Team Bios

Dr. Edwin C. Selby

Dr. Edwin C. Selby

Ed is a Senior Associate with the Center for Creative Learning, and an Adjunct Professor with Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. He is the principal author of VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving StyleSM, as well as publications of support material for that instrument. Ed is also the author of articles on learning style, talent identification and development, and creativity training and instruction. He offers seminars and workshops helping individuals and groups to become more effective problem solvers. He served for many years as a public school music and drama teacher, and founded the Sussex Student Theater, in which students wrote and produced their own musical plays. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Sussex County Teen Arts Festival and the Sussex County Technical School Board of Education. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Sussex County Charter School for Technology.

Dr. Donald J. Treffinger

Dr. Donald J. Treffinger

Dr. Donald J. Treffinger is President of the Center for Creative Learning, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Cornell University and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Winnipeg. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 books and monographs, including Educating for Creativity and Innovation and Creative Approaches to Problem Solving, and more than 400 articles. Dr. Treffinger has served as a faculty member of many colleges and universities, including Purdue University, the University of Kansas, and Buffalo State College. Dr. Treffinger has received the National Association for Gifted Children's Distinguished Service Award, the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award, and the NAGC Legacy Award, as well as the International Creativity Award from the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Dr. Treffinger has served as editor of the Gifted Child Quarterly and Editor-in-Chief of Parenting for High Potential.

Dr. Scott Isaksen

Dr. Scott Isaksen

Scott is the founder and President of the Creative Problem Solving Group, Inc., and currently a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Norwegian Business School in Bergen. Scott has published more than 200 articles, chapters and books on innovation, cognitive style, Creative Problem Solving, and climate for creativity. He is widely acclaimed for his work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator and has worked with hundreds of global organizations on leading for innovation, building high-performing teams, and managing change.

William Shephard

William Shephard

William Shephard is the Vice President of Group Services at the Creative Problem Solving Group, Inc. (CPSB). He is responsible for designing and conducting facilitation and training projects with a wide variety of organizations with experience in international and multi-cultural settings.

Professionally in the field of organizational creativity and innovation since 1980, he is an experienced trainer, facilitator and presenter in the areas of creative problem solving, innovation, strategy development and facilitation.

He has conducted facilitation projects and training for IBM, GE, PetroBras, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oxford University Press, Armstrong World Industries, At&t, Alcatel Lucent and numerous other leading corporate clients.

He has particular expertise in training and coaching individuals in the concepts and skills needed to be successful facilitators of creative problem-solving, strategy development and change management.

Prior to joining CPSB, he was the Chief Program Officer of the Creative Education Foundation and for 18 years he served as the Director of the International Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI).

Brian Dorval

K. Brian Dorval

Brian Dorval is Founding Partner and President of Think First Serve, Inc., a management training and consulting company specializing in the use of creative-thinking, problem-solving and performance improvement methods to help groups and organizations figure out new ways to grow. Brian has over 25 years of experience helping people, teams, and organizations significantly improve their personal performance and business results. He has delivered over 500 creative problem solving, management coaching, and performance training sessions for companies in 20 countries around the world. He has also published over 60 articles, chapters, and books on topics related to creative thinking, problem solving and performance improvement. In other performance-related areas, Brian is a USPTA-certified tennis professional, who specializes in the mental game. He has worked with regionally and nationally ranked junior tennis players, as well as adults of varying levels, to improve mental toughness and enhance performance in pressure situations. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College and a Masters of Science Degree in Creativity & Innovation from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo, NY.

Luc DeSchryver

Luc De Schryver

Luc has a Masters degree in Applied Economics (University of Antwerp, Belgium) and a Masters degree in Creativity and Innovation (Buffalo State University College, Buffalo, USA).

Luc is the founding Managing Director of o2c2 Consulting Group and senior CPSB Associate. In this role he is responsible for the integration of the CPSB services and the CPS methodology on the European market. He has been applying the framework and processes within local and international business contexts for the last 25 years. He has been working internationally with companies such as McCain (USA), Europol, Scottisch Pension Fund, Sperian (France), The European Institutions, and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. On a national level he is working with organisations such as the Flemish Community or VVSG (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Steden en Gemeenten). Companies in Belgium include Belgacom, Stebo, Federal Police, De Boeck Publishers, Mercedes-Benz. He is also lecturing creativity and innovation courses at the College University (KHLim) and is Innovation Manager for KHLim’s Innovation Hub.

Luc’s main research interests are the impact of creativity training and the influence of innovation interventions on leadership behaviour, the financial performance of businesses and its influence on the “innovation-mindedness” of higher education.

Andy Wilkins

Andy Wilkins

Andy is a founding partner of Perspectiv - a consulting and training company, combining proven methodologies with practical application to enable organisations to improve performance.

