2012 Fla Crty Wkd
Presenters for 2012
Get to know these wonderful people who will share their talents at the Florida Creativity Weekend IX on March 2-4, 2012. They truly make a difference in our world!
Saturday: PIP Training: A Model for Effective Problem Solving with Teens, PIP (Problem/Ideas/Plan) in Action.
Marcia Berkey, DBA-MIS
Creativity Weekend Planning Team; Friday Pre-Weekend Session: The Magic of Electronic Presentations; Saturday: Technology Thinking Through New Boxes
Marcia after many years of teaching at traditional universities and corporate training, now teaches full time online in the IT department for South University. She has a wonderful time living and learning and applying the many concepts learned from everywhere. She has presented a variety of e-Creativity sessions for both education and business. Marcia also consults on Word, PowerPoint, Access databases, and Excel spreadsheets. Email: email@example.com.
Robert Alan Black, Ph.D.
Weekend: Emcee; Photographer; Mixing and integration activities
In 1976 Alan received a letter about his oldest son, Jeff, qualifying for gifted education but his school had no program. Within a month Alan became the volunteer teacher of the gifted at Plumosa Elementary in Delray Beach, FL. Over the next few months he read many books about teaching and learning. Then he took all the gifted education courses at FAU and discovered articles written by Dr. E. Paul Torrance about the measuring and teaching of creative thinking skills. Then he met Bob Eberle, creator of S.C.A.M.P.E.R. and Dr. Dorothy Sisk, then US Director of Gifted Education at a workshop on Gifted Education in Orlando. Eberle convinced Alan to attend CPSI, which he did in 1978 and his life was changed.
He completed a Masters of Education focused on the Guidance and Counseling of Gifted, Talented and Creative Individuals at Florida Atlantic University and then a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia with Dr. Torrance as his major professor. Over the past 34 years he has been a speaker, trainer, author, and consultant focused on the development of creative thinking traits, skills and tools throughout entire workplaces around the world. Since he was 5 years old he has traveled to 49 US states and 77 countries. Since 1976 he has given over 3600 presentations from keynotes, lunchtime talks, workshops, training programs and university courses. Plus he has presented at over 130 creativity conferences around the globe, including the FCW several times http://www.cre8ng.com http://www.cre8ng.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Creativity Weekend Planning Team, Friday: Rhythm of the Drums
Florida Creativity Weekend Planning Team
Ann Bracken, M.Ed, CPT
Ann Bracken is a writer and poet, an educator, and an expressive arts consultant. In addition, she holds certification in poetry therapy, journal facilitation, drama in education, and special education. Her work has appeared in Praxilla, The Museletter, The Little Patuxent Review, The Columbia Business Journal, On Purpose Woman, and The Baltimore Chronicle. Ann’s expressive arts consulting business, The Possibility Project, is devoted to providing arts-based programs for women in transition and for struggling students who flourish with alternative approaches to learning. She lives in Columbia, MD and has two grown children living in the Baltimore area.
Florida Creativity Weekend Planning Team
Francine is a former Trainer, HR Director, Educator, and Consultant. Her doctorate and research interests and studies are in Organizational Leadership and Change. Francine has taught Organizational Leadership and Change at Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, Dominican University, Keller Graduate School of Management and most recently, Argosy University. Over the past 30 years Francine has been involved in the design and development of leadership workshops, seminars, team dynamics and organizational assessments for corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Francine is the Past President of the USA U.N.WOMEN National Committee’s Sarasota Chapter and serves as a board member in numerous Community organizations in Sarasota including the Girl Scouts of GulfCoast Florida.
Saturday: CEF YouthWise™ Middle School Leader
Currently, Doreen is the Engagement Designer for socialShift, a Sarasota based social design and marketing consultancy firm working with a variety of governmental, non-profits, and educational institutuions to help develop programs to improve healthy outcomes for communities across the globe.
