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Collider Creative Series: Leading a Creative Life

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BizDojo Wellington

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Welcome to the first event in the Collider Creative Series - "Leading a Creative Life" with Aithan Shapira and Elysa Fenenbock.

Join us for a light lunch and hear from Aithan and Elysa as they talk to us about their personal journey to becoming people they are today, followed by a fireside chat and an opportunity for Q&A.

Come along if you're interested in hearing more about:

  • Developing your creative instincts
  • Taking a creative approach to leadership
  • Design thinking
  • Using creativity to innovate

Aithan and Elysa will be in Wellington for the upcoming Creative Leadership conference. Thanks to the great people at the American Embassy, we've wrangled time to hear from them both at BizDojo.


About the speakers

Aithan Shapira

Aithan Shapira MFA PhD advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 500s on strategies for how to ‘lead by seeing and listening differently to maximizing solutions in uncertain times when new business books and creativity tools are published daily. His research on how time- and science-tested techniques from the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, corporate cultures, events, curricula, and product development. Aithan has pioneered top-rated leadership development workshops for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period and is currently leading three international university initiatives integrating their arts colleges and business schools. He designs programming for Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, C2 Montreal, and Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. With Elysa, Aithan co-Founded Artepreneurship. He draws from roots in the arts: 15 years as a professional artist, research on the creative process at the Royal College of Art & Design, living with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival, directing world-class creative teams in music and fine art, and serving as a visiting critic/professor in studio arts at the Royal College of Art, RISD, and Berklee College of Music.

Elysa Fenenbock

Elysa is a healer of creativity, designer of products, champion of learning and maker of covetable things. Applying the medicine of creativity to projects at the intersection of design, art, and education, she enables her students to thrive through mindful making and life prototyping.

She is the co-founder of Artepreneurship Academy, a program to inspire personal and global change through art+design+entrepreneurship powered creative residencies. As Google’s first designer-in-residence, she facilitates human-centered design processes and spearheads social impact projects. At The Creative Nomad Project, she leads global organizations to foster creativity in endeavors ranging from transforming Peruvian artisans into entrepreneurs, to visioning the future of K12 education in rural Panama. Closer to home, Elysa teaches at the Stanford d.school and plays with fiber and fire — though not at the same time — in her studio. At her core, she’s an artist who’s happiest when getting lost in the color and texture of fabric and sculpting precious metals. Previously, Elysa worked at IDEO where she developed the Design Thinking for Educators platform.



Thanks to our friends at the US Embassy for making this event happen!



Collider is your opportunity to converge with Wellington's innovation, tech and creative scene. Whether you're connecting to an event in our programme or you're collaborating with a human in the tech hub, Collider aims to help you and your business grow. Collider is delivered by BizDojo with exists due to support from the Wellington City Council.

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