Consulting, Training, Facilitation

Erica Swiatek blends her expertise in the fields of innovation and learning & development to create activities, courses and programs. Her programs include topics such as innovation, professional development, change management and team building. Erica also has a passion for playfulness in learning which led to publishing an article on this topic in the 2015 Big Questions of Creativity book.

Erica is certified in Myers-Briggs, DiSC and FourSight assessments which she uses these to help team’s problem solve, communicate and understand each other better. She has a Master’s in Creative Studies and is also an adjunct facility at Buffalo State College.

Erica also enjoys encouraging and teaching playfulness and creativity as life skills. She also believes in using her education and work background to make a difference in her community. One project that exemplifies this involved designing a training program that helps at risk youth turn their lives around. They learned to solve their own challenges in new ways and gain job specific skills. Her work in this area has proven to be very successful and was referred to as one of the most successful programs the Pinnacle Resource Inc. (a project management group for the Latino Coalition) has ever seen.

Ismet Mamnoon is a self-professed “Parentologist” and works with children and parents all over the world. She specializes in the applications of creative thinking to personal challenges and development. She has published several books and products related to creativity and received the the Firestien Family Creative Achievement award, the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student at Buffalo State and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for her work in creativity.

Beth Slazak is a graduate of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College.  She spends most of her time teaching Creative Problem Solving to students at Genesee Community College and Buffalo State.

Beth enjoys sharing the tools and techniques of creative thinking worldwide.  Beth has been involved in the education and training world for almost two decades, and has taught in four local school districts.   

Beth currently teaches Creative Problem Solving at Genesee Community College and Buffalo State. Her favorite projects with her students involve their celebrations of World Creativity and Innovation Week, and their invention prototype displays.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buffalo in History and Dance, a Social Studies Certification in Education from Buffalo State College, and a Masters of Science in Creative Studies from Buffalo State.

Michaelene Dawson-Globus MS is an Instructor for the International Center for Studies in Creativity and the Educational Opportunities Program at SUNY Buffalo State College. She has a Master of Science degree in Creative Studies and Change Leadership. Michaelene leads workshops, training classes and facilitations on a variety of topics including: professional development, creative teaching and learning, creative problem solving, change leadership, diversity and social empowerment. Michaelene is a social justice facilitator for The National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY. She recently published her first book, My Sandwich is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents and Young Children. Michaelene lives in Western NY with her husband Chris and her 8 year old Adventure Buddy, Sam.  

Partners:

We are playful and professional, when possible we love to combine the two. Therefore, we are so excited to be partnering with the 3600 Escape team. 3600 Escape and Innovate Faster have combined the popular escape room experience with professional debriefs, assessments such as FourSight and Myers-Briggs and classes such as our popular class on generational differences. To learn more about escape rooms and this exciting and engaging opportunity for your next learning adventure please click on the 3600 Escape logo.

Certifications:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment measures psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. MBTI consists of 16 personality types and gives teams a common language to help them understand and appreciate each other better. MBTI can be used to enhance teambuilding, coaching and leadership.

DiSC® is the leading personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DiSC is centered around four different personality traits: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness.

FourSight is an assessment that centers around four problem solving preference(s). This assessment helps individuals and teams to see what preference(s) they may have. Combining this assessment with creative problem solving training helps individuals and teams solve challenges and reach their goals more effectively.

Six Thinking Hats Tool. The six thinking hats tool allows individuals and teams to mentally or physically wear and switching symbolic hats. Individuals or teams separate thinking into six categories for analyzing matters objectively and comprehensively.

Accelerated Learning helps learning professionals be on the leading edge of adult learning technology and methodologies. It also teaches participants how to save time and money while creating more enjoyable learning with long-term results. This certification provides adult learning methodologies that have been applied to all of our courses and programs.

Polarity Thinking helps our facilitators understand if our clients are really dealing with a challenge or a polarity that needs to managed. Some examples of polarities are: change and stability, work and rest, etc. Polarities are everywhere and both sides of a polarity have positives and negatives so balancing and understanding when we are getting into the negative part of the polarity is really important.


Conferences Presented at:

Creative Expert Exchange (CEE)

The CEE Conference is held once a year by the International Center for Studies. CEE provides an opportunity for a deeper conversation and exploration of the creative studies field. The conference consists of a variety of workshops and social events to provide ample opportunity to reconnect and be reenergized by the exciting advances of the creativity community.

Mindcamp

Mindcamp is a four-day micro-university for personal, professional, and organizational creativity — a feast of 90-minute and half-day concurrent sessions presented by the best creativity leaders in North America and world-wide.

ATD – Formerly ASTD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals take the knowledge, skills, and abilities of others and help them achieve their full potential.

AATH - The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) is a non-profit, member driven, international community of humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts. Formed in 1987 by Registered Nurse, Alison L. Crane, AATH provides it’s members with the education, cutting-edge resources, and supportive community they need to excel in the practice and promotion of health humor.

KLIC - Knowledge, Leadership in Innovation & Creativity

KLIC is Pakistan's pioneering international conference that enables top managers and leaders to develop their leadership and innovation skills.  KILC stands for Knowledge, Leadership in Innovation & Creativity.

CREA - The Creative Learning Community

The CREA Conference is in Europe and is devoted to creativity and innovation, focusing on the learning and application of methods, tools and techniques for the development of creative thinking.

Florida Creativity Weekend

Florida Creativity Weekend is presented by the Florida Creativity Alliance, Inc. in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre. The Florida Creativity Planning Team is made up of educators, creativity professionals, business people, and not-for-profit organization representatives with a shared passion for promoting the benefits of creative thinking, problem solving, expression and education.

Educarchile

Provides information, resources, services and quality educational experiences in innovative formats that meet the needs and interests of the national education community and help improve the teaching and learning.