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When: Friday, July 8
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell
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Friday,  July 8, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Artists and Innovators: Creative Surprises
Guests: Michael Arena, Shaun Cassidy and Sharon Benjamin

Executives, entrepreneurs and innovators in many fields and organizations can take inspiration from artists and their work. Michael Arena, PhD, is an entrepreneurial social scientist who has given considerable thought to how lessons from creative disciplines of visual art can inform the business community. Arena is master of science in organizational development director at the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. His interest in innovation and connectivity led to a program called Hyper-connected Innovation that is dedicated to finding new ways of creating environments that generate new ideas and experimentation. He has served a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab within the Center for Future Banking, and has researched behavioral aspects and social dynamics of innovation in today‚Äôs connected society. He has worked with large corporations to foster innovation and organizational change. In addition, he is a senior faculty member at the Innovation Institute of the McColl Center for visual Art, a contemporary arts center dedicated to connecting arts and artists with the community at large and helping the corporate community unleash creative abilities among leaders, executive and employees. Shaun Cassidy, a fine artist and sculptor whose works have been extensively shown in the US and abroad, is an associate professor of dine arts at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. His work has been displayed t the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseilles, France, The Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, and at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. He studied sculpture in England and Canada, worked as a studio assistant for Sir Anthony Caro in London. His work, which has been featured in Sculpture Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, spans a diverse range of materials, processes and ideas. He is also on the board of directors of the McColl Center for visual Art. Sharon Benjamin is principal of Alchemy, a Washington DC based management consulting practice. She is a seasoned organizational executive who has served as a CEO and directed institutional development and finance. She has been active in the non-profit community, serving as Treasurer of the Board Earthworks.

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