Capital Region Business Leaders Join Together at Brown School For a Panel Discussion

Proctors CEO Philip Morris and Additional Capital Region Business Leaders Join Together at Brown School For a Panel Discussion on Creativity and Problem Solving in Business and Education

Contact: Susan Bardack

(Niskayuna, NY) –CEO of Proctors Theater Philip Morris, Head of school for Brown School Patti Vitale, Managing Partner of Spiral Design Studio Robert Clancy and Attorney Maxine Barasch will address the Capital Region in a panel discussion on using creativity and problem solving techniques to advance their organizations within the Capital Region and beyond. The program titled, “Creativity and Problem Solving in Business and Education” will take place on July 6 at Brown School from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

Morris is well known for utilizing an out-of the-box approach that has propelled Proctors to new heights and created a stronger arts presence in the Capital Region community. He believes strongly in moving ideas forward and exploring all potential possibilities. In addition to securing sophisticated and entertaining arts programming, another project Morris has positively contributed to in the region is a heating and cooling facility. The plant not only supports Proctors, but several of its neighbors. Morris said, “ I am pleased to have been chosen for a discussion on using creativity to problem solve and make things happen in our area. If we work with children to become more creative contributors through education, we are creating leaders with the ability to create positive change for the future.”

Brown School is a leader in a program called MindUP, which teaches students social emotional skills to live happier lives. MindUP was founded by actress, philanthropist and children’s advocate Goldie Hawn and is currently supported by the Hawn Foundation. Brown School was the first school in the nation to adopt the program school-wide about four years ago. They currently practice it in all of their classrooms. They feel the program is so effective, they would like to share aspects of it with the community. Head of School Patti Vitale says, “ The Hawn Foundation’s MindUP program has many facets including truly helping our children use their own creativity and problem solving techniques both in the classroom and at home. We believe this program encourages students to move beyond self imposed limitations and boundaries. We hope it contributes to a unique workforce in the future that has the capacity to create real change.”

In addition to Philip Morris and Patti Vitale, Robert Clancy, the managing partner  of Spiral Design Studio volunteers and works with high school students through a program called the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY).  HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Clancy said, “We recently hosted our annual three-day conference for the eastern New York State region and I found myself once again inspired by the 200+ young leaders who attended. These students don’t think outside the box, they start by thinking without the box. They may have challenges set before them, but they never let barriers block their journey to success.”

Maxine Barasch is a patent attorney who works with entrepreneurs and embodies the entrepreneurial spirit herself. She developed the concept and created a tech magazine for business professionals in the Capital Region in addition to her work as an attorney. Barasch is also a seasoned networker and connector in the community.

Brown School is looking forward to hosting this event celebrating creative approaches that have lead to success in the Capital Region community. Vitale said, “We are honored to have these top leaders come to our school and explore a topic that is so important and interesting. As educators we believe it is vitally important to not only teach but to show our students what it means to be a creative, compassionate and confident leader.”

Each of the panelists will share examples of how they have used creativity and unique problem solving techniques to help their organization within the context of the Capital Region community. Everyone from the community is invited to attend.


About Brown:

Helen “Nellie” Brown founded Brown School in 1893 as an alternative to public schools. She envisioned a school where an individualized approach to learning would foster self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a life-long love of learning.
The school’s mission is to inspire each student to love learning while striving for academic excellence. Brown School’s teachers work to identify and develop the strengths of individual students, thereby stimulating discovery, imagination, and critical thinking. Small classes, a dedicated staff, and an innovative curriculum, combine to motivate children to reach their potential both academically and socially.
Brown School, a non-sectarian independent school in Schenectady, New York, has an absolute charter by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. School policy is determined by the Board of Trustees and implemented by the Head of School and Brown School staff members.