Creativity & Innovation Certificate (C.I. Certificate)

NEW ICSB COHORT in Innovation & Creativity

June 10-12, 2019 – Washington, D.C.

ICSB GLOBAL is excited to announce the 4th cohort of the ICSB Global Certificate Program in Innovation & Creativity!

The Innovation & Creativity Certificate is from June 10-12 and will be held in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the GWU Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.

For the first time ever, we’re offering COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL accommodations in collaboration with the GWU Center for Excellence in Public Leadership!

The ICSB Certificate will be $1500/person as well as a multi-night stay at the beautiful Hyatt Place Hotel (2121 M ST NW, Washington, D.C.)

We have 8 available seats for the certificate! Space is very limited and on first come basis. Register (click here) as soon as possible to take advantage of the complimentary hotel stay and the ICSB Global Certificate Program.

Renowned Global Faculty will include Tony Mendes, Donna Kelley, Katia Passerini, Paul Sweircz, George Solomon, Jeff Alves, Winslow Sargent, Dick Donnely, Jeff Cornwall, Ayman Tarabishy, and others. 

Dates of Hotel Stay: June 10-13, 2019 for Innovation & Creativity – Complimentary Stay up to 3 nights (checking out June 13)
Dates of Certificate Program: June 10-12, 2019
Click here to register:

Preliminary Program:

Monday – June 10 – Arrival of Cohort and hotel check-in.
Monday – June 10 – Welcome Reception from 6 pm – 7:30 pm.
Tuesday – June 11 –  All Day Sessions on Innovation & Creativity (Start at 10 am – 4 p.m.).
Tuesday – June  11 – Optional Networking Event (Start at 5 pm – 7 pm).
Wednesday- June 12 – Innovation & Creativity in Action -Site Visits to the Corcoran Museum of Arts, World Bank, and other sites.
Wednesday – June 12 – Program Closure and Certificates (10 am to 4:30 pm).
Thursday – June 13 – Departure from Hotel.


Included in Program: Hotel Stay, Welcome Reception, Transportation on June 12, and Certificate Program.
Not Included in Program: Lunch / Dinners June 10 – 12; Airport Transportation to or from the hotel, hotel nights before or after June 10-12 and other hotel fees.
Cancellation Policy: Until May 22 – free cancellation. May 23 onward – no cancellations accepted.

More About Program:

ICSB is proud to announce a new global initiative to fulfill our mission of continuing management education with the goal to promote entrepreneurship. Our program is called ICSB Global and it constitutes of state-of-the-art certificate programs. We are proud to announce the launch of the ICSB Global Certificate Program on Creativity and Innovation.

Years ago, creativity and innovation were mainly associated with art, entertainment or recreation, and only in very particular cases, it was related to the world of organizations. However, this has changed. Currently, innovation and in particular, creativity, is considered fundamental in different areas. This can be seen in a report about the future of work published by the World Economic Forum in 2016, where creativity is among the three most important skills required for 2020. This presents a serious demand that organizations have to be innovative for their own competitiveness in a global context. Furthermore, they have to create new products and services to stay relevant. Innovation is decisive with respect to the levels of competitiveness in companies, sectors and also in the economy of the countries. In today’s business, executives and organizations must carry forward professional innovation management in their particular context. In other words, each organization or entrepreneur must model their businesses in a unique combination that allows them to detect opportunities
for innovation and successful execution capabilities.

ICSB Global Program incorporates ICSB partners that include The George Washington University, St. John’s University, UC Berkley, San Diego State, UMKC, United Arab Emirates, Qatar University, Salerno University, Catholic University and others representing a global constellation of experts.

The ICSB Global Creativity and Innovation Program now offer a unique in- person and online educational hybrid instruction model where participants can join in-person at different ICSB dedicated events. Alternatively, participants can take all the modules online. Finally, participants can join in-person some sessions and then complete the remainder online.

Each ICSB Global certificate requires you complete three (3) mandatory modules followed by two (2) elective modules from the many provided.  The ICSB Global certificate offers an invaluable experience of being able to interact with participants from across the globe and from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge. ICSB brings over 60 years of knowledge to this certificate program.

