About Pamela Szalay
Founder of Imagine &
Pamela Szalay is a consultant, facilitator, curriculum designer, coach, writer, and trainer who love to help people reach their creative potential. She brings energy and enthusiasm to every session!
Pamela is well-versed in the world of creativity from two sides: theory and practice. She holds a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State and is certified to deliver FourSight: The Breakthrough Thinking Profile. From this standpoint, creativity is about bringing change and overcoming obstacles to achieve great things. It is also about knowing your strengths, what gets in the way and what boosts your creativity.
Pamela can relate to this from her own personal experience as an entrepreneur but also as a pianist, singer and composer. The study of creativity has allowed her to be more in control of her creative process, while also providing insight on the many ways people are creative in their everyday lives. Prior to founding Imagine &, Pamela operated a music school, Imagine and Play Music, where she developed her philosophy of education and applied creativity.
Over the past decade, Pamela has taken her experience from music, education and the field of creativity to develop unique programs for all kinds of people. She has helped teams from international manufacturing companies, small not-for-profits, universities, schools, and local firms. Everyone can benefit from learning more about themselves, how to appreciate and work better with others, and how to be a better problem solver. She has designed programs for youth and adults, and works hard to make the programs for adults as much fun as the ones for kids!
Notable projects include developing activities and assessments for "The Creative Thinker's Toolbox", a DVD lecture series for The Great Courses, and delivering a three-day creativity training program to educators in China. She has designed curriculum for Explore and More Children's Museum, Curiosity 2 Create, and the Buffalo Healthcare Exploration Summer Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. A keen interest in mental health and well-being led to a research study that revealed correlations between problem solving preferences and certain measures of mental health. The findings were published in the International Journal of Creative Problem Solving.
Creative problem-solving (2020), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible, Palgrave Macmillan, edited by V. Glăveanu, co-written with Gerard J. Puccio and Barry Klarman. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_41-1
Understanding the Intersection between Well-Being and Creative Process: An Exploratory Study of Creative-Thinking Preferences and Aspects of Mental Health (2019), The International Journal of Creative Problem Solving, co-written with Gerard J. Puccio, Amber Boyer and Selcuk Acar,
Three C's: Exploring a Continuum of Creativity (2016), Why Study Creativity, ICSC Press, edited by Fox & Fox. *In this short essay, Pamela offers her ideas for developing a growth model of creativity to inform learning and instruction. Available on Amazon.
Training the Next Generation of Leaders, in Green Teacher (Spring 2013, Issue 99) co-written with David Bauer.
Creativity: Leading the Charge in Times of Change
Creativity Can Be Taught
Psychological Diversity Drives Innovation and Engagement
Creativity: A Skill to Cultivate in the 21st Century, co-written with Gerard Puccio for Develop Intelligence, 2017.