MEGA SESSION Improvised Innovation: How to Unleash Creativity and Leap Ahead of the Competition!

SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
This session will show you how to access, develop, and apply your creative skills to solve problems and increase innovation.

Innovation and creativity are keys to staying competitive so organizations and individuals who apply innovation move ahead. Those who don't, struggle and fall behind. This session will uses ideas and exercises from improv comedy to show you how to tap into your creativity and use it to unleash innovation to be a game changer in your organization and industry. This session will show you:

  • How to be more innovative and better problem solvers. 
  • Specific tactics you can use to lead yourself and your teams through an innovation process so you can immediately be more innovative at work. 
  • How to innovate within a framework and apply your creativity within the boundaries of laws, regulations, company policies, and resource limitations.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Avish Parashar


Avish Parashar is the world's only “Motivational Improviser.” He works with groups that want their people to be more flexible and with organizations who want to increase innovation. Avish uses his 20+ years of experience performing, teaching, and studying improv comedy to show organizations and individuals how to improvise, adapt and innovate in an ever-changing world. He specializes in helping professionals access and develop their creativity and apply those skills to think quickly and deal with change.

Avish grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, and now makes his home in Philadelphia, PA. Though he performed all through high-school, he decided to stop performing when he went to college to “focus on his studies.” That resolve lasted only a few months, as the first time he saw an improv comedy show he fell in love. One week later he auditioned for the campus improv group, got in, and the rest is history. After graduating, he started Polywumpus Improv Comedy, which did regular performances in and around Philadelphia for 7 years. Avish closed up Polywumpus to focus on the speaking and training side of the business – using improv comedy as a tool to teach valuable business skills such as creativity, innovation and adaptability. Avish is the author of “Improvise to Success!” and the Amazon best-selling, “Say 'Yes, And!'”

Convention Center 146
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Mega Session
Leadership & Navigation
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