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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.


Ismet Mamnoon, M.S.Ismet Mamnoon, M.S.

Ismet Mamnoon is a graduate from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College. She is also a certified as facilitator for Polarities, FourSight and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  As a facilitator, Ismet believes in empowering clients with the ability to use Creative thinking in order to help them realize their potential and use their own expertise to address challenges within their field of work, and their personal lives. 

As a self-professed “Parentologist” who has been writing about parenting for over 36 year she was invited to speak about parenting at a TEDx event and her talk is featured on Ismet is the founder of the Beyonder Academy which launched the first ever creativity program for local and international, middle and high school students at Buffalo State College.  The Beyonder Academy also provides training and resources for educators and parents across the world. 

Currently Ismet serves as a facilitator at Knowinnovation for promoting team science with academics from all over the world. She is a trainer and facilitator at Innovation Bound where she designs and delivers creativity training for corporate clients. In her role as adjunct faculty, she also teaches graduate level courses in creativity, facilitation and change leadership as part of the SUNY International Graduate Program for Educators.

Ismet has authored several books, a Parenting tool kit and created card decks related to her work in the field of creativity.  She has received 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.  


Fall 2018 workshop will be held on October 19, 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 October 1, 2018:  $295

Groups of 3 or more:  $295

Individual price after early bird deadline of October 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