Andy has more than 20 years experience helping people, teams, and organisations significantly improve their performance. He has delivered more than 500 programs, workshops and coaching sessions for international companies in 11 countries. Prior to founding Perspectiv in 1997, Andy worked for 16 years at international IT companies as Director of Innovation and Change, Business Unit Managing Director, and Director of Strategy and Marketing. He has written and presented more than 25 articles on the application of creative problem solving, strategy, leadership, and teams in organisations.

Andy has 20 years experience as a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School/City University in London on various MBA and MSC courses on the subjects of innovation and management.

In other areas relating to improving performance, Andy is continually researching and applying the leadership approach necessary for working with "wicked problems" to help organisations get more from methods such as agile, lean, six sigma, project management, and creative problem solving.

Andy is a master facilitator and trainer of Creative Problem Solving – a framework, process, language and tools to help individuals and teams to organise, plan for and lead creativity, innovation, problem solving, and change. He is also a qualified practitioner of: VIEW and The Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ®) an assessment providing insights into a person’s, team’s, department’s or organisation’s perception of the climate for innovation and change.

Andy is an associate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He graduated with honours from London Guildhall University in Business Studies specialising in Marketing and Strategy.

Glen Wilson

Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and acting COO for Holy Family Institute - a highly innovative, effective, and impactful non-profit social service organization that delivers on 18 lines of wrap-around and educational services for children, adults, and families - all aligned to help lift people out of, and break, the cycle of poverty. Glenn is currently facilitating, training, and helping client-facing staff apply a blend of Human Centered Design, Design Thinking, and Creative Problem Solving tools, techniques, and processes, to deliver higher levels of impact in shorter periods of time. He is also working with special education teachers to use the same tools, techniques, and processes to deliver higher levels of learning experiences using project based education, experiential learning, and board game development.

Glenn also is a Real Estate Investment Strategist and Broker/Owner of the Max Business Group. Glenn is setting new benchmarks in the real estate industry by using creative and innovative approaches to create, develop, and apply a systemic “business approach to the business of real estateSM”. His business model and compensation model are the first of their kind in the industry and are delivering high returns in minimal time for his clients, his staff, and his firm.

As a Senior Associate, Glenn has worked with CPSB throughout the US and Europe helping top leaders within the military, Fortune 100s, and Global 100s to improve individual, team, leader, and or organizational performance and the management of change by leveraging creative potential in people, processes, products and working environments.

Earned certifications include: Certified Igniting Creative Potential Trainer; Certified Creative Problem Solving Facilitator; Certified Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ) Qualified Practitioner Trainer; Qualified SOQ Practitioner; Certified Teamwork for Transformation Trainer; Certified VIEW Trainer; and Qualified VIEW User. Glenn holds a Master in Education and a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Innovation. He owns the 3rd largest library of creativity-related books in the world, has written numerous articles, collaborated on books and research projects, and stays cutting edge by writing book reviews and judging at new invention trade shows.

SusanBeth S. Purifico, M.Ed., M.S.L.S.

SusanBeth S. Purifico, M.Ed., M.S.L.S.

SusanBeth has been associated with education throughout her entire life. Professionally, she has 20 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and school librarian, followed by more than 15 years as a curriculum writer and program developer in non-profit organizations. She holds a BSE and M Ed from Memphis State and MSLS from the University of Tennessee. She has also served as an organizational International Training Director, facilitating workshops and coordinating more than 100 training volunteers around the world. She has co-authored several books supporting the work of Drs. Treffinger, Isaksen, and Selby in the field of creativity and has written a variety of curriculum resources for implementing CPS tools, building teamwork, and empowering style preference. With the Center for Creative Learning, Inc., she is a member of the Leadership Team and Training Team for CPS workshops with schools in the U.S. as well as in Singapore. Currently SusanBeth is the Director of Program Design and Development for We R 3C, Inc., a non-profit organization whose curriculum is dedicated to creating caring communities.

Paul Gebhardtsbauer

Paul Gebhardtsbauer

Paul is the senior Quality Manager at Headquarters, US Army Materiel Command (AMC), in the Continuous Process Improvement Directorate located at Redstone Arsenal, AL. This organization is the first in the Department of Defense to employ Creative Problem Solving as an adjunct to the Lean Six Sigma, Quality Assurance, and Value Engineering improvement methodologies used by AMC in managing improvement throughout the US Army’s Industrial Enterprise. Paul has over 34 years experience in logistics supply chain, automation design and development, and quality management around the globe. He has spent the past 6 years working with senior leaders, staff, employees, and contractors to develop a community oriented towards creative change management in this 70,000 + member organization.

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