Workshops 2018

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.


  • 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.




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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee

2018 Day 1
March 23, 2018

Unveiling the Masks We Wear

Explore the mask we wear through discussion, reflection and the actual creation of our own facemarks. This is a messy and meaningful process.
Stephen Rushton

Engaging in Professional Play

The art of play is a necessity to foster positive, effective and empowered people. With FST Teaching Artists, explore the world of play and engage in games/activitites that enhance team building, creativity and joy.
Christine Hopkins
Hannah Bagnall

From Fins to Wins – turning those circling sharks into your biggest advocates

Join Lee and Josh as they dive into the shark infested waters of idea building and pitching those ideas. Learn some essential tools to help turn "resisters" into "assisters". Make your ideas shine like the diamonds they are and prepare the ultimate pitch.
Josh Mahaney
Lee Kitchen

The Successful Creative: Success Is a Game…These Are the Rules

Both experience and then apply Jackie's 3Rules for Success in order to shift in to your peak creative state, communicate ideas that are heard and confidently initiate effective action.
Jackie Simmons

IKIGAI: Your Reason for Being

IKIGAI is a Japanese concept that has been translated as "reason for being". Through creative fund and introspection gain insight into your own personal IKIGAI, the constellation of passions, purpose and potential that grounds you.
Phyllis Mufson

Creativity Through Mindfulness, Drama, Laughter and Art

This highly interactive workshop will use many strategies including art expression, guided visualization, journaling, improve and laughter to help participants explore a personal growth question to discover the health benefits of creative process.
Lisa Richardson
Rev. Donna Papenhausen
Hedda Matza-Haughton

Practical Creativity in Business

Learn to unlock your creativity at work by using practical tools and techniques that apply to everyday situations.
Laura West

Learn 21st Century Creative Problem Solving Skills

Join Hedria to access your creativity and to learn or relearn and practice tools for creative thinking and problem solving. Apply these skills to your own goal or challenge.
Hedria Lunken Saltzman

Mining Your Treasures: Memoir Poetry

Poetry can be especially useful as a way to capture life experiences. Through a series of discussions and writing exercises, poetically explore the past.
Kathy Leydon-Conway
Ann Bracken

Collaborative Leadership and Engagement: A Leader in Every Chair

Increase your capacity to solve complex problems. Solutions are more readily found and sustainable if they are co-created by stakeholders.
Michael Kline

Polarity Thinking: Use Paradox to Enhance Your Creativity

Inhale and exhale, rest and activity diverge and converge, team and individual - we live in the midst of interdependent elements, paradoxes or polarities. Polarity Thanking leads to more successful and creative outcomes. Experience a practical and profound tool for broadened approaches to dilemmas of work and life.
Elizabeth Monroe-Cook

Breaking It Open, Finding Resilience In Adversity

From understanding how mindset affects our experiences to developing an intentional gratitude practice, you will learn tools to use before, during and after life's most troubling times. In a safe place explore past adversity and learn to look for gifts even when facing difficult challenges.
Beth Slazak
Missy Goldwasser Carvin


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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee

Saturday Concurrent Workshops 2018

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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

2018 Day 2
March 24, 2018

Mindfulness Meditation and Creativity

Mindfulness is a form of divergent thinking. It creates a gap in the stream of mind that allows new and creative thoughts to enter. Experience mindfulness meditation...the present moment...your inner creativity and insightfulness.
Marguerite Battaglia

Feng Shui Your Creativity

Transform your creativity with the elemental forces through the power of the ancient art of Feng Shui.
Gail Condrick

Wonder Interventions at Work: How to Add Delight, Surprise, & Curiosity to Your Work and Life

The experience of wonder can boost your generosity, fuel your creativity, and deep in what you care about. Join Jeffrey to learn how you can experience wonder amidst your daily punch-list. Learn to switch from worry to delight, experience radical openness, and be ready for a quiet surprises indoors and out.
Jeffrey Davis

Improving Team Problem Solving Effectiveness

Experience some of the top 10 barriers to team problem-solving effectiveness. Through an understanding of cognitive science and a toolbox of proven methods learn to improve a team's problem-solving skills.
Wayne Fisher

Color Healing with the Angels and Divine Wisdom

Come experience how color can heal and enrich your life! Learn how you can use color and divine wisdom to heal old emotional patterns and access intuition and clarity,
Anna Champagne

Surprise! Serendipity as a Creative Spark

Join this workshop to explore the roles of serendipity in the creation of new knowledge and innovation. Make a plan to increase opportunities for accidental discoveries.
Tammera Race
Joanna Fox

