The Dreamers, The Realists and The Critics: We Need ‘Em All

About the Workshop

Walt Disney’s famous creative process for expanding new ideas is more than just an effective brainstorming tool—it’s also an important reminder of how strong teams are built. Whether you are a dreamer, a realist, or a critic, your voice is needed and your input helps drive an idea, or an organization, forward. Participants of this workshop will understand the “dreamer,” “realist,” and “critic” mindsets; will explore the benefits of the “dreamer, realist, and critic” approach, and will assess their own team’s opportunities for growth. They will learn tangible strategies for bringing these divergent voices into every meeting and training, and will leave with powerful ideas for igniting the powerful voices in themselves and in their organizations.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the “dreamer, realist, and critic” approach.
  • Assess themselves and their teams from a “dreamer, realist, and critic” perspective.
  • Learn tangible strategies for bringing, encouraging, and strengthening the “dreamer, realist, and critic” voices to/at the table. 

About the Facilitator

Erika Petrelli has been in people development for more than 25 years. With a Masters in Secondary Education, and as The Leadership Program’s Sr. Vice President of Leadership Development, Erika shares her experiences and perspectives on human-centered leadership skills, and works in mentoring partnership with others to help them step into their leadership. Erika spent more than a decade at the helm of Leadership’s central programming, leading one of the most extensive and dynamic youth-based leadership programs across all five boroughs of NYC. With a knack for emotional intelligence-based leadership, she became a sought-after advisor for colleagues who needed experienced perspective, and she now trains key leadership and management skills to professionals across the country—as a keynote speaker and featured presenter at conferences, a trainer and coach within organizations, an adjunct professor, and a content-creator.

She also wrote an interactive journal designed for personal development, "On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary", available on Amazon.


We are still securing sponsors for our workshops. If you’d like to sponsor this workshop and have your logo appear here, contact Tandy Shuck.

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April 30, 2025


9 a.m. - Noon


$59 per person LJC and Franklin College alumni, Franklin, Aspire and Indy Chamber members; $69, general public


Johnson County Armory
325 Minuteman Way
Franklin, Indiana 46131

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