Realize your creative potential with the transformative
Creative Catalyst Certificate Program
Enroll in the Creative Catalyst Program to:
Learn from working artists and entrepreneurial experts in an innovative online experience
Gain skills and master concepts in a process made specifically for the creative mindset
Design and take charge of your creative future
The Creative Catalyst Certificate Program offers creatives and artists a flexible
and affordable alternative for continuing education
and professional development
Mindful Leadership is a skill just like your other creative skills. Learn how to define and develop your idea for yourself and then how to transform it into a reality others will want to be part of
Learn how your creativity can spark innovative thinking, facilitate experimentation, visualize strategy and engage across differences
Get down to business with your creative ideas.
From concept to execution, sharpen your creative edge to build a more sustainable future
Chris Chopyak has worked as a business strategist for more than 20 years, designing and leading visionary processes for and with multiple industries including finance, technology, pharmaceutical, consumer products, consulting, petrochemicals, agriculture, publishing and education, oil and gas, aerospace and hospitality. Chris is the author of “Picture Your Business Strategy: Transform Decisions with the Power of Visuals” (McGraw-Hill Professional), a go-to-resource for how to plan and execute great business ideas. Using strategic illustration and three simple design principles, Chris inspires the use of pictures, words and metaphors to realize business ideas and address challenges. She has worked in in leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors, is a consultant with Artistic Logistics and and is an addicted and determined entrepreneur, owning several businesses, including Arlosoul: Visualize Innovation. She has an MBA from the Executive and Professional Education program at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and is a graduate of the 50 for Colorado executive education program at the LEEDS Business School at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Margaret Collins is the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC, which serves as an advocate for creative enterprises and entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad. Margaret is the Co-Founder of the National Creative Economy Coalition, and partners with organizations supporting creative industries throughout the US. In New York, Margaret managed major performing artists at ICM, and now enjoys keeping in touch with her musical roots while playing trombone in the Winston-Salem Community Band.
Melissa Dibble, the Lead Process Facilitator with EmcArts, has always found herself in newly created positions, and she acknowledges she is most comfortable starting from scratch, building functional frameworks to support conceptual ideas. A company builder who likes asking questions, Melissa is happiest when she can “hear about an idea, improvise around it, and build a structure to support it.” When she graduated from Boston University in 1990 with a degree in flute performance, Melissa decided not to pursue a performance career. Instead, she spearheaded community programs at the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. Although she was pleased to be working in what she calls “the most entrepreneurial and innovative areas” of orchestras, she soon became restless. By the time she joined EmcArts in 2002, she was ready to leave her formal institutional environment for one that was “smaller and more flexible.” At EmcArts, in addition to serving as a lead facilitator of EmcArts programs, Melissa has worked to cultivate flexibility, maintaining a non-hierarchical, interactive environment where a team of big thinkers can flourish.
Richard Evans is director emeritus of EmcArts, a nationally recognized service organization for innovation and adaptive change. Richard is a lead facilitator for current EmcArts programs, which include New Pathways for the Arts, Community Innovation Labs, Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators, and ArtsFwd.org, an online presence for learning and exchange around "next practices" for arts leaders. A frequent speaker on the relationship between cultural policy and emerging practices in the arts, Richard's recent engagements have included most of the annual conferences of arts service organizations in the U.S. and Canada. His past research and analytical expertise has been published in numerous field studies. Richard received his M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge, England. Prior to founding EmcArts, he held senior positions in arts management and philanthropy, including co-director of the National Endowment for the Arts' Advancement Program, Chief Executive of the Bath International Festival of Music & the Arts, England, and Vice President of the National Arts Stabilization Fund.
Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in New York City and has specialized in the field of public art for over 25 years. He illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development through the projects and programs he’s initiated in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, Central Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Caribbean. Kendal believes that the most successful public artworks start with the question, “What is the artwork to achieve?” and takes into account the audience and surrounding environment in the creation of that artwork. He’s currently the Director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including the Abbey Mural Workshop at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design Senior Studio, and Pratt Institute’s Arts and Cultural Management Program.
Rob Kramer holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Founder and Principal of Kramer Leadership, LLC; provider of executive coaching and leadership development consulting. He is also a Founding Director of the Center for Leadership & Organizational Excellence at N.C. A&T State University and has served as Director of Training & Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as the founder and executive director of two professional theater companies. He is the author of "Stealth Coaching: Everyday Conversations for Extraordinary Results."
Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker — and a believer in the enormous opportunities that education provides. Delivered at his 2016 Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address, his poem “Lift Off” went viral with 13 million views. He inspires students, educators and communities with his conviction that every child has the right to “lift off” and achieve their dreams. Following in the footsteps of his educator parents, he has earned master’s degrees from Columbia University and Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently serving as Assistant Dean in the Office of University Collaborations at Wake Forest University.
Corey Madden is an artist, teacher and leader whose creative research focuses on how artists facilitate positive change in communities and systems. Madden is the Executive Director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts where she leads the Creative Catalyst Initiative. This 5-year strategic plan will provide emerging artist leaders with the professional development, mentoring and access they need to become transformative drivers of the 21st-century creative economy. Madden is on the faculty of UNC School of the Arts, and has held faculty appointments at UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, California Institute of the Arts, Occidental College, Cal State Pomona and University of Washington. Madden is the former Associate Artistic Director of Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and an award-winning director whose work has been produced Off-Broadway as well as nationally and internationally.
Lisa Mount is the Director of Artistic Logistics, working as a consultant with non profit arts organizations and facilitating dynamic meetings for groups large and small. As an independent artist she produces, directs, and appears in contemporary performance work, including the acclaimed community story plays, "Headwaters :: Stories From A Goodly Portion Of Beautiful Northeast Georgia," "Headwaters: Birth, Death and Places In-Between" and "Headwaters: Didja Hear?" at the Sautee Nacoochee Center from 2007 – 2013. She toured with the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra as rhythm banjo player from 1994 to 2006. Before embarking on her consulting career in 1997, Lisa served as the Managing Director of 7 Stages theater in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, with honors, from Lewis and Clark College. She has served as the Board Chair for Alternate ROOTS, the Atlanta Theatre Coalition, and Georgia Shares, a workplace giving campaign. Lisa received the 1996 “Abby” Award from the Atlanta Arts and Business Council for Outstanding Arts Professional, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2008. In 2009, she was given the first Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies. She currently serves on the boards of Alternate ROOTS and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.