Harvey Seifter, founder and director of Art of Science Learning (www.artofsciencelearning) and Principal Investigator of its two National Science Foundation grants, is one of the world’s leading authorities on organizational creativity and arts‐based learning. Through Seifter Associates (www.seifterassociates.com), the consulting firm he founded in 1995, Harvey has brought arts‐based approaches to innovation, leadership development, teamwork and cross-cultural communication to General Electric, IBM, AstraZeneca, Siemens, Real Networks, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Novartis, Morgan Stanley, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, BMW, McGraw‐Hill, Columbia University Graduate School of Business (Senior Executive Faculty 2002 -‐05), UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, New York University’s Stern School, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo) and Université de Paris VIII.
Harvey is also a classically trained musician with a 25 ‐year career at the helm of distinguished arts organizations including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Magic Theatre of San Francisco. During his tenure these organizations garnered 5 Grammy Awards, 24 Obie and Critics Circle Awards, and the Kennedy Center Award; while bringing live programming to millions of listeners and viewers on PBS , NPR, the BBC, NHK (Japan), Radio France and CBC (Canada). He has collaborated with major museums and arts centers throughout the world including the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin’s National Gallery, the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals, Tokyo’s Opera City, Musikverein (Vienna); Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Cité de la Musique in Paris.
In 2001, Harvey wrote Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s Only Conductor less Orchestra (Holt/Times Books), since translated into nine languages and published worldwide. He also co-edited special issues of the Journal of Business Strategy: Arts Based Learning for Business (2005) and Creatively Intelligent Companies and Leader s (2010). A widely sought‐after speaker, Harvey has been invited to give keynotes at the Global Conference of the International Leadership Association, Transatlantic Forum, Taipei International Arts Festival, Dutch Performing Arts Congress, China Global Innovation Conference, California Science Teachers Convention, Canadian National Management Conference and the Baker Institute in Dallas, among others.
Harvey was a participant in the White House Global Cultural Initiative and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Goethe Institute, International Theater Institute, Asian Cultural Council and the IBM Foundation. He has served as a panelist for the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; and as an evaluator for the New York State and California Arts Councils. Harvey is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Art, a Senior Fellow of the Learning Worlds Institute, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Banff Leadership Center. In 2001, he was honored as a Thought Leader by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation, and in 2008 he was named one of 20 “transformational leaders” by the James MacGregor Burns Leadership Institute and the Fetzer Institute.