As former public affairs specialist for the U.S. Social Security Administration in Detroit, Michigan, Doreen Dziepak developed, coordinated, and managed all of the media relations, outreach activities, public information and educational programs for the agency in the state for nearly 10 years. After an award winning career with SSA, Doreen moved to Sarasota and was the Communications Coordinator for the Sarasota Partnership for Children’s Mental Health operating locally under a Federal SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) grant. At the Partnership, Doreen was primarily responsible for building the communications plan from the ground up. Her duties include, but were not limited to social marketing, community education & outreach, public & media relations.
Cynthia Downey, devoted daughter, sincerest of sisters, Xavier University alumnae, mother of three, wife of one (He is all she can handle!), Twenty years as an Executive Search Consultant, life in Illinois, Ohio, and now Florida, an addicted (and appreciated – notes from committee) volunteer!
Written by Kathleen O’Leary about Emma: Imaginative, finder of humor in “odd and unusual” places, Girl Scout extraordinaire, cookie selling maniac, creative beyond imagination, eater of Honi Hanta mud pies, involved citizen, shining example of leadership, helper and giver, friend, daughter, sister (to many!), lover of music and dancing-hopping-running-skipping-jumping or anything that takes a lot of energy especially after a double chocolate chip Frap from Starbucks), motivator, and above all…… Emma is an AMAZING young woman with a smile brighter than sunshine who brings joy to those around her!
Art is certified as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP and Hypnosis by the 4 major hypnosis organizations in the US. His practice includes (a) medical referral clients who experience distress not relieved by traditional treatment, (b) the mental game of sports success (such as tennis, golf, and baseball), (c) academic excellence for peak performance in study and testing, and (d) enabling creative solutions for the challenges of life. Art is the HEAD Coach and Founder of U-Solutions LLC in Sarasota (the “U” stands for unconscious, where the most creative solutions reside).
Bruce Flye is a visual practitioner, blending the creative potential of graphic imagery with positive and strengths-based practices in planning, change and innovation. Bruce serves as the Director of Planning and Partnerships at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and he also practices independently through . A registered architect, Bruce has applied the principles of planning and design to the physical, academic and organizational aspects of higher education for 18 years. Since 2005, he has explored and developed his skills as an illustrator and graphic facilitator to design and lead engagements that are interactive, creatively-oriented and momentum-building.
Bruce has been trained by field leaders such as the Grove Consultants International, Roger Schwarz and Associates and the Society for College and University Planning. Recent clients include the Center for Creative Leadership, the National Association of College and University Food Service, the University of Scranton and Purdue University – Calumet.
Lynn is a retired elementary school principal from a large suburban school district in New Jersey. Her educational expertise includes staff
development for teachers, mentorship, and training in the areas of differentiated instruction, Emotional Intelligence and multiple intelligences, imagery, reflection, personal growth, Creative Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, and instructional strategies. Presently, she is working for Learning Plus, an organization that provides quality staff development programs specializing in differentiated instruction, assessment, strategies for diverse learners, collaborative teaching, and multiple intelligences to name a few. Lastly, Lynn is most proud of being a facilitator/presenter for the Creative Problem Solving Institute and has facilitated workshops in CPS, developing leadership style, team building, mentoring, and tools and techniques of creativity. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As executive director of the Center for Executive Leadership and Change (Daemon College, Amhurst, NY), John developed and directs the innovative master’s degree program. He is active with Leadership Buffalo and is an adjunct professor at the International Center for Studies in Creative Leadership (Buffalo State College). His doctorate is in education. A proud father and husband, John strives for creative, respectful and healthy balance in life.
Kaitlyn (Katie) French
French is currently a junior at Sarasota High School. She has passion for a plethora of things including competing on her Speech and Debate Team, being an active member of Girl Scouts of GulfCoast Florida, and enjoying the fine arts. Currently art deco is her favorite. Through Girl Scouting, Katie has been involved in the past three FL Creativity Weekends and has participated for two summers in the CEF/CPSI YouthWise™ Program. She is looking forward to being a part of the leadership team for FCW’s CEF YouthWise™ Program and also leading a mini activity.
