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SESSION 1:   9:00am - 10:30am.......Creativity & Well Being

SESSION 2: 10:45am - 12:20pm......Creative Space

SESSION 3: 12:20pm - 1:00pm........Creative Communication

SESSION 4:  1:45pm - 3:00pm..........Creative Transformation


National Best-Selling Author, Psychologist & Professor

SESSION 1: 9:00-10:30AM

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is Claremont Graduate University’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management. He is also the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). The QLRC is a nonprofit research institute that studies positive psychology, the study of human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.

Csikszentmihalyi is known for his research on the experience of flow, a psychological concept he introduced in his best-selling book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial, 1990). The book has received much praise and attention, being described by the Library Journal as “…an intriguing look at the age-old problem of the pursuit of happiness and how, through conscious effort, we may more easily attain it.” Though published in the early 1990s, Flow has continued to draw attention from both researchers and the general public and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Since then, Csikszentmihalyi has written numerous books and articles on managing flow. In 2004, Csikszentmihalyi delivered a TEDTalk titled “Flow, the Secret to Happiness,” which has more than 3.5 million views.


Speakers (Listed Alphabetically)


Creative Director, Right Brain Project

SESSION 1: 9:00-10:30AM

"Cultivating Your Creativity"

Ed is the Creative Director of The Right Brain Project (TRBP), a creativity consulting firm that helps leaders, and entrepreneurs build creative cultures within their organizations. TRBP’s team of creative professionals and neuroscientists unpack the spectrum of human creativity and potential through experiences, exposure, research, and dialogue. 

Ed is also a musician, composer, educator, writer, and event designer. He has composed music for film, television, modern dance, theater, songs, sonic collages, and more. He has designed concerts, workshops, and lectures for: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Kennedy Center, The Music Center of Los Angeles County, he San Francisco Symphony, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and many others.

When it comes to being creative—you are what you eat. Explore how to feed your creativity through experiences and exposure to art, music, philosophy, neuroscience, and more.

KATHERINE BOUTRY, Ph.D, English Professor
SESSION 1: 9:00-10:30AM

Creativity Takes Courage: This talk posits that underserved student populations demonstrate more creativity than traditional students because they convert obstacles to opportunities for growth simply by making it to campus each day.

Director of the Creativity Studies Lab and fulltime professor of English at West Los Angeles College, Dr. Katherine Boutry received her PhD in English from Harvard University where 
she taught for ten years and was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies before moving to Los Angeles to write for television. She created and directed the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She is author of The West Guide to Writing and articles on the importance of creativity studies at community colleges.

SVP Production and Talent, Walt Disney Animation Studios

SESSION 4: 1:45PM-3:00PM

Reimagining Creativity: Transformative Leadership in Creative Markets. 

Cam has been described as one of the women who are changing animation and is known for her work on Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6, among others. She says transformative leadership can ignite the energy of a creative community and generate lasting change.

Communications Adj. Professor -- WLAC, Toastmaster DTM

SESSION 3: 12:20PM-1:00PM

“What Public Speaking Can Learn from Mathematics”

Kevin Coffee earned his B.S. in Mathematics at UC Berkeley and his M.A. in Communications at CSUN. For several years, he was the primary coach for a youth speakers program sponsored by Toastmaster and Lockheed Martin in the Antelope Valley area. He was also a Toastmaster for many years and earned a spot as a Regional Finalist in the Toastmaster International Speaking Competition. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Los Angeles College teaching communications. 


Environmental Philosopher, UC San Francisco
SESSION 2: 10:45AM-12:20PM

"The Ecological Self: Harnessing the Power of Our Interspecies Nature for Good"

Yogi Hale Hendlin is an environmental philosopher working on the environmental and social determinants of health as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Hendlin has published numerous articles in leading environmental philosophy and public health journals and is currently writing the book Interspecies Politics: Valuing Difference in the Biotic Community. 



Manager of Proposal Development, SpaceX

SESSION 2: 10:45AM-12:20PM

"The Creative Edge of Space Exploration"


SESSION 4: 1:45PM-3:00PM
“Good Girls Aren’t Funny: How Gender Expectations Affect the Creative Edge”

GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY creator; founder of Improvolution Improv School in New York City; The Groundlings Theater Company alumna and Senior Instructor and Director; Pace University professor; founder and Executive Director of iMergence.

Holly Mandel has worked extensively with both groups of women and individuals in both the classrooms of improv schools over the last 10 years, as well as in the corporate sector on leadership training, accessing authentic confidence, team dynamics, and creating the conditions for greater autonomy, creativity, ownership, & innovation. From this work and her own inquiry into these topics specifically around gender, she discovered what would become the basis for her talk and book, GOOD GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY.

Her degree is in both Psychology and Sociology (UCLA); she has studied organizational development, collective creativity, and leadership development - for women especially.  Holly has also spent many years within the corporate world: at Disney Pictures in feature development; at ABC television in the marketing and advertising department; and at Comedy Central as a writer/producer.

