Meet the 2017 CEE Talks speakers.
CREATIVITY & INNOVATION STRATEGIST @
NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME
Janice Francisco is an organizational development and innovation consultant who operates at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation to improve organizational performance. She gets a real kick out of connecting individuals to their own creativity and helping managers and teams solve complex challenges, foster cultures of innovation, and boost creative, critical and strategic thinking. She has over 20 years experience in the private, non-profit and government sectors and is recognized as an expert on government innovation, which she insists, is by no means an oxymoron. Janice graduated from ICSC in 2007 with a MSc Creativity and Change Leadership. She has great passion for the Creativity Expert’s Exchange and what it has to offer the ICSC community and is excited about being able to contribute to the redesign of the CEE experience.
Jayme Cellitioci holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from Southampton College, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, and a professional certificate in Free-Choice Learning from Oregon State University. She has spent the majority of her career in the free-choice science learning field, which has taken her around the world to Greece, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia. Jayme has engaged the public as a Research Naturalist and Program and Events Specialist for the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, Hawai’i, the first Education Manager of Maui Ocean Center, and Assistant Director for the Center for Science Learning at the Buffalo Museum of Science. As the principal of ULU Consulting, she serves as a creativity and innovation facilitation practitioner for science, nature, and arts-based organizations. Jayme is currently Creativity and Innovation Strategist for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, designing STEM, creativity, and invention-based programs that enrich more than 120,000 children a year. Check out her blog posts at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jayme-cellitioci/
Tamara is an author and award winning Lecturer at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State. Additionally, she consults as a trainer and facilitator in creativity, leadership development, diversity, retention and empowerment. Tamara is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, FourSight, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. She designs and delivers workshops in the above areas for the public and private sectors, educators, students and the business community. Tamara teaches two courses; one in the nature and nurture of Creativity and Disruptive Change Leadership and another in mastering the academic environment. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees both from SUNY Buffalo State. Additionally, she holds a certificate of advance studies in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State College. She’s also a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Policies program at the University at Buffalo.
Marta Davidovich Ockuly, M.Sc., Ph.D.(c) specializes in teaching for creativity in higher education and building educator creative confidence. She is completing her doctoral degree at Saybrook University. Her research focus is reimagining the way human creativity is defined and understood in the 21st century. As a professor of creative process and creative thinking, she teaches for and inspires creativity through embodied action using project-based learning and expressive creative process to stimulate positively meaningful change and transformative creative learning experiences. Marta believes it is time to re-imagine everything about the way creativity is defined and understood in this culture and the world. She is recognized as a creativity influencer, creativity speaker, expressive arts practitioner and facilitator, and award winning writer and idea person with decades of results-generating experience in advertising, brand building, and marketing. In addition to running her own advertising agency and founding a Center for Creative Change, Marta created JoyofQuotes.com, an inspirational website with one of the internet’s largest selections of quotes related to creativity. This website attracts millions of visitors from around the world and her Joy of Quotes Facebook page has 14K followers. She was just invited to join the board of the Florida Creativity Alliance.
KEEPING CREATIVITY ALIVE
MARTA DAVIDOVICH OCKULY
HEAD OF VISUAL ARTS@
SUSAN KELLER-MATHERS Ed.D
Lina Pugsley is a creativity expert, consultant and researcher passionate about raising global awareness of the opportunity adults face to cultivate capacities for creativity in children. As a speaker, writer, and founder of Keeping Creativity Alive, an online resource that helps parents and teachers to promote creativity at home as well as in schools, she inspires parents to shift perspectives, defer judgment, and model living a creative life. Lina holds an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State and teaches Creative Thinking at Sheridan College. Her current research investigates the relationship between parenting styles and attitudes and values towards creativity in young children.
Joseph Reimels is an enterpreneur who has a masters degree in Creative studies at Buffalo State college and is responsible for developing " new and never before seen" retail products. He has a unique expertise in developing finance models for retails stores across this country. Reimels belief in applying creative solutions to traditional outdated business practices has made him successful in this retail space. His enthusiastic approach to problem solving is his metier....
Tamara Doleman is the Head of Visual Arts at Ashbury College in Ottawa, Canada and a passionate educator of close to 20 years. She holds qualifications as an art specialist, a junior classroom teacher and has her special education and IB certifications. Her masters work at ICSC employed arts based research methodology focussing on exploring practices that nurture creativity in the school setting. She is curious about the factors that contribute to learning, collaboration, resilience and self-actualization. Tamara is a practicing art-maker, a loving wife and a busy mother of two bouncing boys.
