Creativity in Business: Applied Discovery

Engage Your One-of-a-Kind Creativity and Apply it for
Work that is Innovative, Meaningful and Generative!

Dan Pink
Linda Naiman
Michael Gelb
Jennifer Lee
John Hagel
Julie Turner
Neil Mullarkey
Cathy Salit
Annalie Killian
Michael Margolis
William Hall
Nathan Schwagler
Julie Daley
Jonathan Bender
Frank Spencer
Host: Michelle James

Discovery Dialogues with 15 Pioneering Thought Leaders

Join creativity thought leaders and practitioners, pioneering entrepreneurs, prolific authors, and business innovators from around the world - in the fields of applied creativity, innovation, leadership, human potential and development, entrepreneurship and organizational change - to explore discovery and applied creativity in work and business!

The theme is Applied Discovery - setting the stage for discovery, generating new ideas and insights, and using your creativity to apply your discoveries in your work or business.

Each session is an integration of storytelling, generative dialogue and practical “how-to” applications to delve deep into the creative process for more originality, meaning and engagement in work, and better business results.

We explore:

• Ways to access and engage your creativity
• Creative work cultures, environments and spaces
Conditions for something new and different to emerge
• Moving through creative blocks and navigating the unknown
• The discovery mindset – beliefs, assumptions, values, ways of thinking and being
• Changing the shutting-down discomfort of uncertainty into the opening-up curiosity of discovery
• Cultivating more passion and engagement in your work
The use of whole brain methods - including storytelling, improvisation, performance, movement,
   arts-based learning an
d visual thinking - in training, and for better business results

• Facilitating creative process
• Applying what you discover to create something new in your work or workplace
• And much more!

Sign up for free in the "Join Now" box (scroll down this page) to see the session descriptions, the Creativity in Business ebook, and more on the Replay page.

Receive your own MP3 Package of 16 hours of principles, practices, ideas, techniques, and frameworks you can start applying to your work, life or business to help you discover, create, and innovate in your awesomely unique way:

Discovery – and its creative application - is your one-of-a-kind contribution!

There is a personal creative empowerment that comes from what we learn, experience and discover directly for ourselves. It is what differentiates us and gives us our unique “signature” approach in our work. It inspires our unique creations and contributions.


Each dialogue is centered around the theme of discovery, transformation, creativity and business application. Each session is a mix of storytelling, knowledge and information sharing, creativity principles, practical applications, and experiential practices to take with you or engage in real time.


Once you register for free (below), you will be directed to the Replay Page with the description of each presenter's session. The live calls are over, but you can still listen to all of the recordings in the downloadable MP3 package anytime for only $47.

Our Intention

All of our innovative speakers (listed below) makes a living from what they have discovered and applied to their work, and help cultivate the creativity in others. In this summit, our intention is to give you juicy food for thought along with approaches to inspire and stimulate your own discoveries and their creative application in your work in the world. Take whatever resonates and make it your own!

Both Inside out and Outside in

In this summit we explore evolving personally and professionally. We focus on creating and discovering from both the outside-in (practices, frameworks, conditions, applications) and the inside-out (mindsets, passion, motivation, ways of being). We explore both the “yin” and the “yang” of discovery and creativity – the balance of heart and head, right brain and left brain, being and doing, reflection and action, strategy and emergence.

This event is for entrepreneurs, leaders, executives, managers, learning and innovation officers, facilitators, trainers, OD and HR practitioners, consultants, coaches and anyone who wants to be more innovative, adaptive, resilient and expressive in the changing world of work, or facilitate that for others.


Michelle James, Telesummit Host
CEO, The Center for Creative Emergence

Michelle James has been pioneering Applied Creativity and Applied Improvisation in business in the Washington, DC area for over 15 years. She is CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence, founder of the Capitol Creativity, and Quantum Leap Business Improv. Her mission is to integrate the worlds of creativity, service, meaning and commerce, and cultivate whole-brain, whole-person engagement at work...and in life. She was recognized for Visionary Leadership in Fast Company’s blog, Leading Change, for “her commitment to bring creative expression into the work environment in a very deep and meaningful way.” Michelle is a business creativity catalyst, facilitator and emergence coach who has designed and delivered hundreds of programs for entrepreneurs, leaders, and organizations such as Microsoft, Deloitte, Panasonic, GEICO, NIH, World Bank, HandsOn Network and Kaiser Permanente among others. Her original programs have been featured on TV, the radio and in print. She also produced DC's first Creativity in Business Conference. Michelle futher engages her creativity as an improv theater performer, painter and CoreSomatics Master Practitioner, and is writing her first book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide to Cultivating Creativity, due out next year. @CreatvEmergence.

