Van Lai-DuMone – Founder and Facilitator
After earning her MBA from Pepperdine University, Van began her career as a Regional Manager for an educational division of the Washington Post. There, she managed successful teams through creative leadership and empowering management techniques. She went on the hold the COO position at Body Glove’s women’s active wear division, overseeing operations and sales.
As an entrepreneur, Van co-founded FashionLab, developing and facilitating business workshops for fashion entrepreneurs, owned and operated the first Dailey Method Barre Studio in Southern California, and joined a boutique consulting firm as a Change Management Consultant.
worksmart is inspired by the benefits creativity has had in her own work, and the observed need for creative thinking in the workplace. Through worksmart Van combines her talents and experience in facilitating, personal and professional development, business development, and of course – arts and crafts.
Van most recently became a Certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach as part of her continued research on the benefits of creativity in business. She is also the Vice Chair for HappyCity, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help businesses and cities live, work and play happy through events, social progress and public policy.