Ina Gjikondi

Ina Gjikondi

Founder & Faculty Director

I am a teacher, speaker, mother, alchemist, innovator, poet, modern mystic and co-curator of creative learning experiences that expand consciousness with the goal of One Shared Humanity.

I serve as the Director of Executive Education & Coaching and as the Founder & e-Co Leadership Coaching Program Director at the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership.

e-Co Leadership Coaching Certification (e-CLC) is an International Coaching Federation aligned professional foundational program rooted in the cultivation of energetic stability, by expanding, emerging, exchanging and evolving in co-creation, co-connection, co-action and co-movement in service to the greater good.

I believe in coaching as a way of being and an invitation to the practice of anchored capacity, where we learn to stay present, practical and poetic, to deepen and expand our contribution in the world.

We must cultivate capacities that will support people and organizations to think from a whole person and whole systems perspective in a way that gets us deeply in touch with our own humanity and helps us heal our connection within systems, from the cellular level of our being to the cellular level of our humanity and yes, change starts with us. Nations don’t transform, people do and we can start there.

Jim Robinson

Jim Robinson

Executive Director

Jim Robinson is the Executive Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. He is a senior executive and change leader with more than 25 years of experience in leading large-scale organization change, strategic human resources development, and organization effectiveness, consulting with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Robinson’s work has focused on the development of empowering leaders and the building of high commitment/high performance organizations that achieve outstanding results.

Mr. Robinson writes, lectures, and leads workshops in the field of personal self-empowerment and personal effectiveness. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Rutgers University.

Certificate in Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs Modules

Module One: Think as an artist: Creativity for the Design of effective products and service

The objective of this module is to present an actionable approach to the design of “beautiful” products and services. Why beauty? Because recent and breakthrough findings in Cognitive science about how the mind perceive complexity show that the pursuit of beauty is the way our brain understand the world and make decisions opting for the most elegant solution. In this module we will use visual art and neuroscience to show how artists achieve elegance and translate this into a set of eight strategies that can be used to improve design and enhance creativity.


  • Entrepreneur as artist: Innovation as delivery of new meaning through the design of effective artifacts
  • What makes a design beautiful? Lessons from Designers, Cognitive Science and Complexity Theory
  • Think as an artist: 8 strategies to achieve elegance and simplicity in Design

Module Two: Creativity and Design thinking: how to design effective Organizations

A visual, design thinking approach is applied in this module to the design of effective organizations as well. A new venture is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model (Ries, 2013). Using visual tools to design and simulate business models, in this workshop participants will learn how visual thinking and simplicity can help in the design of lean as well as effective ventures:


  • What is a Business models (building blocks)
  • Visualize your business model: Lean canvas/Business model canvas
  • Cases studies of effective business model design and BM driven innovation

Module Three: Where do good ideas come from?

This online module will present a review of the most well known theories about sources of innovation: where do good ideas come from? Can innovation be designed? Which are the characteristics of highly innovative systems and how can we replicate them and apply to our business idea? Theories will be presented through successful cases and examples from the real world based on 4 types of innovation sources:

  • Innovation from marginal markets: Disruptive innovation
  • Innovation from Industry: the dynamic of innovation in Industry
  • Innovation from Smart collectives: Information Economy and Peer-production, innovation in online communities (open sources, makers), Open Innovation
  • Innovation from tradition, history, culture, and territory

Module Four: Customer discovery

The design of a new venture is very far from the linear, rational, and top down business planning approach. It is instead a learning path constellated with failures as well as with valuable learning opportunities. The Lean start-up approach in the design of new ventures puts at its center the art of customer discovery. Customer discovery implies an agile mindset based on continuous experimentation, feedback, and painstaking revision of the initial idea. In this module we present a structured approach to customer discovery and offer tools to support all its fundamentals steps: engaging users in the idea development, fast prototyping, testing ideas, refining and retesting.

Electives: Pick From Other Modules

  • Innovation and Academic Research
  • Process of Innovation
  • The Role of Government to Promote Innovation
  • Creativity Through story Telling
  • Engineering and Creativity Unleashed


ICSB Global Program Director: Dr. Tony Mendes (email:
ICSB Global Program Assistant: Ms. Jordyn Murphy (email: or tel: 202-994-0704
ICSB Executive Director: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy (email: or tel: 202-468-3133