Mary Frances “Gert” Garman is a Global Creative Development Manager for Disney Destinations, where she facilitates brainstorming sessions for the Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. Prior to this, she served as the Event/Marketing Manager for the City of Orlando, pecializing in executing Mayor Buddy Dyer’s signature events. For five years previously, she was the Assistant Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions for the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism: Advertising/PR.
Saturday: Moving from NO, BUT to YES, AND!
Missy Goldwasser Carvin is the VP of Creativity Services for New Directions Consulting, Inc. and the Executive Director of the Avian Players Improv Workshop. With a BA in theatre and history from Hartwick College, she now works full-time in market research and new product development, of course. She has been involved in the CPSI community since 2004, and has served as the leader of CPSI Viral Marketing Team and as Captain of the America’s Giving Challenge effort for CEF. Missy is very fond of the Florida Creativity Weekend and has had good reasons for only attending twice since 2006. Notably, her daughter, Abby was born on Florida Creativity Weekend 2007 and has a birthday around the same time every year.
Friday: D.A.R.E. to Go Out on Your OwnJane Goldwasser is President of New Directions Consulting, Inc. a qualitative research company specializing in new product development. In her spare time, she is on the Board of Directors of a newly re-aligned Girl Scout Council and chairs both their Fund Development and Board Development committees. She is a CPSI alum who, having completed the Integrating Creative Leadership program, has put it to work in leading both PACE sessions and in working with CPSI Youthwise™.
Christina Gonzalez, Ed.D.
Christina Gonzalez is a licensed mental health counselor and educator. She has been involved with education at many different levels and has been very active in the mental health and education fields in both the United States and in Mexico. Her work has encompassed many aspects of the mental health field including prevention, intervention, immigrant psychology, child welfare, substance abuse, disaster intervention, and much more. She currently works full time with children involved in the child welfare system due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect, and also teaches college courses in college writing, behavioral sciences/psychology, and health and human services administration. She also does professional editing, writing, and loves applications of research, focus groups, and program evaluation techniques to programs that make a difference for others in ways that can help bring the voices of everyone involved in the process to be heard. She is a dynamic and entertaining trainer and enjoys incorporating her love of creativity, art, dance, music, travel, and film into her psychotherapy and education work. She currently lives in Sarasota and her most recent passion is exploring the world of dance.
Danny Gonzalez is a junior at Booker High School. He has attended the YouthWise training for several years, completed the Sarasota Community Youth Development Training, serves on the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) board, and is close to earning his Boy Scout Eagle Scout award.
Emily Hall, Ph.D
Emily Hall joined the staff at Mote Marine Laboratory in the Chemical Ecology Program in 2005. She has researched sediments, water, flora and fauna in the ecological setting of rivers, estuaries, lakes, springs and marine environments. She is most involved with research and monitoring of nutrient patterns in relation to harmful algal blooms in the west-central coast of Florida, including Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River, and investigating sources of nutrients in aquatic systems using stable isotopes as well as other tracers. Dr. Hall is also an adjunct professor at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she initiated cooperative work between the artists at Ringling and the scientists at Mote to produce public outreach tools for Florida red tide awareness. Her main interests now are pursuing work in ocean acidification and its effects on corals, coral reef ecosystems, and toxicity of harmful algal blooms (HABs) — including Karenia brevis — to apply concepts like forecasting ocean acidification effects on coral reef ecosystem species and public outreach. She also leads research cruises and field sampling days for projects such as the county-funded Sarasota Bay monitoring program, state-funded red tide monitoring and federally funded red tide monitoring.
Katherine (Kitty) Heusner, Ph.D.
