Michelle James

TV SHOW GUEST 02.11.2014 CREATIVITY AND INTELLIGENCE Michelle James, founder and CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence, has been pioneering Applied Creativity and Imagination in the world of work with entrepreneurs, organizations and teams since 1997. The mission of her Center is to integrate the worlds of creativity, service, meaning and commerce, and cultivate whole-brain, whole-person engagement in work and life.
Michelle is a business creativity catalyst and facilitator, experience designer, and an Creative Emergence coach deeply passionate about cultivating creativity and imagination in the world of work for more aliveness, enjoyment, and success. Believing that everyone has a calling, Michelle supports her coaching clients in finding their passion and structuring what’s most alive and meaningful in them into income-generating work through her Creative Emergence approach, which includes arts-based and other creative processes.
Michelle’s original programs that have been featured on radio, television, and in newspapers, books and other publications. She also offers a variety of public workshops and creativity train-the-trainer programs internationally. In 2009, she was recognized for Visionary Leadership in Fast Company’s blog, Leading Change, for her commitment to for “her commitment to bring creative expression into the work environment in a very deep and meaningful way.”
Some of her organizational clients have included The World Bank, Microsoft, Deloitte, The Federal Executive Institute, GEICO Insurance, Panasonic, Dominos, Kaiser Permanente, Inova Health Systems, National Institutes of Health, Invest Northern Ireland, Search for Common Ground, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to name a few.
Michelle is as an abstract painting artist, a CoreSomatics Movement and Bodywork Master Practitioner, and was a performer of improvised plays with Precipice Improv for 10 years. She founded the Capitol Creativity Network – an applied creativity community hub in the DC area since 2003, the bi-annual Creativity in Business Conferences, and the first the Creativity in Business Telesummit. She curetted a book, Navigating the New Work Paradigm with contributions from 33 Creativity and Innovation Leaders in 2011, and is currently writing a book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator’s Guide to Cultivating Creativity based on her last 17 years in the field. Her website is www.creativeemergence.com.