Closing Keynote

Friday | June 22 | 2012 | 2:45 pm - 3:45 PM
Chicago VI & VII, 5th Floor

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
Todd Henry

Todd HenryWhether your job involves admissions, marketing, or program management, author and consultant todd henry understands what you’re up against. As he says, “You go to work each day tasked with (1) inventing brilliant solutions that (2) meet specific objecties by (3) defned deadlines. If you do this successfully you get to keep your job. If you don’t, you get to work on your resume. The moment you exchange your creative efforts for money, you enter a world where you will have to be brilliant at a moment’s notice. (No pressure, right?)”

Henry knows how to help you prosper under pressure despite today’s create-on-demand environment. He will reveal the dynamics of organizational creativity and teach simple practices to help you unlock brilliant ideas and establish a rhythm that supports your creative process. You’ll discover how to:

  • Focus on your most critical work and reclaim your attention.
  • Develop stimulating relationships that will lead to creative insights.
  • Manage your energy so that you are always ready to engage.
  • Curate stimuli that help you pursue creative possibilities.
  • Leverage your hours wisely to eliminate creativity drains.

Using Henry’s purposeful practices plus his insights into why creating for a living is so challenging, you, too, can set yourself up to experience everyday brilliance.


Todd Henry is the author of The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, published in 2011. The book, which offers strategies for how to thrive in the creative marketplace, has been called “one of the best books to date on how to structure your ideas and manage the creative process and work that comes out of it” by Jack Covert, author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Henry is also founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consultancy that helps creative people and teams generate great ideas. He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. His  work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, US News & World Report, and many other major media outlets.