Inaugural Symposium
Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

Creativity and Leadership for the New Century

Thursday, September 23
Razzo Hall, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

According to a recent Newsweek article, "The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful…To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those ideas into the best result)."* The article also claims that American creativity is in decline. Is this true? How do we define creativity? What makes for great leadership? Based on their experiences, the participants of this panel focused on what creativity means and how leadership is needed to promote and encourage it.

*Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, "The Creativity Crisis," Newsweek (July 10, 2010)

Matthew MalskyMatthew Malsky, Clark University Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Alumni/ae Panelists
Stephanie BaileyStephanie Bailey '72, Former Chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Practice
Dr. Stephanie Bailey received her B.A. in Psychology from Clark University in 1972 and her M.D. from Meharry Medical College in 1976. She performed her residency in Internal Medicine at Grady Memorial/Emory University and then went on to obtain her M.S.H.S.A. from the College of St. Francis in 1993. She recently served for four years as the Chief for Public Health Practice of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She oversaw programs and offices focused on public health law, public health system standards, agency accreditation, surveillance for emerging issues in public health practice and CDC's portfolio management to the states. Dr. Bailey is a published author and has spoken internationally, nationally, regionally and locally on many subjects pertaining to public health. She has served on a number of committees before and while at the CDC, notably: four appointments to National Advisory Committee by previous HHS secretaries; the National Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health; the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Policy Expert Panel; President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); President of the Public Health Leadership Society; Co-Chair of the National PH workforce Taskforce; and a member of the inaugural Health Sector Assembly. Dr. Bailey has also been honored with numerous awards for her work and service. She remains active in her public health and medical associations. She is currently CEO of SBCBailey and Associates, an Executive Representative for COMPASS, and co-founder of Health Data Source.

Solange Bandiaky, Ph.D. '08, Coordinator, Africa Program, Rights and Resources Initiative
Solange Bandiaky joined the Rights and Resources Group in July 2008. She graduated from Clark University with a Ph.D. in Women's and Gender Studies. Her dissertation, "Engendering Exclusion in Senegal's Democratic Decentralization: Subordinating Women through Participatory Natural Resource Management," establishes the link among the categories of gender equity, electoral politics, and natural resource management (land and forest resources) in participatory programs and local government institutions. Prior to coming to Clark in 2002 as a Ford Foundation fellow, she earned an M.A. in environmental sciences in 2002 at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, and a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. Her M.A. thesis in environmental sciences was on women's associations' roles in environment management. Her philosophy M.A. thesis focuses on philosophers Karl Popper and Paul Feyerabend theories of Falsifiability and Anarchism. From 2005 to 2008 she worked as a teaching assistant at Clark University for "Introduction to Women's Studies, "Introduction to International Relations," and "The Sociology of Gender." Solange also worked as a consultant for the Division of Early Warning (DEWA) and UNEP, the Global Environment Facility/Small Grant Program in Senegal, and the Regional Program on Energy and Poverty/UNDP in Senegal.

Steve RobertsSteve Roberts '74, President and COO, The Roberts Companies
Steven Roberts received a B.A. in Sociology from Clark University in 1974 and a J.D. and L.L.M. in Urban Law and Urban Development from Washington University in St. Louis in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He is Founder and President of The Roberts Companies, a diversified empire whose holdings include Roberts Broadcasting Companies, Roberts Hotels Group and Roberts Real Estate Development. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous publicly held companies, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including the Center for Emerging Technologies; Children's Hospital Foundation; Logan University; Missouri Chamber of Commerce; St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable-Executive Committee and The George Washington University. He has been honored with many awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. He is a Lifetime Member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and served as a delegate to Canada at the Atlantic Council meeting in 1979. He is a sought-after speaker/panelist in the areas of entrepreneurship, urban development and leadership training.