Workshops and Lectures

The Art of Risk-Taking

A high-energy course on achieving excellence.

  • Method: In-Person Only
  • Length: Full-day, and 2-day options
  • People: 20 participant minimum, no max
  • Swag: Discounted GFDA products available upon request.
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People want to love their jobs; we spark the romance. 

High performing brands like Nike, Adobe, New Balance, and Church and Dwight have used our training to rediscover joy in succeeding together.


  • Retention:
    People who enjoy working together keep working together.
  • Growth:
    Building a reputation for success attracts talent.
  • Progress:
    Bottom-up communication fuels innovation.
  • Performance:
    Establishing trust eliminates ego conflicts.
  • Consistency:
    Sharing tangible success reinforces process.
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The Solicited Advice Lecture

Answering all the questions you never asked.

  • Method: In-person only
  • Length: 45–60 minutes approx + 15–30 min. optional Q&A
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Solicited Advice is the story of how we took a text based website, built on a whim, to an internationally recognized brand, a successful online business, and a book deal with Harper Collins.

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Select Clients:

Practice Makes, Virtual
HOWDesign Live, Virtual
RGD Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, Durango, CO
Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Ewing, NJ
Young Architect Conference, Portland, OR
Nelly Duff, London, United Kingdom
Adobe Systems Inc, San Francisco, CA
New Balance Athletics, Inc., Boston, MA
5W Public Relations, New York, New York
99U Conference 2018, New York, New York
BraveZone, Mölndal, Sweden
Trivago, Düsseldorf, Germany
99U Conference 2017, New York, New York
Mellor&Smith, London, United Kingdom
OFFF Barcelona 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Right to the Future, Palermo, Italy
LOFT, Naxxar, Malta
Wall-to-Wall Studios, Pittsburgh, PA
Nike NA Retail Brand Summit, Beaverton, OR
Nike EKIN-Pacer Division, Portland, OR
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
St. Louis Design Week, AIGA STL, St. Louis, MO
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
What If the Conference 2016, Cancun, Mexico
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
99U Social Innovation Week, New York City, NY
Boston University, AIGA Boston, Boston, MA
St. Louis Design Week, AIGA STL, St. Louis, MO
AAF Central Minnesota, St. Cloud, MN
Hyperakt Lunch Talk, Brooklyn NY
What If the Conference 2015, Cancun, Mexico
Lamar University, Beaumont TX
World Usability Day, Cleveland OH
UHeart Digital Media Conference, Toledo OH
AIGA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
What If the Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Hike Conference, Chicago, IL
UX Akron Meetup, Akron, OH

Escula de Comunicación Mónica Herrera, El Salvador
AIGA Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Design Exchange Boston, Boston, MA
AIGA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
AIGA Richmond, Richmond, VA
The Half and Half, Columbia, SC
AIGA New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
AIGA Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
UC Berkeley Innovation Design, Berkeley, CA
AIGA Seattle, Seattle, WA
AIGA Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Belly Card, Inc, Chicago, IL
What If the Conference, Bali Indonesia
What If the Conference, Dominican Republic
Title Case w/ Jessica Hische, San Francisco, CA
AIGA Central PA, York, PA
AIGA Iowa, DesMoines, IA
AIGA Blue Ridge, Frederick, MD
AIGA Vermont, Burlington, VT
Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
AIGA Triad NC, Winston Salem, NC
AIGA Nashville, Nashville, TN
Houston Design Week, AIGA Houston, Houston, TX
UP Global, Seattle, WA
AIGA Colorado, Denver, CO
AIGA Kansas City, Kansas, MO
AIGA Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Kent State University, Kent, OH
University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, OK
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
SND Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Thought @ Work Conference RIT, Rochester, NY
AIGA Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK

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