Speakers are listed in the order of their scheduled sessions

John Hagel
Co-founder, Deloitte Center for the Edge & Author of The Power of Pull

John Hagel “works and plays on the edge”. He is an in demand speaker and prolific author, is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was named as one of the Top 100 Business Gurus by Accenture. John has spent years advising clients across the world on innovation in business. Currently he leads the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge as co-founder and co-chairman with John Seely Brown. Previously, he was the Principal and Global Leader of the Strategy Practice and eCommerce Practice at McKinsey. A prolific author, John’s books have guided business leaders all over the world through both the technology revolution and the leadership revolution it demands. His current book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, co-written with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. John maintains two blogs: His personal blog, Edge Perspectives, and The Big Shift on the Harvard Business Review Blogs, which he co-authors with John Seely Brown. @jhagel.


Nathan Schwagler
Founder, Nathan Schwagler & Associates

Nathan Schwagler proudly serves the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, as the nation's first Business School “Creative-In-Residence”, where he teaches courses on Creativity and Innovation in Entrepreneurial Firms and New Venture Creation. Outside of the university, Nathan travels as a management consultant, helping teams of people think more creatively about solving their problems and exploiting their opportunities. In his spare time, he publishes research papers and popular press articles, designs and facilitates workshop experiences for corporate, academic, and non-profit research clients, rides the StartupBus, and can be found in pubs and coffee shops around the Tampa Bay, Florida, region discussing sponsorship opportunities for TEDxTampaBay. @schwagler.


Jennifer Lee
Founder, Artizen Coaching & Author of The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success

Jennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the award-winning author of The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success. Her bestselling book has helped thousands of entrepreneurs around the world grow their businesses authentically and creatively. Jennifer spent 10 years in the corporate world  in consulting, strategic change management, communication, OD, executive development, training, business process and project management. Her most recent corporate role was as Director of Executive Development for Gap Inc. leading executive on-boarding and executive coaching programs for VPs before talking the leap to pursue her passions full-time through her own business. Jennifer has been featured on television and in Whole Living, Entrepreneur, Family Circle, and Choice magazines among others. Jennifer, a Certified Professional Coach, is also a Certified Intuitive Painting and Expressive Arts Facilitator, Certified Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, and creator of the groundbreaking annual Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit. @artizencoaching.


Dan Pink
Author, A Whole New Mind & Drive

Daniel H. Pink is the author of several provocative, bestselling books about the changing world of work, including A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (which charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies); Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need (and the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga and the only graphic novel ever to become a BusinessWeek bestseller). Dan’s first book, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, was a Washington Post bestseller that Publishers Weekly says “has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations.” His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, and The Sunday Telegraph. Dan has been featured on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. And he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace. In 2011, Thinkers50 ranked him one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world. @danielpink.


Michael Margolis
Founder, GetStoried & Author of Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators

Michael is an educator, evangelist, and entrepreneur for the global storytelling movement. For the last decade, Michael has taught thousands of marketers and innovators how to translate their message into wider acceptance. As the founder of Get Storied, Michael Margolis teaches the world how to think in narrative. With a unique focus on transformational storytelling, Michael has worked with the likes of AARP, Audubon, Etsy, NASA, and Zappos. Michael also curates the Reinvention Summit (Storytelling's Biggest Online Conference) and is the Dean of Story University where he produces a range of online courses. The son of a mad scientist and artist, Michael is obsessed with culture, communications, and human behavior. Michael began his career as a social entrepreneur, co-founding two nonprofits before the age 23. His work and ideas have also been featured in Fast Company, Brandweek, Storytelling Magazine, among other places. A frequent writer, Michael’s latest book Believe Me: a Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators, has been read by over 15,000 people. Michael is left handed, color-blind, and eats more chocolate than the average human. @getstoried.


Cathy Rose Salit
CEO, Performance of a Lifetime

Cathy Rose Salit is CEO of Performance of a Lifetime(POAL), a global organizational change company that helps people and organizations grow through the art of performance.  Focusing on the development side of the learning and development equation - Cathy and her team have created a unique approach that blends theater and improvisation with the latest breakthroughs in the human development sciences. As CEO of POAL, Cathy is a sought after designer, coach, consultant and facilitator – her client roster includes Credit Suisse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marathon Petroleum, American Express, Australia New Zealand Bank (ANZ),frog design, and the US Olympic Committee. She is also an actor, improviser and singer - she performs regularly with the musical improv comedy troupe, The Proverbial Loons. Cathy and Performance of a Lifetime have been featured in many media outlets including Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal as well as ABC, NBC and CNN Television. For the short video documentary of her work with oncology nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital click here.


