2017 Workshops

All of the workshops offered fit into one or more of the following categories below. Please see full workshop description to see which categories apply.

CATEGORIES:

  • Creative Thinking and Theory: Ideas and experiences that would deepen understanding of creative thinking and problem-solving.
  • Education / Training: Ideas and experiences that would contribute to delivering instruction and facilitating learning including specific strategies and tools, as well as group process techniques, and content related to creativity and innovation.
  • Arts Experience: Possible applications that would provide hands-on experiences with any of the arts including music, drawing, painting, collage, mask making, dance, theater, and writing. The arts experiences would also provide models for using the arts in a variety of contexts.
  • Business / Entrepreneurship / Innovation: Ideas and experiences that would help professionals explore the applications and implications of integrating creativity and creative problem solving techniques into daily business practices. These sessions may aid professionals re-frame creativity as an essential aspect of commercial innovation.
  • Personal Growth: Ideas and experiences that would provide opportunities for reflection, personal exploration and growth, self-assessment and feedback. May include a time to just enjoy, laugh, participate in playful experiences, and reconnect with your inner child.

 

 

FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Day 1
March 24, 2017

Looking Back to Move Forward: Memoir Poetry

Many people think about writing a memoir at some point in time, but where do you begin? Poetry can be especially useful as a way to capture scenes that speak...
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Kathy Leydon-Conway
Ann Bracken

Dancing with Creativity

Ready to experience the process that dancers use to create original choreography and apply it to any project for new insights and inspiration to re-discover Your creativity? With or without...
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Gail Condrick

Powerful Models for Creative Learning: Lessons From The Classroom And Training Room

Teaching creativity concepts, tools, processes and skills greatly improves educational practices when utilized effectively. Selecting key creativity content to deliver requires knowledge of research-based practices and frameworks. Susan and Kristen...
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Kristen Peterson
Susan Keller-Mathers

Re-Discover Creativity! Learn and Apply Deliberate Creative Problem Solving

Ready for an exciting and participatory workshop for living a more creative life? Come and explore methods to help you deliberately access your Creative Problem Solving Techniques! See what it...
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Hedria Lunken Saltzman

Adventures in Reflection Part I

For many of us a brief pause to look in the mirror constitutes our time for reflection. The busy pace of our lives often keeps us from slowing down, considering...
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Ann Shank
Kitty Heusner

FRIDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Day 1
March 24, 2017

Rewiring Your Brain

Emotional Intelligence is one of the most influential predictors of success in the workplace and beyond. In this safe space, participants will utilize hands-on activities, discussion, and data to examine...
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Patrick Jackson
Christine Hopkins

Learn Better Teach Better — The Magic of Win Wenger’s Strategies

Learn and apply a variety of amazing strategies developed by creativity guru, Dr. Win Wenger. Prepare to be awed by the power of your own mind!
Tim Hurson

Ikigai – Your Reason for Being

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that has been translated as “reason for being,” the things that make one’s life worthwhile” or, in my favorite definition, “the process of allowing the...
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Phyllis Mufson

What if You can Awaken Creativity through Imagination? Let’s Play with Possibility!

Participants in this playshop will be prepared to leap into the future and return to the present with the inspiration needed to turbo charge personal creativity in the here and...
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Karen Rudolf
Marta Ockuly

Four Sight: Identify Your Problem Solving Preferences

Understanding your particular approach toward innovating can enable success in our ever-changing world. FourSight is a research-based assessment based on a four-step universal process for problem solving. The assessment and...
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Katie Tagye

Adventures in Reflection Part II

For many of us a brief pause to look in the mirror constitutes our time for reflection. The busy pace of our lives often keeps us from slowing down, considering...
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Ann Shank
Kitty Heusner

Saturday Concurrent Workshops

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No pre-selection required
90 minutes each; final schedule will assign each workshop to one of the three Saturday timeslots

Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Day 2
March 25, 2017

Activate Your Brain Through Collage Making

Katya will demonstrate how collage making can help exercise the whole brain and offer participants the opportunity of having a hands-on experience.
Katya De Luisa

Performing Every Day

Engage in the experience of interactive discovery allowing yourself to not only “think outside of the box” but to interact successfully out of the box as well.
Will Luera

Breaking It Open

Sometimes it takes going through a mess to find the comfort and joy waiting on the other side. There is something of value when you’re in the middle of chaos. Explore how there is a gift in every adversity.
Beth Slazak
Karen Lynch

Doodling For Business

85% of us learn best through visual communication. In this experiential workshop learn how to communicate visually by creating simple InfoDoodles.
Laura West

Changing Channels and Prototyping: Two Ways to Move an Organization Forward

Learn and practice two powerful tools – changing channels and prototyping - to move ideas and organizations forward. Changing channels uses the directions on the remote control to improve programming. Prototyping brings ideas to life by engaging the Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic processors.
Gert Garman

Creating The Climate For Innovation: The Missing Link For Advancing Innovation In Your Organization

This interactive workshop focuses on the factors that critically affect productivity and explores approaches for encouraging innovation in the workplace. Participants will complete a sample self-assessment based on the Situational Outlook Questionnaire.
Dawn DePasquale

Cleaner, Meaner Magnetism

Whether for business or personal pursuits, when our energy is scattered, we take much longer to reach a goal. Gain a template to supercharge personal and professional goals and to discover how to manage personal energy conservation.
Mark Shuler
Ellen Koronet

Creativity is the New Currency: Have You Tapped Your Potential?

