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Anthony R. Pagliaroli, MSc., Co-founder/President & CEO

Anthony R. Pagliaroli, MSc, Co-founder/President & CEO, Bright Lights Innovations, LLC   (BLI) grew out of the consulting practice he founded in 1995 to help individuals and organizations improve business performance and accelerate results. He has extensive practical experience in industrial sales, sales leadership and marketing management and an entrepreneurial background that he originally took to start-up and small organizations and over the years expanded to many diverse organizations and industries. Through his own journey to better understand growth, personal development, and organizational change, Tony completed an International Masters of Science; Creativity & Innovation from SUNY, Buffalo College, ICSC.  He leads BLI and a team of talented professionals to prepare organizational leaders and their teams with essential 21st-century skills and creative thinking tools to create a richer more robust future.

Susan Keller-Mathers, Ed.D. 
Co-founder/Chief Learning Officer & VP Research

Dr. Keller-Mathers is also an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity where she teaches graduate courses in creativity and change leadership. Her area of expertise is development of creative learning, facilitating teams and organizations to lead change and deliberate methodologies for creative problem solving. She coauthored two books on Creative Problem  Solving, researched the lives of mature women of creative accomplishment and works with organizations in ten countries in Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East to enhance creative performance and facilitate groups. Some past clients include Strategic Group Navy War College, Seneca Gaming Corporation Management Development, Austin Texas and Sharpsville PA school districts leaders and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Dr. Keller-Mathers holds a MS in Creativity and an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction.

Joanna C. Sutton, Business Innovation Advisor

Joanna is a business executive with a passion for transforming innovative ideas in actionable plans. With a strong business acumen and foundation in change leadership, Joanna works with leaders in the early phases to develop and incubate ideas for business improvements.  She works with leaders to develop the plans, teamwork, collaboration and relationships to set the stage for successful execution. During her 25-year career, she has worked in various B2B marketing and innovation roles within Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburgh, PA, a global, multibillion-dollar revenue corporation. She has participated in commercializing a wide range of innovative ideas ranging from internal process improvements to developing new and improved products from emerging technologies such as high-performance materials, advanced manufacturing techniques, robotics, and high-performance computing.

Along the way, Joanna has collaborated with a number of educational organizations on the cutting edge of innovation and market leadership, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Institute for the Study of Business to Business Markets (the only B2B Think Tank) at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, and the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State.

Roger L. Firestien, Ph.D, 

Curator | The Gold Standard of Creativity

Roger has taught more people to lead the creative process than anyone else in the world.  Roger has presented programs in creativity to over 600 organizations nationally and internationally ranging from major fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations and churches.  Dr. Firestien is the Senior Faculty member at the International Center for studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.  He is the authored and co-authored of five books.  His expert views on creativity have been reported in “Fast Company” and “The New York Times”.  When Roger is not traveling, he lives in Buffalo, NY and regularly works cattle on the SK Hereford Ranch new Median, NY.

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