Apply Imagination Brillian Solutions--On Purpose!

About Us

Founder and Principal Muse: Jeanne Hillson

Jeanne Hillson, M.Ed., is a skilled and resourceful creative spirit who has been designing and leading engaging learning experiences for over twenty years.

Through intensive study at the International Center for Creative Studies, Buffalo, NY, Jeanne explored creativity research, theory, and practice, and was trained to facilitate the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem-Solving Process and a wide variety of tools and techniques of deliberate creativity.   Over the years, she has presented workshops, keynotes, and individual coaching to inspire people at all levels of both corporate and non-profit organizations to exercise and develop their innate creativity and produce brilliant solutions--on purpose!

She also has training in Creativity Coaching from Jill Badonsky and Eric Maisel, and is a skilled and resourceful guide into and through the delicate, complex, nonlinear creative process.

Prior to founding Apply Imagination!, Jeanne worked as

  • a Training and Development Consultant at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she co-designed and ran DEC's first dedicated Career Development Center
  • a Licensed Social Worker, helping individuals and groups through transitions:
    • women reentering the workforce after years at home
    • individuals desiring more fulfilling relationships or careers, and
    • clients in the Massachusetts mental health system transitioning from hospitalization to life in the community.
  • an Outplacement Consultant with Right Management Associates, where she helped executives and groups
    • manage change
    • rethink their authentic skills and interests, and
    • identify and pursue new career opportunities.

In addition to serving as Principal Muse of Apply Imagination!, Jeanne   is also:

  • a Certifying Instructor for Information Mapping, Inc., where she has
    • coached new instructors from diverse industries, and
    • delivered over 400 varied seminars to a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, working with clients ranging from training managers in New Jersey to technical writers in Riga, Latvia.
  • a Standardized Patient actor for Duke Medical School training simulations that help medical students develop key     interpersonal skills.

Jeanne is also a Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, who works with individuals and teams.


Jeanne enjoys writing: She codesigned and wrote content for an interactive CD of simulations to accompany a Houghton Mifflin college text on business communications, a variety of case studies and course material, and currently focuses on composing poetry.

Other passions include creating rebus art, collecting New Yorker cartoons, hiking, nature and crunchy almond butter.

Jeanne was a founding member of Midnight Special, an experimental theatre company in Washington, DC, and New Tricks, a Boston improv troupe of actors “in their second half of life.”


Formal Education

Jeanne holds a BA in English (cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her Master's in Education (based on her work in Buffalo) at Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. 

She has also completed a variety of courses in group facilitation, conflict resolution, and improvisational theater.