Patty Flauto has years of experience in entrepreneurship, product design and innovation. Flauto's product development expertise is the cornerstone of her successful consulting practice. Flauto's clients rely on her to develop and implement strategies for innovation and creativity. She is currently a registered facilitator at the Kent State University Center for Corporate and Professional Development and an adjunct instructor at both Virginia Marti College of Art & Design and Cuyahoga Community College. She was the former creative director of the Photo and Design Studios at American Greetings, where she managed a staff of nine art directors and 60 designers in the creation of all new illustrated and photographic pieces for American Greetings products. Flauto is a past board member of the Color Marketing Group, an international organization that forecasts color and design trends, and a founding member of THINK, a New York based trend forecasting group that is by invitation only. Flauto received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Youngstown State University.