Meet the Breakout Session Hosts
Anthony Weeks is an illustrator, documentary filmmaker, and visual storyteller based in San Francisco, CA. He has more than 16 years of experience working with senior-level product and strategy development teams to think visually and turn data into stories. In the role of public listener and illustrator, Anthony collaborates with project teams to create visually rich chronicles and murals of conversations in real time. The visual storytelling facilitates dialogue, engages participation, clarifies vision, and animates the process of ideation.
Anthony’s documentary films have been screened at numerous venues nationally and internationally. He was honored with an Emmy and a student Academy Award for his 2010 documentary short entitled Imaginary Circumstances.
In addition to directing documentary media, Anthony has illustrated a number of books. Most recently, his illustrations were featured in the 2013 release Netsmart: How to Thrive Online (MIT Press) by social media scholar and expert Howard Rheingold.
Bea was born in Slovakia and currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, actively spreading the word about graphic recording, sketchnoting and working visually. Even though she has a major in business administration, she has rather gained more experience in the field of people development, training and consulting. Bea has been actively working visually for the last 3 years and currently she freelances as a graphic recorder, facilitator and trainer. Her clients are mainly large multinational and national companies across all fields. Together with Tanya, she will deliver the IFVP signature training "GR101" for the second time.
Creative Genius at EngageME Consulting (www.engagemeconsulting.com) Bug obtained her degree in Visual Communication Design in 2007 and has been illustrating, designing and working as a graphic recorder and trainer ever since. Bug has come to understand the power of creativity and imagery in getting a message across and she applies her visual thinking techniques to all of her work. Bug helps companies to define their vision, develop and effectively communicate strategy, simplify processes, engage teams and realize that business can be effortless …and fun! More recently, Bug has enjoyed sharing her skills and knowledge through various visual thinking workshops, furthering her mission to show the world that drawing is for everyone!
A seasoned collaboration specialist, Charlotte Young, Ph.D. designs and leads problem solving and visual thinking sessions. She works in sectors that promote a sustainable, healthy, just world, such as culture, water and mental health. She uses facilitation, mediation, consensus building and visual thinking processes to catalyzes teams, groups and organizations to do their best work. Working both within single organizations and across multiple organizations, she helps develop, evaluate, and support public policy; and create optimally functioning organizations. The results include common understanding; creative thinking; and broadlysupported, enduring solutions. Charlotte also carries out organizational assessments, applied program and policy evaluations. Charlotte holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a certified mediator, a facilitator for True Colours personality strengths inventory and a graphic recorder.
With nearly eight years of experience consulting for government and public services, Erin has coordinated activities for project management and supported both technical and functional team efforts within two of the world’s largest enterprise resource planning implementations. These engagements in serving Defense clients have provided extensive knowledge in business process management for systems integration activities and further how to overcome challenges faced when implementing change across organizations. She has continued to develop project and program management expertise through recent work with civilian agencies surrounding a myriad of focus areas ranging from supply chain risk and performance management to leadership, team development and the HR lifecycle. Erin leads strategic visioning and offers strategic visualization services to include graphic facilitation and recording services for clients. In exploring her own visual practice, Erin incorporates digital scribing to increase virtual collaboration and engagement. The digital aspect of her work has grown as she is passionate about using this technique to extend the visual experience into the virtual space. Beyond her professional and educational stripes (almost done with that second Masters!), Erin comes to the visual community as a former muralist and remains a painting enthusiast. If not working or in class, you can find her out running, taking or teaching a yoga class or volunteering in the local community.
Frank Wesseler has been working as a process improvement consultant, coach and trainer for more than 15 years in numerous countries and industries. In all of his trainings and workshops Frank uses visualization to make dialogues visible and use word-graphic combination to increase the learning. In 2014 Frank got introduced to bikablo® and hasn’t stopped using it ever since. He embraces the technique and joined the bikablo® trainer team in 2016.
