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Capitalizing on Creativity: How to Lead Creative People

USM is the host site for the Creative Toolbox Seminar, "Capitalizing on Creativity Part 1: How to Lead Creative People," with President and CEO of the Jackson Laboratory Edison Liu, M.D. The event is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, Glickman Library, Portland.

In a 2010 IBM report, 60 percent of CEO’s listed “creativity” as their number one leadership skill. Creativity drives business and adds value to both customers and the bottom line. Everyone agrees on the importance of having creative thinkers in their organizations. However, most people don’t know what to do with or how to fully utilize these talented people once they have their team together. The real challenge comes in knowing how to lead creative people. How do you harness their talents and keep them on track with the goals of the company? How can you foster the right environment that encourages new ideas? Join us for an interesting and informative evening exploring these questions.

Pricing: $35, or become a member of MCC for $35 and the first Creative Toolbox is free.

 $15 for MCC Members, USM Alumni, non-USM students with student ID.

Free to USM Students with student ID.

Space is limited. Contact the Maine Center for Creativity to register today.

Dr. Liu is a M.D., Ph.D. and CEO. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist who regularly joins his co-workers in jam sessions at the Jackson Laboratory’s Right Brain Café. He is uniquely qualified to lead and encourage a group of creative thinkers, not only in science and medicine, but in the arts. Recently he sent out the Right Brain Café Manifesto, which aims to foster workplace community through art, music and dance. He hopes other business leaders will take up the challenge and join the movement.

Dr. Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011), and has been the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) since 2007. Before 2001, Dr. Liu held leadership positions as the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Clinic Sciences (1996-2001), the director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer, the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC’s School of Public Health, chief of medical genetics, and chair of the Correlative Science Committee.

To learn more about Dr. Liu, read about him in The Jackson Laboratory’s magazine, The Search, and watch a video of the Laboratory’s Right Brain Café.