Creativity reimagined can make the difference between flourishing and floundering. Join Marta for a fun and inspiring session full of insights into new neuroscience and neurobiology data that can transform old beliefs about creativity.
Marta Ockuly

The Courage To Create: Unleash Your Super Powers

Unleash your Super-Powers and become a superhero in your work and life. Participants will be guided to identify a personal ‘super-power’ and use a myriad of repurposed materials to fashion a superhero badge.
Nanette Saylor

Party Your Way to Great Ideas – How to throw the perfect session (and party!)

Ever been to one of those amazing parties where everything just seems to flow perfectly? How about that perfect creative session where everyone was super inspired and created a ton of...
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Josh Mahaney
Lee Kitchen

Use Your Whole Box of Crayons: Add Color To Your Entire Life

We are all born into a universe with an infinite number of colors and yet often turn into ‘medium gray pencils.’ This session is designed to help people discover ways to add color to all parts of their lives.
Robert Alan Black

Hocus Pocus: Art for Focus

The simple act of making art is a form of alchemical magic, as it takes the mundane and transforms it into something special. By joining Ann and Christella in some productive play you’ll leave the workshop with an original poem and a simple, hand-made journal.
Christella Potts
Ann Bracken

Orion’s Belt: How to discover your why and find your way

Ever wonder why traditional goal setting often ends in not reaching your goals? Finding your one purpose, your north star, may sound romantic, but it’s actually oversimplified claptrap. Few of...
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Tim Hurson

Re-Discover Your Strengths: The Key To Unlocking A New Way Of Being

In this introduction to the Gallup’s strength-based development program, learn how you can cultivate your talents to be your best.
Jamie Molnar

The Innovative Leader: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit

Enter the interactive world of innovation where you will enact the major roles of a truly creative professional. Assess your capacity for integrating these crucial roles through a series of highly experimental exercises.
William Sturner

SATURDAY AFTERNOON KEYNOTE EXPERIENCE

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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium

Keynote
March 25, 2017

KEYNOTE: Think, Play, Create: Your Past, Present and Future Creative Self

Let’s THINK about your creative self, PLAY with your creative strengths and CREATE a future that connects your interests and talents to creative endeavors yet to come.
Susan Keller-Mathers

SUNDAY CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

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No pre-selection required
60 minutes each; final schedule will assign each workshop to one of the two Sunday timeslots

Location: Florida Studio Theatre / Gompertz Theatre

Day 3
March 26, 2017

If I Am Creative… What Do I Want My Life To Be Now!?

During the Seasons of our lives we each go through many changes. Whatever season you are in now CHOOSE to CHANGE and become more CREATIVE.
Robert Alan Black

The Science and Spirituality of the Dementia Experience

This is a presentation and discussion that highlights the scientific facts of dementia and how this could correlate to a spiritual experience. There is no focus on any specific spiritual practice.
Katya De Luisa

Instinct or Intuition? An Important Distinction

Both instinct and intuition affect our life experiences. Through discussion, exercises and process discover and define how both of these functions work. Be prepared to shift your perceptions.
Mark Shuler

The Creative Leader: Riding an Elephant Named Fear-less

Creative opportunities surround us. Yet, sometimes we sit and stare at the blank page or canvas, devoid of inspiration. The challenge: we were taught, at an early age to be...
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Jackie Simmons

Unleash Your Inner Creative Super Hero

Everyone has their own unique talents and limitations when it comes to the creative process. In this introspective workshop, you will have the opportunity to identify where you are naturally...
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Sura Omidifar
Lee Kitchen

Trailblazin’ Relationships

Relationships can be tough, yet oh so rewarding. Join this session to explore how to apply creativity skills to ensure your relationships will THRIVE.
Priscilla Goodwin-Serra

Raising Creative Thinkers

Discover how science, art, nature and environment can interconnect towards igniting creative thinkers. Whether you are an educator, parent, grandparent or friend to youngsters YOU can make a difference by engaging them creatively.
Michelle Korenfeld

Practical Creativity at Work

Join this fun and experiential workshop to unlock your creativity at work. Experience practical tools and techniques to apply to everyday situations.
Laura West

Faster Horses

The story goes that Henry Ford claimed that if he asked people what they wanted, they would have said, “a faster horse!” However apocryphal the quote, the point is still used ad...
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Josh Mahaney

SUNDAY KEYNOTE EXPERIENCE

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Location: Florida Studio Theatre / Keating Theatre

Keynote
March 26, 2017

KEYNOTE: Creativity as the Oil of the Future

Dr. Larry R. Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and Design will discuss Creativity and why he believes it is the oil of our future. A bit of a...
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Dr. Larry Thompson