Experience the Creativity Conference This Semester!

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By: Jewel Watters, Fashion Merchandising Major

When you were growing up, did you ever look around at all the businesses around your local town when your mother was driving you around, and think ‘owning my own business might be a fun thing to do’? You probably were also thinking that owning your own business will make you lots of money, fame, and a big nice house to live in. Well, what if I could tell you that there is a chance to learn more about what being an entrepreneur really is, and what it can do for you if you choose to pursue entrepreneurship?

Next month on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 in the Conable Technology Building at Genesee Community College’s Batavia campus, the Business program will be hosting a ‘Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone’ Conference to inspire people to become entrepreneurs. This conference will have a keynote speaker, multiple breakouts with lots of speakers from different industries, and will also have a continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration will be beginning at 8:15 am, and the conference will start at 9 am with a keynote speaker.

Our keynote speaker will be Erica Swiatek, who is an entrepreneur from a company called Innovate Faster, she is also the one who does the Escape Room activities you have probably heard about. We are also hoping that Erica will demonstrate some of these escape room activities to the students here. Swiatek blends the stuff she knows best into activities, courses, and programs for other people to enjoy. These activities, courses, and programs are all about innovation, professional development, change management and team building.

Jane Fischer: Presenter At the 2015 Creativity Conference

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Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 10.20.26 PMWe are excited to have Jane Fischer, Creative Change Facilitator with Improv Connections, as one of the presenters at the 2015 Creativity Conference. Jane has always drawn on three things: a love for humor and performing, embracing imagination and ideas, and the desire to help others.

After 20 years of experience and leadership in health & human services, she knows that a creative approach to challenges and change is vital, as are a sense of humor and positive intent! In 2002, she co-founded The Unexpected Guests Improv Comedy Group. She went on to launch Improv Connections, offering applied improvisation, creative problem solving, humor, and play as personal and organizational development tools. Jane has also served as Director of SBI Health Education at the University at Buffalo since 2006. She holds an MA in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College and a Graduate Certificate in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo State College.

At the Conference, Jane will be presenting a workshop that applies creativity to your personal life. From attending her workshop you will experience the principles and practices of improvisation, discover the connections between improvisation and creative thinking/action, and you will walk away with the skill of knowing how to identify how, when, and why to use improve-based activities in your creative process!

This blog was contributed by Business Administration Student Chelsey Breuilly.

Peter Cumbo: Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Creativity Conference

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Untitled.jpgWe are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2015 Creativity Conference will be Peter Cumbo, the Owner and President of Cumbo, Inc.

Peter is an award-winning producer, director, and editor. He has produced and directed commercial videos on location throughout North America and around the world, creating work for broadcast, digital distribution, and live events. Peter has done work for the iconic brand New Era Cap and some of the work that he has done for them was recognized on March 7, 2015 when Cumbo, Inc. won four Silver Addy Awards.

In addition to his work in media, Peter offers his expertise as an organizational consultant offering strategic advice, training and practical leadership to business. As a consultant, Peter’s goal is to create and sustain transformative moments, those in which the participants experience encouragement, inspiration, and improvement resulting in lasting change. Take a look at one of the video productions Cumbo, inc. was awarded for and don’t miss the opportunity to hear about the true power of creative thinking!

This blog was contributed by Business Administration Student Chelsey Breuilly.

GCC Creativity Conference

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Leonardo Da Vinci and creativity go hand-in-hand. Often when someone hears the name Da Vinci the first thing that comes to mind is his art, however he was much more than a brilliant painter. Leonardo Da Vinci was a scientist, an inventor, and a person who created things far beyond his time. It seems only suitable that the Creativity Conference at GCC falls on April 15th, Da Vinci’s Birthday.  There will be a Leonardo Da Vinci display set up in the library and cake will be served in honor of Da Vinci and the celebration of creativity!

This blog was contributed by Chelsey Breuilly.

2nd Annual Creativity Conference!

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Join our creative think tank by attending the 2nd Annual Creativity Conference @ Genesee Community College.  The conference will have a Keynote Speaker as well as 50-minute concurrent workshops where you will learn how to apply creativity in business, education, within your community and personally. You can expect to experience a full day of exploration and skill building in creativity. So, mark your calendars today to change your perspective and transform your life Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 8:15am-4PM. More information will be coming soon!

Creativity Conference at GCC

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ImageThe most valued and sought after skill in the 21st Century is the ability to think and solve problems creatively – to be innovative.  Therefore, it is urgently important for everyone to understand how to be deliberately creative in their professional, academic, and personal lives.  This Conference is seeking examples of creativity in the areas of Business and Education (K-16) to share with our regional community.

Our goal is to broaden the conversation around the application of creativity and innovation.  Our Business track includes the use of creativity within all organizations, both for-profit and non-profit.  In our Education track, we intend to share best practices, tools, and techniques in teaching students (K-16) how to think creatively within and across disciplines.

Ready to get creative? Register today! Simply search for the “Creativity Conference” and add it to your schedule!