William Hall
Co-founder, Fratelli Bologna & Editor of The Improv Playbook

William Hall is an actor, improviser, trainer, high performance communication coach and mask maker. He co-founded the BATS Improv Theatre and Training Center in San Francisco. He is the founding member of the San Francisco-based business theatre company Fratelli Bologna, and has led performance teams and creativity workshops for numerous corporations worldwide, including Disneyland, Google, Bank of America and Charles Schwab. He is the editor of Playbook, a collection of improvisational games, and has served as guest lecturer at Stanford University, University of Texas, University of Florida, College of Marin and San Francisco State University. William’s use of masks broke new ground with John Kao’s Idea Factory events. Creating archetypes to stimulate creativity, conversation, empathy and bring the disenfranchised into the room. His work with mask has also lead executives to un-mask confident communication. As a professional actor and spokesperson, William has appeared on stage, film, television, and hundreds of corporate videos. William’s notable feature-film appearances include Twisted, The Right Stuff, and recently, Hemmingway and Gellhorn with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. @william_hall.


Jonathan Bender
Founder, WholeSpeak

Since 1996, Jonathan Bender, the founder of WholeSpeak, has empowered thousands of professionals, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to get over their fear of speaking and being seen. He helps you show up with authentic and dynamic presence, so they can claim their voice and change the world. Jonathan is an Intuitive Business Strategist and Authenticity Coach, as well as a professional theater director, actor, and writer; he combines performance, embodiment, speaking techniques, personal growth and business savvy to help you show up as the True You, and get paid your full worth for doing what you love. Jonathan's coaching combines his love for live performance with a lifelong quest for fostering personal growth and societal transformation. After observing that his acting and creative public speaking workshops were transforming his students not just as performers but also in their everyday lives, he brought these creative techniques to solopreneurs - to hone their message and their business to create impact in their ideal clients - and into business organizations, offering coaching, workshops and seminars. Jonathan holds a Master of Fine Art in Theater, and a Master of Science in Communication and Performance Studies. @jonathanwbender.


Julie Daley
Founder, Creative Wellspring & Unabashedly Female

Julie Daley is the Founder of Creative Wellspring and Unabashedly Female. Julie’s work bridges the areas of Creativity, Leadership, and the emergent area of balancing the Yin/Yang (masculine/feminine aspects) within the human being. After a long career in technology, Julie returned to school to study the intersection between Human Computer Interaction, Principles of Design, Digital Art, and Experience Design with leading edge innovators, eventually completing her honor’s thesis on Spirituality and the Internet. These areas of study led Julie to embark on her vision to help others bring creativity and innovation to many areas of business and life, including finding the intersection between creativity and leadership, healing grief, and guiding women to rediscover how to lead from the inside. She’s found that the way to living this life is through a deeply pragmatic trust in one’s creative nature. Julie works with individuals, non-profits, and corporations, as well as teaching each fall in the Creativity and Leadership course at Stanford University Continuing Studies. Past clients include Microsoft, Stanford University, DreamWorks, Banner Health, and Tuesdays Children among others. She also write about creativity in work and life for Huffington Post. @juliedaley.


Linda Naiman
Founder, Creativity at Work & Author of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork

Linda Naiman is founder of Creativity at Work, and recognized internationally for pioneering arts-based learning as a catalyst for developing creativity, innovation, and collaborative leadership in organizations. An innovation consultant, Linda advises leaders on how to develop creativity and innovation in employees, improve business performance, and foster an innovative culture. Her consulting is informed by principals and practices of business, arts, design, and social science research. Clients have included American Express, GE, BASF and Intel. Linda is co-author with Arthur VanGundy of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork and her writings on creativity and innovation have appeared in numerous business journals. She has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and on television. Linda began her career as a design consultant in marketing communications. The multi-disciplinary nature of her work in business, art and design led her to explore artistic processes and their applications to leadership and transformation. She has been helping organizations find creative solutions and through creativity, design-thinking and innovation, since 1995. Linda is on the editorial board of Organizational Aesthetics, and was recognized as a creative leader by IBM in 2011. @lindanaiman.


Michael Gelb
Pioneer, Applied Genius Thinking & Author of How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Everyday

Michael J. Gelb is a leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO. He is the author of 12 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. In 2007 Michael released Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison. Michael has won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award and the Batten Fellowship by UVA’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson and also serves as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute. He has created many best selling audio programs, including Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius. His latest book is Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age. Michael is also a former professional juggler, a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. @MichaelJGelb.


