About 2017-11-24T00:00:11+00:00


When you embrace creativity in the workplace, you improve individual performance and produce better results. Our programs combine skills training with hands on creative experiences to spark a dynamic shift!

You’ll be convinced that creativity is good for business.


We are all creative.

We are all innately creative. And by liberating that creativity in all areas of our lives, including the workplace, we are nurturing and exercising a skill that is available and vital to all of us.

Collaboration over competition.

We believe that there is enough for everyone. That through collaboration we can achieve more. Creative thinking thrives on inspiration and community.

Everyone has good ideas.

Good ideas can come from anyone, at any level of an organization. Providing ways to share and collaborate on good ideas, leads to great ideas and unexpected insights.

Trust the process.

Creativity can be messy. Rather than focusing on results, we encourage you to trust the creative process and be willing to make mistakes.


Van Lai-DuMone, Founder & CEO

     Bio Highlights

  • Pepperdine MBA, 2000
  • COO BodyGlove Women’s Activewear
  • Regional Manager Washington Post Educational Division: SCORE!
  • Certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach
  • Pepperdine MBA Advisory Board        (2008 – 2012)
  • HappyCity Vice Chair (2016 – 2017)

     link to full bio

Why Creativity?

Creativity is one of business’ most untapped resources.

I developed worksmart to encourage businesses to cultivate their teams’ creativity. We operate with the understanding that we are all creative. And by drawing out that innate creativity in individuals and groups, we can be more productive and engaged in our work.

Our workshops and retreats are designed to spark and sustain a creative mindset through interactive exercises paired with creative projects. Use your imagination as a principle way to learn, innovate, and collaborate.

I look forward to seeing you and your business thrive through creativity!


contributing writer for:



Gus HarperArtist and Facilitator


Alex Oh, Business Development


Meghan MillerStrategist and Facilitator


Kerry McCarthyProject Design Advisor


Jason PressExecutive Coach


Melissa Dinwiddie, Innovation Strategist