Team

In addition to the team members shown here, we’re honored to work with a global team of expert facilitators, trainers, graphic recorders, and executive coaches, who bring a wide range of skills and expertise to your project.

Who We Are

Melissa Dinwiddie

Founder, CEO, Lead Curriculum Designer & Facilitator

Melissa specializes in working with innovative, people-first organizations grappling with boring (or nonexistent) virtual trainings and events. She helps them engage and delight attendees, who acquire new skills and behaviors while building connections and having fun.

Melissa’s the author of The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, an interactive playbook that countless readers have sworn freed them from creative block virtually overnight.

Melissa has a reputation for creating impactful, memorable experiences that teach key skills while being fun at the same time. She loves collaborating, and is great at encouraging, cheerleading, and creating a positive vibe.

Melissa’s front-of-room experience ranges from traveling the country teaching calligraphy, to speaking on stages from Connecticut to California, to performing as a singer for audiences as big as 6,500, and presenting at professional conferences internationally. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s become sought after for her expertise in play-based techniques for leading engaging, interactive virtual meetings. When there isn’t a global pandemic going on, she performs improv with a number of different groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelors in Social Science, and the University of Birmingham, England, with a Masters in Cultural Studies, Melissa lives with her husband in Silicon Valley and spends her free time making art, playing ukulele, or chasing kitty fluffs that have fallen off her Siberian cat, Nika.

(See more about Melissa’s background below…)

Britta Schell

Workplace Team Trainer

Britta helps gamechanger products & experiences deeply understand their users to become must-have brands.

She starts with a client’s goals, and where they are today. Where do you want to take your team, product, or brand this year, and in five years? What questions or challenges does your team keep circling around? Known for her unique abilities in storytelling and research communication, Britta develops real, meaningful & actionable insights.

The results are transformative: You’ll deeply understand your users, putting them at the heart of everything your brand does and every decision your teams make. This means: More users, engaging with your brand and products more frequently, recommending your brand, becoming your growth engine. New products and initiatives from your brand that launch successfully, because your users are at the heart of it all. More impact for your team, and increased collaboration and unity around your goals.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Britta served as Director, Digital Strategic Insights at MTV. She started her career in innovative brand strategy and advertising agencies. These experiences grounded her in the power of insights to supercharging growth and loyalty for brands—and that research must be actionable and engaging to be useful.

 

“Play is not the opposite of work. When it’s used strategically, play is how we make work more effective.”

-Melissa Dinwiddie

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And Just for Fun…

A little more about our founder & CEO, in pictures!

 

A visual bio of Melissa Dinwiddie

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, I’m steeped in a culture of innovation and disruption.

As a professional artist and calligrapher for 15 years, with a background in dance (Juilliard-trained) and music (semi-professional jazz singer), I bring a creative outsider’s perspective to your corporate setting, and now channel my art background into graphic facilitation.

I’ve studied and performed improv since 2013. The skills that allow a team of improvisors to make up scenes onstage for a paying audience are the same skills that make a high-functioning corporate team, and I can teach them to your team: collaboration, communication, and leaning into uncertainty in high stakes contexts.

I’m a multiply-certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods and materials:

✔️Teams & Groups

✔️Advanced Strategy

✔️Advanced Creative Conflict Management

✔️Advanced Strategic Storytelling

✔️Agile Project Teams In Motion

As an online business owner since 2010, I’ve developed the skills to deliver online sessions for your distributed, virtual, or hybrid teams.

Before starting Creative Sandbox Solutions™, I earned my Masters of Social Science in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, and built a successful business as a freelance artist and calligrapher. My own experience with creative block led me to build another business, Living A Creative Life, helping people get creatively unstuck, via online courses, a membership community, and in-person workshops and retreats.

Speaking at the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association National ConferenceMy front-of-room experience ranges from traveling the country teaching calligraphy, to speaking on stages from Connecticut to a packed house in Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, to performing as a singer for audiences as big as 6,500.

I’m the author of The Creative Sandbox Way™: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, and host of The Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast. I live with my husband in Silicon Valley and spend my free time doodling, playing ukulele, or chasing kitty fluffs that have fallen off my Siberian cat, Nika.

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