Kitty is a lifelong learner who has been involved in education as a student (PreK through PhD) and professional for over fifty years. She has also made a lifelong commitment to community involvement and is passionate about applying creativity to make a positive difference in her own life and in the world. Currently Kitty is actively involved in the Creative Education Foundation. In January ’11 she began serving as Chair for the Board of Trustees. She is also a long-time leader at CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute)] and an advocate for and contributor to the development of the CEF YouthWise™ Program. Locally, she serves on the Board of GCC of US Committee for UN Women and is co-chairing the L2L Teen Program (Learners to Leaders) and is also active as a GS GulfCoast Florida volunteer. Kitty is the Chair for and has been involved since it began in 2002. Sharing with family and friends both at home in Sarasota and in the North Carolina mountains, traveling and photography also bring her great joy. The tagline she wrote for herself at FCW 2009 is: “I open doors in hearts and minds.”
Saturday: GWIZ Science Museum: Creating Hands-On Experiences to Spark Curiosity and Learning
Founding partner of thinkx intellectual capital. No group is ever quite the same after hearing Tim Hurson speak. With an energetic blend of insight and humor, Tim teaches audiences what many already know in their hearts: that Creative Intelligenceis the essence of human potential. Moreover, creative intelligence is not a gift given to few, but a set of skills everyone can cultivate. Tim is one of North America’s pioneers of idea marketing. Throughout his career, Tim has helped major corporations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom create innovation, marketing, new product, and workplace transformation programs. He has also written numerous articles on improving creative intelligence both in the workplace and at home.
Denise Kowal has been a major stakeholder in downtown Sarasota for over 20 years as a business owner, property owner, resident and patron. Passionate about art, new urbanism and sustainability she created a cultural festival with those passions in mind to help her part of downtown. The grassroots festival started out as a neighborhood specific event attracting 5,000 visitors in its first year has soared to benefits the entire city by encouraging creative activity that revitalizes local economies and supports a sense of place, attracting 200,000 visitors and bringing millions of dollars of revenues into the region.
Kowal works with hundreds of sponsors and over 300 volunteers each year and has structures the festival differently than just about any other. She became the first American and only 2nd foreigner in its 40 year history to judge the famous Grazie di Curtatone 24-Hour Madonnari Competition in Italy. The festival has debuted several of the most innovated styles and techniques to emerge in contemporary pavement arts and Kowal has attracted the most renowned artists in the fields such as Kurt Wenner, Edgar Mueller, Leon Keer, Melanie Stimmell, Tracy Lee Stum, Eduardo Kobra and Eduardo Relero. Kowal had never attended a street painting festival before creating her first one in November 2007.
For 26 years, Kathy has worked with individuals, groups and organizations as a consultant, facilitator, mediator and trainer; encouraging their fullness and inherent capacity. As a Colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, she has trained leaders at the Creative Problem Solving Institute and has integrated cps into her lifestyle. As a Gestalt trained organizational consultant, she sees her environment and pursuits thru that lens. And, as mother of three adult daughters, she has co-developed a program on that changing role. See http://www.nurturingourselves.com/ and http://www.nurturingourselves.com; for information on her women’s programs. Kathy revels in expressive painting, clay work, walking and yoga. She savors time with her five grandchildren, partner Bob and their cottage on the coast of Maine. Contact her at email@example.com. http://www.creativeyouthleadership.org/
Barry Miller has over 40 years of marketing know-how having worked for companies such as Coty, Clairol, Mennen, Del Laboratories (Sally Hansen), and London International Group. His experience includes brand management, strategic planning, new products, acquisitions, vendor development, and promotional programs to retailers such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target. Mr. Miller began his career at Clairol in 1969, where he wrote the specifications and business plan to launch Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo. He has launched over 150 new
products and line extensions that have generated over $2 billion in retail sales.
Barry began his career at Clairol in 1969, where he wrote the specifications and business plan to launch Clairol Herbal Essence shampoo. He has launched over 150 new products and line extensions that have generated over $2 billion in retail sales. He will discuss meshing creative tools to create New Products. This includes barriers to creative thinking, techniques to free your mind, some easy tool s to get fast results, and how to establish an innovation atmosphere in an organization.
