Save the Date: PROJECTHINK March 1 – 2, 2019



Save the Date! SRQ MEDIA has released the program details for this year’s PROJECTHINK Conference, a collaborative community initiative designed to explore the world of innovation and creativity in learning. This year’s two-day conference will be hosted on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on March 1-2, 2019.

Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, PROJECTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. We aim to reflect on questions that will help our audience integrate creative thinking into every day problem solving: How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?


Participants at 2018 PROJECTHINK engage in a tactile, creative exercise. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan

The ProjecTHINK Conference kicks off at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on the Ringling College Campus from 5:30-7pm with a keynote presentation by celebrated TEDx, innovation facilitator and global speaker on weaving creativity into education Ismet Mamnoon, Founder of Beyonder.  What an excellent way to launch the 2019 PROJECTHINK Conference and open us up to innovative ways of thinking!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Keynote Speaker – Ismet Mamnoon

Ismet Mamnoon currently works across the globe as a facilitator and trainer for creative thinking. As the founder of Beyonder, an education-focused organization, Mamnoon’s work in the parenting field has been featured in TIME Magazine’s special edition on the ‘Science of Creativity’ and has been the subject of publications, TEDx talks, and conferences worldwide.

On Friday evening, we’ll also hear from a standout line up of innovative thinkers and influencers in our community: Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art & Design; Jennifer Vigne, President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County; and Chris Laney, Director of Education and Community Investment, CareerSource Suncoast.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Innovation Presenter – Dr. Larry R. Thompson

Dr. Larry R. Thompson is currently serving his 17th year as president of Ringling College of Art and Design. An energetic, innovative, and visionary community leader, Dr. Thompson is on a mission to transform art and design higher education and to infuse business with creativity. He is passionate about the extraordinary potential that art, design, and creativity have on our global economy and its influence on our lives, our work, and our entire world!

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Forward Thinkster Presenter – Jennifer Vigne

Jennifer Vigne is a demonstrated leader with proven ability to foster strong relationships and raise philanthropic dollars. She assumed the role as President for the Education Foundation of Sarasota County in November 2015 to help shape and strengthen its mission-driven work and is guided by the unshakable belief that education changes lives.

PROJECTHINK’s 2019 Career Speaker – Chris Laney

Chris Laney is the Director of Education & Community Investment for CareerSource Suncoast where he oversees education and talent pipeline strategies by developing programming for students and professionals to enhance talent preparation for college and career, and talent management for professionals.

On Saturday March 2, 2019, ProjecTHINK continues the conversation with Mamnoon from 8:30am to 1pm through hands-on, immersive workshops in storytelling, fine art, motion graphics, gaming and printmaking facilitated by both she and the faculty of the Ringling College of Art. The INOV8 arts workshops are held at various locations throughout the Ringling College campus, giving conference-goers the opportunity to do a deep dive into the creative process through the lens of making art.

The conference concludes with Lunch on the Lawn from 1-2pm, where workshop facilitators will make key crossover “a-ha” moments built from the morning workshops. Our PROJECTHINK facilitators will connect how those discoveries can be applied to the way we think about about teaching, learning, creating and problem solving. Lunch on the Lawn will feature several of our community food trucks as a fun, energetic environment for our final conversation.

Please visit to view the full conference program. Early Bird Tickets for the full conference experience are now available for purchase at $20 off the regular conference price for a limited time. Regular Conference Tickets: $95/per person. Purchase your tickets HERE

ProjectTHINK is powered and engineered by SRQ MEDIA in partnership with the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota, and CareerSource Suncoast.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting exploration of creative thinking and learning! 

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