Izzy Gesell, MS Ed, CSP is an "organizational alchemist" who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. Through his keynotes, trainings, coaching, and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights and programs. He is skilled at delivering meaningful in a way that makes participants enjoy their time with him.
Izzy was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed from Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Humor Me: America's Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. His latest project is a deck of cards with improv games on them.
He has worked with dental association members to help foster their leadership skills, helped Aetna Insurance custmer reps learn to manage their stress, facilitated NASA engineers on enhancing their leadership skills and guided Hewlett Packard global managers to communicate more effectively.
Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA's 4.000 members are CSPs. The International Facilitators Association (IAF) regularly calls on him to train facilitators in his techniques.
A former stand-up comedian and public school teacher, Izzy was raised in Brooklyn, NY, where commonplace thinking was frowned upon. He has earned a BA in Psychology, an Ms in Education and a P... thats 1/3 of a PhD and now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.