FACILITATOR & COACH@
Marysia’s empathetic, collaborative and energetic approach resonates as a facilitator, advisor and coach. She has also been a speaker to a range of audience sizes from 25 to 200 people in the US and Canada. Within her company, Velocity Partnership, she works with a diverse group of clients that extend across Canada, the U.S, the U.K and China. Marysia is adjunct faculty at ICSC and has a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY. Her undergraduate degree from Ivey Business School in London (H.B.A) resulted in graduating Dean’s Honor. She received a diploma in French language from the Sorbonne in Paris and since 1999 has taken courses and been a course leader at Landmark Education. She is also a certified facilitator of Design Thinker. Marysia has honed her respect for creativity, competition, continuous improvement and team work from over 30 years of being a hockey goaltender, competing in triathlons and leading fitness and spinning classes. As a Mom and proud world citizen, she works to maintain a vibrant and inclusive community and city through volunteering and advocacy. Before discovering her passion for creativity and organizational transformation she excelled in marketing at Ralston Purina, Cadbury, and Lavalife.
Dr. Roger Firestien has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world. Dr. Firestien is the Senior Faculty member at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State and Co-Director of the i4Studio, Buffalo New York’s Idea Lab, located at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Called “The Gold Standard” of creativity training by his clients, he has presented programs in creativity to over 600 organizations nationally and internationally ranging from major fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations and churches. Dr. Firestien is the author and co-author of five books. His expert views on creativity have been reported in “Fast Company” and “The New York Times.” When Roger is not traveling, he lives in Buffalo, New York, and regularly works cattle on the SK Hereford Ranch near Medina, New York.
Roger Firestien, PHD
WORLD CREATIVITY & INNOVATION DAY
Marci Segal founded World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) in 2001 to encourage people to use their creativity - new ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes - to make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too. In 2017 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to include WCID among their Days of Observance. Marci frees people’s thinking so they can create new futures– to which clients including NASA, PHD Network, Ricoh, and the Peace Officers in California - can attest. She advocates, consults, speaks, writes and facilitates using practical approaches to creativity in problem solving. The Osborn Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process, Foursight, Psychological Type, Temperament, Power and Systems, 40 years of experience and a deep knowing that creativity is the spark of life as her tools. Marci received the ICSC Alumni Achievement Award, the CEF Distinguished Leader Award, and was acknowledged by the Canadian government for her ongoing efforts in fostering a greater domestic culture of innovation, and in representing Canada on the world stage. She moved base camp from Toronto, Canada (her hometown) to Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and hikes with her husband in the Rocky Mountains almost daily.
Operating at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation, Janice brings clarity to innovation for organizations that are struggling to define and bring action to their innovation initiatives. She helps her clients build teams of “innovation champions” who understand the value innovation brings to the organization, and have the eagerness, confidence, skills and creativity to drive results. Janice speaks internationally on applied creativity, is an advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Commercialization and Innovation, and has developed expertise on building innovation cultures within government. She works with clients in the public, private, Fortune 500, and non-profit sectors.
Associate Professor for the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) and Interim Director of the International Graduate Program for Educators at Buffalo State, Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers teaches graduate courses in creativity, chairs the curriculum committee, facilitates organizational change and delivers creativity workshops and graduate courses on five continents and over a dozen countries.
She published over 30 articles, chapters and books on creativity, creative behavior and the use of deliberate methods to enhance creative teaching and learning. Stepping out of her role as faculty for one year starting in June of 2017, Dr. Keller-Mathers will serve as the Interim Director of the International Graduate Program for Educators at Buffalo State. She will be responsible for the Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies and professional development for educators working abroad at American and International Schools. In that role she will bring her expertise in nurturing creative behavior in children, working with personnel in international schools and her experience in development of programs and curriculum to this administrative role to continue to work toward the ICSC vision of Creative Studies to “ignite creativity worldwide.”
You know that moment when a person’s eyes brighten because she’s realized something good about herself? That she can progress? That she has a particular talent or skill? Kathryn Haydon lives for those moments. Rooted in the science of creativity, Kathryn helps children and adults maximize their impact by connecting them with their creative strengths and a deeper understanding of what makes them tick. She also mentors families and trains teachers to easily integrate high-level creative thinking into their core curriculum. Kathryn, founder of Sparkitivity, writes extensively to clear up myths about creativity and learning (Creatividad para todos, 2016; Creativity for Everybody, 2015; and Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students, 2012). She is a speaker and designer of engaging learning opportunities for people of all ages. www.sparkitivity.com