Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
Area of Expertise: Your Customers - Their Journey, Empathy & Storytelling, Ideation & Innovation
Talena has spent more than two decades in education, arts administration, community development, and in helping others understand and work through defined creative processes. She served as faculty and department chair at The Juilliard School for 15 years and has taught or advised every level student. She also served as Education Director at New York City Opera and on the faculty at City University of New York.
Talena taught on the graduate faculty at Manhattan School of Music, where she also led educational outreach efforts into New York City schools and prepared graduate students as effectual teaching artists. Having spent years working in innovative creative collaborations with the New York City Department of Education, She was invited by Yale University to provide leadership for innovative new New Haven public school reform projects and for similar projects for the Philadelphia public schools as well. A popular guest speaker, she has been invited to speak at United Nations diplomatic events in both New York City and Washington, D.C. where she shared her research on the creative process and the influence it affords cultural diplomacy efforts and community building.
Talena has served as advisor and guide for a wide range of students, educators, non-profit, and for profit organizations, along with teaching artists, classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, corporate and non-profit executives and staff, and school administrators and superintendents, each of whom share a common interest in building connections between their day to day work and the structure of the creative process. She has often worked with national and international organizations in defining and applying the influence the creative process and the tools of the arts have on organizational success and impact.