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22nd Annual Rotman Lifelong Learning Conference for Leaders: Creative Minds and Inspiring Ideas: New Approaches to Unlocking Business Opportunities - Session 2

9:00am sharp to 10:00am EDT livestream

Please note: Registration for this year's conference will remain open until the final session takes place on Friday, June 11 at 9am. After registering, you will be given access to the recordings of any prior sessions as well as links to watch any of the remaining talks in the series. Can't tune in live? Not to worry! You'll be able to watch all of the recordings up until June 25 so you have lots of time to digest the content.

Event Details


Date: Friday June 04, 2021 | 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Speaker(s): Craig Wright, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music, Yale University; Guggenheim Fellow; Author

In Conversation with: Maja Djikic, Associate Professor and Director, The Self-Development Laboratory, Desautels Center for Integrative Thinking, Rotman School of Management
Topic: "The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit—Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness" (Dey Street Books, October 6, 2020)

Online. Links to all three livestreams are included in your confirmation email and recordings will be accessible until June 25.

Location: Online
Cost: Early Bird Rate (register by Wednesday May 19 at 5pm): $83.00 + HST per person | Regular Rate: $99 + HST per person. Includes 3 livestream links and 3 books from the 3 conference sessions, shipped to customers after the June 11th session. Plus a 1 year digital subscription to "Rotman Management" magazine ($49 value).
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Please note: The stated registration fee for this event only applies to customers residing in Canada and the U.S.A. If you are registering for this livestream from outside of these countries, please contact regarding your registration as shipping fees vary depending on your location. 


The Annual Rotman Lifelong Learning Conference for Leaders returns with a three-part event series that will highlight how creativity, curiosity and passion can provide transformative professional insights. What habits can we develop to grow our creative muscles? What can the music industry teach us about reinvention and experimentation? Why are the world’s greatest minds often considered misfits and rebels?

Ideal for business, government and academic leaders, this series will combine real world case studies and practical advice from experts to explore how anyone can use their imagination to advance their career goals. 

Please note: This event is part of a three-part conference/event series. You must register for all 3 sessions. We will leave all 3 livestream links accessible until June 25. 

Information on the other 2 sessions:

May 28, 2021,  9-10am EDT


Speaker: Natalie Nixon, Creativity Strategist & President, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC; Author


Topic: The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, June 23 2020)

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June 11, 2021, 9-10am EDT

Speakers: R. Michael Hendrix, Partner & Global Design Director, IDEO; Co-Author

Panos A. Panay, Senior Vice President for Global Strategy & Innovation, Berklee College of Music; Fellow, MIT Connection Science; Founder, Sonicbids; Author 

Topic: Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach us about Innovation (PublicAffairs, April 6 2021) More Info

For more information on the other two events in this conference, please visit their individual event pages. You can register for all three by clicking the “Register Now” button on any of the event pages.


More about this session with Craig Wright on his book The Hidden Habits of Genius: Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit—Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness (Dey Street Books, October 6, 2020)

Book Synopsis: 
Einstein. Beethoven. Picasso. Jobs. The word genius evokes these iconic figures, whose cultural contributions have irreversibly shaped society.

Yet Beethoven could not multiply. Picasso couldn’t pass a 4th grade math test. And Jobs left high school with a 2.65 GPA.What does this say about our metrics for measuring success and achievement today? Why do we teach children to behave and play by the rules, when the transformative geniuses of Western culture have done just the opposite? And what is genius, really?

Professor Craig Wright, creator of Yale University’s popular “Genius Course,” has devoted more than two decades to exploring these questions and probing the nature of this term, which is deeply embedded in our culture. In The Hidden Habits of Genius, he revealswhat we can learn from the lives of those we have dubbed “geniuses,” past and present.

Examining the lives of transformative individualsranging from Charles Darwin and Marie Curie to Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol to Toni Morrison and Elon Musk, Wright identifies more than a dozen drivers of genius—characteristics and patterns of behavior common to great minds throughout historyHe argues that genius is about more than intellect and work ethic—it is far more complex—and that the famed “eureka” moment is a Hollywood fiction. Brilliant insights that change the world are never sudden, but rather, they are the result of unique modes of thinking and lengthy gestation. Most importantly, the habits of mind that produce great thinking and discovery can be actively learned and cultivated, and Wright shows us how.

This book won't make you a genius. But embracing the hidden habits of these transformative individuals will make you more strategic, creative, and successful, and, ultimately, happier.

About Our Speaker:
 Craig Wright is the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music at Yale University, where he teaches the popular undergraduate course, “Exploring the Nature of Genius.” A Guggenheim Fellow, Wright has received an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from the University of Chicago, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was awarded the Sewall Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Yale (2016) as well as the DeVane Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship (2018).  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Ph.D. from Harvard.  


Questions:, Megan Murphy

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