Diane F. Kessenich, Founder, President & Publisher
Diane F. Kessenich's entrepreneurial vision hits at the core of a crucial need for children and adults in today's society. She first founded The Foundation for Concepts in Education, Inc. and its publishing arm, Winslow Press in 1996, to foster the development of the creative thought process on all levels of education and contribute to the thoughtful integration and assimilation of the latest technology with the Internet in our lives. She subsequently published 41 books in the K-12 trade market, each with its own Website to further explore the theme of the book that have received numerous awards and been translated into many languages. The books were also published simultaneously with an in-depth Teacher Guide which has become a stand-alone Curriculum Learning Management System (Read&Click&Learn) written entirely in HTML for global access. Her innovative vision created a new concept for the publishing and education industries and she is the named inventor of the Patent Portfolio.
Diane also published (NYU professor emeritus) Morris I. Stein's Global Correspondents' free exchange on Creativity and Winslow holds the publishing copyrights to all his books.
Prior to founding Winslow Press (now Read&Click), she created and was the Managing Director of an agency representing authors and illustrators. She began her career as a live/tape commercial supervisor and producer for network television at J. Walter Thompson's home office in New York. A graduate of Marywood University, Diane later attended the Art Students League in New York and The New York School of Interior Design.
She completed the Management Institute for Independent School Leaders at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She has served on numerous educational boards to advance both public and private education including The Advisory Board of the Loose Leaf Book Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Marywood University and The Forman School Board of Trustees where she was elected Chairman emeritus. For her many contributions to education she received the John N. Forman Award in New York, given to 'an outstanding individual whose life...has made a significant contribution in business or civic affairs to improve the quality of life for all people'.
The Alumni Board of Directors of Marywood University awarded her the College of Creative Arts and Management 2011 Excellence in Achievement.
She is a founder member of The Creativity Centre Educational Trust's Creativity & Human Development e-Journal, a non-profit organization based in England which enables scholars, psychologists and educators a global exchange on creativity in all phases of life.