Is Creativity the Missing Ingredient?

The surprising benefits of activating creativity

Whether you’re feeling stuck in your career, feel like life is a repetitious routine, or you wish there was generally more excitement and energy in your day-to-day life, you can ignite and activate creativity — in an array of ways that may surprise you — for tremendous personal and career growth.

This talk will include exercises and audience participation, and will leave attendees with techniques they can continue to use.

For professionals
For associations

60 - 90 minutes


What’s Self-Love Got to Do With It?

Understanding the conditions that foster creativity

Most people think that highly creative people are born with their talent in full bloom. The truth is that there are fundamental factors that catalyze creativity. And, these characteristics can be understood, developed and enhanced through practice.

This talk will include exercises and audience participation, and will leave attendees with techniques they can continue to use.

For educators and counselors
For professionals
For designers

60 - 90 minutes


Transitioning to Your “Next Chapter”

It’s often challenging to decide on a next career move, transitioning to a meaningful retirement, adjusting to life with an empty nest, making a move to a new place, and more. Learn how tapping your innate creativity can be the key to an exciting and successful process — and adjustment — when contemplating or facing major life changes.

This talk will include exercises and audience participation, and will leave attendees with techniques they can continue to use.

For professionals
For associations

60 - 90 minutes


Creativity for Parents

Parents who understand creativity can raise happier, more creative children and enjoy enhanced family life

All parents want to do a great job raising their children. By learning the fundamentals of creativity and how you can apply them to raising your children, you will be richly rewarded. Your children will benefit, you will benefit, and the entire family dynamic will be positively impacted when you incorporate new understanding and processes.

This talk is for parents raising children of every age — babies and toddlers, through to teens and young adults. Grandparents can also gain valuable insights. Come alone or as a couple. The talk will include exercises and audience participation.

For parents
For educators and counselors
For professionals

60 - 90 minutes


I’m Here, So What’s Next?

Build a design career that nurtures and sustains you

Whether you’re recently out of school or are somewhere in mid-career, we all ponder “what’s next”. You may be considering a significant shift. Or, you may be thinking about how you want your career to evolve and adapt to the changing world, or to changes in your personal life. All of us are looking for insights, inspiration, wisdom and support.

Come to hear the stories about how designers at various stages in life have shaped their careers — how tapping their inner creative core has helped them take brave steps, define success and pursue it, and how they resisted inertia. Hear about lessons they learned, how they stayed inspired and maintained enthusiasm, how they create balance personally and professionally. In short, how they’ve taken control of their destinies.

For designers

60 - 90 minutes


The Intriguing Intersection of Design Strategy and Creativity

Great strategy is fueled by creativity — and accelerates creativity!

More designers than ever are integrating Design Strategy into their processes — or are contemplating how to adopt this important way of working. While many designers have the impression that the strategy work is separate from, and postpones, the creative work they love to do, the reality is quite different in two major ways. First, the strategy process itself is a creative one. In fact, the more creative thinking one brings to that work, the better the outcomes. And, a process that starts with establishing a strategic foundation actually accelerates designers’ creativity when the time comes to put the strategy into action and develop the design deliverables. 

This session will enlighten designers through interesting cases, and will include a group activity so that attendees will experience a boost in creativity during the session.

For designers

90 minutes


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I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.
— Albert Einstein