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From Expression to Impact: The Uses of Arts-Based Experiential Learning in Leadership and Personal Coaching

  • February 10, 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Southeast Region Webinar Series | Host Chapter: ICF Austin

From Expression to Impact: The Uses of Arts-Based Experiential Learning in Leadership and Personal Coaching 

CCEU: 1.0 Core Competency

0.5 Resource Development 

Art has inspired, perplexed and dazzled humans for millennia.

From cave paintings 30,000 years ago to more modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Frida Kahlo. From the tribal chanting by ancient firesides to the majestic symphonies of Beethoven and jazz riffs of Thelonious Monk. From the tragedies of Sophocles to the modern brilliance of Lillian Hellman and Arthur Miller.

So what do the visual arts, music, theatre, dance and movement have to do with coaching?


Recent research has proven the power of the arts to impact leadership development, promote collaboration, ignite innovation and provide tools for navigating personal, professional and organizational change.

Over the past two decades Fred Mandell, along with Harvey Seifter, have been pioneers in the field of arts-based experiential learning. Their firm Creating Futures That Work® is the world’s leading provider of experiential learning that uses the arts to help leaders create dynamic, successful and sustainable futures.

They are now bringing their research, arts-based experiential activities, exercises and workshops to the coaching community along with their unique innovation skills assessment.

In this program Fred will share the science, research and theory supporting arts-based experiential learning. He will bring program participants through actual arts-based experiential exercises. And he will present actual use cases to demonstrate how arts-based experiential learning in action can impact leaders their teams and individuals making personal transitions. We will examine two actual use cases as a way to demonstrate the what, how and outcomes of selective coaching relationships. One use case will focus on leadership development within a Fortune 500 company and the other will focus on a personal transition journey.

Do not attend this program unless you are willing to get your hands dirty and your minds turned upside down. Even in the comfort of your own home or office.

Learning objectives:

Participants will walk away with:

● An understanding of the theory and science behind ABEL

● Practical examples of arts-based experiential exercises immediately implementable by participants

● Research based data which demonstrates the impact of ABEL on individuals and teams

● Introduction to a breakthrough method for measuring impact of training on learners.

NOTE: Attendees will need to have 5 pieces of blank paper, a pencil and an eraser available during the presentation.


Fred Mandell uniquely combines his experience as a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company with that of a nationally collected visual artist and sculptor to help leaders, organizations and businesses challenge convention and achieve breakthrough performance.

During his 21 year career as a senior executive at American Express Financial Advisors, Fred built leading marketing and sales businesses and ran a multi-billion dollar investment company. He was responsible for introducing, testing and scaling an innovative, fee-based financial planning business model which transformed AEFA into the market leader.

In 2019 Fred founded with Harvey Seifter Creating Futures That Work (CFTW) a training and consulting firm that draws on the resonant power of arts-based experiential learning to help leaders globally create futures that matter. CFTW works with corporate clients in the areas of leadership, innovation, collaboration and organizational culture.

Fred has taught the number one rated leadership program at MIT Sloan School of Management SIP Series called The Leader as Artist since 2013. He is also the co-author with Kathleen Jordan of Becoming a Life Change Artist; 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Your Life at Any Stage (Penguin Avery.)

As an artist Fred’s sculptures, paintings and drawings are in private and corporate collections. Most recently his bronze self-portrait has been commissioned for the international conference on “The Self/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. in psychology from Boston University. He has three grown children, six grandchildren, and lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his wife Karen, a writer and teacher


  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • 11:00pm–1:30pm, CST (US and Canada) 
  • Cost: $10 for Global Members / $20 for Local Members and Guests
  • After you register here, you'll receive a link to register for the Zoom call.


Please note this is a Zoom webinar and there are two steps to register.

Step 1:  Pay your registration fees by registering through this site.

Step 2: After you've paid your registration fees, you'll be sent an email that'll give you access to register for the Zoom Call. You have to register for the Zoom call to gain access to the webinar.

Continued Coaching Education Units (CCEUs)

1.0 Core Competency and 0.5 Resource Development CCEUs will be offered for this webinar. Please make sure you list our ICF Chapter so you can get your CCEU. 

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