2019 Session Description

I Think I Can
Why can't that be enough to start "doing"?

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Insight
Friday 1:30pm • Court 6
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

I was 2 years old when the “The Little Engine that Could” was first read to me. Since then the words “I think I can, I think I can” have been the echoing chant that has empowered me to venture forth into fantastic adventures, to pick myself up after devastating loss, and to not just dream the impossible but to actually step out and try…because maybe, just maybe “I could.”

In my life, “I think I can” empowered me to be a dancer, a movie studio executive, a serial entrepreneur and now a college professor. In all instances I did not fit the norms. I didn’t always have the requisite training or credentials. The through-line is starting with “I think I can”; and then figuring out what I needed to do to get it done. I’ve learned you have to “do” your way to understanding. And when the “doing” is understood it has the potential for life changing impact.

The “I think I can” session will take you through a two-part facilitated experience, first to uncover and identify those times when you did something that seemed impossible, that was beyond risky, that challenged the status quo, that flew in the face of reason. Was it yesterday? Or not since childhood? And what came of this “doing”? Defeat? Humiliation? Success? Change? The second part is a team-based exercise that forces us to challenge their thinking about “doing” or “not-doing” as a group.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • You will gain an awareness of the barriers that keep you from trying something seemingly impossible.
  • You will learn strategies to go from "I think I can" to doing it.
  • You will explore how these strategies can be employed in a great setting.
Bara Watts
Cleveland Heights, OH
Starting as a professional dancer and choreographer in NYC for 10 years, Bara Watts eventually became a leader and innovator in business management, marketing and business alliances. She is currently Director of Entrepreneurship managing the Center for Innovation and Impact for Oberlin College. Over a span of 25+ years, Ms. Watts held senior positions in leading multi-national corporations including MGM/UA Home Video, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Studios. She was also interim Executive Director for Cleveland’s Red {an orchestra) and CMO for the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland.

She is also a serial Entrepreneur having formed and sold several companies including Barbara Watts and Associates, Inc. - a full-service agency, representing Warner Bros., Hollywood Video, Andrew Jergens, Universal Television and HBO in multimillion-dollar marketing partnerships. In Cleveland she launched UNCOMN.tv a webtv network with programs she produced including Got*City Game! and The Flannel Channel.


This is Bara's first year presenting at Mindcamp.
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