Michael J. Gelb is a bestselling author and a world-leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is the author of 14 books, including How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, which was a New York Times, Washington Post, and Amazon.combestseller. A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking and innovation, he has been honored with the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award in 1999 and the 2003 Batten Fellowship from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, where he co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson.
Michael Gelb is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has worked globally with Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Nike, as well as with small businesses and nonprofits. From 2008 to 2012, he served as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute. Michael has also presented several bestselling audio programs, including Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius, and Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and he has appeared on NPR, BBC, CNN, and Good Morning America.
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Dr. Joshua Eyler, Ph.D., is an expert in the science of learning and in evidence-based teaching practices. He is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, where he also teaches the humanities. After receiving his B.A. in English from Gettysburg College, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Dr. Eyler is the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching, which was published in 2018 by West Virginia University Press.Praise for Joshua Eyler“Joshua Eyler is one of the world’s foremost authorities on creative teaching and active learning: His research is thorough, his insight perceptive, and his delivery engaging. Josh is one of that rarest of breeds: An expert in pedagogy who not only understands theories of instruction, but implements them effortlessly. In short, he is himself a wonderful teacher, and I can’t recommend his course highly enough!”
– Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., Chair of the English department at Gettysburg College“Josh Eyler loves to learn how people learn. As a professional teaching and learning center director, he has years of experience helping professors better understand how to share their knowledge with students. His tips help students enjoy learning efficiently.”
– Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, George Mason University“Josh has spent many years in the classroom, and just as many becoming an expert on the research on teaching and learning. So he is a master at translating complex theories into pragmatic ideas for the classroom. He is also a gifted storyteller, inviting his students to join him on adventures. So if you’re interested in a lecture series that is equal parts theoretical, exciting, and useful, I can’t recommend Josh more!”– Elizabeth Barre,Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Wake Forest University