highlights include collaborations with Bloomberg, SXSW, The White House under President Obama, The State Department, IDEO, MIT, Google, HBO, ESPN, Adobe and Canon. Her ideal projects help groups achieve their financial goals while creating a positive social and environmental impact.


Maria Ogliastri

Maria Ogliastri is a visual artist of Colombian, Ecuadorian and Dutch nationality, currently living and working in Amsterdam. She holds a Masters in Photography and Film from The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, where she graduated with honours; she has been awarded a prestigious nomination by the FOAM Museum for the Amsterdam Fund for Visual Arts and described by FOAM as an artist to follow. Her work deals with remembrance, identity, melancholia and grief, and unites photography, film, language and performance.


Special thanks

Hot Takes would like to share our unending gratitude to chief thinkfluencer and intellectual property donor Julie Yost for lending us the Hot Takes name, to Barrie Segal for all the tough love and latex shopping, to Sophie Ryan Wood for her determination, skills as a host, and willingness to try new things, and to Sarah Schultz for her eternal good attitude and keeping it all together. <3