Helene Cahen is passionate about new ideas and creating change. She graduated from ICSC in 2008. She has been attending CEE every year and presented several workshops on design thinking and contract writing. She is excited about helping redesign the CEE experience to make the conference the must-go event for the alumni and worldwide experts in the field.
As a consultant, Helene facilitates, teaches and coaches innovation in large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. In addition she has been a facilitator, coach and lecturer for the Haas School of Business and was the VP of Innovation for a start-up, Decorist.
SELCUK ACAR, PHD
GERARD PUCCIO PHD
DIRECTOR OF ICSC@
MARK RUNCO PHD
CREATIVE RESEARCH JOURNAL
Selcuk Acar is an assistant professor and the coordinator of leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership, and gifted education. He earned his Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking, and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in gifted education from Istanbul University, Turkey. He studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master's thesis.
Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.
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.
Blair Miller, founding partner of FourSight, travels the globe helping organizations build problem-solving capability, enrich creative climate and foster ideas and collaborative solutions. As president of his own Chicago-based consulting firm, Blair Miller Innovation, he has developed a unique method of helping Fortune 500 companies deliver on their innovation goals. In the last ten years, he pioneered the fusion of creative problem solving techniques with traditional cost optimization methods, helping his clients deliver in excess of $1.3 billion in savings. Blair has co-authored numerous books and publications, including Creativity Unbound, which has been used by graduate programs in creativity and translated into 3 languages. Blair also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Creative Studies. The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) recently honored him with the Distinguished Leadership Award.
Gerard J. Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State; a unique academic department that offers the world's only Master of Science degree in creativity. Gerard has written more than 50 articles, chapters and books, including The Innovative Team and Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change. In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Dr. Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor's Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President's Medal for Scholarship and Creativity.
Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.
In 2012 Dr. Puccio was selected by the Teaching Company to deliver one of their “Great Courses,” titled The Creative Thinker’s Tool Box. Gerard holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.
Mark Runco has studied creativity and innovation for 35 years. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is Professor at the University of Georgia, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. He is founding Editor of the Creativity Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Creative Behavior and various other academic journals. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011) and in 2015 he collaborated with the International Center for Studies in Creativity to introduce two new academic journals, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy and the Journal of Genius and Eminence.
His textbook Creativity: Research, development, and practice (Academic Press, 2010) has been translated into six languages and was revised and expanded in 2014.
Dr. Runco was also co-editor of the Companion to Creativity and Innovation, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He was the Torrance Professor and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center at UGA and is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10.
Dr. Runco has published approximately 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity and innovation.
Sarah Thurber is a creativity author, expert and entrepreneur. She graduated with an MS from the ICSC in 2012, became managing partner of the FourSight company and recently co-authored the book “The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker” with her classmate (and fellow “Supreme”) Dorte Nielsen. Sarah recently took on the role of president of the ICSC alumni with the personal aim of elevating the reputation of the ICSC and bringing together its remarkable “tribe.” She sees CEE as the perfect opportunity to achieve both those goals.
Dorte is a creativity author, keynote speaker and the founder of FourSight Denmark. Dorte is also the founder of ”Creative Communication” an award winning BA education for Art Directors and conceptual thinkers at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, where she teaches, conducts research and consults in the area of creativity and creative thinking. Dorte is the author of numerous books and articles on creative thinking, including The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker (released May 2016), which she co-authored with Sarah Thurber. Dorte is also coauthor of Inspired – How creative people think, work and find inspiration, The idea book (Danish), Unbound – An Introduction to Creative Process, Facilitation and Grundbog for Art Directors (Danish). Dorte holds the position of Chairman of Creative Circle, the Danish society for the creative industries.
Meet the people who put the "expert" in Creativity Expert Exchange (CEE). Some are faculty of the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC). Others are graduates of the programs. Still others are esteemed colleagues in the field of creativity.