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Instinctive Innovation    

Drive innovation in a diverse team of brilliant thinkers

Mary Poffenroth

Biopsychologist & San Jose State University Faculty

Keynotes & Workshops That Move Ideas Into Action    
Get unstuck.  Collaborate more effectively.  Drive new results.  
Hi, I'm Mary.

I work with organizations whose competitive advantage is a robust idea pipeline and strong, diverse teams.   We’re a great fit if the following is true:


  • You’re need to create solutions to complex! 

  • You have talented teams made up of diverse people who need to bond and collaborate effectively.   

  • You want to leverage the full knowledge and contribution of every team member to explore and experiment.

Here’s where the struggle comes in:

Your teams are full of brilliant thinkers who also need to be effective in their communication, collaboration, and connection skills to turn ideas into fresh solutions. 


It’s been over 20 years since I first began my science career at NASA, spending the last thirteen as STEM faculty for San Jose State University. As a scientist with specializations in communication, biology, & psychology, I’ve witnessed thousands of participants translate their brilliance into ideas their teams can implement.


The breakthroughs happen by mixing creativity and learning hacks so your team members can find solutions easier and communicate them more effectively.

Empowering Teams & Leaders to Tap Into

Instinctive Innovation

...through the power of science & play

Biopsychologist and San Jose State University STEM Faculty Mary Poffenroth







Your team will learn new skills that make problem-solving easier and communication more effective through
immersive experiences. 

Next, they will apply these skills in fun, low-risk ways to real challenges they’re facing.


Finally, they will solve challenges that previously seemed impossible with the new skills and perspectives gained in the sessions.

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"With Mary's expertise and guidance, our executive team was able to discover deeper insights & experience value packed breakthroughs during our off-site using her methods."

Craig Allen

Chief Creative Officer


Fast Company's Most Innovative 2021

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“Mary got us unstuck and quickly moving through the frustrating barriers that kept us going in never-ending circles. We began to talk to one another instead of just talking over each other."

Ryan Bond

Director of Digital


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“Mary gave me the courage & tools to break through the noise to make big, positive changes, in both my personal and professional life.”

Carolyn Thielman

Executive Director, Global Finance & Strategy

Estée Lauder Companies

  • Create a culture where people innovate through their own learning style. 

  • Learn how to tap you're your own hidden knowledge.

  • Develop fresh insights into tough issues.

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  • Supercharge authentic team bonding

  • Breakthrough cross-organizational silos

  • Accelerate effective communication and collaboration

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  • Build a shared commitment to goals and visions through 

  • Upskill the most in-demand soft skills: communication, creativity, adaptability, and collaboration

  • Transform challenges into actionable solutions

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More innovation & creativity leading to a strong idea pipeline. 

Effective communication and collaboration between teams.

Better solutions leading to new revenue and higher profitability.  

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