Greg Gersch credits Jim for introducing him to graphic recording six years ago. Greg studied art history at the University of Michigan before moving to Washington DC, where began his career in graphic design in the early 1990s, working for a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and government clients. In April 2001, he started his own firm, Eyebeam Creative, specializing in identity systems and branding strategies. Greg considers drawing an essential activity for inspiration and problem solving.
Heather Martinez bridges generation and industry gaps between letterheads by studying with master calligraphers and sign painters. She translates techniques used in their fields (broad stroke and brush tip) into practical applications for visual practitioners. As a Visioneer at OGSystems, Heather practices across the spectrum of visuals: graphic recording, approach design, graphic facilitation, and visual consulting to meet her clients’ needs while enjoying the benefits of being on an awesome team (https://www.ogsystems.com/visioneering). With a love for type and public venues, she is also a street typist and legal graffiti artist. To learn more, visit: www.HeatherMartinez.com where you can download Appreciative Inquiry templates, a Panarchy exercise, fonts, and lettering conversation maps for use in your practice. Email your snail mail address to her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you stickers and other fun goodies for inspiration. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @corpgraffitiart.
Random factoids about Jeannel:
- Director of Business Development Communications and Strategy with McCarthy Holdings, Inc.
- Owner and founder of Big Picture Solutions - Speaker and author of Draw Forth and What You Draw is Good Enough
- The original Stick Figure Strategist
- Past president of the IFVP
- Native Californian
- The Queen of What You Draw is Good Enough
- Lives her life by four rules: Be positive, send love, have fun, kick ass.
- Lives in San Diego with her guy and her kitten.
- Is totally a naturally curly redhead.
Jill Greenbaum, Ed.D. is an innovative speaker, visual strategist, facilitator, coach, and author. Her practice spans the globe—she has worked in Australia, Canada, England, Jamaica, Singapore, Switzerland, Trinidad, and the United States. Jill’s clients have included, the Ford Motor Company, CibaVision, Novartis, McGraw-Hill, Reed-Elsevier, PetroTrin, Siemens Medical, Turner Broadcasting Sales, Inc., Rutgers University, the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, the Englewood, NJ school district, and the PAST Foundation. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in child psychology and education, a Master of Science in bilingual special education, and a Doctorate in curriculum development. Learn more about her work at www.ilistenidraw.com and http://www.icoachidesign.com/
Jim Nuttle has worked for over 9 years as a graphic recorder in a variety of settings with corporate, non-profit, and government clients in the US and abroad. He has 30+ years experience as an independent designer and illustrator based in the Washington, DC area. This background in designing clear and compelling images, and visualizing complex concepts informs his approach to capturing conversations in real time. It’s also left him with a lifetime’s worth of clip-art in his head.
Before becoming a Leadership Consultant, worked for 20 years at Citibank LatinAmerica, coordinating regional and global projects, leading multi-national and multi-cultural teams and facilitating learning sessions in Latin America, USA, Europe and Asia. In 2003 created a training and development consultancy oriented to Management &Leadership Development and Performance Improvement. In 2015 created ANZIZAR Leadership Development, its own Leadership, Coaching and Graphic Facilitation Consultancy.
Lauren directs new program development, and is a core member of the Ten Directions training and consulting team. A naturally polymathic mind with expertise in integrative systems, Lauren weaves ideas, people, and possibilities together. Her deep understanding of human development and relating make her an invaluable collaborator with a special knack for working alongside thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionary creatives. As an editor and writer she manages to find just the right words to describe things most people struggle to name. As a Certified Integral Facilitator, she applies her precise mind and intuitive wisdom to helping people see themselves more clearly and find greater freedom. Lauren lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and two stepsons, where she loves to paint. - See more at: https://tendirections.com/lauren-tenney/#sthash.hWsDrZ9J.dpuf
"Lisa Arora is Principal of Get The Picture, a leading firm devoted to bringing business strategy and organizational change meetings to life using innovative, interactive graphic facilitation and graphic recording methods. The rich, engaging visual meeting experiences she provides result in highly productive dialogue, shared understanding, alignment and high-quality decisions. With over 15 years in education, workplace training and facilitation, designing effective meeting process is second nature to Lisa. Her visual meeting strategies have helped executives in organizations all over the world across all industries tackle deep-rooted and emerging issues. Her methods boost participation, foster new insights and yes, believe it or not…make some of the most serious and important conversations shaping our world today FUN.
