2018 Session Description

Leveraging Conflict
How to embrace the opposite

For adults • Mind U session
Category: Strategies
Maximum Participants: 20
9:00am daily • Court 6
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

When it comes to conflict, many of us want to be somewhere else. We fear that we will lose our temper, that things might get ugly, or that we may damage a close relationship. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can use what we know from the fields of Emotional Intelligence and Polarity Management to raise our awareness and improve our management of conflict situations.

In this Mind U program, we will look at conflict from several different perspectives: intrapersonal and interpersonal. We’ll examine what our most frequent responses to conflict are and explore how we can expand our response repertoire to more effectively resolve conflict. We will also have an opportunity to apply creative thinking to work on some of our most difficult unresolved conflicts. Join us for this experience and you’ll feel more prepared to successfully face the conflicts in your life.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Gain a deeper awareness of your own strengths and struggles in responding to conflict situations
  • Explore techniques that can increase your chances of successfully resolving conflict both internally and with others
  • Learn to apply creative thinking to develop solutions to conflicts that can satisfy all parties involved

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Tim Switalski
Buffalo, NY

Tim is a founding partner of the Center for Certification in Creativity were he serves as faculty, coach and coordinator of the coaching program. He is founder and president of Darwin Associates where he provides training, facilitation, coaching and consulting services to international clients focusing on the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Change Leadership and Creativity and Innovation.

As a master facilitator, coach and trainer, he has worked globally with several multinational corporations to help people develop their leadership potential, build cohesive teams and enhance their creative thinking skills.

Tim is the former Director of Leadership Development at Buffalo State College where he was responsible for providing ongoing learning and development opportunities for professional staff and faculty. His Creative Leadership program recently won a national award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for excellence in innovation and diversity. Tim is one of the founding members of CREA, an annual creativity conference held in Italy and currently serves as their program coordinator.

Tim is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


Laura Barbero Switalski
Buffalo, NY

Laura is co-founder of the Center for Certification in Creativity (CCC), an organization devoted to the dissemination of creativity and the development of creative leadership and facilitation skills, in partnership with the International Center for Studies in Creativity, where she serves as faculty and program director.

Laura is a partner of Darwin Associates, a consulting firm in Buffalo, New York, specializing in organizational growth, creativity and change leadership. She works with organizations across North America, Central America, and Europe to facilitate creativity and innovation, help manage change and transition, and enhance teamwork and leadership. Born and raised in Italy, Laura lives in the United States, in Buffalo, NY, and has an extensive experience in working internationally and facilitating cross-cultural teams.

Laura holds a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Innovation from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is now adjunct faculty teaching a course at the Master program level. She a founding member and organizer of CREA Conference. Laura has coauthored the book Creativity Rising: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving in the 21st Century, published by ICSC Press in April 2012.

Laura is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


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