Songs Around the Campfire

We will gather around the imaginary campfire and sing songs we probably learned as long people. Bring instruments or just your voices. Hidden amidst the joy we'll have in singing, we will each learn a little about ourselves and gain insights into how must affects our lives.
Gayle Williams
Deborah Frock

How to Use Simple Team Activities to Discover Creative Solutions

Participants will experience 4-5 activities that can help people uncover thoughts, ideas and creativity flow in order to ultimately discover solutions.
Dianne Horncastle

Inspired Logical Magnetism

In order to craft and move into our most powerful dreams, this workshop will help people clarify intentions using the LNK Creative Inner Music & Mentor creativity process.
Ellen Koronet

Meditative Mandalas

Using a variety of experiences including a walking meditation and creating personal mandalas, participants will connect with self and others and build creative self-awareness.
Patricia Tamariz
Christella Potts

Finding Personal Freedom in Emerald City

Karen brings a unique method for change in the use of a game as a tool. She works on many levels of communicating to deepen understanding of what is possible. Playing the game, participants will brainstorm and engage in mutual support as they seek wellbeing.
Karen Rudolf

From Playmates to Problem Solvers: Build a Powerhouse Board of Advisors Using Creative Imagination

Using the Invisible Counselor Technique (Napolean Hill, 1939), Nanette will lead a creative visualization activity to inspire you to gather imaginary supporters ready to assist you with any challenge.
Nanette Saylor

Creative Grit: Enhance Your Story

This session will focus on resilience and story. It will emphasize the intrinsic factors that foster resilience - grit, focus on control nd self-efficacy.
Mary Ann Smorra

Liberating Structures: Designing Engagement and Collaboration

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the work of Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless's invitation to make structural changes in the way we work so that everyone is engaged and the power of the group is harnessed. Explore how the principles of Liberating Structures compliment creative problem solving.
Katie Tagye

The Old Classroom is Dead! Long Live the Creative, Enterprise Classroom

Explore how technology and science create new demands for educators and schools. Business and education need to come together to address these needs.
Harry Vardis

Claim and Create Your Unique Thought Leadership

This popular workshop is back in expanded timeframe! Join Laura West, CPCC for a fun and experiential workshop to unlock your creativity at work. You’ll experience practical tools and techniques...
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Laura West

Claim and Create Your Unique Thought Leadership

In this fun and experiential environment, Laura will help you claim your unique Creative Thought Leadership by exploring themes and ideas for creating content that will help you stand out....
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Laura West

Into the Woods: Connect with Nature for Increased Creativity

Explore both scientific research and an actual outdoor experience to learn about the needs and benefits from being part of nature.
Pat Homer

Change the Way You Feel with RIM (Regenerating Images in Memory)

Experience the fascinating benefits of RIM. This is a proven powerful and gentle method using your imagination and innate creativity.
Michael Kline

Let’s Get Personal

Explore how you can develop stronger and deeper relationships. Learn ways Priscilla has incorporated creativity skills into relationships to improve communication and achieve greater possibilities.
Priscilla Goodwin-Serra


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Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium

2018 Keynote


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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

2018 Day 3

Back to the Drawing Board: History and Production of Comic Books

Learn about the history and production of comic books and graphic novels. Craft your own six-panel comic strip.
Andre R Frattino

Creative Needs: The Relationship of Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction to Creativity

Learn about a new line of research investigating the relationship of basic psychological needs to creativity. Learn how environments that satisfy needs for competence, autonomy and belonging foster 'creative needs.'
Megan Just

“Zoned IN” – Optimizing Learning

While content is important, learning can be helping people "zone in" on tasks. Energetic dual presenters alternate explanations and facilitated participant engagement.
Charles Maniglia
Laura Maniglia

IMPROV Sunrise

Take this opportunity to stretch your mind and body with a series of IMPROV warm-ups and energizers. We'll use movement, vocal exercises and plenty of laughter to wake up your senses.
Missy Goldwasser Carvin
Beth Slazak

The Leap from Creativity to Innovation

Creativity is the skill but innovation is the result. Oftentimes companies and organizations get confused trying to make the leap between the two. This active workshop will introduce participants to an Innovative Culture model.
Juliana Sanchez Trujillo

The Power of Perfectionism: How to Use it to Fuel your Creativity

Discuss how perfectionism can both fuel and shut down creativity. Find simple strategies for the perfectionism in your life.
Jackie Simmons

The Tao of Creativity: Integrating the Yin and Yang

Come learn about the Tao Model of Creativity and how both the Yin (Right Brain) and the Yang (Left Brain) are important in creative problem solving. Use tools to dip into the more intuitive, holistic side of yourself and gain surprising insights.


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Location: Florida Studio Theatre / Keating Theatre

2018 Keynote 2