Liz is a consulting psychologist focusing on individual, group and organizational effectiveness through creative thinking, the polarity perspective and the factors of “emotional intelligence.” She calls Chicago home. Her independent practice includes facilitation, training, qualitative research, public speaking, counseling and psychotherapy. A rich array of work settings and clients – academic, corporate, government and nonprofit – has given Liz many opportunities to “manage polarities.” She serves as a leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, is a graduate of the Mastery Program in Polarity Management™ and is a consultant affiliate of Polarity Management Associates and thinkx intellectual capital.
Nancy’s extensive work with Fortune 500 companies led to Seeds for Change, her program for empowering people in the midst of increasing change. Nancy custom designs programs for organizations in these turbulent times to increase employees’ and teams’ emotional intelligence, creativity, and peak performance. Nancy also coaches individuals and teaches teleclasses. She is a Trainer for Heartmath, a Charter Associate Partner of George Land’s Leadership 2000, a trainer in thinking styles., Foundations of Productivity and is experienced in Leadership and Team Building training. In her free time Nancy studies and performs ballroom dancing, enjoys live theater, opera and cinema, and performs in Community Theater. She goes scuba diving, travels and enjoys riding her Harley. She is also active as a community volunteer with non-profit agencies and organizations. Contact Nancy directly at 941.929.0809. Nancy also arranges dream vacations online through
Kristen is a creativity and innovation facilitator, trainer, coach and catalyst. She works with major corporations in North America providing workshops, training and facilitation to help companies create and develop new products, new processes and new strategies. She believes organizations and individuals must transform to confront the economic and lifestyle challenges of the 21st century. They must think differently – more creatively, more productively, more proactively. She is a founding partner of Thinkx Intellectual Capital Inc., on the Board of Directors of Facilitators Without Borders, a founder of Mindcamp and a faculty member of the Creative Problem Solving Institute.
In his role as CEO of the Parent Education Program, Tom oversees a variety of strengths-based programs and a staff of 38. He is a consultant in Creative Problem Solving and Parent Education. He is co-author, with Bea Parnes, of Parenting Playfully, a book for parents of children from pre-natal to age three. He loves to hike, bicycle and kayak. Tom is the father of two talented young adults Crystal and Gabriel. Tom participated in the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Creative Education Foundation YouthWise™ Program in South Africa and is a CEF
Colleague and recipient of the Leadership Service and Commitment and Distinguished Leader Awards.
Gloria is a co-founder of the Creative Youth Leadership Program. She is widely experienced in the area of community organization, especially educational and social program design. While president of a board of education, Gloria co-designed its student assistance program, which has since been replicated in numerous school districts. She has developed and delivered, creativity and innovation programs for the Singapore Institute of Management in Singapore and for the Center for Entrepreneurship at Canisius College. She has also designed and delivered training to teachers and students in South Africa. Gloria holds a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Innovation. When not esigning and delivering programming, Gloria can be found spending time designing jewelry and learning to play the harmonica.
Judy designs and oversees educational programs in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has done training, served on district wide leadership teams and has presented at both national and international conferences. With a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Judy is interested in research. She embraces literacy, Differentiated Instruction, Learning Styles, and Brain-Based learning strategies. With training from Coaches Training Institute, she has added coaching to her life work. Having served as a leader bat the Creative Problem Solving Institute for over 20 years, Creative Problem Solving has become an integral part of her personal and professional life. The passions in her life include her husband, her two children, teaching, yoga and gardening.
Florida Creativity Weekend Planning Team
Florida Creativity Weekend Planning Team and Friday Preweekend: Jumpstart your Creative Thinking Skills – A One Day Introduction to CPS; Saturday: Expand your Creativity- Maximize your Potential and the Changes you Date to Dream.
“When creativity came into my life, it changed my life. When my life changed, it was creativity that helped me continue.” Hedria loves to teach others the magic of creativity. Her presentations are dynamic, inspirational, practical, and funny. She has presented and worked for fortune 500 companies on 5 continents as a speaker, coach, writer, and authority in the field of Creativity. Known for delivering valuable and practical advice in a humorous and engaging style, Hedria gives audiences and readers the tools to deal with challenges and change, turn inspiration into action, and achieve personal and professional success.
