About 2019-09-18T13:52:08+00:00

Find ways to collaborate and partner with us . . . 

Let’s Chat


When you embrace creativity in the workplace, you improve individual and group performance while producing 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.

Our Beliefs 

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 solely on results, we encourage you to trust the creative process and be willing to use trial and error as a bridge to innovation.

Our Team

Van Lai-DuMone, Founder & Creative Strategist

     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)

(the fine print)


Why Creativity?

Companies that actively foster creative thinking outperform their competition in revenue growth, market share, and employee retention. At worksmart, we encourage businesses to cultivate creativity individually and collectively, to drive performance and build a creative culture.

We operate with the understanding that we are all creative. By drawing out creativity in individuals and groups, we can be more engaged and effective at work.

Our training workshops and retreats spark and sustain a creative mindset through interactive exercises paired with creative projects. Use your imagination as a principle way to problem solve, 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