Hello! I am an author, play advocate and designer with 26 years of speaking and presentation experience. My games Blurt!, TriBond, Mad Gab, and many others have collectively sold over 7 million copies in 13 countries. I've written three books. The first two were praised by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and NPR. My latest book, Right Brain Red: 7 Ideas for Creative Success, written with designer and super-entrepreneur Reyn Guyer, was just released in May of 2016.
I served as Creative Consultant and Co-Editor on the documentary film Toyland. The film won Best Documentary awards at three US film festivals. My second film, OPERATION: Operation, is a documentary film about John Spinello, the inventor of the classic board game, Operation and how, through the Power of Play, John learns that the game he invented has touched more people, in more ways, than he could have ever imagined.
I am known internationally as a toy expert and have appeared on numerous TV, and radio shows including The Early Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, This Way Up (Radio New Zealand), and Top 100 Toys (BBC), and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, among others. My games and books have been featured on Good Morning America and in The New York Times. I have served as an expert witness in legal cases within the toy industry. As a play advocate, I am out to prove that PLAY is not a four-letter word, but a means through which we find our passion and a connection with others. I have spoken on this topic to teams as diverse as the Otis College of Art and Design, USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center, G Wiz: The Science Museum, Elmhurst Historical Museum, Chicago Toy & Game Fair, TAGIE Awards, and the State Bar of Arizona, to name a few.
My speaking style and lectures are fun, playful and professional. Your team will be inspired, entertained and enlighten by the transformative Power of Play. I look forward to talking with you more about how I can meet the needs of your unique audience.
Seize the Play!