Special Pre-Symposium Event with Michael J. Gelb

The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now The Art of Connection


Friday, October 12, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland
(parking garage on Jeptha Drive)


Event Details:

  • Discover a stronger sense of connection and rapport in your relationships.
  • Learn new strategies for promoting and selling ideas and projects and overcoming
  • resistance to change.
  • Understand your leadership style and learn to work effectively with other styles.

Recent research confirms that a sense of connectedness with others is the single greatest predictor of longevity, health and happiness. Connecting effectively is also the most important personal and business leadership skill. It’s the key to building relationships, preventing and resolving conflict and selling ideas. This program emphasizes immediately applicable take home improvement in the communication core competencies of listening, empathy, negotiation, influence and presentation skills.



About Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership. His clients include DuPont, Emerson, Genentech, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and YPO. Michael co-directed the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at the Darden Graduate School of Business for more than 10 years and also teaches for the London Business School, and is a Professor of Practice in Creativity and Innovation at Shiv Nadar University in India.

Michael is the author of 15 books including How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Discover Your Genius, Innovate Like Edison, and The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now. Michael’s books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than one million copies.

In 1999 Michael was honored as “Brain Of the Year” by the Brain Trust Charity – Other recipients include Stephen Hawking, Garry Kasparov and Edward De Bono. In 2003 he received a Batten Fellowship in Innovation from The University of Virginia. He is also a gifted teacher of the Alexander Technique, a 5th degree black belt in aikido and is a professional juggler who has performed with the Rolling Stones.