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Dr. Michael Fang, M.D. leads speaker line-up for fall innovation forum

Today, the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.™ announced its speaker line-up for this year’s Fall Forum, “Think Creative! Innovative Ideas for Personal Growth and Professional Development.”

Dr. Michael Fang, M.D., physician, innovator and entrepreneur, leads the line-up of innovation speakers.


Dr. Michael Fang

In 2011, he founded CETA, based on a simple passion: to “democratize medicine” through clinically guided, data driven innovation.” Considered one of the fastest growing companies in America today, CETA is now a leading health IT consulting firm with over 60 clinician consultants, serving over 140 hospitals in their adoption of various health information technologies.

Dr. Fang also has served as mentor, advisor and investor to various healthcare startups ranging from artificial intelligence and big data analytics solutions, to stem cell technologies. He is the Medical Director of Informatics at IU Health La Porte Hospital. His Forum topics are: “Starting with Why” and “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

In addition, four speakers will present The 4lenses of Innovation, based on the newly-released book by Rowan Gibson. The first lens, “Challenging Orthodoxies,” will be presented by Earl Adams who has worked in the healthcare-technology field for over 34 years.


Earl Adams

His career began in industry and moved to IU Health La Porte Hospital where he served as a biomedical engineer, Computer Information Services Department Director and Chief Information Officer. Additionally, Adams founded PCCS, Inc., a healthcare computer services and consulting firm that served over 400 clients.Adams has been an instrumental volunteer, helping to create a Makerspace at La Porte County Public Library.


Margaret Bonen

The second lens, “Understanding Needs,” will be presented by Margaret Bonen, a Psychiatric and Dementia Care nurse. She has been trained in Culture Care, Change Agent for Culture Care, Validation Care through Naomi Feil Validation training, and CQM. Now retired, Bonen serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Creative Solutions, along with Adams and Keri Marrs Barrón.

A creativity consultant, Barrón, will be sharing the third lens of innovation, “Harnessing Trends.” Her passion for creativity led her to the International Center for Studies in Creativity and Change Leadership, NY, where she received a second masters degree. She now works with the Center for Creative Solutions on special projects. Earlier in her career, she served as Director of Student Activities at Purdue University North Central.


Richard Pate

The final lens, “Leveraging Resources,” will be presented by Richard Pate, an industry expert/leader in AMI technologies, utility operations and workforce management for the utility industry. He has over 29 years of visionary leadership and hands-on experience in electric distribution systems, natural gas distribution systems, coal fired power plant efficiency engineering, and customer service technologies and operations. Pate has worked on AMI deployments with major utilities in the United States and the Middle East.

Based on the 4lenses, Karen Jedrysek, along with Adams, will discuss “Leaders as Mentors.” She is Director of Organizational Development and Colleague Relations at IU Health La Porte Hospital System. There, she has enjoyed various leadership roles, serving her fellow colleagues through the promotion of a positive, rewarding and supportive work environment. Jedrysek’s passion for mentoring was sparked early in her career when she assisted co-workers in navigating the complexities of professional relationships.


Karen Jedrysek

The afternoon session will focus on “Building a Creative Climate” and “What Do Employees Really Want?” Leading the session will be Cindy Hedge and Marrs Barrón. Hedge is founder, CEO of the Center for Creative Solutions, a non-profit organization, and an organizational consultant/facilitator/speaker. She is also a practicing attorney. Hedge has a masters degree from the International Center for Studies in Creativity and Change Leadership, NY, and is a member of the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.

In an extended learning session, Marrs and Hedge will apply the Creative Problem Solving method to a work-related problem submitted by a member of the audience. Through the process, they will show why this problem solving method is so effective.

The Forum is on September 10th and will be held at the Northern Indiana Education Foundation Building, 402 Franklin Square, in Michigan City, Indiana. It starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast and runs to 2:00 p.m. with an extended learning opportunity till 3:00 p.m.

As always, the forum is open to the general public. This year’s forum is especially geared toward persons interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. It will be a conversation about the latest trends and the practical aspects of innovation in a forward-looking business, non-profit, government agency, professional office or school.

Registration fees are: $25 for one person, $40 two persons from one organization. Included are presentations, activities, materials, a light breakfast, lunch and end-of-the-day reception refreshments.

Registrations may be made by contacting the Center at 219-861-0955 or Registration deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015, with payment due September 10th.

The Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.™ is a change management firm that offers facilitation and training in many areas: strategic planning, creativity and innovation, Creative Problem Solving; leadership; civility; conflict resolution; team building; ethics; communication; bullying and etiquette in the workplace. Clients include businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits and individuals.

For more information, contact the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc., 410 Franklin Square, Michigan City, Indiana, at 219-861-0955, or e-mail at

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