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Ismet Mamnoon

Innovation Facilitator

Izzy is a change catalyst. She started her career as a financial consultant and evolved to become a serial entrepreneur. She was first drawn to the field of creativity and innovation when she became a parent. She speaks intimately about her journey on the TEDx stage.

Her acumen for translating creativity from theory into practice is evident in her diverse range of projects and clients. Izzy has worked with large organizations, entrepreneurs, governments, academics, not-for-profits, educators, parents, and children all over the world. Her clients range in age from 5 to “undisclosed” and include the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the National Institute of Education Sciences for the People's Republic of China.

Izzy frequently shares her expertise at conferences across the globe. She delivers workshops and immersive experiences at creativity conferences in the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia and was recently featured in TIME magazine’s special edition on the Science of Creativity for the work she does globally to weave creativity into education. She is a graduate of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State where she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student at Buffalo State, and the Firestien Family Creative Achievement award for her work in the field of creative thinking and facilitation. She is a certified facilitator of FourSight, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Polarity Thinking, and Accelerated Learning.

Watch Izzy's TED Talk

When Izzy was ten years old she sat her parents down and told them what they were doing wrong in parenting her. In this humbling, heart-warming, and incredibly insightful TEDx Talk, Izzy share stories of her time as a parent.