Lisa and her team also train workplace teams and individuals to use these powerful visual facilitation and communications methods in their own work processes. Learn more about live graphics and what visual thinking can do for your group at www.GetThePicture.ca."
Prior to joining Salesforce as producer of the Salesforce Futures Lab in March of this year, Lynn’s been a graphic recorder for fifteen years. She co founded the Graphic Method with Sophia Liang in 2015. Lynn is a former president (2013-2015) of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. Her work is archived in the Smithsonian Institution. She has been a guest lecturer and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts DMBA program as well as Stanford University's MBA program.
Graphic Recording, Illustration, Storyboard
I have drawn since I could hold a marker. I studied communication design at Hamburg’s Design-Factory International and specialized in illustration under Chris Scheuer and Matthias Schultheiss. For Visual Facilitators and EXPLAINAS I sketch live as a graphic recorder and event scribe. I also produce innovative explanatory videos and hold workshops.
Malte has participated in various exhibitions and smaller publications, been awarded the German Cartoon Price 2008, and is a member of the German Illustration Association."
Mark Monlux is an award winning illustrator and cartoonist. He has been a freelancer for over 30 years working mainly in the fields of advertising and publishing. His advice and knowledge on standard business practice, ethics, and copyright is sought by his peers and lawyers. He’s a member of the Graphic Artist Guild, National Cartoonists Society, Cartoonists Northwest, and a founder of The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians – aka: The CLAW. He learned the basics of how to do a whiteboard videos at the Pittsburgh Convention and it now provides the majority of his income.
Visual Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Visual Strategy
As a visual facilitator, graphic recorder and informatio
n architect it is my purpose to display complex information as understandable as possible – always with the human being in my focus. It is a related goal to also add value to the organizations and clients I work for. I am successful with my ability to structure complex correlations with simple means and to deliver stunning visual products – with a growing, experienced and more and more global team."
"Michelle Walker, visual thinking specialist, retreat facilitator and business coach, gained her 20+ years of professional experience through working as a consultant, both independently and in consulting practices, and in various roles with government agencies. Michelle’s visual thinking company, Curious Minds Co. specializes in graphic facilitation, graphic recording, professional training in these as well as animated video production. Through a network of ‘Alliance Partners’ – each trained by Michelle – the business now offers graphic facilitation and recording for clients in most capital cities and several regional areas across Australia.
Michelle regularly delivers her signature training programs ‘Essentials of Visual Thinking’ and ‘Advanced Visual Thinking Practice’ to audiences around Australia and overseas and continues to receive strong positive feedback from participants regarding their impact and usefulness. Michelle speaks on ‘The Power of Working Visually’ and ‘The Power of a Creative Mindset’ to national and international conferences and has delighted audiences with her visuallyengaging, fast-paced and action-focused talks that offer practical insights for professional and personal transformation. Through her coaching business and her Life is Your Canvas Retreats, Michelle helps clients get free of limiting beliefs, embrace their creative talents and create a life that has joy, freedom and meaning for them. Websites: www.curiousmindsco.com.au www.michellewalker.com.au"
Philip Bakelaar (PhD) has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University since 1992 where he teaches in the School of Communication and Media. He has taught courses on communication theory, public speaking, rhetorical theory, conflict management, systems thinking and interpersonal communication. Most recently his teaching has focused on organizational and public relations, organizational consulting, and research methods. He has trained with the Grove and also participated in the graphic recording team at the NCDD Conference. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and has pastored congregations since 1985. He and his wife Carol have three adult children, and live in South Jersey with their rescue pit, Petey.
Rebecca is a talented integral facilitator, strategist and coach, with a passion for the power of collaboration. For over thirty years she has been facilitating and inspiring others to practice facilitative leadership and meet the challenges of a wide range of cultural and social issues.