Anita Scott is a retired school psychologist who practiced parent counseling and group therapy in a private school for neurologically impaired and emotionally disturbed children in New Jersey. In 1995 she retired and returned to her native state of Florida to begin a new life as a senior citizen. She is a graduate of the Florida State University and has a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. Before turning to school psychology, Anita was a professional bassoon player. She was on the faculty at Texas Christian University, played in the Ft. Worth Symphony and met her husband who was playing in the Houston Symphony. After marrying they spent a year in Vienna, Austria, returned to Illinois where Alan earned a PhD in Chemistry and Anita taught band and PE in a country grade school near Urbana. They ended up in New Jersey, had two sons in the mid 60′s and Anita returned to school to find out what the heck to do with two growing boys. The family spent a year in Brazil in 1976,where everyone became literate in Portuguese — well, everyone, that is, but Anita, who could only talk a good game. In retirement her favorite pass times are cooking, travel and photography. She has recently developed an enthusiasm for Zen water coloring.
Ann grew up in New England and focused her academic studies in history. Her professional work was largely educational in nature, in both school and public history settings. Since retirement, she has tried to energize the right side of her brain and explore new avenues of creativity. One path led to a newly-formed laughter yoga group, which has expanded an aspect of life that at times had been in short supply.
Kathleen Berryman Thomas
Sunday: How to Thrive in a Time of Transition: Create Your Own Yellow Brick Road
Saturday: Visionary Thinking: Purpose, Picture, Potential and Possibility
Susan has retired from the federal government. Previously she taught Philosophy and English. She enjoys humor, puzzles and wordplay. Susan is a member of Mensa and Intertel, and is the coordinator for Mensa’s Patrick O’Brian Special Interest Group. She is the author of The Port-Wine Sea, co-author of Your Limitless Inventing Machine, and author of The Better Baby, a new book about raising happy geniuses. She has taught workshops at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) and at other creativity venues both in the USA and abroad (the picture is from South Africa).. Susan and her husband Win call Montgomery Village, Maryland home. Email Susan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Win Wenger, Ph.D.
Win is a researcher, trainer, author of 50 published books, and a pioneer of both new creativity and Creative Problem Solving methods and accelerated learning methods. He has taught at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) for nearly thirty years and frequently leads workshops around the world. He and his wife, Susan call Montgomery Village, Maryland home. http://www.winwenger.com/ Email Win at: WWenger101@aol.com
Judy (‘J’) Winslow
‘The Brandologist’,has had a diverse and highly successful marketing career spanning more than 25 years. Her experience encompasses work with various Fortune 500 businesses, such as cosmetic giants Cover Girl and Clairol, fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander Julian, Women’s Day Magazine, and small financial institutions like the NY Stock Exchange. J. mixes business, marketing and personal development experience to bring a highly systemized, yet deeply personal, formulation to create substantial shifts in bottom line results for her clients. She is the recipient of multiple design industry awards, an author, speaker and trainer. She received a BFA in Communication Arts, is a Coach U. graduate, and is an avid student. J. presently chooses to focus on the smaller business, entrepreneur and savvy careerist to blend their unique spirit, enthusiasm and potential into a truly Unforgettable Brand.
Jack Wolf, Ph.D.
Jack has 33 years as an internationally experienced facilitator, trainer and speaker with clients including the Government of Hong Kong, the University of Mexico, the FedEx Leadership Institute, HBO, Starbucks and GE. Jack is a former trainer for Jack Canfield’s Self-Esteem Seminars and has presented classes at the creative Problem Solving Institute for over 10 years. He has the company http://www.jackwolflearning.comand has written many articles and the book Powerful Presentation Techniques. . Email Jack at: email@example.com
Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP, DLA * Creative Thinking Consultant * Creative Thinking Speaker * Creative Thinking Workshops