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Laura Barbero Switalski, M. S.

Home » Laura Barbero Switalski, M. S.
Contact Info
Company/Employer: Darwin Associates
Phone - Office: (716) 310-9772
Phone - Mobile: (716) 310-9772
Address:
559 Crescent ave Buffalo New York 14214
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-barbero-switalski-aa83b7?trk=hp-identity-name
Facilitator Qualifications
Clients: Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zeneca, International Flavor and Fragrance, LVMH, Coca-Cola Company, Regione Emilia Romagna, De Agostini International company, Manypower International, State University of New York at Buffalo
Years Facilitating: 16-20
Skills/Expertise (Select all that apply):
  • Effective Teams / Team Building
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Innovation Facilitation (New products; services)
  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Training Others in Creativity/Facilitation/CPS
Industries Served:
  • Advertising / Branding / Marketing
  • Business / Industrial
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Fashion / Personal Care
  • Food & Beverage
  • Health / Medical
  • Human Resources / Organizational Development
  • Media
  • New Products & Services
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Other Industry
CEF/CPSI Leadership:
  • CPSI Core Faculty (18 Hour Course)
  • CPSI Presenter
Education: Bachelor Degree Degree in Philosophy with specialization in Psychology, University of Milan Italy , Master of Science in Creativity and Innovation State University at Buffalo, SUNY
Qualified Assessor: Certified FourSight Advanced Trainer , Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) License as a Coaching Clinic Facilitator, Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ), Emotional and social competency inventory – (ESCI), Hay Group
Awards: Creative Studies Alumni Foundation Achievement Award, 2013- International Center for Studies in Creativity
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French
Bio:

Laura is a partner of Darwin Associates, a consulting firm in Buffalo, New York, specializing in organizational development and creativity training and facilitation. She is a master facilitator, coach and trainer specialized in leadership development, executive coaching, team effectiveness and group facilitation skills, with a specific focus in the area of creativity and innovation. Born and raised in Italy, Laura lives now in the United States, in Buffalo, NY and has an extensive experience in working internationally and facilitating cross-cultural teams. With Italian as her mother tongue, she is completely fluent in English and Spanish. She works with organizations across North America, Central America and Europe to enhance teamwork and leadership, facilitate creativity and innovation, and help manage change and transition. She has worked in several different fields with international organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zeneca, International Flavor and Fragrance, LVMH, and Coca-Cola Company.

Laura is founding partner and Program Director at the Center for Certification in Creativity (http://creativitycertificate.com) , a company focused  on the development of the individual and on organizational learning applied to the business context, that delivers a Certificate in Creative Leadership and Facilitation Innovation addressed to executives and professionals in Mexico, Colombia, Portugal (now expanding to theory countries), endorsed by the  International Center for Studies in Creativity
Laura is an adjunct faculty member of the International Center for Studies in Creativity where se teaches a course at the Master’s program level. She is one of the founders 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.

 

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