After earning her Masters of Business Administration in 1992, she founded Fourth Wave Strategy Inc., an integrally informed strategic management firm. Over the last two decades, Rebecca has become a well-known innovator for design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder strategy development and multi-disciplinary projects that cross organizational boundaries in public, private and not-for-profit sectors in North America. She has led many “firsts” in system and organizational initiatives related to better futures for health, energy, design in business, culture production, natural and cultural heritage, and economic development. In 2008, she founded Open Field, an integral leadership development practice for women.
Rebecca’s warm, playful and irreverent style is grounded in her deep trust of what is, and a tenacious curiosity about what might be possible. As a certified Integral development coach, she offers this presence and perspective to developing leaders and leadership teams. Rebecca has been a Zen student of Musho Sensei, in the Soto Zen tradition, since 2007, and is the co-founder of Integral Facilitator®.
Sarah DeWitt is a leadership development manager, graphic facilitator, and science communicator. She loves being outdoors – cycling, camping and hiking – and creating visually. Her academic studies in geology and documentary filmmaking brought her to NASA as a television producer in 2002. She spent the next 13 years communicating the agency’s science discoveries, and developed the first agency-wide science communication leadership program in 2013. She currently manages a 16-month leadership development program for mid-level leaders across NASA. Sarah is deeply committed to personal and professional development, and is constantly seeking ways to stretch herself. She has dabbled in a variety of practices including storytelling, public speaking, improvisation, meditation, acting, coaching, yoga, circuit training, and facilitation – all in the service of improving her own way of being and to serve the development of others.
Sophia Liang is an experienced graphic facilitator who is passionate about people and enabling sustainable communications within teams and inside organizations. She has over 10 years of experience designing experiential learning events with a focus on creating moments that matter. Her background has taught her that in order for people to truly listen and understand one another, they must be engaged on multiple sensory levels. Remember the last time you pulled out a piece of paper and pen to draw a diagram to illustrate your point? That's what she does with her clients every day — listening, focusing, and synthesizing ideas into bite-size chunks to enable more productive and engaged collaboration.
When she's not traveling for work, Sophia enjoys salsa, west coast swing dancing, and chasing her toddler around in Los Angeles.
Stefan Böker works as a freelancing graphic designer for over 30 years in Cologne/Germany. He studied communication-design at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Starting with illustration and editorial design, he began to concentrate on animated cartoon clips for different clients – corporate, non-profit, and governmental.
In 2014 he discovered his enthusiasm for graphic recording and the bikablo®-method for visualization, learning, and collaboration and became a bikablo® visual facilitation trainer."
As a Visual Facilitator Stephanie supports organizations by making their systems, processes and conversations visually explicit. This can range from large-scale, live hand-drawn visualization to facilitating group processes using design-thinking approaches to illustrate ideas and find new solutions. The result is a mural uniquely mapped to the conversation that can serve as a visual, collective memory of the group learning, goals, agreements and next steps.
Steph is also the founder of the DC Graphic Facilitation Meetup where she leads workshops that enable others to bring visual practices into their own work. Her clients include the United Nations, Red Cross International, BASF, Field Innovation Team, National Retail Federation, World Information Architecture Day amongst other game changing non-profits and for-profit organizations. Steph holds a MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University, a BA in Anthropology from The University of Georgia, and a Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State.
Sunny distills spoken talks, meetings and discussions into works of art. She consumes herself with the content and is able to put pen to whiteboard or paper to create compelling visual stories and summaries. The results is a visual that captures the group's collective knowledge, insights, decisions, actions and experience as an artifact of the moment, to be shared with others and/or mined in the future.
Since 1998, Sunny has been scribing with the likes of Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini, erazerbelt, Housatonic, Wishful Thinking, Matter Group, ImageThink, Ink Factory, Hufano + Associates, Collective Next, Integral Leadership and Coaching, The Difference Consulting, 8 Works Consulting, Catalyst Business Consulting serving some pretty amazing clients.