Her improv and sketch comedy training happened over the span of the 3 years she trained at The Groundlings Theater & School in LA and the 6 years she acted as a Main Company member, performing her own written comedic material and improvising.



Philosophy Professor --WLAC  

SESSION 3: 12:20PM-1:00PM

The Philosophy of Creativity - How does something come from nothing?  From the beginning, the earliest philosophers have struggled with trying to make sense of creativity.


West Edge Architects, Principal 
SESSION 2: 10:45AM-12:20PM
“Creative Spaces: The Impact of Physical Environment on Individual 
and Group Creativity"
Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California School of Architecture. He holds a part-time faculty position and serves as a guest critic at USC. Additionally, Peter has served as a guest critic at California Polytechnic Institute Pomona and at the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2000, Peter established West Edge Architects, where he leads a team of architects and designers in pursuit of imaginative, innovative solutions to a wide variety of design challenges. 

Relationship Expert & Award-Winning Author of 
“He Did You a Favor”
SESSION 1: 9:00-10:30AM
"How Failure Leads to Creative Success"

Award-Winning Author, Debra is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Her book He Did You a Favor has been featured in Shape Magazine and is the winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Award, the Next Generation Indie Award, and the Indie Reader Discovery Award.

Before writing  He Did You a Favor, Debra worked as a script analyst and Development Associate for both film and television.

She also built a successful voiceover career, voicing strong, powerful women in film and television, from “Streetfighter” to “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Through her experience, she discovered her own inner warrior and found that the strong heroines she’d been voicing were also within her.

Debra has been a guest on shows such as: The Color of Success, The Kovak Perspective, Blissful Living, The Kathy Jordan Show, Curvy Metalhead Show, Game Changers, Journey for the Truth, The Michael Dresser show, The Hollis Chapman Show, PPRN Live, Carry On Harry, Tell It Like It Is and Making New Choices To Create A New Reality.

Chopra Certified Meditation and Energy Coach

SESSION 4: 1:45PM-3:00PM
"The Edge of Consciousness: Co-Creating through Meditation"

After nearly two decades in the corporate world, I gradually become depleted on an energetic level.  A series of life challenges slowly stripped away my sense of wholeness and wellbeing.  I immersed myself in teachings that would enable me to uncover the root of who I am. This discovery led me to the Chopra Center, where I completed my certification in Primordial Sound Meditation, allowing me to nourish not only my mind and body, but most importantly, my soul. Using the practice of meditation for co-creation – accessing a place of deep knowing to discover your soul’s desire – has been a guiding presence throughout my life. I hope to guide others both in and outside of the workplace on how to tap into their inner wisdom to elicit creativity and co-create their best life.

Sociology Adj. Professor -- WLAC

WLAC Adjunct Professor of Sociology, video producer and on-camera host
who’s passion is to reach the masses with accessible, relatable content.





Founder of SuperSphere Productions

SESSION 2: 10:45AM-12:20PM

 “All the R’s. 360, Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality: An Introduction and Creative Study.”  

Lucas Wilson is Founder and Executive Producer at SuperSphereVR (, a VR and AR content and technology company shaping entertaining, immersive VR experiences globally, with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Singapore. Wilson is also founder and CEO of Revelens, a technology company pioneering ad tech and interaction in VR and AR. Clients and partners include Walt Disney Pictures, FOX, Grey Advertising, Jaunt, DIRECTV, Samsung, Reebok, and many others.


Marketing / Advertising Professional and Founder of True Moon

SESSION 3: 12:20PM-1:00PM
"Using Disruptive Marketing and Promotions to Break through 
the Clutter for Consumer Attention"
Shelli Wright started at USA Network and the Up All Night Show with Rhonda Shear and then went on to a fifteen year career in advertising working on brands like Samsung, Cisco, Volkswagen, TJ Maxx, Sunsilk, JC Penney, Taco Bell, UPS, Jeep, Metro PCS and Fox Sports. Agencies she’s worked for include JWT, Saatchi and Saatchi, Mullen, The Martin Agency, The Marketing Arm/Davie Brown. 
Shelli was on the brand team for the late Boyd Coddington of American Hot Rod (TLC), and has written celebrity speeches for Felicity Huffman, Julian Moore, Halle Berry and Sheryl Crow for the Revlon Run Walk for several years. Shelli has been an event producer for Coca-Cola and Target at events such as the Special Olympics and Austin City Limits Music Festival.








SESSION 4: 1:45PM-3:00PM        KAYLA MITCHELL, WLAC Student
                             "How Disney & Creativity Saved Me From Bullies”

SESSION 4: 1:45PM-3:00PM        HWAN MOORE, WLAC Student
                            "Re-Creativity: The Transgender Experience
                                                          & Living on the Creative Edge"
SESSION 1: 9:00AM-10:30AM      ALEX ESTRAD, WLAC Student
                             "Life Obstacles and Csikszentmihalyi’s Influence"