- Innovation and Creativity: 7th Sense Strategies for Breakthrough Insights
- Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter & Play
Date: January 21, 2016 Time: 11am Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Growing Business Acumen Organization: Dorian Drake International, Inc. Location: Westchester, NY
A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.
Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.
As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.
Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…
Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.
A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.
Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.
Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.