Annalie Killian
Corporate Maverick & Catalyst for Magic, AMP (in Australia)

Annalie is "Corporate Maverick" and Catalyst for Magic at AMP, one of Australia’s most eminent Financial Services corporations. In charge of Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, she stirs up employee creativity, cross-functional collaboration and open innovation. She is also the creator of the unique Amplify Festival of Innovation & Thought Leadership, where 3 thousand employees and clients participate with thought leaders and change agents from all over the world, and the accomapanying Creativity Tapas programs. She is sought out as a Futurist and for her experience in effecting transformational change in complex systems. She’s pioneered innovation in social responsibility and business/ community partnerships and won numerous international awards for initiatives that helped the South African society transition from apartheid to democracy. In May 2011, she was selected for the prestigious First Mover Fellows at the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. Her latest innovative project, Operation Reboot, integrates health and wellness into AMP's corporate work culture. @maverickwoman. Personal blog:


Frank Spencer
Founder and Principal, Kedge

Prior to becoming a Professional Futurist, Frank worked for 15 years as a leadership coach with entrepreneurs, social communities, networking initiatives and SMEs, helping them in areas such as development, innovation, and networking. He holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Foresight from Regent University, and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation. In 2008, Frank became the founder and principal of Kedge, a foresight, innovation and strategic design firm that works with companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Kraft, Mars, Marriott, Petsmart, and Vanguard Financial. He also created and taught the first course at the Duke University TIP Institutes on futures and foresight for developing solutions to grand challenges, and he is on the organizing team to develop a MSc in Foresight and Innovation in Europe. A prolific speaker, Frank speaks internationally on topics such as leadership development, futures thinking, creating a culture of foresight, emerging trends and issues, and social innovation among others. Most recently, he launched an entrepreneurial program entitled Wicked Opportunities, helping innovators develop skills and tools needed to succeed in the21st Century. In 2013 he will release a book by the same name, as well as another entitled Natural Foresight: Creating a Futures Thinking Culture. @frankspencer.


Julie Ann Turner
Founder, The Creator's Guide & Author of The Creator's Guide Series

As an author, speaker, executive coach and social innovator, Julie Ann Turner guides global Thought Leaders and World-Changers to discover and profit from their Signature Genius, and live to their highest creative potential. Julie Ann is Founder and CEO of, a consultancy focused on boosting individual and team creativity and innovation to breakthrough levels, through exclusive systems and practical tools. Julie Ann is the author of the 3-book series A CREATOR’S GUIDE and creator of the POWER ARC™/CREATIVE GUIDANCE SYSTEM®. She is an Executive Producer, Creator and Host of the global CONSCIOUSSHIFT Radio Show, which features visionaries leading the worldwide co-creative movement. Julie Ann also founded ORBITS OF INFLUENCE® Global Leadership Dialogue Initiative, an award-winning social innovation initiative which enables diverse thought leaders to address the key issues and emerging ideas of our communities and world, and founder of the emerging World Sanctuary Project. Her creative consultancy focuses on innovation and creative counsel, coaching and training; strategic planning; leadership and OD; and strategic concept, branding and program development. Prior to founding her own business, Julie Ann was a Director of Public Affairs for Nortel and VP at Ketchum and Tracy/Locke, Inc. Since 1994, Julie Ann's exclusive systems have been used by IBM, Nortel, Verizon, IdeaArc, Phillips Petroleum, DDB Needham Worldwide, Brinker International and many more. @JulieAnnTurner.    


Neil Mullarkey
Founder, Improv Your Biz & Author of Don't be Needy, Be Succeedy

From co-founding the world famous improvisation group The Comedy Store Players with Mike Myers, through to appearing on the likes of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Austin Powers movies, and Saturday Live, Neil Mullarkey has worked with some of the most talented names in comedy, film and television. Having been elected president of the influential Cambridge Footlights at the beginning of his career, Neil has since gone on to share the stage with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Tony Hawks, Dawn French and many others and has been at the forefront of improvisational theater for over 25 years. Neil uses his expertise on the stage and with improv theater to inspire people and businesses to embrace their creativity and enhance their communication skills. His clients have included Barclays Capital, Google, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Vodafone, the NHS, Saatchi & Saatchi and WPP among others. Neil brings the agility and innovation of improvisation to the boardrooms and sales teams of the world’s biggest corporations; transforming businesses from the inside by encouraging communication, collaboration, engagement and creativity, and simplifying some of the most complex of problems into the most compelling of solutions. Neil helps businesses across the globe communicate better, build high performing teams and deliver genuine, tangible results. @NeilMullarkey.


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