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Public Workshop

Creative Thinking Workshop

Hosted at SUNY Buffalo State

In a recent Bloomberg/Business Week study, job recruiters identified Creative Problem Solving among the top 5 skills for success. Sadly, the same recruiters said Creative Problem Solving was the second most difficult skill to find among job applicants. Numerous studies agree that in today's fast changing and volatile work environment, creative thinking is one of the most crucial skills for professional success. The International Center for Studies in Creativity has been teaching and training creativity for nearly 50 years. In fact, its programs have been identified as the most successful creativity programs in the world. This one-day, hands on workshop is designed to provide participants with a proven set of principles and tools for enhanced creative problem solving that will be immediately applicable in the workplace. 


Gerard Puccio, Ph.D. Gerard Puccio, Ph.D. 

Gerard J. Puccio is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. Gerard has written more than 50 articles, chapters and books. Dr. Puccio is an accomplished speaker and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts. Some of his recent clients include the BBC, Fisher-Price Brands, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Kraft Foods, Rich Products, BNP Paribas, Rubbermaid, Coca-Cola, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations across the United States and in more than 20 different countries.


Laura Ryan, M.S.Laura Ryan, M.S.

Laura Ryan is president of LAMA Innovation Inc., a facilitation and training firm specializing in creative problem solving and strategic planning. Laura’s clients include Greatbatch, Hasek’s Heroes, UBMD Pediatrics, Jiffy-Tite, Ashton Potter  the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, ComEd, and PepsiCo.  She is also the founder of Creativity-International, which provides creativity training for a worldwide audience including King Saud University, NIPA Korea, and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

Laura has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State. In addition, Laura holds certificates in Six Sigma, Lean Practices, and FourSight. Laura is proud to serve on the Foundation Board of The Summit Center, the Family Council of WCHOB, and the board of directors of People Enterprises, a division of People Inc.


Spring 2018 workshop will be held on March 23, 2018.

Contact us at (716) 878-6223 with questions

Held in Chase Hall, Room 215 on Buffalo State College campus, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Early bird price by March 1, 2018:  $295

Groups of 3 or more:  $295

Individual price after early bird deadline of March 1, 2018:  $325

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International Center for Studies in Creativity

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Chase Hall 244 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6223 •  Fax: (716) 878-4040