Sunny possesses a keen understanding of business too; in between all the illustrating, Sunny has also been a: project manager, marketing manager, data analyst, knowledge manager, events planner, graphic designer, creative director, and business management consultant.
Tanya Gerber is a graphic recorder, graphic facilitator and consultant serving corporate, not-for-profit and social-purpose initiatives and industries in Toronto, Canada. She works with networks, organizations, health and service providers and communities. She provides graphic recording at conferences, large and small events, public or in-house meetings. She also custom designs visioning and planning processes that utilize creativity, honour collective wisdom and build synergy. Drawing on over 20 years of experience she offers a range of services including graphic recording and graphic facilitation, community engagement and Graphic Recording training.
OG Systems Visioneers
Experience a new dimension of graphic facilitation with the OGSystems Visioneering team! Last year, we “Achieved Orbit” in Austin. This year in DC, we’ll explore and form connected communities. Bring your knowledge and voice into the space. Discover, share, and build the best collaborative communities of the future. Prepare yourself for an immersive, visual, and kinetic experience!
About OGSystems Visioneering:
The OGSystems Visioneering team of graphic recorders and graphic facilitators unlock innovation through visualization and facilitation. As part of OGSystems' new approach to problem solving - Immersive Engineering - we help the U.S. federal government achieve breakthroughs.
The Visioneering team is Lauren Green, Ben Tinker, Trent Wakenight, Heather Martinez, Dean Meyers, and Brian Tarallo.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER INFORMATION
With candor and humor, Brandy Agerbeck will share her perspectives on the rich, fertile field of visual practice. Celebrating twenty years of writing on walls (at least the years she’s gotten paid for it), she’ll talk about her own growth and invites you to find your place in the Life Cycle of the Visual Practitioner. Brandy encourages us to take the long view, both for our own individual health, vitality and sustainability and for the field as a whole. She will draw out a model on how to cultivate and strengthen our work as solopreneurs and as a growing community.
Brandy Agerbeck writes, speaks and teaches on the power of drawing as your best thinking tool. Based on her career as the one person in the room drawing for the group, she wrote The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide: How to use your listening, thinking and drawing skills to make meaning. She follows this much-loved volume with a book for every visual thinker, The idea Shapers: The power of putting your thinking in your own hands Cultural analyst Patricia Martin calls it, “A new alphabet for the visual age.” Learn more at Loosetooth.com.
"Innovation strategist and executive educator Lisa Kay Solomon helps executive teams bring innovation into everyday work and behaviors and teaches innovation in at the interdisciplinary MBA in Design Strategy program in San Francisco. Building off of a decade of scenario planning and leadership design, Lisa has worked with a wide variety of leaders from companies such as Citi Ventures, ING, Herman Miller, and the Kauffman Fellows Program for Venture Capitalists, along with the Packard Foundation, REDF and various K12 education institutions. Lisa is on faculty at Singularity University, the Kauffman Fellows Program for Venture Capitalists, and has taught at the Stanford d. school.
She recently coauthored the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change (Simon & Schuster) and the forthcoming book Design A Better Business (Wiley). Her work has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Week, and more. Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business. She resides in Menlo Park with her husband and two daughters.
Renowned cartoonist and comic book artist Scott McCloud will be sharing his profound understanding of visual language - both pictorial and typographic - and its over all impact, individually and culturally McCloud is not only an award-winning comic artist but also a highly regarded author and presenter on visual communications.
He is best known for his book Understanding Comics: The Invisible ArtThough written in 1994, the book continues to draw enthusiastic response for its relevance to creativity and design generally as well as applications to iconography, writing, website design, user experience design, photography and more. Notes one recent Amazon review, “This book is STILL a must-read for anyone and everyone interested in art, empathy, visual media of any kind, storytelling, reading, and communication.”
McCloud has given talks and consulted on comics and visual communications for Google, MIT, Pixar, Bloomberg, DARPA, Stanford University, the Smithsonian Institution and many other leading organizations.
Join your colleagues from around the world in the DC area this summer to hear these exciting speakers and talk about implications for your visual practice.