Team

Sarah Thurber

Driver

Sarah-Thurber

Sarah Thurber

Driver

Sarah is Managing Partner at FourSight. A speaker, author and thought leader in the field of creativity, she works in partnership with academic researchers, creativity trainers and designers to spearhead the development of online and print-based tools that support cognitive diversity and creative thinking. Sarah is coauthor of “Creativity Unbound: An Introduction to Creative Process” (5th ed.) and “Facilitation: A Door to Creative Leadership” (4th ed.). She wrote her latest book “The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker” with her Danish colleague, Dorte Nielsen with whom she also developed the visual FourSight model for the universal creative process. The FourSight model has been adapted by the International Center for Studies in Creativity, the Creative Education Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership. Sarah has a master of science in creativity from SUNY Buffalo and lives in Evanston with her husband and three kids.

Gerard Puccio, PhD

Gerard Puccio, PhD

Finisher

Gerard-Puccio

Gerard Puccio, PhD

Finisher

Partner, founding author and originator of the FourSight theory, Gerard has dedicated his career to bringing the best of creativity theory to the rest of us. Gerard J. Puccio is the department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State, a unique academic department that offers the world’s only MS degree in creativity. In addition to creating the FourSight measure, Gerard has written more than fifty articles, chapters, and books. Along with his colleagues Marie Mance and Mary Murdock, he recently completed the second edition of a book titled Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change (2011). In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Gerard received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Research Excellence and the President’s Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. Gerard is an accomplished speaker, trainer, and consultant; he has worked with major corporations, universities, and numerous school districts in the United States and around the world. Some of the organizations Gerard has worked with recently include the British Broadcast Company (BBC), Paribas, Fisher-Price Brands, Rich Products, and Siemens. Gerard holds a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.

Blair Miller

Blair Miller

Idea Broker

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Blair Miller

Idea Broker

Blair Miller, founding partner of FourSight, travels the globe helping organizations build problem-solving capability, enrich creative climate and foster ideas and collaborative solutions. As a FourSight consultant, trainer and facilitator, he has developed a unique method of helping Fortune 500 companies deliver on their innovation goals. In the last ten years, he pioneered the fusion of creative problem solving techniques with traditional cost optimization methods, helping his clients deliver in excess of $1.3 billion in savings. Blair has co-authored numerous books and publications, including Creativity Unbound, which has been used by graduate programs in creativity and translated into 3 languages. Blair also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Creative Studies. The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) recently honored him with the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Russ Schoen

Russ Schoen

Ideator

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Russ Schoen

Ideator

Russ Schoen is Chief Collaboration Officer at FourSight, where he supports, trains and coaches practitioners to help them make deliberate creativity and collaboration easy to get, easy to understand and easy to train and facilitate. Russ has worked as a facilitator and trainer in the areas of deliberate creativity, innovation and change leadership for more than 17 years and has delivered training programs worldwide including programs in Singapore, Italy, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. A sampling of clients include T. Rowe Price, International Flavor & Fragrances, Kraft, Coca-Cola, TAP Pharmaceuticals, SC Johnson, Philips Electronics, Praxair, Discover, Kimberly-Clark, Zimmer and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Russ’s practical field experience is backed up by his academic credentials. He holds a MS. in Creativity from SUNY college at Buffalo and is an adjunct faculty at the Center for Studies in Creativity where he has taught graduate courses in facilitating creative process since 2007. When not working, Russ spends his free time improvising and traveling.

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Greg Sonbuchner
Integrator
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Greg Sonbuchner

Integrator

As Technology Lead at FourSight, Greg creates web-based products to enhance individual and organizational problem-solving capability. He is also pursuing a Master of Science in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, part of the State University of New York.

Prior to working in the creativity space, Greg worked in New York, founding a global business continuity practice. He spent the four preceding years running an international advertising awards show. The decade before that, he worked with ad agencies in Chicago and Minneapolis, serving as both CFO and CIO. He started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., narrowly avoiding the requirement that he wear a fedora to work.

Greg practices taichi, yoga and beach volleyball. While traveling, his preferred luggage is a backpack.

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Kelly Roberts
Clarifier
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Kelly Roberts

Clarifier

As Director of Customer Service, Kelly strives to make sure you get the most out of your FourSight experience. When she helps you sort out your customer concerns, you'll be glad she's a Clarifier. Her degree in psychology was an excellent basis for starting her own accounting and business services company. That experience, along with her primary role as food purchaser and chauffeur to two teenagers, have given her excellent skills in multi-tasking, problem solving and patience. Kelly loves working at FourSight, where she is just as likely to be speaking to a high level facilitator in Korea, a graduate student in Georgia or a business executive from the UK. Along with the teens, Kelly and her husband live in Evanston.

Diane Testa

Diane Testa

Driver

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Diane Testa

Driver

Diane is our Director of Business Development. She is responsible for developing and cultivating new accounts and providing client services for existing clients. By truly understanding clients’ creativity and innovation needs, she can craft customized proposals that detail out solutions that will help our clients meet their goals. Additional responsibilities include delivering marketing programs and growing our certified practitioner base.

She comes to us after holding a variety of executive positions in large corporations including her last position as VP of Commercial Sales Operations for Culligan International. She is known for creating environments where people thrive using a systematic approach, collaborative and integrated model.

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Dorte Nielsen
Early Bird
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Dorte Nielsen

Early Bird

Dorte is an author, speaker, trainer and teacher of creativity. She is also the founder of FourSight Denmark and the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s “Creative Communication” department, an award winning BA education for Art Directors and conceptual thinkers.

Dorte is the author of numerous books and articles on creative thinking, including “Inspired– How creative people think, work and find inspiration,” “The Idea Book” (Danish), “Creativity Unbound – An Introduction to Creative Process,” “Grundbog for Art Directors” (Danish) and “The Secret of the Highly Creative Thinker.” Dorte is Chairman of Creative Circle, the Danish society for the creative industries.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Creativity and is busy authoring future publications.

 

 

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Holli Moore
Implementer
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Holli Moore

Implementer

Holli spent 18 years as a project manager in the technology and training fields where there were a lot of implementers. Working at FourSight with so many ideators has been a learning experience and shows the real power of working with people with different preferences. Holli enjoys taking the many ideas that are floating out there and turning them into something, whether it’s a new product, an update of existing materials, or an improved process.

 

 

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Molly Holinger
Early Bird
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Molly Holinger

Early Bird

Molly Holinger is our communications and social media associate. In addition to working with FourSight, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a focus on creativity at the University of Connecticut.

Her publications include the essays “The Creative Religion” in Stone Voices Magazine, “Why is Creativity in the Self Help Section?” in Big Questions in Creativity 2016 and the textbook Building Your Creativity (co-author). She has a Master’s of Science in Creative Studies from the International Center for Studies in Creativity, where she was a graduate assistant.

She was also a teaching and research assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

Selcuk Acar, PhD

Selcuk Acar, PhD

Finisher

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Selcuk Acar, PhD

Finisher

Selcuk Acar, PhD, is our research lead at FourSight. He is also an assistant professor and the coordinator of leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership, and gifted education.

He earned his Ph.D in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking, and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in gifted education from Istanbul University, Turkey.

He studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master's thesis. Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.