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Creativity in Context

  • April 10, 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • 1871 - Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654


As organizations are increasingly feeling the pressure to adapt to the realities of a new economy, more are turning to innovation and creativity as a competitive strategy. To be successful, however, producing organizational creativity has to be more than a tagline, slogan or abstract goal. How can your organization truly deliver on its goals of fostering creativity and innovation?

We believe that nearly everyone has creative potential, and that creative performance is within reach for any organization willing to invest in developing creative leaders. In this interactive workshop that incorporates improv activities and active discussion, organizational psychologists from Basil Consultants will provide insights and strategies around how to develop creative leaders who in turn can shape a more innovative organization.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore how innovation and creativity are defined and how they can be operationalized in your organization
  • Understand the key steps to promote and sustain a culture of innovation
  • Learn strategies to identify and develop creative leaders
  • Walk away with ideas on how to use improv for developing creative leaders as part of your L&D toolkit


Sam Smith, PhD, is a passionate I/O psychologist with a background in leadership development, training facilitation, and executive assessment. In her role, she partners closely with organizations to select and develop leadership capabilities and build an inclusive organizational culture. Outside of Basil Consultants, Sam is a comedic improviser at iO Chicago and a training facilitator for Second City Works. Sam combines the tools used by improvisers with her professional background to enhance others’ understanding of personal and organizational creativity, innovation, and empathy.

Brendan Neuman, PhD, is an I/O psychologist committed to helping organizations identify and develop creative leaders. His areas of expertise include executive assessment, leadership development, and HR analytics. He has supported organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across industries including financial services, transportation, utilities, consumer package goods, and telecommunications. In addition to his work with Basil Consultants, Brendan is a Business Volunteer for the Arts through the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, and has delivered seminars in organizational psychology and the psychology of creativity as an adjunct at Roosevelt University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

How Much

No Charge



About the Corporate University PDN

The Corporate University Professional Development Network (PDN) of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATDChi) provides a forum for professionals involved with corporate universities to share information and network. For the purposes of the PDN, a corporate university is defined as "the strategic umbrella for developing and educating employees, customers, and suppliers in order to meet an organization's business strategies." (Corporate Universities, Jeanne Meister, 1998).

Participation is open to all those who have an interest in exchanging ideas, experiences, strategies, etc. related to corporate universities. The PDN was started in July 2003 and meets every other month at rotating locations. Membership in ATDChi is not required, but it is encouraged. ATDChi is not liable for activities associated with the PDN.


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