(Boston, MA – 11/7/2017) –The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) is proud to present Gregory Shoemaker as a new member of the Board of Trustees.
CEF’s Board of Trustees is an international board, with members from the United States, Canada, and India. Many CEF Trustees are professional creativity trainers working with institutions ranging from GE to Wikimedia. Trustees also include the owner of an award winning marketing firm and a retired CEO and CFO with expertise in consulting small businesses and nonprofits. Board recruitment includes a rigorous vetting process that matches organizational needs with individual talents, with a particular focus on developing a leadership team vested in and exemplary in the values of CPS. CEF is a nonprofit organization, and the CEF Board of Trustees is a 100% giving board.
Born, raised and residing in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Shoemaker is President and Founder of Global Wellness Solutions, Inc. Acting as the parent company, Global Wellness is the catalyst responsible for the creation, launch, and success behind several social enterprise companies and brands such as Screen Rescue, ARCA, and Flo Athleticwear; which funds free fitness and mentorship programs for local Buffalo kids. He is also the President of ARCA, which began as a small project and quickly grew into its own organization with 4 locations throughout the Northeast, aimed at reducing the environmental impact that fortune 1000 companies can have on our planet.
Beyond his companies, Mr. Shoemaker possesses a unique skill set and experiences which fuel his passion to help others achieve their goals and improve the world we live in. He had his first volunteer experience as a People to People Student Ambassador. Mr. Shoemaker’s travel included trips to New Zealand and Australia in order to promote peace among cultures. After his first trip to CPSI in 2015, he was instantly hooked and he seeks to bring deliberate creativity into the lives of others after seeing how the process can affect one’s personal and professional life in such a profound manner.
CEF Executive Director, Beth Miller, states, “We are thrilled to welcome Greg to the Creative Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Greg has distinguished himself as an engaged volunteer and eager Buffalo partner who is a true evangelist for Creative Problem Solving. In addition to his business acumen and savvy, Greg brings an extraordinary work ethic, fresh vision, and energy to our leadership team.
In 1954, Alex Osborn, one of the original “Mad Men” who coined the term “brainstorming”, established the Creative Education Foundation. Osborn asserted that everyone is creative, and that creativity can be taught. In 1955, Sidney J. Parnes, joined Alex and together they developed the Creative Problem Solving process (CPS) and held the first Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI). With CEF and CPS training, Alex and Sid launched the first global creativity movement.
CEF’s mission is to spark personal and professional transformation by empowering people with the skill set, tool set, and mindset of deliberate creativity. CEF’s primary programs are the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI), a five-day creativity conference that welcomes more than 400 people from around the world annually; the Journal of Creative Behavior, the first and longest running creativity journal; the Sidney J. Parnes Global Fellowship; and the Ruth B. Noller Grant Award. CPSI is held in Buffalo, NY, USA, and registration for CPSI 2017 is now open for the June 13-18 event.