Meet Your Instructor


Holly Blondin   “I Am. I Dream. I Do.”

My name is Holly Blondin, and I live my life in color. We are born creators, we are born imaginators, and then we learn how to apply practicalities to our creativity. Sometimes our creativity gets lost. Through my professional theatre and design backgrounds, and my more recent work as a Professor of Design Thinking and Futures Thinking, I strive to help my students gain the right tools to activate their ideas and exercise their imaginations. Whether it be in business, arts & culture, or higher education, I continue to observe the positive effects that the practice of the creative process has on people, businesses, and communities.   

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, my father was a passionate carpenter who built his business around his love of art. From the start, I saw the juxtaposition of creativity and entrepreneurship, and accepted it. My most important life lessons and skills were learned during my youth studying ballet, theatre, music, and creative writing. Through the arts I developed life skills in problem solving and interpersonal communication, and grew my abilities to easily generate solutions and possibility in the face of change and challenge. A nice toolbox to have when I moved to New York City in 1997!

New York was my first love, it is where I started working with entrepreneurs and creative professionals in business, marketing & branding, arts & culture, higher education, and the more specific creative industries of theatre, music, dance, art, and design.

Barcelona, Spain is home for me now. I live here with my artist husband, a painter. After nearly six adventurous years here, I have discovered Barcelona to be a playground of authentic creativity, artistry, and design. It is not about where you are, but about what you do. Inspiration can be found in every corner of the world, and having the right tools will help people create, design, develop, and drive the [im]POSSIBLE futures we dream of!

Entrepreneurship, Design, Marketing & Branding, Professional Musical Theatre Performance

M.B.A. Marketing & Entrepreneurship Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business NYC

B.F.A. Musical Theatre Performance Western Michigan University

 

The Professional

Barcelona, New York City

Parsons School of Design, NYC Strategic Design & Management (MS); Parsons Paris for PUIG

Long Island University Brooklyn – Entrepreneurship Center + Innovation

EU Business School Barcelona, Guest Lecturer

IED Barcelona, Guest Lecturer

 

The Educator

Professor, Innovation Facilitator, Storyteller

The only thing I love more than education is dance & theatre! When I am not teaching you will find me hanging out with my artist husband the painter, or with my ‘Creative Ladies of Barcelona’. I find sanctuary in writing, reading, yoga, ballet, pilates, art museums and my cactus garden. Coffee Lover, Arts Advocate, Community Builder

 

The Person

The Extroverted Introvert