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Jessie Shefrin

As an artist/educator and leadership coach, Jessie Shefrin's work has been predicated on a deep and ongoing interest in investigating interdependent, integrative and interactive relational systems as experienced through the lens of art, design and business and their intrinsic connection to contemporary culture.

In the late 1980’s, her work focused on integrating electronic tools and approaches into the fine arts curricula at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University where she was Professor of Print and Digital Media for 27 years. During her tenure there she Co- founded The Institute for Electronic Arts and Chaired the Division of Expanded Media and the Electronic Integrated MFA Program. 

In 2004, Jessie became the Dean of Graduate Studies at The Rhode Island School of Design where she worked with faculty and graduate student populations from around the globe to build interdisciplinary curricula. In 2008, she assumed the post of Provost at RISD and led the school in this capacity for three years. During this time she became more and more interested in ideas around leadership, action and change and how live, renewable systems can become the foundation for innovation. 

While at Alfred, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, conferred by the State of New York through the State University of New York in Albany, NY. And more recently received the ‘Rhode Island Women in Higher Education Outstanding Leadership Award’.

Jessie's work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and China. Venues include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Modern Art affiliate, Long Island City, NY; The Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA; The Beijing International New Media Exhibition, Beijing, China and most recently at BS1 Contemporary Art Center, Beijing.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012 - 2013 and 2016.

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Visiting Artist

Jim Snack

Jim Snack is an award winning Certified Speaking Professional who specializes in employee motivation and engagement, presenting keynote speeches, half- and full-day seminars on change, teamwork, creativity and communication. 

Jim has been featured as a “Consummate Speaker of the Year” by Sharing Ideas Magazine.  He was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the International Communication Association, and he received the McNally Award  for outstanding teaching  from the University at Albany Department of Communication. 

Jim is a one less than 600 speakers worldwide who hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, the highest earned award bestowed by the National Speakers Association.  He is Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Speakers Association and Past President of the Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

Presenting over a hundred programs annually for businesses, associations, government agencies, schools, healthcare and human service organizations, Jim has worked with General Electric, Disney, Lucent Technologies, General Motors, and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

His programs combine lecture, interactive exercises, and memorable demonstrations, creating programs that engage participants in active learning. 

For the past nine years Jim has been the closing speaker for the General Services Administration PBS Academy training course on creative problem solving and decision making.   

For over a decade Jim served as an adjunct faculty member at the OPM Eastern Management Development Center where he taught collaborative leadership skills.

For 17 years he has been a "back by popular demand" speaker at The HUMOR Project's International Conference on the Positive Power of Humor & Creativity.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2015.


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