Steve Jobs Protégé Randy Nelson Will Speak About Building Creative Capacity

New Director of Apple University & Co-founder of

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

Will Deliver the 2012 Creative Edge Lecture March 19


Randy Nelson, newly appointed Director of Apple University, will be the featured speaker at the annual Creative Edge Lecture on March 19th from 10-11:30 a.m. at Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented by Arts Orange County, Fourth District PTA, Orange County Department of Education and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The title sponsors of the event are The Boeing Company and Phil and Mary Lyons.


For the last 25 years, Randy Nelson has been using techniques from the arts to help businesses like Apple, NeXT, Pixar and DreamWorks thrive. He will share what he has discovered in working with the world's greatest companies: that building your creative capacity provides unparalleled opportunities to create better collaborative organizations, better businesses and better students.


This is an unprecedented opportunity for community leaders, political entities, business owners and managers, educators, parents, and grandparents to hear a speaker who has been called "a wide-ranging talent who has juggled knives on Broadway as a founder of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, acted in feature films and served alongside Mr. Jobs at Apple and NeXT Software. His real talent is coordinating how other talented people express their most creative ideas" (William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre, "Mavericks at Work").


Orange County citizens interested in globally competitive businesses, educators, and family members who want to ensure their children will thrive in an empowered, creative workforce are encouraged to attend and learn what it takes to create that future!


"Randy Nelson has emerged as one of the great creative thinkers in our state and impressed us with his background that includes being dean of Pixar University, head of DreamWorks Artistic Development and Training and now, newly appointed Director of Apple University," said Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County. "Increasingly, the business, education and arts communities are converging in their understanding of the essential role of creativity in the success of all worthwhile endeavors. It's a real privilege to present him for the first time in Orange County and a great opportunity to enable many more people to learn from him. It's also a great way for Arts Orange County to kick off-and bring into focus-the value of its annual Imagination Celebration, which observes its 28th Anniversary this spring."


Previous Creative Edge Lectures featured arts education authority Sir Ken Robinson and best-selling author Daniel H. Pink.

The next Palm Court Arts Happening at the Orange County Great Park features The Chameleons, the popular physical theatre troupe (Keith Berger and Sharon Diskin) in "Mime Over Matter," presented with the support of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Arts Teach program.  The program is on Saturday, March 31st, from 11 am to 1 pm, and includes a performance and workshop.  Admission & parking are free.

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