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Creative Leadership at Work

Cultivating creative leaders for organizational transformation

Your work environment is dynamic, so your skills should match. The Institute for Creative Leadership at Work is a unique collaboration between Capital University and Columbus College of Art & Design that combines the expertise of both institutions to deliver powerful training and certificate programs for businesses and individuals. Level up your team on your terms with off-the-shelf training or customized solutions that can be offered on-site, at either campus, or online. CLW is your local partner for cultivating creative leaders for organizational transformation.

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Upcoming Workshops

The current cost for workshops is $150.

Creative Problem Solving - Using Your Creative Instincts for Success
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
9 - 11 am
Location: CCAD - Design Studios on Broad

Join us on a journey of creative thinking! We will dissect artists' key creative processes and reveal how these practices are accessible to all. Participants will discover proven techniques to ignite their creative spark and develop a mindset that fosters continuous innovation.


Corporate Training Options

Learn from university faculty and professional experts in the field of design thinking and creative problem solving, business communication and collaboration, user experience, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and strategic organizational and leadership development. CLW is your local partner for cultivating creative leaders for organizational transformation. Our programs are customizable based on industry demands and your organization’s needs.

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Capital University is also recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

Problem-Solving and Design Thinking Strategies

Design thinking empowers businesses to innovate customer-centric solutions by fostering empathy, creativity, and iterative problem-solving. Available topics include:

  • Creative Problem Solving for Corporate Leadership
  • Design Thinking Basics
  • Design Strategies for Change Management
  • Design Strategies for Customer Journey Mapping
  • Design Thinking for Inter-Team Collaboration
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn to enrich your business environment by fostering innovation, broadening perspectives, and ensuring equitable opportunities. Available topics include:

  • Redesigning the C-Suite for Diversity, Equity, and Success
  • Equity Centered Design Thinking
  • Redesigning Business Systems for Equity
Leadership Development

Investing in leadership development at your organization cultivates skilled, adaptable leaders driving innovation, collaboration, and sustainable corporate growth. Available topics include:

  • Disruptive Collaboration
  • Ethics
  • Giving and Receiving Difficult Feedback
  • Growth versus Fixed Mindset
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Customized Options

We can work with you to design a custom workshop or training series to meet your organization’s exact needs.

CCAD x Capital = Exponential Value

The Institute provides a unique mix of offerings, combining the strengths of two renowned higher education institutions.

Design and Business
Design & Business

We provide a unique mix of offerings in design, business, law, analytics, communication, research, and more.

Leadership Development
Leadership Development

Focused programs on leadership development, equity, and diversity.

Local & Agile
Local & Agile

Understanding the regional needs, supporting the community, and offering agile solutions both online and onsite.

Authority in Adult Education
Authorities in Adult Education

With a combined 300+ years of experience, we offer authority and legitimacy that other programs may not.

A Professional Studies Collaboration from
Capital University and Columbus College of Art & Design


With CCAD, you can learn the design thinking skills that are so critical for today’s businesses directly from designers. CCAD believes that every company is a creative company, and your team can develop and grow with a deeper understanding of design strategy, design research, user experience design, creative problem solving, customer mapping, data visualization, and more.

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Add Capital to the mix, and you have the complete package. With a law school, an MBA program, and liberal arts degrees with a strong focus on practical outcomes, Capital lends its skills in communication, data analytics, business law, finances, and more to the offerings of The Institute.

Multiplied, CCAD and Capital provide exponential value for your professional development and training needs. Through the multiple areas of disciplinary expertise with the unique twist that creativity and design are always at the core, the Institute will be your go-to partner for leadership development as well as equity and diversity training at all levels of your organization.

Dr. Mary Beth Bertrand

Mary Beth Bertrand, Ed.D., Director

Dr. Mary Beth Bertrand, Director of the Institute for Creative Leadership at Work, is an educator and leader at the intersection of higher education, corporate collaboration, and adult learning. With a higher education career spanning nearly a decade, her approach centers on identifying synergistic opportunities where academic institutions and businesses collaborate to foster learning that directly aligns with industry demands. Through these collaborations, Dr. Bertrand has orchestrated tailored programs that equip adult learners with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in rapidly evolving professional landscapes.