Ismet is a change catalyst. She started her career as a financial consultant and evolved to become a serial entrepreneur. She was first drawn to the field of creativity and innovation when she became a parent. She speaks intimately about her journey on the TEDx stage.
Her acumen for translating creativity from theory into practice is evident in her diverse range of projects and clients. Ismet has worked with large organizations, entrepreneurs, governments, academics, not-for-profits, educators, parents, and children all over the world. Her clients range in age from 5 to “undisclosed” and include the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and the National Institute of Education Sciences for the People’s Republic of China. Her most recent work includes the creation of a coaching model that is currently being used for leadership development in one of Europe’s largest aerospace organizations.
Ismet frequently shares her expertise at conferences across the globe. She delivers workshops and immersive experiences at creativity conferences in the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She is a graduate of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State where she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student at Buffalo State, and the Firestien Family Creative Achievement award for her work in the field of creative thinking and facilitation. Currently Ismet serves as a trustee on the board of the Creative Education Foundation and as a Strategic Advisor to the Whitestone Foundation. She is a certified facilitator of FourSight, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Polarity Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry and Accelerated Learning.