Amanda Lyons is an artist, facilitator and organization development professional based in Brooklyn, NY. She can be found in her studio with paint on her jeans, in your office with markers designing your next office retreat, or outside hosting trainings in the trees. Her work focuses on reimagining the end of life, bringing people of all ages together, using art as methodology to change, and more recently exploring what it means to play with horses. She's out to experience life and art and work and leadership 100% with love and fullness that grounds and inspires us.
Always in love with color, I was drawing on the walls in crayon at an early age. (Sorry Mom!) I found myself looking for the creative approach within the boundaries of every assignment or prompt. At Lafayette College, I played in the studio art buildings as much as I played sports. After college, I moved to Baltimore and ended up working for Outward Bound Urban Centers while getting my masters degree in Organization Development and Strategic Human Resources from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. It was a brilliant parallel: my work and school. I found ways to integrate my learning from each, taking work to school and school to work. From working in HR at Outward Bound to becoming a Lead Instructor, I both learned & taught leadership skills, building resilience and compassion in people, with the outdoors as the classroom. (Hello, trees!)
In 2010, I started VISUALS for CHANGE to help people better understand each other through more meaningful connections - to enhance visual language appreciation & know how. Consulting as sole proprietor, I've worked with companies big and small, bringing in affiliates when needed. Also, I've taught leadership seminars at Rider University through the Center for the Development of Leadership Skills, hosted corporate team-building scavenger hunts in NYC with various companies and I still facilitate occasional corporate team-building programs with Outward Bound & Adventure Associates as well as my own leadership programs. I've since shifted from focusing solely on visual thinking, to also include experiential education methods, design thinking, storytelling frameworks, community change efforts. I'm spending more time working within social justice, end of life spaces, what does it mean to work with horses, and the topic of food and how we relate to it. Current collaborations & projects include: