The Center for Creative Emergence
Charlottesville, VA and Washington, DC
Facilitating, coaching, consulting, and train-the-trainer programs in Whole-Brain Creative Facilitation (for facilitators), Improv for Leaders, Creative Thinking, Becoming an Innovative Work Culture, Team and Community Co-creating, Innovation, New Product/Service Development. Organizational Storytelling, Ideation, Creative Visioning an Emergent Strategy.
"Michelle's Improv for Sales workshop was a profound and transformative experience.!" ~ Jason Schwartz, Vice President of Sales, Clean Currents
"Michelle did her homework before the Improv for Creative Thinking workshops she did with us, rather than offering 'canned' presentations. I see the positive impact on how we work and what we create together." - Julia Dubner, GEICO Marketing
"Michelle developed an active and customized innovation learning experience for our participants. She exceled at making them relevant and applicable to work. It was a pleasure to work with her and we look forward to doing so again." - Eric Kammerer, Instructional Design Specialist, Dominos
"Michelle's a great faciliator and the principles and games are fantastic! Just what we needed to freshen our training sessions!" - Angela Churchill, Organizational Development Specialist, Department of Human Services
Michelle has been pioneering Applied Improvisation in the Washington, DC area since the late 90s. She uses Improv-based Principles and Practices with organizations, leaders and professional development groups. She has been doing improv since 1996 and performed full-length improvised plays with a professional improv troupe from 2001-2010. Organizations who have used her improv-based programs include Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft, John Deere, Dominos, RAPP, GEICO Insurance, World Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Clean Currents Inc., Federal Executive Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Invest Northern Ireland, National Institutes of Health, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, National Cancer Institute, Create Express, MoCo Council of Arts & Humanities, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Service Employees International Union among others. Deeply passionate about the transformative power of applied improvisation in work and in life, Michelle put on DC's first Creativity in Business conference, all based on key improv principles. She spoke about Improv for a Creative Work Culture at TEDxCreative Coast. (she much prefers facilitating it than talking about it, though) and also spreads the improv "meme" through various conference presentations each year, such as The Front of Innovation Conference and The Market Research Event.